Why we're here...

The quick version :) We are a family of 7 (plus 5 if you count pets, sadly now 3) living with severe food allergies (thus far dairy and beef, thinking the baby might add some to the list) and as vegetarians (mostly vegan, except pastured eggs occasionally), organically, and I generally attempt to do everything as quickly and easily as possible (think one bowl everything!).

The long version... This journey officially started one Saturday in April (2011) when my husband decided to let me (his very pregnant wife) "sleep in" and took our 18 month old son downstairs. The minute I fell asleep again they came back up, my husband said that Jake seemed tired again and wanted me. Byebye sleeping in. We settled back in bed, Jake on top of me, I dozed for a minute and opened my eyes admiring my boy. He sleepily opened his eyes and threw up all over my face, head, back (no idea how), pillows, you get the idea! To which I said "Change Jake, I'll be in the shower!" At which point my husband admitted "oh I gave him milk". At this point we knew only that he didn't like milk.

When I told his doctor this story in passing at his 18 month appointment she felt that was an unusual reaction and he should be seen by an allergist. Jake had never touched a milk product willingly, but we figured maybe an intolerance or preference. Clearly we were wrong when I brought him to be tested and the doctor said "he's allergic to milk". By the look on his face he did not think I was entertaining when I replied "Oh come on, that's ridiculous". Thus... I had to remove milk from his diet, as well as my own because he was still nursing. Which at first was tough due to my unnatural obsession with ice cream, but there are enough milk substitutes to deal with that. However, later this summer he was still having symptoms. Brought him to get tested once more and found he was allergic to eggs as well (again my "Are you kidding?!" was met with a quiet smile). (2014 Update: he's fine with eggs now, his milk allergy severity has sky rocketed, as well as a new beef allergy. and too many environmental allergies to list! But seriously, who cares if he cannot own a horse!)

Moral of this, I had a lot to change in the cooking department! I attempted to use vegan recipes. Thus, these recipes were born, and further, this website. Apparently allergies are occurring more and more but it is very difficult to find recipes to accommodate. My goal is to help that cause by providing ways to work around that and still eat well (and by well, I mean food that my chicken-wing-addicted-husband-who would-never-eat-anything-that-grows-in-the-ground-if-his- obnoxious-wife-does-not-nag-him-until-he-gives in- will actually eat. (2014 Update-This man has become a near vegan at home for his little man! He's a fabulous father! However, I learned quickly to cook for him!)

2016 update! we now have four children ages 6 to 6 months. Only one has confirmed allergies, but it's looking possible that this may increase by one or two (currently we are just watching and waiting :) Please don't take our peanut butter away!!

2018: We now have 5 children. The oldest is 8, and still seriously allergic to milk, and beef. Youngest is 3 months. and no other confirmed allergies. but the 2 year old can not eat bananas, though sadly she loves them. the baby throws up constantly... but who knows:)

Monday, October 31, 2011


Trick or treating... a tough time for children with allergies. We don't really give our two year old candy, but we do like to give him experiences, and he was an adorable puppy for Halloween. This was the first year he really got the whole Trick or Treat thing, and although he only wanted to go to his favorite neighbor's house over and over, he did enjoy the process. (Well not so much the getting in the costume, but once he was there...) Unfortunately, there was no candy that he was able to eat. Most candy has milk, eggs, nuts, or something that he cannot have. The candy without major allergens are generally choking hazards! (and tend to be my favorite!) I did have the foresight to pull out a lollipop for him to pull and bait and switch. However, that really doesn't work once he eats said lollipop! What does everybody else do for children who have allergies? I'm thinking it may be slightly easier once he understands what he cannot have, though still pushing for him to grow out of all of them by then! Perhaps we will be those that trade our candy for something else?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Recipie 1: Starbucks without the Bucks!!!

Our breakfasts are not quite the eggs and toast they use to be! But there are plenty of ways to make them exciting! Jake loves oatmeal and sometimes his "milk cereal" (which are now usually organic O's, Chex or Kix). At some point I will post some of our favorite pankcake recipies which are our usual Saturday treat. Until then...

I love Fall for a few reasons; Halloween (both for the candy and my mom's birthday), apple picking, and pumpkin everything!! Back pre-allergy I would eagerly await the day that the pumpkin lattes showed up, and the pumpkin ice cream. Now, instead of pumpkin latte that costs at least $5 and has caffeine and milk I invented one of my own. Much cheaper and much more delicious!

8 oz (or more in my favorite mug!) of "milk" (rice, almond, soy)
2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree (canned or make your own!)
1/4 t. vanilla
sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
sprinkle of nutmeg and/or cinnamon
sweeter (maple syrup is good- or marshmallows if you are not following a vegan or "real food" diet)
stir really well. heat in microwave, or stove top until warm. about 90 seconds. stir again. Enjoy! Enjoy the fact you didn't pay a lot!

Monday, October 24, 2011


I hope this blog is able to give ideas and help to those of you affected by food allergies! It is difficult at first to figure out how to change a diet. Pretty much all packaged foods have some allergen. You will notice I use mostly "real foods", foods created by nature. I do not always have a perfect diet. I am a completely undecided vegan, meat eater, organic, non organic eater. I prefer not to buy meat but due to Jake's allergies, I am having him eat more chicken (the only meat he will eat) for protein. I also have a husband who, goes with the flow with my food whims, but not without a complaint. Hence my sharp cooking skills! He actually admitted to liking a bean "meatloaf" the other day to other people!

If anyone has any requests for a recipie I will do my best to create one. I enjoy working to create healthy and delicious food that people can eat. When I print a recipie, I will also add substitutions if possible. I also would love feedback and comments!