Why we're here...

The quick version :) We are a family of 6 (plus 5 if you count pets) living with severe food allergies (thus far dairy and beef, thinking the baby might add some to the list) and as vegetarians (mostly vegan), 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 obession with ice cream, but there are enough milk substitues 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 recipies to accomodate. 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!!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

New Year Smoothie!

I am sorry that I haven't updated! We've been through a lot since i last posted! Christmas, New Years, the joys of explaining a hundred times why my child cannot eat cookies (except his special cookies that Nana made him) and why I'm not just being grinchy. In hindsight, maybe i did get grinchy... Might be having to explain that butter is made of milk ten times! At any rate, I'm back! I have reinvented my smoothie (after finding out the calorie count on my previous!) It's allergy free and full of secret hidden good stuff! We call it special ice cream! It is special because i can put virtually anything in it and as long as it tastes fruity, everyone will eat it!! (well except my husband!)

1cup rice milk (or whichever you'd prefer)
1/2 avocado
1.5 cups of shredded kale (or ripped)
a mango (well, i was lazy, i used as much as i could cut easily)
2 frozen bananas
2 T flax seed

Put milk, kale and avocado in blender, blend
add mango and flax
add bananas in pieces through top (unless you have one of those super sweet, super expensive blenders that could probably blend a car into a smoothie!)

enjoy! feed to kids, watch them enjoy and laugh evilly that they are getting super healthy stuff and liking it!

stay tuned! i will be back shortly with many more inventions! and bad (aka fast) typing!

P.S. in case you need a chocolate fix, ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips are dairy, and nut free! but only in the smaller packages. Weird, i know, but delicious!

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