Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup fresh cranberries (divided- I like to chop half of my cranberries- but this is totally optional)
1/2 cup allergy friendly margarine (I use Earth's Balance soy free), melted
1/2 cup coconut milk or rice milk
egg substitute equivalent to one egg
Stir first four ingredients together, stir in cranberries.
Whisk together margarine, milk, and egg substitute, then add to flour mixture. Stir just until all is moistened. Drop onto a greased cookie sheet. Lightly sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday- Ham and Bean Soup
Saturday- Craft show
Sunday- Meat Pies (this is repurposing the spaghetti sauce from Monday, since we will probably be exhausted and not want to cook anything) - use store bought pie crust (I use Pillsbury- it only has wheat and it has been on sale a lot lately!) and stuff individual pies with spaghetti sauce.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Monday- Enchilada Casserole (from last week but we did not get to it)
Tuesday- Pork Roast
Wednesday- Ribs in the crockpot
Thursday- Bierocks (http://www.5dollardinners.com/2010/09/aleas-bierocks.html)
Saturday- Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Monday- Pizza (on a Pillsbury crust- they only contain wheat)
Tuesday- Sloppy Joes, asparagus and fries
Wednesday- Chicken with Veggie Confetti (we missed this last week- the link is in last weeks meal post)
Saturday- Chicken Fried Pork Chops
Sunday- Mexican Lasagna (http://blog.fatfreevegan/2006/07/mexican-lasagna-or-enchilada-casserole.html)
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Sunday- Beff Stroganoff- we did not get to this so it is a carry-over. The recipe link is posted on last week's menu
Monday- Avocado Chicken Tacos- from $5 Dollar Dinners (http://www.5dollardinners.com/2010/09/avocado-chicken-tacos.html)
Tuesday- Spanish Rice with Ground Venison
Wednesday- Herbed Chicken on Vegetable Confetti- from $5 Dollar Dinners (http://www.5dollardinners.com/2010/08/herbed-chicken-vegetable-confetti.html)
Thursday- Parents house for dinner
Friday- French Dip (this is the plan, but it is contingent on whether I can find onion soup mix that is free of our allergens- I went to Meijer yesterday and the two that they carried had soy and/or milk in them, I am planning on checking Kroger and then if they do not have it Aldi, if I cannot find it, then plan B is Pot Roast with roasted veggies)
1 Pot Roast
1 bottle of beer (I am trying it with a non-alcoholic O'Doules)
1 packet french onion soup mix
Place all in a crock pot, cook on high several hours until you can shred beef. Serve on good fresh rolls.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Monday- Slow Cooked Curried Coconut Chicken ($5 dinners: http://www.5dollardinners.com/2010/10/curried-coconut-chicken.html)
Tuesday-Chicken Fried pork chops- I am going to bread the pork in panko and then pan fry them
Wednesday- Beef Stroganoff ($5 dinners: http://www.5dollardinners.com/2010/03/beef-stroganoff.html)
Thursday- Chicken Taco Soup- This recipe is a favorite and really easy!
1 chopped onion
2 tsp minced garlic
1 can chicken broth (if you cannot have soy be sure to check your labels!)
1 can chili beans
1 can black beans
1 can corn
2 cans diced tomatoes (if you like it spicy you can use tomatoes with green chilies)
2 chicken breasts- cooked and chopped
2 tbsp taco seasoning
In a big pot saute onion and garlic in oil until translucent. Dump all the other ingredients into the pot and cook at least until hot. Top with tortilla chips
Friday- Spaghetti- my husband and I will be carbo loading this night, on Saturday we will both be running the inaugural Cincinnati Half Marathon
Saturday- Birthday party and marathon day- leftovers or whatever we have the energy for!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Monday- Couscous with chicken
Wednesday- Ham and bean soup
Friday- Meatloaf (I am very excited about this meal- it is a meatloaf free of eggs and milk, hopefully by Friday we will have a cooler day- we have been having days over 80 degrees, which is not meatloaf weather!)
Saturday- Grilled pork
1 cup tomato sauce
1 1/2 tbsp BBQ sauce
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 lbs ground sirloin
6 tbsp flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
dash garlic powder
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine tomato sauce, bbq sauce and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat mixture until it begins to bubble, stirring often, then remove it from the heat. In a large bowl, add all but 2 tbsp of the tomato sauce to the meat.
Use a large wooden spoon or your hands to work the sauce into the meat until it is very well combined. Combine the remaining ingredients with the ground sirloin; flour, salt, onion powder and ground pepper. Use the wooden spoon or your hands to work the spices and flour into the meat.
Load the meat into a loaf pan. Wrap foil over the pan and place it in the oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, take the meatloaf out of the oven and remove the foil and drain the fat.
Using a knife, slice the meatloaf all the way through into 8 slices while it is still in the pan. This will help cook the center of the loaf. Pour the remaining 2 tbsp of sauce over the top of the meatloaf, in a stream down the center. Don't spread the sauce. Put the meatloaf back into th oven, unocvered for 25 to 30 minutes or until it is done. Remove and allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Monday- Fish and fries and hushpuppies
Tuesday- Sloppy Joes
Wednesday-Homemade bread and veggie soup with carrots and fennel from my garden (I have been trying to get two fennel plants to grow large enough to use, I have fertilized them a ton and chased away a very hungry catepillar!)
Thursday- parents for dinner
Saturday- Mediterrean Chicken Quinoa (from the five dollar dinners http://www.5dollardinners.com/2010/08/mediterranean-chicken-quinoa.html) We have been trying to feed Mr. T baby food for the last couple of months and he won't have anything to do with it. All he wants to eat is paper and anything he can put in his mouth himself. He really enjoyed couscous at my parents' house last week so I am going to try Quinoa on him!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Monday-Hamburgers and fries
Wednesday- Stew (I am planning to use some of the carrots from my garden- yum!)
Thursday- my birthday we will be over at my parents
Friday- Chicken and Bacon Florentine
Saturday- Sesame Chicken with Bok Choy (this is a new recipe for me- hopefully we like it)
Sesame Chicken with Bok Choy
Robin to the Rescue by Robin Miller, Page 108
1 tbsp olive oil
4 cups chopped bok choy (stems and leaves)
1 medium red bell pepper (seeded and sliced into thin strips)
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup sake (rice wine)
1 tbsp toasted seasme oil
1 tsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
1 tsp red curry paste
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the bok choy and bell pepper and cook stirring for 2 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside.
Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper and add to the hot pan. Cook until golden brown about 2 minutes per sides.
In a small bowl wisk together the broth, sake, seasme oil, ginger and curry paste, pour over chicken and bring to a simmer. Return the vegetables to the pan, partially cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat top with cilantro and serve.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Tuesday- Grilled Chicken and brocolli
Wednesday- Rachael Ray Pasta (this is actually called Shrimp & Shells with Pancetta & Peas and I substitute bacon for the Pancetta) http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/shrimp-shells-with-pancetta-peas/
Thursday- leftovers??? we have soccer practice and a very busy day
Friday- Kabobs with sirloin, mushrooms, onions and peppers
Saturday- Taco salad for the adults, tacos for the kids
Sunday- Spaghetti with homemade sauce
Monday, September 13, 2010
Classic Apple Crisp
From Better Homes and Gardens http:///www.bhg.com/recipes/desserts/other-desserts/american-classics-apple-crisp/
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2/3 cup soy-free margarine (the recipe calls for butter) cut in pieces
8 cups peeled apples, sliced 1/2 inch thickness
1/4 to 1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsbp flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl combine the 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and 1/2 tsp salt. With your fingers work the butter into the mixture until it just begins to cling together.
In a 4 qt bowl toss together apples and lemon juice. In a small bowl combine the 1/4 to 1/3 cup granulated sugar, tbsp flour, salt and nutmeg.
Sprinkle apples with sugar-nutmeg mixture, then with your hands mix together. Heap into a lightly greased 2 qt baking dish. Cover the top of the apples with the crumb topping.
Cover the crisp with parchment, then foil. Bake in the oven 20 minutes. Carefully remove foil and paper and return to oven, bake 30 to 40 minutes longer, or until top is golden and apples are just tender. Let cool 15 to 30 minutes before serving.
Monday-Country Ribs and beans (I have been planning on making these for a couple weeks, but it just never happened)
Tuesday- Chicken and Bacon Florentine Pasta (this a new recipe for me I found on $5 Dinners)
Wednesday- This will probably be cereal for dinner night (I have my endoscopy)
Friday- Grilled Pork Chops
Monday, August 30, 2010
Monday- Sloppy Joes (from leftover hamburgers) and three bean casserole
Tuesday- Grilled chicken (on leftover salad) and pasta salad
Wednesday- Taco salad with ground beef
Thursday- dinner at my parents
Friday- country ribs
Saturday- John's birthday dinner with my parents
Sunday- John's birthday dinner with his parents
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Tuesday- Spanish Rice with deer meat
Wednesday- Grilled pork chops
Sunday-Grilled Chicken salad
(I did not quite get through the menu last week- we ended up at Chipolte yesterday and had two days where we just ate leftovers- I had no motivation!)
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Ever since J was diagnosed with food allergies over three years ago I always said, at least my children don't have allergies to soy or wheat. Well now Mr. T is allergic to soy and if I have celiac then wheat, oatmeal, barley and rye are out, which is way depressing since my favorite food is pizza and I would not be allowed to eat at any of my favorite pizza restaurants (I might as well never go back to Chicago because my FAVORITE thing to eat there is pizza- they have the best pizza on earth) and bakeries are totally out. I don't know how people handle a wheat free diet- I am totally in love with anything that is made out of bread- doughnuts, pizza, bread, etc... and I cannot imagine anything made without wheat flour could taste good. When I talked to my husband and mother today I asked them what I would eat since I am off of milk, eggs, nuts and soy and they told me that if I have celiac that I should probably stop breastfeeding since I would be restricted from eatting most foods. I want to keep breastfeeding Mr. T as long as possible. Anyway, I guess I should not dwell on that unless I have to cross that bridge.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
2 4/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
7 cups of water
1/2 cup baking soda
coarse salt for sprinkling
In a large bowl, combine the yeast, warm water and sugar, agitating until the yeast is dissolved. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbly. Add the flour gradually until forming a soft dough that is neither sticky nor dry, adding extra flour if necessary. Turn the dough onto a clean work surface and knead until elastic and smooth, about 3-4 minutes. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
Preaheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil a large baking sheet and set aside.
Bring the water and baking soda to a rolling boil in a medium large saucepan over medium high heat. Punch the dough down and turn out onto a clean work surface. Separate the dough into 8 pieces and kned each until elastic. Shape unto rolls about 3-4 inches long.
Drop one roll at a time into the boiling water. Boil for about one minute, remove using a slotted spoon and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat this until all of your rolls have been boiled. Sprinkle with coarse salt and bake until golden brown about 12-14 minutes. Allow rolls to cool slightly before serving, and allow to cool uncovered on a wire cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Monday- Baked Salmon with dill and olive oil, steamed broccoli and carrots, fresh corn on the cob
Tuesday- Spaghetti (Princess R has dance class tonight and I already made the sauce and froze it)
Wednesday- Pot roast with roasted new potatoes
Thursday- Spanish rice with deer meat
Saturday- Chicken Fajitas (I have a couple of peppers that need to be eatten from my garden)
Sunday- Grilled Pork Chops (but I may try to talk my husband into going to Chilpolte- I saw on a blog that the restaurants in the Cincinnati area are supposed to have free kids meals on Sunday)
Saturday, August 14, 2010
1. Watch for sales- allergy free food does go on sale, but it is usually not advertised in the sales circular. I make it a point to always hit the health food section every time I go to the store, because I have found that they often have something on sale that I use, or have reduced foods that are discountinued or close to the sell by date. About a month ago I found Enjoy Life Ginger Snap cookies marked down 50 percent!
2. Cook from scratch- I have started to make myself a lot more food from scratch, first of all it is much better for you, but it is also a lot cheaper.
3. Check labels of foods that aren't in the health food section, they may suprise you! I found out about a month ago, that Krogers sells chocolate chips that J and Pricncess R can both eat (unfortunately they contain soy ;( but they were 1.79 a bag instead of 3.99 a bag.
4. Check company websites for coupons- this has been a huge money saver for me. Here are a few sites that I found coupons:
Silk Soy Milk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
Turtle Mountain (So Delicious Products) http://www.turtlemountain.com/
Enjoy Life http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/
Whole Foods http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/coupons/index.php
(Remember you can stack a Whole Foods store coupon with a manufacturer coupon for even more savings)
Monday, August 2, 2010
When I approached the doctor he told me that he would feel better waiting until he was five for two reasons, first J is more allergic to milk than anything and he tested 4.8 on a 5.0 scale, egg whites come in a close third (just 0.1 behind hazelnuts) and he feels that is he waits another year he has a better chance of outgrowing the allergy. We have not seen any movement in the milk or egg white number yet, but he told me that he has had some patients that have no movement while they are toddlers and then around five or six totally outgrow the allergy. Second, he said that he feels better waiting, since he feels J would be able to better express the side affect that he feels at the age of five. So basically I had my bubble burst. But on a positive note he told me that he feels comfortable with me feeding my children coconut and that I can consume coconut, which is considered a treenut, but he told me that 99.99 percent of people with treenut allergies do not have problems with coconut.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Combine 1 3/4 cup flour, corn meal, yeast and salt. In a seperate bowlcombine water, honey and oil. Add water mixture to the flour mixture. Mix to mix, then mix at medium speed until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes). Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup flour (add more if needed to make dough soft). Kneed until smooth (about 5 to 10 minutes). Cover and let rise until double, then punch down and cover, let rest 10 minutes.
Here are pictures of my pizza and J's pizza prior to cooking (I totally forgot to take a picture after they were cooked until we were almost done!) I topped J's with homemade pizza sauce (made with fresh tomatoes that I bought at the farm on Monday, garlic powder and Italian herbs) and pepperoni. I topped mine with homemade sauce, pepperoni, red onion, olives, green peppers and Daiya Mozzarella Cheese. Daiya cheese is milk, egg, soy, peanut and treenut free. I purchased it last week at Whole Foods so that J could try cheese on his pizza. The first time he tried it he did not really care for it. This was the first time that I tried it and I did not care for it at all. Oh well- it looks like there may not be any type of cheese on my pizza for the next several months!
Here is the recipe:
4 tbsp margarine
4 cups mini marshmellows (or 40 large marshmellows)
6 cups Rice Krispies
Melt margarine in a pan over low heat, add marshmellows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in cereal. Spread in a greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan.
(The original recipe on their site also has a microwave method. I tried this once using Fleishmans Unsalted margarine and it did not turn out well, I would not suggest it when using soy free margarine either)
Monday, July 26, 2010
My children, parents and I made a trip to the farm to pick-up some fresh fruit and veggies today and I could not resist making some fresh salsa. Suprisingly, it is something that my husband, J, Princess R and I all enjoy. I only started making it a few weeks ago after a trip to Chipolte, where everyone enjoyed it.
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 green pepper, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
Combine all ingredients and enjoy with tortilla chips or on a taco salad.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
My two favorite giveaways are the epi-pouch and Food Mama's baking book.
Go check it out!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Burgers on the grill (I found Aunt Millie's sandwich rolls, that appear to be free of milk, eggs, soy and nuts.)
Pasta Salad (recipe on recipe page)
Summer Slaw (recipe on recipe page)
Blueberry Pie (recipe on recipe page)
Monday, July 19, 2010
Banana bread is one thing that everyone in my family loves. J would eat it everyday if I made it for him. Normally I use this recipe to make several muffins and a medium sized loaf.
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 stick Fleishmanns Unsalted Margarine (this is NOT soy free, if you want to make this soy free I would suggest using Earth's Balance soy free margarine)
Ener-G egg substitute equivalent to 2 eggs (4 tbsp water and 3 tsp Ener-G substitute)
3 medium ripe bananas
1/2 cup soy or rice milk
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bread pan (9 inch) and set aside. Mix margarine and sugar in a bowl, then stir in eggs until all is blended. Stir in bananas, milk, vinegar and vanilla until smooth. Add flour, soda and salt until just moistened. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until done (I always start at about an hour and check it with a toothpick, but it normally takes at least 1 hour and 15 minutes). Cool completely before slicing.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Up until today, four year old J had never had a fast food french fry. This is not because I am anti fast food, but because I know that every fast food fry that I have looked into contains at least one of the allergens that he is allergic to, which is usually milk. However, last night while I was researching restaurants I found out that Burger Kings French Fries do not contain any of the allergens that my children are allergic to! Up until three years ago this would not have been anything that was exciting to me, but now that I have to scrutinze everything that my children put into their mouths this has become a big deal. Unless you deal with food allergies you take foregranted how important this can be.
Once I found out that he could have the french fries from Burger King I decided that I was going to go out and buy J a burger and fries for lunch. At lunchtime I told J that were going to get food from Burger King. He has never been there and kept asking me questions about the restaurant. We got back home and I gave him his burger and dumped some fries next to the burger. He tried one and then would not stop. He loves hamburgers, but did not touch it until all the fries were gone. I was so excited because even with his food allergy he still had this small oppotunity to enjoy one of the fun things in life. I think that J is well beyond his years when it comes to his food allergies. He knows there are a lot of things that he cannot eat that most other people can. He knows that he has special food that his sister does not eat and my husband and I don't eat. He will not take food unless he knows that it is okay for him to eat, so just seeing him enjoy the french fries along wit everyone else was really a special moment for me.
Here are some of the places that I have found that have allergy information on their sites and have some choices that they state are free of milk, eggs, nuts and soy (Please keep in mind that to be safe you should check their site everytime you choose to dine out, since suppliers and ingredients can change).Chipolte (they state that soybean oil is used in their foods, but is safe for most people) (http://www.chipolte.com/en-US/menu/special_diet_information.aspx)
Ruby Tuesdays (http://rubytuesday.com/assets/menu/pdf/informational/allergen.pdf)
Burger King (http://redesign.bk.com/en/us/menu-nutrition/index.html)
California Pizza Kitchen (http://www.cpk.com/menu/pdfs/allergen.pdf)
Thursday, July 8, 2010
This afternoon Mr. T and I visited the nutritionist. (Please keep in mind that if you have allergies, please speak to your health care professional about what you should and should not eat. This is based on my experience and my health care providers opinions.) Since I have gone on an elimination diet I wanted to make sure that I was getting the nutrients that he and I needed. I knew a lot of what she gave me already, since this is not our first trip to the nutritionist and we have been dealing with food allergies for three years. The afternoon that Mr. T was diagnosed with his soy allergy I started doing research and ended up with a lot of questions. I called the allergists office and questioned whether it was okay for me to eat soybean oil, since it is not considered an allergen by the FDA. I was told by the nurse that even though it was not considered an allergen, (unless it was gourmet) that I still needed to stay away from it. I told the nutritionist the nurse told me to stay away from it, and she told me that soybean oil (and broken down casein- which is milk) are in hypoallergenic formula, and that she felt it was safe for me to eat, but that I needed to make the decision for myself. I was also told that soy lecithin is safe for those who have a soy allergy, so that if a food only included soy lecithin it was safe for me to eat. So with those additional ingredients I feel like a few more doors have opened up to me. I am going to try to eat foods with those ingredients, unless Mr. T’s eczema starts to get bad again and then I will cut them out.
This is what I have completed on my first cooking day without soy:
(Most of my recipes will be on the recipes page.)
I previously tried Food Allergy Mama’s Foccacia Bread a couple days ago and it was delicious!
Overall, I think that it was a pretty successful cooking day. Some of the baked goods will be frozen for future use.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
In the past two weeks I have been spending a lot of time researching soy allergy and foods that are friendly to soy allergies (as well as milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nut allergies). I have done this over the internet, by visiting stores and of course in my own pantry and refrigerator. I have also moved from the shocked stage to I think the mourning stage. I don’t remember being so sad about my older son’s food allergy diagnosis. When J was diagnosed we were expecting him to be allergic to milk, since he had eczema and had reactions to milk. But when Mr. T was diagnosed we never expected to have a soy allergy diagnosis. Plus soy is in EVERYTHING. Milk is in a lot of things, but soy is in pretty much everything else!
My first day without soy, milk, eggs, and nuts was last Thursday. As a way of my dealing with everything I spent much of the day cooking. After my work-out on Thursday I decided to head down to the pantry to get a box of cereal for breakfast (since the only open boxes of cereal contained soy). I had reorganized the pantry and made a section of foods that I could eat on my new diet. I went to grab a box of Cocoa Pebbles and decided to double check the ingredients. I had checked them before and thought that they were soy free- except this time I noticed “natural and artificial flavorings” which can be anything, but it can also be code for soy. So I sent an email to Post (since then they emailed me back and confirmed that anything that they produce that has soy will state it on the package). That should have been my first clue that I was not prepared yet- so I looked at the other two cereals that I had- Frosted Mini Wheats and Golden Crisp, which looked to be okay so I enjoyed a bowl of Golden Crisp with my Rice Milk and a glass of orange juice. Normally I snack through the morning but today J had a doctor’s appointment so on the way back home I stopped to get the two older kids something from McDonalds and realized I was hungry and thought maybe I would get a snack- but then I realized that they don’t have anything I can eat that is soy free. I got home and fed the kids and looked around for something to eat- normally I eat a salad or a grilled cheese or leftovers for lunch, but all of those were out so I ended up eating some peas I had shelled from my garden, a half package of raspberries and a half bag of Orville Redenbacher’s Simply Salted popcorn- after that lunch I vowed that I would be more prepared the next day!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Hello, welcome to my blog. I am a stay at home mom of three crazy, but wonderful children. This blog is designed to bring awareness to living with food allergies and our journey into homeschooling. Right now we are in the planning stages of homeschooling, so main focus of my blog will be food allergies.
Our journey with food allergies began when our four year old son J was diagnosed at 13 months old. J developed eczema (the weepy kind) when he was three months old. Our pediatrician told us that it could be caused by food allergies, but he would not be tested until he was a year old. We started J on baby food when he was 6 months old but he would not eat any type of baby food- he would not even try it. So since he was underweight at his 9 month appointment the doctor had us supplement his breastfeeding with formula. After J tried the formula he vomited and broke out in hives. At that point we realized he must have an allergy to milk. When he was tested we learned he was not only allergic to milk, but eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, dogs and mold.
Our two year old daughter Princess R was tested at 10 months, since we already had the family history. Princess R did not have eczema, but she did break out in a rash on her torso when she was 2 months old. Evidently she was sensitive to laundry detergent and the remedy was to put all her clothes through a second rinse cycle and hang her clothes up to dry. When Princess R was tested she was allergic to eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.
Our little guy Mr. T started getting weepy eczema at a month and a half. I went off milk for a week to see if it would help and put his clothes through a second rinse cycle and hung them up, but his eczema did not get any better. We went back to the pediatrician who prescribed Hydrocortisone and an antibiotic cream, but the eczema was still bad, so at 4 1/2 months he referred us to the allergist. Mr. T was diagnosed two weeks ago with allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and soy. We were told that Mr. T needed to go off all those foods so he either needed to go on a hypoallergenic formula or I needed to go off all the foods he is allergic to. Right now I have opted to continue to nurse him and go off of everything.
Our family is used to dealing with food allergies and the adjustment while it can be difficult at times, is not as bad as I thought, because there are substitutes for milk and egg products, however most of the milk substitutes have soy in them. So I am researching foods without soy and trying to alter recipes to eliminate soy. I am hoping to post the recipes that I like on the website and also inform about products that I discover that do not contain the allergens that we have in our house.