Please read, before reading

I am saddened by the comments on this blog that often take a judgmental turn. The information is intended to be just that -- information. You need to make your own decisions for your life and be accountable for your actions. I debated closing the blog, but feel there are many valuable items listed for families struggling with food allergies, especially early on.

If you need further information please contact a doctor. If you need to verify a product's ingredients, please look at current labels and contact the company yourself. Note many posts are several years old. Use your best judgment and do not make up comments to scare people.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dairy-Free Beef and Broccoli Noodle Casserole

Depending on how many serving of this you want to make you may need to double or triple this recipe. I made this specifically for my daughter while I made a non-dairy free version for us. This yields two small portions for my toddler. Idea for the white sauce came from here.

Dairy-Free Beef and Broccoli Noodle Casserole
Note: This is a stove-top casserole

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup rice milk
1 tsp cornstarch
1/4 cup noodles (I use egg-free, but egg noodles would work great here)
1/4 cup leftover roast, cut up
1/4 cup broccoli, cut up

1. Cook noodles. Drain
2. On high heat mix olive oil, salt, pepper and flour together. Stir for a couple minutes until smooth.
3. Add milk and continue to stir constantly.
4. Turn heat to medium and add cornstarch until thickens. About 5 minutes, mine took less.
5. Add leftover roast, broccoli and cooked noodles. Heat through on medium low for about 5 minutes.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sweet Potatoes

This is a great way to make sweet potatoes. I made up two and froze them in one-size portions for quick vegetable to add to lunches or dinners. Good way to get some good nutrition in your little one! And of course I didn't add butter.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I wonder if

Having a child with allergies has me uttering these words very often  "I wonder if..."  Yesterday, my daughter had an explosive diaper after snack.  I thought of everything she ate yesterday and nothing new.  I did give her Aunt Annie's graham crackers (shaped like bunnies). I wonder if that was the cause.  It was the second time she ate them.  I vaguely remember her having a messy diaper last time she ate them, too.  Maybe.  It's so hard to remember.  So, I looked at the ingredients again (I must check labels four times before I give her something new) and it say it was made on machinery with eggs, milk, soy and wheat.  It only contained wheat.  I'm going to wait a week or so and give them to her one more time.  If we have the same reaction then I know.  

When she has these reactions, it can be very frustrating.  I wonder if it is teething.  I wonder if it was something she picked up off the floor.  I wonder if it was something outside. I wonder if it was something she's had before and now has a reaction to.  I wonder, wonder, wonder.  

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Father's Day Ideas

Over on my other blog I have posted some ideas for Father's Day gifts.

Check them out here!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Stoneyfield Farm has coupons on their site for organic products.  I printed some that were soy-based.  Here's the link!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Fruit Snack

So, we've been buying the Gerber fruit snacks.  Not a lot of nutrition in those and yes they are expensive.  In fact all fruit snacks are expensive.  Today, I decided to break down and find some that weren't too costly and had some nutritional benefit.  

Here's what I chose:  Welch's Fruit Snacks -- Mixed Fruit

This is why I chose them: 
  • no fat/no saturated fat
  • 1 g protein
  • 25% Vitamin A
  • 25% Vitamin E
  • 100% Vitamin C

The only down fall is that there is 6% carbohydrates, but the packaging claims made with real fruits. I paid $2.50 for 10 pouches.  So I guess for a once in a while snack it will be okay.  I also like that they are not messy for snacks in the car, which we are going to need this summer.  Plus, my toddler just loves chewy snacks and this is a little bit better than a gummy candy.    

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