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Monday, April 12, 2010

In the Dairy-Free (and Nut-Free) Pantry

It's been a while since I've talked about some of the meal and snack strategies for our toddler who is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts and some tree nuts.  (although we do use eggs in baked goods.)  Here's a peek into some products we keep around for either on-the go or for everyday cooking.  I could have gone link crazy with this list.  If you have further questions about a product or use that I have for it feel free to contact me in the comments or e-mail  I am very happy to help!!

  • Enjoy Life Chewy Bars (quick snacks)
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (trail mix, making candy, baking)
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate bar (snack or we have a dessert she can't eat)
  • Tofutti Pizzaz pizza (lunch)
  • Earth's Best Chicken nuggets (lunch)
  • Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese (dips, bagels, frostings, misc. meals)
  • Toffuti Better than Sour Cream (dips, misc. meals)
  • Tofutti American style cheese (meals, snacks)
  • Teddy Grahams (snack)
  • Marshmallows (snacks)
  • Jello (dessert, gummy snacks)
  • Animal Crackers (snacks)
  • Quaker Instant Oatmeal (breakfast)
  • Earth's Best Cookies or Crackers (snacks)
  • Graham Crackers (snacks)
  • Ritz crackers (spread soybutter on top for snack)
  • Soybutter (snacks, meals, baking)
  • Sunbutter (snacks, meals, baking)
  • Saltine crackers (snacks)
  • Frozen fruit (snacks, meals)
  • Frozen veggies (meals)
  • Kashi Cereal (I mix with dried fruit  for snack, breakfast)
  • Rice Krispies (breakfast, treats)
  • Rice Chex (breakfast, puppy chow)
  • Life Cereal (breakfast, snack)
  • Cheerios (breakfast, snacks)
  • Kellogs or Welchs's Fruit Snacks (snacks - we use these sparingly)
  • Dried fruit - SunMaid Raisins, Ocean Spray Craisins, Sun Sweet Apricots are favorites right now **Make sure to check labels for these they are often processed in faciities with peanuts and tree nuts**
  • Eden Organic Alphabet pasta (meals)
  • 8 oz jar Hunts tomato sauce (meals)
  • Small containers of Rice Dream Rice Milk and Soy Dream Soy Milk (baking, meals)
  • Cricso shortenting (bakings, cooking)
  • Store brand blended oil (baking cooking)
  • Quick and Old Fashioned Oats (bakings)
  • Canned fruit -- I usually buy Dole or Del-Monte no sugar added.  Although I noticed recently they are sneaking Splenda into the Del-Monte brand.  No sugar but still a sweetener, gotta love those marketing people.
This list is really just a peek into some of the things we use.  We always have fresh fruits and vegetables around for snacks and meals, too.  

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