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With EoE, Allergies, Asthma and a G-Tube

Bean and bacon soup

I’m not the soup maker in the family, it’s Nathan. He’s more of a toss in and taste kind of cook.

Any measurements given are more of a suggestion for this recipe.

For this soup we used great northern beans. We buy them in the bag, dry. No canned beans in this house!

Pre-soak your beans first, either over night or quick method.

Next cut up a 1/2 lb of bacon removing most of the fat.

In the giant pot you will cook your soup in toss in the bacon and fry it up.

When it’s close to being done add a half of an onion chopped.

Once the onion is sautéed add 8 cups of water.

Toss in a few ham hocks and simmer for an hour.

Add your beans next. Nathan used about a cup to a cup and a half.

Simmer for another hour. Adding more water if needed.

Pull the hocks out.

Make a cornstarch and water thickener.

VERY SLOWLY (over 15 min) add the thickener until the desired consistency is reached.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

This might be the best soup you’ve ever made!

The boys loved it! Ate every last drop!

July 29, 2011 Posted by | What's for dinner | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Corn bread muffins – wheat free, egg free

Gage is really without bread. So we try hard to make him baked goods as close to bread as we can. This is Nathans successful attempt at corn bread mini muffins.

Corn bread muffins

1/2 cup corn meal

1/2 cup millet

2TB sugar

1TB honey

1TB flax-seed mixed with 3TB water – let sit for 2 minutes. This is used as the egg.

2 tsp baking powder

add milk to achieve consistency

Mix all dry ingredients including honey.

Add flax-seed with water and then slowly add milk.

We used a mini muffin pan so cooking times will be different.

Bake at 425 for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

July 27, 2011 Posted by | Gage's allergies, What's for dinner | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Good Ol’ Cornflakes

Since not cooking chicken for Nathan and myself, because of his allergy to it, I am still learning what to do with it. I broke out the Southern Living cookbook and tried to find some ideas for the boys.

Right there on the first page – Crispy Cornflake Chicken.

What made this recipe even better was that it didn’t have anything in it I would have to substitute because of their allergies!

For this recipe I used drumsticks and chicken wings.

First melt some butter in a bowl.

In a baggie crush up a few cups of cornflakes. Add parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Next roll a piece of chicken in the butter then place it in the baggie and shake until its coated.

I cover my pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Makes for easy clean up! Roll and shake each piece of chicken then sprinkle the remaining cornflake mixture over the chicken before putting it in the oven.

 

Bake at 400 for 45 min or until juices run clear.

I thought this was the best chicken ever! I don’t remember eating this as a kid. I’m sure we did. However, the boys didn’t like it too much. I was so bummed. I think it was because I added too much garlic. So next time I’ll cut back. They still ate it once I peeled the crunchy skin off.

Another easy dinner! They also had corn, cherry tomatoes and split an orange.

July 27, 2011 Posted by | LIVING, What's for dinner | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ten years ago, did you expect that your life would be anything like it is today?

I typed up a new blog, posted it and there were 3 suggestions off to the side to pick from for a new blog topic. I gave it a shot, this is the one I chose: Ten years ago, did you expect that your life would be anything like it is today?

Married to my college sweetheart, yes. Mother of two with one on the way, yes.  A stay at home mom, yes. Not living in my hometown, yes.

Struggeling everyday to figure out what to feed my kids, no. Wondering if the next bite will cause a major allergic reaction, no. Knowing what Eosinophilic Esophagitis is, no.

My dream of being a mom came true but not the way I had planned. I wanted perfect, healthy and wonderful kids. Two out of three isn’t bad. To an extent they are healthy but we will always have the battle of EoE. Yes, we are dealing with it very well. I hate it though. I hate the thought that we will ALWAYS and FOREVER be batteling it.

God deals us what we can handle. I guess he knows I can handle this.

I am.

Today, right now, my boys are dressed as spiderman and batman running through the house having a great time. I had dinner planned by lunchtime and even a few moments to work on my blog. Life really isn’t bad. Just a little harder some days.

 

July 26, 2011 Posted by | LIVING | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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July 25, 2011 Posted by | LIVING | , , , , | Leave a comment

Corn Noodles

Not having wheat in Gage’s diet plain stinks. Being allergic to other grains stinks as well. Noodles are hard to find when in this situation. Many noodles made of other grains often have rice flour or potato starch added, both things Gage can’t have. I finally found a noodle that is Gage safe!Not only did they cook up great they tasted good as well!  Gage can’t tell that they are any different from what he use to eat. Thanks Mrs. Leepers!  

I’m sure you can find them at your local health food store but here’s a link just in case   http://www.amazon.com/Mrs-Leepers-Pasta-Organic-Spaghetti/dp/B000LKVGV6 

July 25, 2011 Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING, What's for dinner | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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July 22, 2011 Posted by | LIVING | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medical bracelet

I found a neat site for medical bracelets. http://www.laurenshope.com/

I really think that the boys both need one. Yes, I’m with them pretty much 24/7 and am always with in a short distance of driving if I am away from them. What if my husband and I weren’t reachable or worse we were all 4 in a car accident. They need to have something on them that let’s everyone know of their condition. Problem is how in the world do you list their food allergies on that tiny metal plate? Is there some secret allergy code I should know about? If your child has a medical bracelet for EoE what do you have on it? Even if your child has multiple food allergies what do you have listed if you can’t list them all?

July 21, 2011 Posted by | LIVING | , , | 2 Comments

Chicken Grill & Glaze

We’ve been cooking chicken more for the boys. I’ve never cooked it much since Nathan can’t eat it. With the boys having such a limited diet I have to use chicken so they have variety.

Grilling is Nathan’s other profession. He loves to grill and will grill anything. One big problem we’ve run into though is when he grills chicken for the boys and I there’s a time-lapse between the meats getting done.  Once the chicken is cooked he has to wait for the chicken remains to burn off the grill. After that he has to scrape it. This means we can never time up our dinner to all eat together. Who wants cold grilled chicken? Finally one day it clicked, buy a little grill for the boys!  This way we can time up cooking all the meat so we can eat together. So that’s exactly what we did. Please excuse the big ugly grill, there’s plans for a new fancy one in the near future, charcoal only!Now, neither of us have knowledge on grilling chicken or any chicken rubs or the like. Nathan can’t even taste the chicken to see what it might need to taste better. So I’m always looking for new things to do with chicken. I know there’s a thousand things you can do with it, but again, limited diet means limited options. I found a honey glaze that minus one allergy ingredient we thought they would like.

Honey chicken glaze

2 cups honey

1 cup soy sauce They’re allergic to soy sauce

4 TBSP vegetable oil

4 TBSP ketchup

6 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

This specific recipe said to bake it. Place the chicken wings in a casserole dish then pour the sauce over and back for an hour at 375F. I was only making enough chicken for the boys so I had actually cut this recipe in half twice. Because we were grilling the chicken we had a different plan on applying the glaze. I put two wings and two drum sticks in a baggie and poured a little bit of the sauce over them and let them sit for an hour. Then, Nathan worked his grilling magic. Towards the end put more glaze on. The chicken was different from anything the boys had ever had. They were a little skeptical at first. Gage ate his wing and drum-stick while we had to beg Charlie to eat one of his. I thought it was pretty good. Nathan and I had tasted the sauce before we put it on the chicken. We both agreed it needed the soy sauce. Once cooked you could taste the honey, I think it was sweet enough for the boys.  They’ve never had soy sauce anyways so they didn’t know it was missing. Another one for the book!

July 20, 2011 Posted by | Charlie's allergies, Gage's allergies, What's for dinner | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wheat free – Peach Pie

Having company in town is hard when having 3 with EoE in the house. You always feel as if you have to feed your guests well and cook more. For me that means trying to match up EoE meals along with it.  Don’t get me wrong, with being so far from home it’s nice to have visitors. Just something else to blog about, and found a GREAT NEW RECIPE! Getting to the point, Nathan asked his mom to bake a peach pie. This for me meant making one Gage could eat as well. Nathan had suggested some sort of Mexican cornmeal crust he had heard of. I began my internet search.

With luck I found two recipes that sounded sweet enough for a pie. The second recipe had long instructions for putting it together so I sort of did a combo of the two.This is the exact amount I used. Double it if you’re making a normal size pie.

1/2 cup flour millet flour

1/4 cup cornmeal

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

4 Tbsp butter

1/8 cup ice water

Heat the over to 400

Stir flour, cornmeal, salt and sugar.

Cut in butter until most of the dry mixture is becoming moist

Add the water little bits at a time until it becomes dough like.

It says to roll the dough on a floured surface but I didn’t want to add more millet not knowing how it would taste. It really wasn’t a dough like texture. So I just pressed it into the dish.

I actually pressed it into three small dishes only filling one with the actual peach mixture. I baked and then froze the other two pie shells to have on hand for Gage.

For the pie filling I followed a fresh peach pie recipe. Used fresh peaches, a little sugar, cinnamon, butter, millet flour and vanilla. You could use any type of pie filling. My mother-in-law suggested even using them for a pudding pie.

Gage’s pie turned out tasting more like a cobbler, but it was yummy. The crust was thicker than a regular pie crust, which is what gave it that cobbler texture. Gage thought it was great that he was eating pie. Not something he’s ever had because I typically don’t bake them and the store-bought ones always have something in it he can’t have. He even had left overs we warmed up the next day and poured a little milk over.

July 19, 2011 Posted by | Gage's allergies, What's for dinner | , , , , , | 2 Comments

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