LIVING

With EoE, Allergies, Asthma and a G-Tube

A plate

This picture makes me so happy.

My Gage with a plate of food.

He WILL eat again, tube free.

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Rice noodles, blue berries and green beans.

June 29, 2013 Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Shepherds pie – beef free, potato free, wheat free, pea free

I was feeling adventurous today.  I decided I would make a shepherds pie for the boys.

The boys can’t eat beef or peas and Gage can’t have potatoes or wheat flour.

I can still do this! So I got out my recipe card and read it over to get the general idea of what I needed.

Here’s the list of substitutes:

Beef = chicken

Flour for gravy = corn starch

peas = omit and use corn, carrots and green beans.

potatoes = mashed cauliflower

Around lunch time I threw chicken and a can of chicken broth in the slow cooker and let it cook. Around 4pm I started putting together the pie. I first cooked the veggies a little to soften them up. I used fresh baby carrots and frozen corn and green beans.

Next I sautéed a little onion in some olive oil.

I shredded up the chicken instead of cutting into bite size pieces. I figured it would be easier for them to eat.

I poured the chicken broth from the crock pot into a pan and brought it to a boil on the stove. I made a little cornstarch and water mixture to thicken the broth. After slowly adding the cornstarch mixture I added some salt and pepper for taste. Once it was as thick as I wanted I poured it over the veggies and mixed. After mixing the veggies and broth I added the chicken then placed in a casserole dish.

While doing everything else I had some cauliflower cooking on the stove. Once soft I drained it and put it in the food processor. I added butter, milk, salt and pepper then hit the button. Once creamy I topped the mixture in the casserole dish. I finalized it by sprinkling paprika on top. I then baked it at 350 for 30 min, until bubbly.

I spooned some into the boys bowls and let it cool. They loved it! Charlie picked out the carrots, of course, but they ate every last bite I gave them.

What a huge relief, it was a lot of work. I tend to get frustrated when I work really hard on a real meal and they end up not liking it. I put the leftovers in a Tupperware bowl and put it in the deep freezer. Easy homemade meal for once the baby arrives! (That’s a whole other blog topic)

August 1, 2011 Posted by | What's for dinner | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Are More Allergies Possible?

Took Charlie to the allergist today to get tested for mustard and eggs. We decided to do the whole food panel and seasonal allergies to get it out-of-the-way. No sense in putting him through more testing down the road. Plus Charlie is drama about somethings so I knew this wasn’t going to be fun.

Nathan holds Charlie on his lap while the nurse starts pricking his back. The first group of 8 he was ok with. The second group he started to cry and by the third he was screaming. We had to grab his hands and Nathan had to hold him tight. Poor Gage didn’t understand what was going on. I look over at him and he’s bawling at the site of his brother in pain. I’m trying not to cry and trying to get ahold of Gage’s hand to help console him. HORRIBLE

Once it was over Nathan takes Charlie to the play room. I have to change Gage’s diaper. He repeats over and over in his toddler language “needle?” 

Once the timer beeps we all head back to the room. The nurse holds Charlie on her lap as she measures and reads off a bunch of numbers to another nurse. The nurse writing says to me “You guessed mustard, right?” Right I answer. She says “mustard is one, and beef….” I just sort of ignore the rest of what she said. I could see he had a lot of hives but really didn’t want to believe them. The Dr comes in, looks over the paper then looks at Charlie’s back. He then starts to read: Soy, all nuts, all seafood, beef, chicken, cantaloupe, pineapple, celery, corn, green beans, onion, pea, garlic, mustard, oat and rice. I was head down, in complete tears and had to leave the room. So I gather myself and step back into the room. Nathan at that point is asking about the research they do in Cincinnati Ohio. The Dr said he is going to refer us there. He doesn’t want to come out and say Charlie has the same disease as Gage, but with Nathan’s food allergy history and the fact that Gage has it… We’ll get Charlie scoped and see what happens.

Charlie also has seasonal allergies to all pollen, outdoor mold, cats and dust.

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Charlie's allergies | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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