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Going out for pizza

Since moving to a new town Nathan has found a pizza place that he’s fallen in love with. It’s more of an Italian restaurant that serves great pizza. When his parents came to town to stay he insisted we take them there.

Gage can’t eat wheat anymore so this posed a big problem with going out for pizza. The pizza isn’t really the take out kind, the bottom gets soggy if you don’t eat it right away. They do have other Italian dishes there but Gage loves pizza. So how would we go eat pizza and tell him he can’t have any?

Let me back step just a bit. Once the boys were diagnosed with food allergies I’ve become a bit aggressive in their food defense. If we go somewhere and coolers aren’t allowed or no outside food is allowed to be brought in my mother bear claws come out. I explain our situation and why we need to bring in our own things. Food allergies are somewhat of a disability and I try not to let our disability stop us from doing or going places.

I decided I would bake Gage his own pizza and take it with us. So I made up some Chebe pizza crust and fixed him up a pizza right before we left. http://www.chebe.com/Products/Dry-Mixes.aspx

I threw in a few Chebe bread sticks because they serve you bread sticks while you’re waiting on your food. I stuck a few toothpicks in the pizza and covered it with foil.

When kids arrive the waitress brings pizza dough for the kids to play with. I had to quickly block that from happening. Charlie remembered and asked about it, I just told him they were out of it that day. We ordered Gage a plain salad to munch on along with his bread sticks. He thought that was cool he got his own salad.

Gage knew that I had brought him his own pizza and he was fine with that. I am so thankful my kids understand and are accepting of the fact that there are some things they just can’t eat. I was really worried being 3 he would want our pizza. Maybe he was excited he had his OWN. So when our pizza arrived I set his in front of him. He got busy and gobbled it up!

We don’t go out to eat often, maybe this is a way we can still do it.

July 18, 2011 Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING, What's for dinner | , , , , | 2 Comments

Pizza by picture

Once I had decided on chicken for the boys dinner they declared they wanted pizza. Knowing they probably wouldn’t eat the chicken if I made it I went ahead and made them pizza. Charlie had a Boboli crust and Gage had a Chebe crust. http://www.chebe.com/Home.aspx I had both on hand in the freezer ready to go.

I topped each with sauce, black olives and mushrooms.

Added lots of cheese!

Then baked. Super easy. Once cooled a bit I cut them into triangles and served with a chebe bread stick. The boys don’t notice that their pizza looks a little different. If they do they never ask why.

July 10, 2011 Posted by | Charlie's allergies, Gage's allergies, What's for dinner | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Chebe pizza

Good old Chebe. They haven’t changed it and Gage still loves it!  Good thing.

I made the boys pizza for dinner tonight. I pulled out a Boboli for Charlie and a box of Chebe pizza dough mix for Gage. It saddened me that I had to mix it up for him. Trying to see the positive though,  at least he can eat something similar to pizza.

I had forgotten that it called for eggs. That made me mad. Then I remembered we use the oil, water and baking powder mixture instead of egg. Works just about the same.

I made 4 little pizzas so that I could freeze 3 to have on hand when I need them.

I loaded up one little pizza with sauce, left over diced up chicken, mushrooms, black olives and cheese. I cut it into triangles just like Charlie’s pizza and Gage never even noticed his was different.

THANK YOU CHEBE!

June 26, 2011 Posted by | Gage's allergies, What's for dinner | , , , | 2 Comments

Another kids dinner

With Nathan out-of-town on business I know my dinner plans will be minimal. So to make it even easier on myself I just ask they boys what they want.

Charlie: mac and cheese

Gage: pizza

Charlie’s is super easy – I break out the Kraft. Then he asked for a pizza too.

For Gage I use their special bread. I spread on some pizza sauce, sprinkle on some mozzarella  cheese and lay it right on the oven rack. I bake it for around 5-8 min at 350 degrees. Just enough to melt the cheese  and make the bread crusty.

Easiest dinner than last night! Not as healthy though.

hmmmm what does this pregnant belly want to eat?

April 20, 2011 Posted by | What's for dinner | , , , , | Leave a comment

Shout out to Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

I feel like our EE x 3 sort of has an evil side. For example: Nathan can have pork but not the fruit that commonly goes with it. Gage can have yeast but none of the grains to go with it, until now!  Charlie can have wheat but no yeast. I would say that’s almost worse than trying to eat gluten-free. (note to self, celebrity Gluten free diet – topic for another day. grrrrr) So trying to find a bread product for Charlie is hard unless we make our own.

One grocery trip I was feeling a little adventurous and decided to check out all the Pillsbury products. Low and behold a few of them don’t contain yeast! So I grab some crescent rolls and head for home. Charlie told me he would eat anything for dinner as long as it was in the shape of a ginger bread boy. As if dinner isn’t heard enough. I break out my creative mommy mode and get to work. I opened up the tube and rolled some out. Found a cookie cutter as close to a ginger bread boy shape that we had and cut some out. I used the scraps and made little parmesan sticks and finished up the rest of the dough making regular rolls. I always bake the dough a little before adding the sauce and toppings. Sauce is always also homemade since Charlie can’t have onion or garlic. Which I’m so over and ready to have those two things back. The boys both thought dinner was awesome and ate it up! Charlie thought the sticks looked like snakes so those were extra cool. I recently discovered the actual Pillsbury pizza dough doesn’t have yeast so we’ve switched to that.

Three cheers for mommy and an “awesome” dinner!

October 27, 2010 Posted by | What's for dinner | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Chicken Pizza

Breads and doughs are a huge obstacle for me right now. So while trying to figure out lunch one day I came up with CHICKEN PIZZA!  Most all kids love pizza and chicken so let’s combine them.

I put chicken tenderloin in a baking dish with a little water. Baked them for 25 minutes then pulled them out. I added a few spoons of pizza sauce and a little mozzarella. I use block cheese because regular shredded has potato starch in it. Put it back in the oven for 5 minutes then add a little more mozzarella when I take it out. The boys loved it!

May 15, 2010 Posted by | What's for dinner | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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