20 02, 2014

Elecare Recipe Resource

Did you know that Elecare has a neat little recipe booklet with great smoothie recipes using their product? Our dietician pointed me that direction and I have to say, all the recipes look amazing. There are a couple Maya can try as is and a few I can likely tweak into what we need. We always use the Elecare Jr. Vanilla flavor.

Elecare Recipes (pdf)

Elecare is an amino acid based nutritional formula that we use to make up the majority of Maya’s diet. It constitutes so much of it in fact that solid food is kind of like a garnish, not the foundation. Maya’s food list is so very limited that we had to supplement with a formula like this even before she went elemental (only the formula).  Most frequently I stuck it in smoothies.

The vanilla flavor smells like a milkshake to us and makes her smoothies deliciously creamy.  If you’ve been given an Elecare or Elecare Jr. prescription, definitely check this out. If you’re considering or have been advised to look into Elecare, I truly hope this will help you see that it’s a wonderful product. It saved Maya’s life.

Happy smoothie making!

10 02, 2014

Beginner Gluten Free Baking Tip

Baking

‘Gluten free’ is one scary mamma jamma to me. Why? All the different flours and flour combos and additives and different structures and weights and, and, and….

Scary stuff man…..

Unless you have someone holding your hand and showing you the way, that is. We find this helping hand in amazing cookbooks, helpful websites, etc. But there’s an element that can be very frustrating that’s true all over the place in the food allergy world. One person’s magic mixture is total poison to another.

That’s why it’s so important to understand the basic elements in a recipe so that we can tweak and adjust ingredients to work for us! That’s kind of how I am. I struggle coming up with stuff out of thin air, but give me a recipe and I can tweak it until it works.

So Let’s Get Started

To get started in gluten free baking I think the first and most important thing we need is a flour mix that works well. I finally found one that works for us right now and we love it. It helps to find a mix that can be substituted 1:1 for wheat based flours.

This mix comes from the lovely Cybele Pascal. She’s kind of the gluten free allergy free queen. I took her basic and swapped a flour to make it work for us and it’s working out beautifully.

4 cups oat flour

2/3 cup potato starch

1 1/3 cups […]

4 02, 2014

Reasonably Priced Allergy Free Chocolates List

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Valentine’s Day is upon us! In the past I’ve really focused on making my own things and doing my own thing for Valentine’s Day but this year is a little different. With school and school and kids school and more school plus basic daily management I have to be really realistic with my time. That means if there’s a shortcut available that’s frugal and allergy friendly I try to jump on it when I can.

Awesomely enough, Alisa Flemming from Go Dairy Free compiled a list of chocolate makers that have amazing products that are all dairy free, many totally vegan, gluten free, and nut free. Some are top 8 free as well! I’m willing to bet you’ll find the perfect match for you.

Check it out at The Best Dairy Free Chocolate Roundup! I do believe I’ll be ordering from Amanda’s Own for Maya and Joshua.

What are you going to do for Valentine’s Day?