It's August and that means at every corner, you will see a back to school sign. Is your anxiety already spiking!!!??? The hunting and gathering of supplies, the rush to here and there, the prepping and planning of meals. With food allergies, add on top of that list coming up with substitutions that are also quick, safe, and Easy! Honestly, this sounds purely exhausting for parents and caregivers that send their children to an out of home school.
Only if it was as easy as stirring in love and voila, the perfect substitution!
Whether or not you have read any previous posts, in the food allergy world, you are thrown into the arena of shopping for substitutions. It's like, can't have eggs, good luck with making pancakes! Can't have soy, so long stir fries! No can do on dairy, bye bye cream sauces.
Well, that's why we exist as we want to make this as Easy as we can for anyone having to accommodate food allergies.
I grew up eating cream of wheat cereal. Back then, it was smothered with butter and milk and I still remember adding more brown sugar to my bowl when my grandmother was not looking. Then I would dive right in and just love the sweet, creamy taste of that hot cereal.
We are so excited to share this recipe! I mean, who does not enjoy a fluffy, warm and sweet pancake!
I remember the morning clearly, I wanted nothing more than to be able to make pancakes for my family that would be very similar to the pancakes served up diner style. I wanted them to be soft with yet a slightly crunchy outside with a hint of vanilla and sweetness….
Convenience foods. These words can conjure up so many different emotions for those caring for kids, whether food allergic or not. We live in a time where everyday feels like go, go, go! We schedule endless appointments on top of events, on top of classes, on top of work, on top of housework, on top of…well, I think you get the point. It's no wonder when it comes to food and nourishment, we immediately think what is the quickest thing I can shove down my throat as I drive like a crazy person across town!
In the food restrictions world, convenient foods are the first things to get ditched. There are too many ingredients and chances for someone to have a reaction. I will be honest, once you get a handle of what you can and can't have, things get a little easier where you can navigate through labels and even feel confidant enough to try something new. For instance, I was perusing through the freezer section of our grocery store, just dreaming about how awesome it would be to pop something already made in the oven and within a few minutes voila, food. And sure enough, something caught my eye as it listed all the allergens it was free from and low and behold, it fit!
I'm not going to lie, sometimes, I really miss the carefree days of eating at restaurants and not cooking at home. I lived very close to the city of Chicago most of my young adult life and had the privilege of sampling so many different cuisines. B.C, "before children", my husband and I loved visiting Asian restaurants. In particular Thai and Chinese standout with their amazingly flavorful dishes. I was always a fan of the thick, velvety sauces that would coat either rice or noodles and the combination of sweet and sour flavor just make my mouth water.
I realize that it would be a miracle to find a restaurant that would accommodate my family's list of allergens, especially avoiding soy, eggs, and nuts.
I will admit to you, traveling with my children with food allergies gives me anxiety. They seem to want to eat more than most adults I know! If we need to leave the house for more than a couple hours, it's a true necessity to have something to sustain them.
Growing up, my mother would make biscuits to go with breakfast, creamy mashed potatoes, or just because. How could you resist flaky, buttery, crunchy clouds of yummy goodness!
When avoiding gluten or other allergens normally found in baked goods, you tend to remember foods that either brought comfort or was just plain ol' tasty! The biscuits she would make were the convenient ones in a can that took no time at all but always came out consistent.
Allergies…it's increasing prevalence in the US alone affects at least 15 million people and sends someone to the ER every three minutes.* Allergies tend to bring up images of life saving medicines and postings of NUT FREE ZONES. It is becoming a way of life to truly make room for awareness of what it means to have allergies and how to keep our family with life threatening allergies safe. It is out of this necessity Allergy Easy Living was born.