Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WIAW- Allergy Free Eating

Lyric will be 6 weeks old on Friday and I just don't know where the time has gone! At his one month check up he weighed 10lbs 13oz and was 22 1/4" long. I love this big guy!

What I don't love is all the foods I have had to cut out of my diet. It's totally worth not having an upset colicky baby, though. So far, what I've cut out has been caffeine, all dairy, soy, eggs and chocolate. This includes any processed foods that contain any of these ingredients. Omitting theses items seems to be a good system, and honestly I feel better NOT eating them! It was difficult at first to rethink my recipes, but after a week or so, it has been easier. Also, I have found a bunch of great recipes around the blogging realm! Here are some dairy, soy, and egg free meals we have found to love just as much as the non allergy friendly meals.

*Some of these recipes are NOT gluten free, however you can sub the regular flour for a gluten free one if you choose. I have not tested them as such, though.

Pumpkin Pancakes

It took me a couple tries to make a good pancake. At first I tried to change a recipe I had and I couldn't get them to cook all the way through. Then I found this recipe at Allergy Free Cooking Baby! and it turned out perfect!

Turkey Tacos with Spanish Rice

I love Mexican food! We have these tacos almost once every week. Super simple! I will have to post the recipe soon! Usually I make my Spanish rice from scratch but I had a box mix that I used here. It was allergy free, a plus! I never use a premixed taco seasoning anymore either. I always make it from scratch. It's very easy!

Venison steak with roasted sweet potatoes and green beans

Just what it sounds like! We like to season our steaks with Emeril's Essence and cook them on the grill. (Yes even in the winter!) 

Dairy Free Pot Pie

One of my Pinterest search finds! I am loving this blog! She has a ton of great dairy free recipes! We loved this chicken pot pie. I used coconut oil instead of the Earth Balance butter because that is what I had and it still turned out great. I should say, the pastry sheets do "contain 2% or less of eggs". It didn't seem to bother the baby, though. Recipe from Milk Free Mom.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with mashed potatoes and carrots

When I made this, I didn't have Earth Balance butter so I used coconut oil a lot in this dish. I used this recipe for the pork loin (without the apples). For the mashed potatoes I used coconut oil and unsweetened coconut milk. For the gravy, I used some pan drippings from the tenderloin and a little coconut oil, flour and coconut milk. Note: my husband didn't like the gravy. I thought it was ok but did have a coconut flavor. It would have been better with the Earth Balance butter and chicken/vegetable stock.

Chicken Parm with salad

We just had this last night and WOW! I bit into it and was completely amazed how good it tasted for just a couple ingredients! The whole family loved this one as much as I did! I used Prego traditional for the sauce. I dressed my salad with salt, pepper, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Recipe from Allergy-Free Vintage Cookery.

One thing I just can't give up is my ice cream! So I found this So Delicious coconut milk ice cream. It comes in a few flavors but I get vanilla. I top it with a little honey, Yum! I cant have it all the time though because it's pretty expensive!

Here are few of the things I found to use in place of my normal dairy/ soy items. I purchased all of these from Azure Standard. I haven't checked Whole foods yet to see if they carry any of these. Smith's carries the coconut milk  and they have Earth Balance butter but it's not the soy free kind. They have Daiya cheese but not the shreds. I haven't tried the creamer yet. I got it to use in my occasional decaf coffee. I also purchased some canned coconut milk in case I need coconut cream or milk to cook with. The Daiya is ok. I would say it's similar to Velveeta. It's really salty so you don't want to use a lot in my opinion.

I think along with the help of the chiropractor, the baby will get better. Eventually I hope to start adding these things back into my diet. He already seems to be doing better. I was able to eat egg whites with my breakfast the other day without it bothering him. The first time I tried that he still got sick. 

I am very new to this allergy free diet. I find that I can search for Vegan or Paleo dishes and adapt those recipes for our home. I think even if I do add these things back into my diet, it probably wont be nearly as much as I used to eat. I just feel better without them. 

Do you have any allergy friendly meal ideas?

What did you eat for this WIAW?


  1. Sooooo....when are you coming to cook at my house? Or at least spreading your wisdom this way lol.

    1. Haha! Maybe when I feel more comfortable cooking this way and have tested some more recipes!