Vegan Cookies

I always bring our own snacks with us whenever we go out but it’s always such a fun treat to be able to pick something up while we’re out since it’s a rare occasion. I was in Nordstrom with Bo a while back getting a coffee at the Nordstrom cafe when I saw something that made my day! They have VEGAN COOKIES and they are seriously delicious. It made me so happy to be able to say to Bo “want to pick out a treat?” and to know that what he was eating was safe. They all come individually packed so you can read all of the ingredients. Some of them do have nuts which are not safe for Bo but we have tried a couple now – Pumpkin, Oatmeal Raisin and Chocolate chip and they are dangerously good.

photo from vegan crunk

 

simple dinner ideas

Our go to dinner around here is usually meat, a veggie and cous cous or rice. It’s a safe meal for Bo, fairly easy, and something we can all enjoy. Since this is the type of dinner we eat a lot I am trying to work on changing up the types of meat we eat and also different ways of preparing the meat. These are two of the most delicious recipes that I have followed over the last week.

Classic baked chicken. I followed this super simple recipe but did it with three chicken breasts and cooked them for 30 minutes. I also add a few sprinkles of a garlic & herb spice that I had. I made the gravy too and it was ridiculously good.

Easy pork chops. I followed this recipe and they were some of the best pork chops that I have made at home in a while!

State Fair

We went back and forth on whether or not we would take Bo to the Minnesota State Fair this year. Let’s be honest, the best part about the fair is the food and we didn’t really want to go because most of that food is not safe food for Bo. At the last minute we decided to go. Monday was a beautiful day, perfect fair weather and we knew that there would be many things that Bo would love like tractors, garbage trucks, music, rides, animals, etc… so we just went prepared with plenty of our own food for Bo. We did let Bo try two things: sno cones & cotton candy. The sno cone was a hit…but only for a few spoon fulls and then he was over it and the cotton candy, well, as you can see below he really was not into it. Ah well! We had a fun time at the fair and were glad we gave it a shot.

Takeout

We really try to avoid taking Bo out to restaurants after a bad reaction he had a few months ago. Just to give you a quick bit of background info here’s what happened or what we think happened. I had Bo out to eat for lunch with friends and other little ones. I wasn’t too worried because I had just always thought that Bo couldn’t ingest dairy, egg or nuts, but as long as we kept those things out of his mouth he would be fine. So, we were having lunch and there was plenty of dairy around the table, but I am almost 100% sure Bo never eat any of it. He wasn’t really interested in eating and what he did eat was maybe two bites of a plain chicken breast. Toward the end of our lunch, Bo got down from the table and was wandering around the restaurant as any 1 1/2 year old would, touching every chair, table, high chair in sight. He pulled himself up on a high chair at our table and right after that I noticed he was attacking his chin and itching like crazy. He started getting white hives that were slowly crawling up his face. I knew he was having a reaction, so I did what we normally do and started by giving him a children’s benadryl and wiped down his hands and face. The itching was growing more intense, he was really fussy, his nose was running like a faucet and he couldn’t stop sneezing. I thought maybe the benadryl was just not kicking in yet and that soon he would calm down and we could get home and all would be fine (we only live about 5 minutes from the restaurant). Once I had him in the car, I kept looking back at him and noticed the hives were getting worse, he was turning a brighter red, and he just looked like he was struggling and maybe beginning to have difficulty breathing. I knew this wasn’t right and this was definitely the worst reaction I had seen. Luckily, I had two friends in the car with me that encouraged me to go with my instinct and to call 911. I called 911, pulled the car over, pulled Bo out and jabbed him with his epi pen. This was our first experience with the epi pen. It was quite amazing how quickly the epi pen kicked in and worked its magic. The itching stopped, the redness and hives all faded and the ambulace was there to take us to the hospital where they would monitor Bo for a few hours to make sure there were no reoccurring reactions. So, needless to say, that was a really scary day. What we concluded, with the help of our allergist, is that Bo is so sensitive to dairy that he can’t even TOUCH it.

Back to the original point of my post, we don’t eat out a lot after our most recent incident. We’re just not ready to risk it. We do, however, have a couple of ‘takeout’ spots that we feel somewhat comfortable with – Subway, Chipotle, McDonalds and Pizza Luce. We definitely know it’s a risk anytime we buy food prepared by someone else, but we have had good luck with all of these spots thus far. At every spot we make sure to alert them of Bo’s allergies and we ask them to change their gloves before they make our food.

Here’s what we are comfortable ordering:

Subway: White or wheat bread, veggies and ham or turkey.

Chipotle: Taco with rice, beans, chicken or pork, and guacamole.

McDonalds: Hamburger and french fries.

Pizza Luce: Any of their Pizzas as long as they use their vegan cheese.

We may venture out and try a few more spots eventually, but I thought I would share what we stick with for now.

Here is a website that I use a lot when researching dairy free foods at restaurants: http://www.godairyfree.org/Table/Dining-Out/

photo by marisa mcnamara

Spaghetti O’s

I always appreciate quick and easy meals that require little to no prep with Bo’s food allergies. Here’s one of my recent finds from a fabulous blog, “Dairy Free Tried and True,” that I, too, REALLY enjoyed. It took about 10 minutes to make. Spaghetti O’s. Who doesn’t like them? You just have to make the “homemade” version if you want dairy and egg free Spaghetti O’s. BTW – I found the small “o” rings at Byerly’s, Target did not have them.

Hope you enjoy this recipe and blog as much as I do.

 

photo from dairy free tried and true