Chocolate Cake

I attempted my first dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free chocolate cake and it was a great success. I followed this recipe – it’s very easy. The cake was so delicious! I never used to like chocolate cake but this recipe has me craving chocolate cake on a daily basis. I also made a dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free buttercream vanilla frosting that was amazing and way better than any store-bought frosting. This recipe is what I followed for the frosting. If you can’t tell already I am pretty excited about these two recipes because i feel like I have a super easy cake or cupcake recipe to go to whenever there’s a celebration that calls for treats!

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Dairy Free and Egg Free Pancakes

We have made pancakes before and have always used Bisquik just with more oil and milk to try to make up for the egg but this past weekend I wanted to see if we could get a better consistency and pancake if we made our own batter from scratch. It was so easy. Can’t believe it took me this long to try this. I found this recipe and it was great – we’ll definitely be making them again!

Dairy Free Mac n’ Cheese

Today I attempted my first dairy free mac n’ cheese for the little guy. I used Daiya cheese and started off with this recipe but it was lunch time and I wanted a quicker and less fancy recipe  so I just ended up mixing Daiya cheese, Earth Balance butter and So Declicious Coconut milk until I got the right consistency.

Thanksgiving Treats

We had a few different family gatherings this past week and we were in charge of bringing desserts because they really tend to be one of the harder things to re-create or buy dairy, egg and nut free. I made all of the following… and we ate all of these over the last four days. The links to the recipes are below each photo.

We had a really great Thanksgiving! Both of our families were so amazing and so accommodating – they made all of the food dairy, egg and nut free so that Bo could be a part of the celebrations. We are so thankful for such understanding and loving families!

Dairy, egg and nut free brownies.

Cowboy cookies.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.

Apple Crisp. I used this Martha Stewart Recipe and just used Earth Balance butter in place of regular butter.

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

Here’s a delicious, dairy free, egg free, nut free, super easy, pot roast recipe from one of my faves – Martha Stewart. We had this tonight with cous cous and acorn squash.  I highly recommend!

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast.                                       

Chili

Chili is one of my go-to meals that’s easy, dairy, egg and nut free, and is usually a crowd pleaser. I am always a fan of the Cafe Latte’s chicken chili but lately I have been making this Martha Stewart recipe and it’s soooo good – I never follow the recipe exactly I tend to just use what I have at home and it always works out!

We skip the cheese on top but sometimes use Tofutti sour cream. Then we heat up a loaf of french bread or use tortilla for dipping.

 

 

Doritos

We discovered these dairy, egg and nut free Doritos last week and I am embarrased to say how many bags we have eaten! It’s just so exciting but it’s about time we put them back in the “special treat’ category. I think there is also a Salsa Verde Dorito in a green bag that is dairy, egg and nut free! It’s little finds like this that make my week.

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

dairy free muffins

A few months ago we spotted these dairy free muffins in the bakery area of our local Byerly’s. They have a chocolate chip and blueberry that Bo seems to like. Always a nice treat to find new treats that are safe for Bo. He’s a picky breakfast eater, too, so these come in handy some mornings!