The Allergic Kid

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Life and recipes without nuts, eggs, dairy, shellfish and red meat.

What's the one food you could never live without?

What's a treat your kids love that's actually healthy?

What's your best tip for feeding a picky eater?

What food would you most like to banish from school cafeterias?

Libby

My knee jerk reaction to the question of what food to banish from school cafeterias is peanut butter. My son is deathly allergic to it, along with several other foods. When I stop and take a moment to think, my answer is far different. Except for very young children in daycare or preschool (possibly Kindergarten as well) who have snacks during the school day and have a great deal of physical contact with each other, I don't believe that food bans are a benefit. Unless a child who is vulnerable to airborne protein particles is present, I would not ban any food from the typical school. Instead I strongly believe that all food should be confined to the cafeteria, and that students should wash their hands upon leaving. Food should not be in classrooms, period. Not as treats, not as snacks, not as rewards, not as manipulatives, not for any reason. There are far too many dangers. Stringing macaroni on yarn endangers the child with celiac disease. Cheerios just introduced a peanut butter flavored cereal identical to the original, which could be potentially deadly if used for counting. The list goes on. Don't ban foods, just keep it in the cafeteria.
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What's your family's favorite recipe for weekend breakfasts?

Libby

I developed these banana pancakes to accommodate my son's food allergies, but everyone who tries them loves them! We make them almost every weekend and I freeze the extras for him to eat during the week.
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What's your family's favorite recipe for chicken or tofu?

Libby

These BBQ chicken drumsticks are a dinnertime staple and one of my family's favorites. I can toss the chicken in the marinade the night before and cook them up in less than half an hour. Bonus trick: when drummies go on sale, I'll buy two packs, make a double batch of the marinade and freeze half of them in a gallon zipper bag with the sauce. This may be the only time that freezing actually improves a cut of meat, since the flavor just soaks all the way through!
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Please share a link to a photo of a great birthday cake you made or bought.

Libby

This is the first of several (egg/dairy/peanut/tree nut free) volcano cakes I've made for my son's dinosaur themed birthday parties: http://allergickid.blogspot.com/2009/08/vocano-cake.html (My cake making skills have improved since then, but this is the only one of the volcanoes I've posted!)
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From peach pies and berry cobbler to lemon shortcake and watermelon popsicles, fruity desserts are perfect for summer. Please share your favorite fruit-based dessert, and include a link to the recipe and photo.

Libby

These Cherry Limeade Frozen Fruit Pops are amazingly addictive, not to mention healthy, gluten-free, vegan and free of all of the top 8 allergens! Feel free to mix and match fruits, substituting lemon for lime or filling the molds with any fruit that's in season.
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Can you recommend a great hot lunchbox meal for kids for the cold weather months? Please include a link to your recipe.

Libby

My son absolutely loves eating leftover turkey chili for lunch, especially if I pack some cornbread to go with it. The thermos always comes home empty!
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What helps you stay organized? Whether it's a special coupon binder, calendar app or color-coded closet, we want to know all the little tricks and products that help keep your life organized. Please share a photo if you have one.

Libby

I use a pencil case hanging from a key hook by the front door to store my son's EpiPens and other meds. Since they are with our keys, it makes it much less likely that we will leave without them, and we always know where they are when we are at home, in case of emergency.
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