Nutrimom - Food Allergy Liason

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Recipes, guidance, tips and great advice for anyone with food allergies. This is a mother who loves to help and keeps an upbeat attitude to make you laugh through the difficult times.

Tracy is a winner of Top 25 Food Allergy Moms - 2012

What's your best advice for a mom struggling with cooking for children with food allergies?

Be patient- with yourself, with your child and with others. This will be a never-ending learning process and you will have to expect good days and bad days. Don't dwell on the bad days- take them as learning devices. Only surround yourself with people that are willing to help you and continue to be patient with those that don't.

What's your favorite allergy friendly product?

There are too many great products to pick just one. I will say any product that is easy to incorporate into multiple uses are usually my kitchen staples.

What's the biggest challenge raising a child with food allergies?

Allowing yourself to think about all of the possibilities. Many people are brought up to listen to their Doctors and do as they are instructed too. I have found that dealing with food allergies means having to think way outside of the box to keep my child safest. This may not be for everyone but always collect as much information as you can and then make your decisions. The rest will fall into place.

What is an easy vegetable recipe that your kids love?

Tracy Bush

Although I am forgtunate enough that my children are starting to be less picky, I still do what I have done for the past 10 years- puree and stir in. I puree my greens and add them into pasta sauces, soups, meatloaf/meatballs, chili, homemade burritos and whatever else I can think of. Even our pancakes have pureed carrots sometimes. I love my mini chopper and it sounds silly, but even grown-ups don't like to eat vegetables all of the time. By making the pureed veggies a part of my recipes, I make sure our whole family gets what they need rather than figuring out ways to get my children to just eat them. The great thing about doing this is that sometimes we double-up on our vegetables when we also have a side item since they are already in main dishes.
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What is your favorite quick breakfast recipe?

Tracy Bush

My favorite quick breakfast for myself is oatmeal mixed with a large spoonful of crunchy almond butter, a dash of sea salt and fresh strawberries. For my children- a Buckwheat waffle with almond butter and some cut up apples and grapes.
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What food would you most like to banish from school cafeterias?

Tracy Bush

Althought we have many food allergies, I would have to say the starches, which pretty much consumes most of the school lunches at our schools. I was horrified when I went to have lunch with my daughter and they served 1 main dish with a side of rice, corn or mashed potatoes. It's sad to see that there is very little protein, which is what is most important to keep their brains active and alert in school. As far as the allergic items, I pack lunch for both of my children and it is something that is always a concern but we have taken (what I feel) are enough precautions with the school to protect my son. Although it is not as safe for some children with food allergies, I feel our situation does not merit removing any particular food items from the cafeteria. It would be nice if schools considered other allergy-friendly items, especially considering that most of them are so much healthier than the culprits.
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What's a great recipe that uses cranberries?

Tracy Bush

I just put one together for those leftovers that everyone has for Thanksgiving! Buckwheat Cranberry Pancakes 1/4 Cup Pureed Apple 1 1/2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (heated) 1/3 Cup Tapioca Flour 1 Cup Buckwheat Flour 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder 1/4 Teaspoon Salt 1 1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract 1 Egg (or) Egg Replacer = 1 Egg 2 Tablespoons Water (or) Milk of Your Choice 8 Ounces Cranberry Sauce (can be chunky or canned) 2-3 Tablespoons of Oil For Frying *Optional- Pine Nuts In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients, adding the cranberry sauce last. Heat a large skillet on low heat and add oil. Spoon the batter onto the skillet in the form of a pancake and fry until golden. Flip gently and brown the other side. Serve hot and enjoy. Makes approximately 8 Pancakes Recipe provided by Nutrimom - Food Allergy Liason www.AllergyPhoods.com
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What's your family's favorite way to eat cranberries? Please share a link to your recipe!

Tracy Bush

Pancakes! You can use either fresh or canned and add pine nuts (or other nuts) to make them even better Buckwheat Cranberry Pancakes 1/4 Cup Pureed Apple 1 1/2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (heated) 1/3 Cup Tapioca Flour 1 Cup Buckwheat Flour 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder 1/4 Teaspoon Salt 1 1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract 1 Egg (or) Egg Replacer = 1 Egg 2 Tablespoons Water (or) Milk of Your Choice 8 Ounces Cranberry Sauce (can be chunky or canned) 2-3 Tablespoons of Oil For Frying *Optional- Pine Nuts In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients, adding the cranberry sauce last. Heat a large skillet on low heat and add oil. Spoon the batter onto the skillet in the form of a pancake and fry until golden. Flip gently and brown the other side. Serve hot and enjoy. Makes approximately 8 Pancakes
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