Monday, June 20, 2011

what i did

Lazarus seems to be over all his tummy issues, so i am back to an unlimited diet much faster than i had expected! and i have a box of leftover "special" foods stored away for future new baby times. here's what i did with my diets (since many people keep asking).
With Evalana, she got fussy at about five weeks. My friend suggested changing my diet, which i am so thankful for. I started with Dr. Sears's elimination diet. Evalana stopped crying the next day, although it can take a few weeks to get all of that stuff out of your system. Then I got all upset worrying that i wasn't giving her enough nutrition for her rapidly growing brain and that it'd take the rest of my life if i only added in one food at a time. So then I just left out the more common problem foods, and tried those one at a time. It took forever since it seemed like she was always getting teeth, sick, had a vaccination, we were away from home, or some other issue that made testing more difficult. She had problems with milk, soy, wheat, eggs, fish, nuts, and maybe corn. After she was six months old and eating solids, I just gave them directly to her for simpler testing. She was fine with most foods by 12 months and dairy at about 18 months. With Lazarus (baby 2), he started crying and acting like his tummy hurt at 3 weeks. I started with trying to limit my dairy intake. It didn't work. So then I eliminated all milk, soy, wheat, eggs, fish, and nuts. He was all better the next day. I then tried testing foods, and I thought he was okay with eggs and soy, but then a few weeks later i realized that he was crying every time i ate eggs or soy. He did great when I didn't have any of the common allergens--milk, soy, eggs, wheat, nuts, or fish. And, when I eliminated them, that means i didn't have anything that had any little tiny bit of any of those things in it. We hardly ever eat out, and I like cooking, so it wasn't that difficult. I made way more things than i listed recipes on here for, so let me know if you want any ideas. i realized i could make most any type of food, with some changes. At four months, I decided to try out some of the problem foods, and, to my surprise, he's fine with everything! actually, i still need to figure out fish, but that one's pretty easy to avoid. i'd love to help out anyone who wants to try a diet change to help a fussy baby. i'm sooo thankful i did.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

rice krispy treats

an easy dessert. all you have to substitute is canola oil or earth balance spread for butter.
and sometimes we add some creamy sunflower seed butter to the rice krispies and melt some enjoy life chocolate chips to spread on top.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


The dinner I had most evenings this winter was chili. It was easy and fast enough to put together that I could actually make it (and a huge pot so i didn't have to do more than pull some out of the fridge to heat up for awhile), and everyone in my family likes it.
1 or 2 pounds ground beef (depending on how much you want to make and how meaty you want it. grassfed beef is best, if you have it. i usually make mine more beany than meaty because the meat is the most expensive part of this dish.)
cans of diced tomatoes (walmart brand doesn't have the icky white bpa lining in the can. frozen chopped garden tomatoes work perfectly too)
all different kinds of dried beans that have been soaked and cooked (if you want cheaper and healthier) or cans of various types of beans (if you want faster)
organic or garden sweet peppers (because we love veggies, flavor, and color)
frozen or canned sweet corn if you want. also quinoa if you want.
garlic, onion, cumin, chili powder, and costco organic no salt seasoning
fritos (my husband will not eat chili without Fritos)

brown meat in a big pot. add seasoning while it's cooking. i like the costco seasoning, cumin, some chili powder, a whole chopped sweet onion, and a couple crushed cloves of garlic. sometimes a little salsa is great while it's cooking too.
add chopped sweet peppers if you have them.
dump in tomatoes. add tomato paste if you want it more tomatoey.
dump in beans. drain them first.
simmer until you're ready to eat.
eat it up!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

cadbury eggs

Although i'm just thankful to celebrate Eeaster with Jesus, some Easter treats are pretty yummy, too. Here's the recipe I kind of used to make Cadbury eggs:

The changes I made, though, are using turmeric for yellow coloring, rather than food dye. It doesn't take much, but the older the turmeric is, the less flavor it'll have. I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips since they're milk and soy free. Oh, and I used dairy and soy free Earth Balance rather than butter, and you could use Earth Balance or coconut or palm oil instead of soy shortening. The most challenging part of the process is shaping the eggs. Mine turned out more like fried eggs. Here's what I'll try next time. I'll refrigerate the frosting like the recipe says. I'll also freeze the pan I'm going to put the eggs on. It works best to wash hands between eggs since the eggs stick to me and won't roll well if I have frosting on my hands. Laying parchment paper on the pan would make them easier to peel off. Then freeze the eggs instead of refrigerating them before dipping them in chocolate.

Friday, April 22, 2011


Evalana's current favorite meal is meatloaf. It's healthy and we all like it, so we've been eating a lot of it. Here's how we do it:

2 lbs. grassfed beef
any veggies you have on hand and want to eat. food processor them as small as they go. we usually use spinach, sweet peppers, mushrooms, sweet onion, garlic, and carrots. it's really more of a vegetable loaf with meat, the way we do it.
add whatever you want for flavor. i use a bunch of costco's organic no salt seasoning and a little barbeque sauce.
to hold it together, i add about a 1/2 cup oat flour (oats ground up in food processor). Sometimes I throw in a handful of quinoa just for extra quinoa-ness.
mix everything.
put in 9x13 pan, stick in beef thermometer if you have one.
bake at 375 for about an hour.
mix together tomato paste and barbecue sauce. add a little brown sugar if you want. or just use ketchup if you'd rather.
spread the tomato sauce on the top for the last 10 minutes of baking.
we usually have brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes on the side.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


a very simple dinner we have a lot is roasted chicken.

wash organic carrots and lay them across 9x13 pan. the carrots are my favorite, so i probably use about 12.
wash organic potatoes, cut them into quarters (or more, if they'tr bigger), sprinkle over carrots.
wash and halve or quarter mushrooms. add to pan.
cut half of yellow onion into chunks, sprinkle over potatoes.
zucchini and yellow summer squash are good too if you have them.
sprinkle costco's organic no salt seasoning.
put organic chicken on top. add poultry thermometer to thigh if you have one.
bake 375 for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Friday, January 7, 2011

broccoli soup

While the rest of my family got to eat a great meal a wonderful neighbor brought over, I made broccoli "cheese" soup for my dinner. It was good, too! And, for dessert, carrot cake frosted with a powdered sugar and vanilla coconut milk glaze.