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post #41 of 483
Have any of you tried waffles instead of pancakes? We have Bob's Red Mill GF pancake mix and I used flax/water for egg replacer. They weren't good as pancakes but made great waffles.

Also, I threw a little kuzu into my tapioca since I omitted the eggs. Worked great, although I put a bit too much in. It's VERY thick but I actually like it like that.
post #42 of 483
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Kathy- I *finally* did a complete search of your recipes on your website and found a few I can use (not too many, since I had all but one box checked ).

I have a question for the coconut milk yogurt, which sounds SOOOOO yummy. You say to incubate for 24 hours- I'm assuming this means it needs to be kept warm. How warm, and how do you do it- in the oven at a low temp, or just in a warm room?

Thanks!
post #43 of 483
I have a yogurt maker (it was about $30). It comes with 7 5-oz. jars. And it keeps the yogurt at an even temperature. If you check other yogurt threads, people use the oven, or their slowcooker, heating pad, and other methods.

What are your limitations - maybe I can find some new recipes for you!!

My pancake recipe actually works really well for waffles. I've just been wanting pancakes. Oh well. It hasn't defeated me yet.

K
post #44 of 483
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Originally Posted by kjbrown92 View Post
I have a yogurt maker (it was about $30). It comes with 7 5-oz. jars. And it keeps the yogurt at an even temperature. If you check other yogurt threads, people use the oven, or their slowcooker, heating pad, and other methods.
HA- I didn't even know there was such a thing! It's amazing how mainstream I was just one year ago (and didn't even know it), and how NOT mainstream I am today. Amazing, but exciting.

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What are your limitations - maybe I can find some new recipes for you!!
Oh God... it's a big list.

Confirmed by elimination diet:
  • dairy, beef, soy, eggs, nuts, green peas, yellow squash, chocolate, fish
Tested positive on ELISA ( I will separate these by food type so easier to read):
  • lemon, apple, apricot, canteloupe, cranberry, grape, honeydew, lime, orange, peach, pear, raspberry
  • tomato, carrot, celery, green pea, squash, sweet potato, white potato
  • barley, gluten, malt, oat, wheat
  • beef
  • catfish, shrimp, swordfish
  • all dairy, casein, eggs
  • almond, cashew, peanut, sunflower seed
  • kidney beans (I'm giving up on all beans...)
  • benzoic acid
  • brewer's yeast
  • cinnamon
I think that's all. I think it might have been faster to type what we CAN eat.
post #45 of 483
okay, you're right, it would have been easier to list what you COULD have!!

On the ELISA test, there are things that tested negative vs. weren't on the test, right? For instance, if you look at the plum family: almond, apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, plum, you list almond, apricot, and peach. Does that mean that cherry, nectarine, and plums are safe? Or weren't they tested for, so since they're in the food family, do you cross them off?

So give me the list of the things you can have, and we'll work around it. Maybe we ladies can think of some dishes that you haven't considered, or maybe even some foods you haven't considered, to widen your repertoire.

Once I looked at the food family list, I saw that fennel was on a family we could have, so I went out and bought some fennel. It widens the menu just a little anyway!
post #46 of 483
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Yeah, I should have saved myself some typing and just done that to begin with.

Ok- the things tested that *seem* to be ok:
  • avocado, banana, blueberry, cherry, coconut, grapefruit, pineapple, plum/prune, strawberry, watermelon
  • artichoke, asparagus, beet, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chili pepper, cucumber, green & red pepper, lettuce, mushroom, olive, onion, pumpkin, spinach, string bean, zucchini
  • millet, rice
  • chicken, duck, lamb, pork, turkey
  • and then the misc. category: baker's yeast, basil, BHA, black pepper, canola, carob, cocoa, coffee, cottonseed, dill seed, garlic, gelatin, ginger, honey, MSG, mustard, oregano, paprika, peppermint, rosemary, safflower, sugar cane, tea, turmeric, vanilla
I've just started looking at the food families while trying to put together a rotation diet. Do you think that's weird that she tested positive for almond and peach, but negative for cherry and plum (nectarines weren't tested)?? Same thing with all the other families...

Oh yeah- and almost all foods tested she had some reaction to... some were just below the cutoff line (like canola, paprika, plum). Not sure if the severity of reaction in ELISA means anything... The only foods that she had absolutely no reaction to were blueberry, papaya, and green pepper.
post #47 of 483
Maybe your DD just doesn't know about food families!!
Actually, it's not too bad. I mean, you can switch meats in a lot of meals - ground pork/turkey/chicken in place of ground beef. So you can do
  • mini meatball soup
  • swedish meatballs with a chicken gravy base instead of beef (using tapioca starch as a thickener - is that safe?)
  • meatloaf
  • meatballs warmed up and served on a toothpick!
  • Rice bowl with rice vinegar, avocado, raw sweet pepper, and cucumber
  • stew with pork, chicken broth, pumpkin, onion, zucchini, thickened with rice flour, served over rice
  • olive, onion, asparagus, sweet pepper sauteed in olive oil over rice noodles
  • lots of stir fries!
  • pulled pork if we can figure out the sauce for you - what kind of vinegar can you use - just rice vinegar?

I'll figure out a fruit cobbler recipe for you so you can do a mixed fruit (plum, cherry, blueberry) cobbler. Can you do tapioca? I didn't see it on your good or bad list. You actually have a lot of choices in each category except grains. did you test for sorghum and buckwheat and it was a no? or wasn't it tested?

I love a challenge!!
post #48 of 483
Thread Starter 
Sorghum didn't get tested. Buckwheat did and was fine for DD but is still "pending" on my ELISA results... so I guess I should get those results later.

I need to get a rotation diet started really soon, because it seems like DD keeps getting sensitized to new things... : Either that, or she is reacting today to the onion powder DP put in the rice last night (before I noticed.)

I think I will start a new thread about the rotation diet, see if anyone can offer me some advice there.
post #49 of 483
Hasn't anybody made any new good allergen-free recipes lately? My ds's birthday is coming up in two weeks and I can't figure out what to make for a crowd that's safe for everyone to eat (though I am going to repeat the cake that I made for dd's birthday since everyone liked that!!).
post #50 of 483
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Originally Posted by kjbrown92 View Post
Hasn't anybody made any new good allergen-free recipes lately? My ds's birthday is coming up in two weeks and I can't figure out what to make for a crowd that's safe for everyone to eat (though I am going to repeat the cake that I made for dd's birthday since everyone liked that!!).
I have a great recipe that I've been eating a lot. Off the top of my head I can't remember all your no-no foods but here it is...hopefully someone can use it.

Chicken Bean Chili
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 cans Great Northern white beans
- 2 cans black beans
- a 4 ounce can diced green chilies
- 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne - more or less depending on how spicy you want
- 1 teaspoon oregano


1. Drain/rinse beans
2. Saute onions and garlic in something safe until soft
3. Add everything else and you're done.
4. Well, you need to simmer it all to let it warm up.

This is VERY simple and delicious and would be even tastier with cilantro and avocado on top. It's great with corn chips for dipping/scooping if anyone can do corn.
post #51 of 483
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Originally Posted by DoulaMary View Post
I have a great recipe that I've been eating a lot. Off the top of my head I can't remember all your no-no foods but here it is...hopefully someone can use it.

Chicken Bean Chili
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 cans Great Northern white beans
- 2 cans black beans
- a 4 ounce can diced green chilies
- 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne - more or less depending on how spicy you want
- 1 teaspoon oregano


1. Drain/rinse beans
2. Saute onions and garlic in something safe until soft
3. Add everything else and you're done.
4. Well, you need to simmer it all to let it warm up.

This is VERY simple and delicious and would be even tastier with cilantro and avocado on top. It's great with corn chips for dipping/scooping if anyone can do corn.
Sounds yummy. Do you use the whole can of beans, including liquid? I'm wondering because I would use dried beans, so I could just use more broth if so.
post #52 of 483
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Sounds yummy. Do you use the whole can of beans, including liquid? I'm wondering because I would use dried beans, so I could just use more broth if so.
I'll be gentle because I know you're starving...
Step 1. of the preparation says "drain/rinse beans". So...yes, this would be the exact same recipe with dried beans. I think I would cook the beans first, by themselves, and then add them to the pot but of course you do whatever will work for you!
post #53 of 483
We can't do beans/legumes. But it sounds good! Of course, a banana split sounds good too.... everything sounds good.
post #54 of 483
Threw this together last night:

Beef Quinoa Soup
1/2-1lb ground beef
2 stalks celery
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, diced
2 cups mixed vegetables of your choice
about 6 cups water (broth if not using bouillon)
1 Celifibr chicken bouillon cube
1 Celifibr beef bouillon cube
1 t vegetable bouillon
1 bay leaf
1t thyme
1/2 t pepper
1/2-1 cup Quinoa (I used the no-rinse stuff- use less if you want more broth)
1 large can of diced tomatoes

Brown and drain the meat. Add onions, celery and garlic and saute until onions are tender. Add water and bouillon (or broth), seasonings and carrots. Bring to a boil. Add quinoa and vegetables and simmer until quinoa is nearly done (about 10 mins). Add the tomatoes and simmer an additional 5 minutes.

If you use the full amount of quinoa, it turns out more like a stew than a soup with very little broth.
I made it because both DH and DS were complaining they wanted beef barley soup and I figured quinoa might do the trick.
post #55 of 483
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Originally Posted by DoulaMary View Post
I'll be gentle because I know you're starving...
Step 1. of the preparation says "drain/rinse beans". So...yes, this would be the exact same recipe with dried beans. I think I would cook the beans first, by themselves, and then add them to the pot but of course you do whatever will work for you!

See what starvation does to your brain? I better get this under control before I start law school next month... :
post #56 of 483
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Originally Posted by kjbrown92 View Post
Hasn't anybody made any new good allergen-free recipes lately? My ds's birthday is coming up in two weeks and I can't figure out what to make for a crowd that's safe for everyone to eat (though I am going to repeat the cake that I made for dd's birthday since everyone liked that!!).
I just checked out The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook from the library, and it looks like it has a TON of great recipes- including cakes, brownies, pies... Are you looking for anything in particular? Maybe I can find it in this book. I can post a recipe as long as I reference the book, right? That's not against copyright, is it??

Wow- I just started flipping through this book, and it has food families, an example rotation diet, recipes, food alternatives (for recipes)... I might just have to buy this!!
post #57 of 483
ChangingSeason -- who is the author of that book? I'd love to see if my library has it!! I had a sweet potato cake out at lunch today (so nice to go out to lunch with a friend and be able to eat) that I'm thinking I might be able to change all the ingredients of and see what happens (leaving the sweet potato, of course)!

Mostly, I'm just trying to think of something to feed everyone at DS's birthday in a couple of weeks, making it all safe foods, but pleasing 30 people. Not too much to ask, is it?
post #58 of 483
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Originally Posted by kjbrown92 View Post
ChangingSeason -- who is the author of that book? I'd love to see if my library has it!! I had a sweet potato cake out at lunch today (so nice to go out to lunch with a friend and be able to eat) that I'm thinking I might be able to change all the ingredients of and see what happens (leaving the sweet potato, of course)!

Mostly, I'm just trying to think of something to feed everyone at DS's birthday in a couple of weeks, making it all safe foods, but pleasing 30 people. Not too much to ask, is it?
Marjorie Hurt Jones, R.N.

It says "Over 350 natural food recipes, free of All common food allergens"... which isn't quite true- it does include nuts in the recipes. And each recipe isn't free of all allergens, some have soy, some have nuts, etc. So in looking closer it isn't quite as fabulous as I first thought, but there are still some good recipes that I can use.

My favorite sections so far are the soups and the desserts. Ooh- and some good pasta dishes. (I'm skimming through the book as I'm typing.)
Like- Zucchini Lasagna with Lamb- it's a no-pasta dish. They layer zucchini cut in lengthwise strips with sauce and meat. mmmmmm. And there's an Asparagus Soup that is made primarily with members of the Lily family, so that would work on my rotation diet!
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post #59 of 483
yesterday I made sweet potato muffins/cupcakes and frosted them. I'm trying out recipes for ds's birthday party next weekend. He only liked the frosting. The two wheat-free kids down the street tried them and loved them. I liked them. But of course I want the birthday boy to like them! Anybody want the recipe? It's egg, milk, soy, cinnamon, gluten free.
post #60 of 483
NAK
Ooh, me me! :
We're about to add soy to the ED here.
DS1 hasn't reached baseline, been off gluten, dairy and eggs 3 weeks. Allergist says if those were the only allergens he should be at baseline, but DS1 has been very emotional. Maybe just from having his favourite foods removed from his diet? He's been whiny in turns with easily angered. I thought it may be withdrawal but allergist says no, withdrawal should only be 5 days at most.
Anyone with experience with this? Should withdrawal be "only" 5 days max?
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