Saturday, September 18, 2010
2 or 3 garlic cloves
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
3 T lemon juice
3 T olive oil
1/4-1/2 t cumin
1 t minced onion
2 or 3 T water
salt and pepper to taste
Mince garlic in food processor. Add garbanzo beans, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, and onion. Slowly add water while mincing ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Sometimes we add a little cayenne red pepper for some spicy hummus.
For hummus with more texture, fold in some finely diced red onion at the end rather than adding the minced onion.
Or add some finely diced poblano pepper (place pepper under broiler, turning until skin is scorched, place in ziploc for 10 minutes, then remove skin, deseed and finely dice).
White Bean Dip
1 can (15 oz) white beans, drained and rinsed
3 cloves garlic minced fine
2 T olive oil
1 t dried rosemary, crumbled
1/4-1/2 t basil
2 t lemon juice
1/2 t salt (or more to taste)
1/8 t cayenne (or more)
Mash beans with fork and stir in all other ingredients.
My kids love to dip carrots in this dip
Friday, September 17, 2010
I called one of my friends who has a severely allergic child and asked for details of the food challenges that she has done with her son. They sounded LONG and miserable with 4+ hours at the doctor's office a day for each food you test. She also explained how she had done some at home with her doctor's knowledge. The at-home test sounded much better for us.
So we made a decision to try a couple of the foods that were her smallest allergens.
We began by rubbing some of the food around her mouth. Thirty minutes later she got a bit. Every thirty minutes or so I would give her a few bites and watch her. At the first sign of hives we would stop and take some Zyrtec.
First up on the list was oatmeal. Bee passed with flying colors and has been enjoying oatmeal and homemade granola bars ever since.
Next we decided to try some beans. The first bean we tested was white beans and again Bee passed. She has enjoyed some spicy bean dip on several occasions now.
We're also going to work toward corn and other types of beans. After that I might be brave and test avocado again and see if that allergy has disappeared yet. But for now, we're enjoying a few more foods that used to be contraband in our house.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Tonight I watched Bee running through the kitchen screeching with laughter as Tiger chased her. "Run! I'm going to tickle you!!!!!" The first year was so hard at times, but I can see how far we've come. Nowadays, Bee is rarely without a smile (and a snack or two). And she rewards everyone with her smile, especially us! Well.........when she'll take her thumb out.
Monday, September 13, 2010
coconut aminos. It makes for some good marinades! And if you want a sweet marinade-coconut nectar. Check out the other coconut products and the sugar alternative.
Friday, September 10, 2010
A certain someone came sneaking out of their room during quiet time to find mommy eating an allergy free chocolate cupcake. Of course, he had to have a bite.
This is good mommy.......
Why are you taking pictures?
So, now that we are moved in I decided to make Bee her very own playdough. We started with green and blue and have now added orange at the request of Tiger. More colors are coming soon. And the green playdough is even scented.....mint....Curly calls it Mommy Mint because my favorite color is green. Bee enjoyed playing with playdough for the very first time this week, and predictably she took a taste test. No hives here!
1 cup rice flour
2 T cream of tartar
1/2 cup salt
1 T olive oil
1 cup water
Mix flour, cream of tartar, and salt in sauce pan. Mix the food coloring with the water and add to pan along with oil. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until thick. Will form into a ball when it's done and your arm will be ready to fall off, but it's so worth it! Allow the dough to cool completely before storing.