When our son Nathan was first diagnosed with multiple food allergies, life was overwhelming. What can you feed a child that can’t eat wheat, eggs, milk, soy, spelt, rye, peanuts, tree nuts and a list of other staple ingredients?
That meant no bread or baked goods, crackers, cookies, pasta, pizza, fried foods, cheese, yogurt, butter, and certainly no PB&J sandwiches!
Not only could he not eat those foods, but we had to diligently read every single ingredient in every single food we bought to make sure it didn’t contain things like “whey” or “caramel color” which translates to “milk” or “barley”. We had to make sure the foods we bought didn’t “contain traces of peanuts” or that they weren’t “produced in a facility that processes peanuts or tree nuts”. One wrong turn could quickly land him in the emergency room fighting for his life.
How would we feed him? How would he get his calcium? And even if we made everything ourselves, how do you make a loaf of bread with no wheat flour, eggs, soy or milk? How do you fry foods when almost every oil has soybeans in it, and you can’t use flour or eggs? Would he ever get to experience “normal” kid foods like mac and cheese or chicken nuggets? What about birthday parties? He would never be able to have birthday cake. How could something like this happen?
Then as I began to do more and more research, I found very quickly that I was not alone. There were millions of other children that were suffering from multiple food allergies, and some were even worse than my son’s! I learned statistics show that in the United States, one in every 17 children under the age of three has food allergies¹! This was unheard of when I was a kid. What was happening to our children today?
That’s when I decided to do something. Armed with an Epi-pen®, Benadryl®, and a nebulizer, I began experimenting with food and recipes, using things I’d never heard of before in my life, and I began to create dishes my family could eat together. I couldn’t fathom having my child eat at the table with us and not have what we were having. I began to write down things as I perfected them, and let me tell you… I threw a lot of them in the trash can, too! I was determined to allow my child to live a normal childhood, and I wanted to do something to help other children and their families in our position.
If you are here now, you are in the right place. I pray you are able to bring these recipes into your kitchen from mine, and are able to live your life a little less stressfully. Welcome! Please stop by often, make yourself at home, and help yourself to the fridge.