Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What's for Dairy/Egg free Dinner?

As the cold weather approaches here in North Carolina I will be "firing" up the old crockpot more often for some great soups, chili's, and simply inviting meals that dish out comfort and bring back great memories. Here's something I made last night, that's simple, easy, and dairy/egg free!

Dairy/egg free Ham and Beans (I don't think this originally had dairy or egg in it, in case you were wondering!)

Ingredients needed:
1 pound of cubed ham
3 -15 ounce cans of chicken broth
1/2 chopped up onion
1 package of white northern beans(soaked overnight)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. each:

dried basil
ground red pepper
2 tsp. minced garlic
crock pot
O.k. soak the beans according to the package directions (mine said overnight was best).

In the morning add the beans, chicken broth, chopped ham(already cooked from the deli or lunchmeat section), and the rest into your crockpot, stir until mixed thoroughly. I cooked this on low for about 3 hours and then cranked it up to high for another 5 hours. I'm sure it would do fine if you set it on low for about 6- 8 hours. Crock pot times will vary. I let mine go that long because that's when I was ready to eat. Delicious! Serves up nicely with some Pillsbury crescent rolls, but cornbread would be o.k. too!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

enjoy life foods - our gluten free, soy free, dairy free, nut free, casein free chocolate bars :

enjoy life foods - our gluten free, soy free, dairy free, nut free, casein free chocolate bars :

O.k. with Halloween coming many of us will be looking for "trade-ins" for our children's halloween candy. A "trade-in" is when you trade candy that contains their allergens in for another safe item. There are many things you can keep on hand, homemade candy, stickers, etc. that will make nice "trades", I came across this coupon from Enjoy Life Foods for some allergy friendly chocolate bars (click the link above to get yours!). I know my son is going to be excited about these! So how about you? What do you and your families do about Halloween? Leave me a comment below!

For more ideas check out

To buy yours online check out . I haven't purchased from this site before, but I followed a link that Enjoy Life Foods had on their site and I'm assuming, from that, they are reputable! Just thought I'd include it in case their were others, like me, who live way out in the "boonies" and don't get to Whole Foods as often as they like!

Friday, October 15, 2010

iPhone Instant Food Allergy ALERTS!

The following is from

Ontario (May 11, 2010) – With food allergies reaching epidemic proportions around the globe, a new iPhone application launched today aims at offering long‐overdue relief and peace of mind to food allergy sufferers.

MyFoodFacts™ available today through the Apple App Store, is a first‐of‐its‐kind Smartphone application designed to help food allergy sufferers identify and shop for allergy‐free products. Using the iPhone camera, shoppers simply scan the UPC barcode to gain instant access to food label information. With a strict focus only on food allergies, MyFoodFacts™ provides food allergen sufferers with immediate food allergy alerts when allergy risks such as milk, wheat, fish, soy, shellfish, egg, peanuts, tree nuts and sesame seeds are found. With MyFoodFacts™ shoppers can:

•Scan barcodes in the supermarket aisle or in their cupboard
•Be immediately alerted to food allergies
•Easily read label ingredients on the iPhone
•Maintain a history of scanned items
•Personalize MyFoodFacts™ for specific food allergen alerts
•Be alerted to common food allergen derivatives
•Search for specialty food allergens

Friday, October 8, 2010

Studies Show Children Can Complete Treatment for Peanut Allergies and Achieve Long-Term Tolerance

Studies Show Children Can Complete Treatment for Peanut Allergies and Achieve Long-Term Tolerance

If you have food allergies, or a child with food allergies, than I know you will be just as excited as I am to read about this new study done by Duke University! While it is still too early to tell, this preliminary study has shown some success with giving minute doses of peanuts to someone who has a peanut allergy, gradually increasing the amount until some can handle, as much as, 15 peanuts a day! Check it out! It will be exciting to see more about this in the coming years!

Monday, October 4, 2010

For all you North Carolinians, on October 23rd, 2010 the Food Allergy and Anaphalaxis Network is having a walk in Raleigh, NC at Bond Park. Check-in time is 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. for more information click the link below. FAAN states they walk for several reasons:
We walk to find a cure for food allergies.
We walk to increase awareness of food allergy and the effect it has on a community.
We walk to provide understanding, hope, and an opportunity for a child with food allergy to simply be a child. We walk to save a life!
All funds raised will go to find a cure for food allergies! Don't live in North Carolina and still want to help? Click the link below to make a donation or check for a "walk" near you!

FAAN WALK in Raleigh, NC