Monday, January 31, 2011

What's for Dairy/Egg Free Dinner?

O.k. I was way short on time today and need to go to the grocery store, desperately. Sound familiar? So, I was fishing around in the freezer and pantry for something for dinner and this is what I came up with! I haven't named it yet, but one of my children said it was her new favorite dinner. (Guess who is my new favorite child?) Just kidding, I love all my children the same! And the boy actually ate it all without complaining, not once. So here goes:

Ingredients needed:
One package of Chicken breast
one bag of frozen broccoli
2 bags of boil a bag brown rice(done in 10 min.)
3 Tbsp. butter substitue(I used Earth Balance)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1Tbsp. minced garlic
2-3 Tbsp. flour of choice
32 oz. box of chicken stock
pressure cooker-I love this, I can make healthy meals super quick with this!

All right, place your pressure cooker on medium heat, add olive oil, and chicken. Brown each side of chicken, salt and pepper them, to taste. While browning, add garlic. Once browned, add approximately 2 cups chicken stock and package of frozen broccoli, making sure not to exceed amount allowed by your pressure cooker. When in doubt follow your cooker's directions. Once all ingredients are added put the lid on, turn heat up to high, allow pressure to build, then turn heat down to medium-high. Cook 15 min., follow cookers directions to cool.

While chicken and broccoli are cooking boil rice. And start the sauce-the most complicated part!

For the sauce, set your pan on low-medium heat. Add butter substitute, melt. Once melted, slowly add the flour, stirring the whole time until thick and bubbly. Slowly add, approximately, 1 1/2 - 2 cups of chicken broth, stirring continously. Salt and pepper to taste. This takes a little practice and a watchful eye, but stay with it. If I can do it, I know you can! (Remember when I started out I couldn't even boil water). Voila. When the chicken is done, the broccoli will be very mushy, add both to the rice and pour the sauce over top. Yummm!

P.S. The picture above is not what my pressure cooker looks like. That is, I believe, a Duramatic. I just thought I'd include a picture, just in case someone didn't know what one looked like.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Allergies, Asthma, and Strep, Oh My!

Well, we took another trip to the doctor today. We, meaning my son and I. He has had a fever, chills, body aches, etc. for four days now. I thought on Tuesday he was getting better, his fever even disappeared for the afternoon and night and he was, definitely, perking up. Anyway, Wednesday rolled around and his fever came back? I didn't know what to do with that so I thought we'd play the waiting game and see what the day transpired. Our youngest had the same symptoms over the weekend but she came out of the worst of it in a day and a half, so I just figured it was the flu. Anyway, we woke up this morning and he was not any better and started complaining of his stomach hurting too, which usually means strep for him. I'd been checking his tonsils and they didn't look too bad, meaning they were red and swollen, but no white spots on them. Took him to the doctor and he tested positive for strep. I'm so frustrated.

I think my frustration stems from the inability to stop these infections. I know I'm not God, I just don't understand how one child can get strep, take medication, recover and never get it again. And then you have my son who gets it, takes the medication, then gets it again, and again, and yet again. This is like his sixth strep infection in about 8, almost 9, months. He is a good candidate for a tonsilectomy. And still I hesitate. I don't know I just feel like in my gut that there has to be a better way. I'm not sure what that is. But I know when I started this journey, years ago some of the many books I read changed my whole viewpoint on health, medicine, and treatment. I've been reading one such book lately and it's called Healing the New Childhood Epidemics Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies, The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A disorders by Kenneth Bock, M.D. and Cameron Stauth. You can check it out by clicking on the title. This is not an affiliate link, I don't make any money by you ordering this through my blog. It's been great so far, confirming, to me that there can be a different approach to that which ails my son and myself, also. Basically, in the book Dr. Bock talks about his experience effectively treating many children that have one of the "4A" disorders. (He, also, talks openly about failed attempts too). Each patient has an individual treatment plan and he talks about using dietary changes, prescription medications, vitamins, minerals, and even alternative approaches to reverse even severe cases. It's been an awesome read so far. It's interesting that yesterday I happened across this new program started at our local community college for health professionals. It's called a whole health program and from the looks of it, it talks about the same thing. How to take someone with a chronic problem and treat the whole body and not just medicate the symptoms. Now that's exciting! Anyway, I loved to hear any feedback from someone who has read the book or maybe is taking a whole health approach to treating their allergies or other chronic condition.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Allergen Free Food Bargains

Right around Christmas time I was talking to someone at church about my son's food allergies and she told me about this great ministry called Angel Food ministries. Basically, they offer low cost, but high quality food for those who need it. And if that isn't awesome enough they offer an allergen free food box that contains 1 lb. each of breaded chicken breast nuggets, breaded chicken tenderloins, breaded breast fillet patties, breaded boneless chicken wings, and breaded cubed steak for $25. All the food has been processed to eliminate the top eight food allergens: Peanuts, soybeans, milk, eggs, fish, crustacea, tree nuts, and gluten. These boxes are available to anyone, there are no limits on who can obtain them. To locate a host site near you and to check out this ministry go to or call 1-877-366-3646. There are host sites nationwide and they are adding more all the time! To see more of their menu items and prices click on the title to this post and scoll through. Check them out today!