zucchini pizza bites

i had been thinking of making pizza for k but i haven’t experimented with the dough yet. so this is a fun first step to introducing k to pizza! –> recipe on Palatable Palette the zucchini ended p being a little too crunch for her but i think she enjoyed it nonetheless! Continue reading zucchini pizza bites

zucchini and sweet potato rolls

i did a quick search with vegetables i bought for tonight’s meal and found this recipe. it was so pretty and simple that i had to try it! –> recipe on Palatable Palette they were a fun way to start a holiday meal! Continue reading zucchini and sweet potato rolls

prep: food storage

the results of k’s second food allergy test, shows that her food allergies will continue to be a concern. our allergist had suggested that we would clear our house of things that she’s allergic to in hopes that her reaction to them will lessen and then perhaps she will grow out of the allergy.

food storagei do enjoy prepping k’s food so that part is not a burden. other families with children k’s age have been able to share meals with their toddlers and i was looking forward to making meals that we could all eat together but it seems like making separate meals will be a longer term process to make sure her meals aren’t contaminated with anything she is / could be allergic to. Continue reading “prep: food storage”

prep: loving steaming

to save money i had been using a make-shift steamer with a 2 or 3 quart saucepan and a strainer on top. but as k’s list of vegetables and fruits to cook/steam grew, i needed to find a more efficient way to prep her food. All-Clad 5 quart steamerso, i took the plunge and invested in a steamer.

since i’m a fan of All-Clad’s line of cookware, i looked in its specialty collection and found the All-Clad 5 Quart Stainless Steel Steamer. they run $100 (although you can get discounts depending on the house ware store). it is a 3-piece set with: a 5 quart pot, a 4.5 quart perforated insert and a lid.
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introducing new foods: quinoa

so far we only introduced one grain, oat bran, to k so we figured it was time to try another. i’ve been a fan of quinoa (*see recipes i’ve tried and information about quinoa ) and i was happy to find out that it is gluten free. quinoait should be safe for k, despite her allergies so we decided to introduce quinoa to k.

quinoa has been really hot the last few years so it is easy to find. i already had Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Organic Tricolor Quinoa at home so I started k off with that brand. later i found Ancient Harvest Gluten Free Organic Quinoa Flakes that you didn’t have to was and cooked faster, which was great since it cut down the prep time. Continue reading “introducing new foods: quinoa”

prep: food storage

time is always a concern – whether it is being a parent or as an adult – when it comes to cooking. i had received time-saving tips from friends, books and online sources about how to make the process easier when it comes to homemade baby food by freezing foods in ice cube trays or muffin pans. however when i was reading Wholesome Baby Food Guide (read post), it seemed like a lot of foods didn’t freeze well or resulted in varying consistency. i want to keep track of each food so i opted to make foods in batches and store them. Continue reading “prep: food storage”

solids: gathering information – part 2

as directed by almost all resources, we saw k’s pediatrician before we started her on solids. she provided us her recommended feeding introduction schedule which we took under advisement.

from the result of k’s food allergy tests, we knew there were some things we had to avoid. but even if there are some common foods we think know, we had to make sure to read up on it anyway, i.e. spelt, durum, semolina are in the wheat family. we also have to look at the fine print for details such as “manufactured in a facility that also processes …” or “may contain traces of …”

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drink: cows milk allergy

in order to completely rule out cow milk as a cause of k’s eczema, the allergist suggested we give k a vegetable based formula instead of a milk/soy based formula for a few weeks. if k’s skin improves then milk may be a cause. if doesn’t improve at all, then it is not a cause for her eczema. Continue reading “drink: cows milk allergy”

food allergy: skin prick test

to figure out what is causing k’s eczema, the dermatologist suggested we take her for a skin prick test. you can test one or more food at a time. during the test an allergist uses a small plastic probe or needle and gently pricks or scratches the skin to allow a tiny amount of the solution containing the food allergen to enter just below the surface.

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