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March 19, 2018

I was inspired by a 12 month old patient of mine with FPIES. He has only a handful of ingredients that are safe and mom said he is interested in finger foods. I wanted him to have a pancake. Usually a pancake involves wheat, eggs and dairy, all foods he cannot have. This recipe is all quinoa and will hopefully make a great finger food. Also a food that the whole family can enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups quinoa flour

1/2 -1cup cup quinoa milk 

1/2 cup applesauce

1 Tbs lemon or lime juice

1 tsp baking soda

2 Tbs maple syrup (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Start with 1/2 cup quinoa milk (or other safe alternative milk) and blend until the right pancake batter consistency. I made my own quinoa flour and quinoa milk so I needed close to 1 cup of quinoa milk. Store bought quinoa flour may be a bit finer and therefore you may not need a whole cup of quinoa milk.

Pour batter onto a hot non-stick griddle. I sprayed my pan with olive oil spray to avoid any sticking pancakes. Be creative with...

January 25, 2018

Quick, easy and cozy dinner coming up! This potato leek soup has just a few ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. It's inexpensive and maybe something new for your quick go to meal. Serve this up with a salad and a crispy hunk of bread. There is not usually leftovers but it's great the next day for lunch.

 Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 medium chopped onion

1 pound leeks (white and pale green parts) well rinsed and sliced

4 medium Russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

3-4 cups vegetable or chicken broth (depending how thick you want the soup)

2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated

salt to taste (I use ~1 teaspoon)

Instructions:

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and leeks and cook over low heat stirring occasionally until golden brown and fragrant.

Add potatoes, 3 cups broth, fresh ginger and salt. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes.

Remove from heat and let cool, about...

January 12, 2018

Yum is the first word that comes to mind when I think of this treat.  Rice pudding has been made in my house weekly since the holidays when I was looking for a dairy free dessert for a family gathering. It's a creamy dessert that can be made in under 30 minutes and enjoyed for days.

Ingredients

½ cup Basmati rice**

1 can  (13.5 oz) coconut milk**

2 cups water

2 Tbs sugar

¼  teaspoon cinnamon

¼  teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Combine rice, coconut milk, water and sugar in a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer ingredients for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until all liquid is absorbed.

Turn off heat and add vanilla and cinnamon. The rice pudding will thicken as it cools. Great dish to make ahead of time for a large crowd, just double or triple the recipe. 

**Notes: The coconut milk has to be from a can to get the smooth, rich texture. I have used many different varieties of rice and it still comes out delicious. Basmati is my pe...

January 3, 2018

Happy New year! My tradition for the last 5 or 6 years (I've lost count) has been to put myself on an elimination diet that so many of my patients need to follow for the month of January.  This change in diet pushes me to try new foods, new products and recipes, and gets me cooking and feeling creative.  This year I have my own forum to share what I learn, as I just started this website a few months ago. I hope you enjoy taking the journey with me.

What is an elimination diet? Well, it's just like it sounds eliminating some food from your diet. Many of my patients have Eosinophilic Esophagitis or EoE for short , food allergens trigger the eosinophils and therefore the removal of the allergens via the elimination diet can reduce the eosinophils in the esophagus. This can be one food or several foods.

Last year, I avoided dairy, egg, soy, wheat, peanuts/tree nuts and fish/shellfish. This is a standard 6 food elimination diet for many children with EoE.  In June 201...

November 27, 2017

This recipe is for people who cannot have grains, avoiding rice or just want to increase their vegetable consumption! Cauliflower rice can be made very simply or can be purchased in the freezer or produce aisle. Thanks to my Ninja blender I can make it myself in just minutes.

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons sesame oil, divided

1 lb medium shrimp peeled and deveined

5 large eggs, well beaten

¾ cup sliced scallions (green onions) divided

1 head cauliflower, riced

½ tsp. ground black pepper

¼-½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup low sodium soy sauce (optional)

Instructions:

To make Cauliflower rice: place cauliflower florets in a powerful blender or food processor and pulse until cauliflower looks like rice. May need to do this step in batches for the whole head of cauliflower.

Heat 1.5 teaspoons sesame oil in a large skillet or wok. Add peeled shrimp and cook for 3-5 minutes until pink. Remove shrimp and place in a bowl.

Add 1.5 teaspoons sesame oil and add eggs, salt and pepper. Cook until scrambled eggs are set, about...

November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! I love being with my family and going to the Macy’s Day parade and not worrying about all the gifts that the next holiday brings. The weather is crisp but we can still go for a walk after the big meal. Of course, there is the delicious foods and the memories about the foods or recipes that come with all holidays. One of our family traditions is that we eat grapefruit before the meal (thanks Grandma for starting this). We peel  ~12-14 grapefruits this is a task in and of itself, my husband calls it torture. We sit for about an hour with newspaper out on the kitchen table and peel the skin and then all the white pith and membrane off each individual piece. It’s a lot of work but so delicious! I love sitting around the table, talking, and always accidentally squirting someone in the eye with grapefruit juice as we are peeling. Sounds terrible when I am writing it but something I was not willing to give up when my Grandma was no longer at our table....

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