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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 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...

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