Friday, November 18, 2011

HELP!!! What do I feed her?

Last Friday I took Maisie in for her yearly physical and while the doctor said she was doing great and she’s healthy, strong and growing along her percentile curve she was concerned about Maisie’s allergies.  We have never had Maisie tested for allergies and I guess that it was always assumed that she had pollen allergies but lately pollen counts are at almost zero and Maisie is still suffering.  So last Friday they drew blood and today the doctor called with the results and that’s why I need your help.  Maisie’s tests showed that she didn’t have any pollen or environmental allergies but that she is allergic to egg whites, milk and wheat.  Just frikkin great because that accounts for all her favorite foods.

IMG_2204eIt’s ironic because just yesterday I posted that Maisie eats Nutella on wheat bread almost every morning and now there is nothing in that sentence which she can have as obviously the bread has wheat and Nutella contains milk…Cr@p!!

Maisie’s favorite foods are pasta, cheese, Nutella, eggs and dumplings and it’s from the cheese, Nutella, eggs and dumplings where she gets most of her protein as she’s not a huge meat eater.  So my dear helpful readers I need your help with food options for my girl as I have no idea what to feed her now that I need to remove egg whites, milk and wheat from her diet and I’m freaking out!  Truly, anyone who has experience with this I would appreciate your comments. 

In other food related news, I still have to plan my Thanksgiving menu but just haven’t had time to think about it yet.  I do know that we are going to have Spice Rubbed Turkey with Cognac Gravy, the same turkey as last year as it was freaking amazing and I don’t even really care for turkey but I’m looking forward to having this one again.  Past the turkey I just don’t know yet but I’ll figure it out.  If you’re still looking for a fabulous turkey recipe, just click on the picture to be taken to the recipe.

Spice Rubbed Turkey with Cognac Gravy

Other recent recipes posted on Cook Lisa Cook include: Mango Lassi, Stir-Fried Asparagus with Water Chestnuts, Ginger & Cashews, Curried Roast Chicken Pieces with Spicy Sweet Potato & Carrots, Grilled Corn & Bacon Pudding, Oriental Chicken Salad, Potato Salad with Bacon, Coffee Crusted Steak, Home Style Chicken Curry, Watermelon FrostyMango Gazpacho, Toll House Double Stuff Oreo Brownies, Long Beans with Walnuts, Blacksmith Pizza, Rhubarb Crisp, Laksa, Math Book No Bake Cookies, Aloo Gobi, Mint Lassi, Red Curry Chicken, Lamb Curry, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Baked Egg Cups Two Ways, Thai Peanut Salad, Holy Guacamole, Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, Wallaby Darned, Piggy-Out Cookies, Wicked Good New England Lobster Roll, Long Beans with Garlic, Super Simple Summer Shrimp Salsa Salad, Grandma’s Teriyaki Steak, Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho, Red Chinese Long Beans with Peppers & Red Curry, 24-Layer Crêpe Cake Fig & Watermelon Salad, Grilled Chèvre & Fig Panini, Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad, Grilled Prawns, Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, Kicked Up Piggy-Out Cookies, Pesto Pita Pizza, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Nutella Crêpes, Mango, Lime & Chile Spiced Ice Box Pie, Roast Beef & Garlic Herb Cheese Sandwich, Layered Crespelle with Bolognese, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, Jamaican Jerk Meat Pies, Nutella No Bake Cookies, Velvety Mac & Cheese, Welsh Cakes, Tom Yam Ghoong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Lime Jewels, Southwest Pasta Salad, Walnut Roca Squares, Uncle Bubba’s Shrimp & Grits, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps, Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Copycat “KFC” Coleslaw, Happy 6th Birthday Maisie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies, Thin Mint Irish Coffee, Caramel Apples, “Rotisserie” Chicken, Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Mummy Hotdogs, Mango Upside Down Cake, Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens, Aloo Tikki, Pink Strawberry Cake Balls and Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake.



  1. Soy milk is very high in protein and is dairy free, as is almond milk which has slightly lower protein content but does provide other vitamins. The unsweetened vanilla almond milk is pretty easy on the palate.

    There are a couple of gluten-free flour blends that bake really well; I like Authentic Foods Multi-Blend Flour which is good for baking and also for making your own pasta. We use eggs in our pasta dough but I think there are a few egg substitutes out there that bake pretty well.

    As for the nutella - you can easily make your own dairy free nutella and still get the protein from the nuts!

    Hope that helps! I've avoided gluten/dairy for years and it definitely gets easier after the first few months!

  2. Oh my dear friend, I've been where you are right now! We kept Linlee gluten and dairy free for close to two years. (Except she could have egg whites.) The wheat free pastas are fine (although I don't know if they include egg). You can use rice noodles with any sauces you make. You'll also be using rice a lot. Gluten free is so common now that most grocery stores have a section. There are also entire gluten free stores around. They'll have pizza crusts, rolls, bagels, even doughnuts - but they may include egg. You'll have to experiment with which type of gluten free bread Maisie might like, or bake your own. There is a soy cheese out there, although I never found it. Linlee lived on peanut butter and fruit, pretty much, but I'm sure Maisie will be great at eating chicken and meat, unlike Linlee. Experiment with which milk substitute Maisie might like, soy, rice or almond milks. (The chocolate almond milk is yummy.) You'll need to buy a dairy free margarine. Shoot, I hav so many thoughts for you I'm going to work on an email. This new way of eating will be a challenge, but you can do it!


  3. Call me the bad Mom. Autumn is allergic to dairy. She eats it anyway. We just try not to let her eat only dairy. But her allergy just affects her stomach and she thinks
    it is worth it.

  4. Anonymous9:06 PM

    Molly said...

    Maybe Maise will like fruit soomthies. I know I like them. I use orange juice and frozen fruit and maybe a little bit of sugar (tiny bit.) I hope Maisie likes my suggestion. I'm ten years old and writing this. Good luck!

  5. Hi Lisa ...they make some FAB Gluten Free pasta. It's made from cornmeal. I get it at the grocery store. My little one loves it. I've gone Gluten Free about 4 weeks ago. I feel so much better. Ever since I had C Diff a couple years ago I've been suffering with tummy trouble. Going GF has worked! Good luck ....Lori**

    They also have guides to shopping.

  7. Thank you everyone for the suggestions, ideas and websites. Thanks. Tonight I went to a few markets looking for bread because that's my main concern. I can find gluten and dairy free but they all seem to have eggs and the vegan stuff which is egg and dairy free contains wheat. I need to look for a bread recipe as Maisie lives on bread. I bought some rice pasta and cooked it up but to my taste it's horrible but maybe Maisie will like it and this weekend I'll go the Asian market and get the various rice and bean noodles that are good. Thankfully Maisie doesn't drink milk and prefers popsicles to ice cream so that one isn't a biggie but the girl loves her bread. Off to check out some of the website suggestions. Thanks!

  8. Sorry, no food suggestions. Just sending (hugs). This is a big change but I know you'll do great with it once you've had time to adjust and find what works for your bread lovin' gal!

  9. Anonymous10:07 PM

    Our two children, adopted from China, have no dairy at all. They had a lot of dairy in the early days of being home, as well as lots of antibiotics for bacterial infections, every month or so. If it wasn't strep, it was ear infections or it was chest infections. Our naturopath advised us to get the kids off dairy. Now that the kids are dairy free they have been on antibiotics about 2 times each in the last five years. As soon as we slack off on the dairy they get another bacterial infection. You have been give tons of great ideas for food alternatives. We use rice milk, rice cheese and rice yogurt. We also use almond milk but have it very chilled. We are fine with eggs and wheat products but we mostly eat 100% rye/pumpernickle bread. We are going to go with Almond butter instead of cow's butter as both my husband and I are thinking of going vegetarian. We figure it will take about a year before we are 90% committed. Realistically for us 100% is unattainable. We love spelt pasta and use spelt flour. If you travel up and down the organic/health foods aisle (like the others are unhealthy) of the grocery store you will get a better grasp of what you will need to do. You can get corn products for wraps, fajitas and burritos. There are all kinds of spelt cereals. It's hard in the beginning and don't expect yourself to have all the changes made in a month. It took us a year before we felt it was a natural part of our everyday routines.


  10. Oh sweetie, it sounds so overwhelming to me. I'm so sorry you guys are having to deal with this.

    I know our Whole Foods stores have more gluten-free foods than our regular stores, do you have that chain?

  11. Anonymous12:54 AM

    Was just looking at blogs and one of my faves
    just posted a new recipe today and also has a big gluten-free (or adaptable) recipe section. Might be of use.

    More hugs,

  12. Wow, that's no fun. :o(

    There are some great websites with recipies for people with celiac disease. That might help for the wheat ...

    Almond or coconut milk is great and you can use flax seeds in place of eggs in recipes (see flax eggs). There is a carrot cake recipe that uses coconut four on the wheat belly blog that is really yummy.

    Good luck and I hope that Maisie feels better soon!

  13. I wish I could help, but thankfully we don't have food allergy issues. I hope you can find some things for Maisie that she likes. Big hugs to you guys!

  14. Anonymous7:55 PM

    Just found your blog and love it. What a beautiful little girl-she really looks like she enjoys everything you make. Lisa

  15. Anonymous8:42 PM

    Check out this website for lots of recipes that are both gluten and egg free!

  16. I do know what you're going through. We have known that my son has food allergies since he was 10 months old. It is a HUGE shock at first but it will get easier over time.

    I think you'll be fine once you're armed with knowing what she CAN have. Ingredient labels are WAY easier to read than they were 11 years ago when we started. My son went into anaphalaxic shock 3 times before he was 3 yrs old.

    Soy milk is an easy replacement in cereals and baked goods but doesn't work well in savory dishes---think tomato soup or mashed potatoes.

    I would recommend Earth Balance soy spread for all your "butter" needs. And Trader Joes and Whole Foods are loaded with lots of yummy dairy free yogurts, etc. Tofutti is a great brand for soy based dairy substitutes. Rice Dream or SoyDelicious are great "ice creams".

    Being wheat free is something I haven't dealt with for several years, but I do know that the market is flooded with gluten free products everywhere. You just have to start testing out different brands and see what she likes. Rice Chex and Kixx I know are safe cereals but I think there are loads more out there.

    Did the doctor give you the actual results in numbers? Depending on how high they are there is a possibility that if she avoids the foods for a good length of time she may be able to out grow them.

    Let me know if you need any more help or support. There are lots of books out there too.
    This one I own "The Parent's Guide to Food Allergies: Clear and Complete Advice from the Experts on Raising Your Food-Allergic Child"

  17. Thank you everyone for the website, food and book recommendations I am checking them all out and starting to figure things out. All your help is much appreciated.

  18. Anonymous3:10 PM

    I am allergic to egg (both the yellow and white) as well as dairy. I use the almond milk and even cook with it. For some reason I do not have a problem with the eggs if they are baked in bread or cakes. Unless they contain a large amount of eggs (angel food cake, crepes, etc). You might want to check with the doctor on this, to see if it is okay to let her have it in baked goods.

    The big problem I find with eggs is when you go out to eat and they have used it in breading or to add a shine to the food. The egg is also in a lot of the salad dressings.

    I have been reading your blog for a long time and have never commented. I am a mother to twins adopted from China. They are now 2 years old and we have been home for almost one year.

    Good Luck on this new adventure!

  19. I definitely feel for you! My daughter was diagnosed with Celiac a few months ago. Thankfully, she's only wheat free, but I understand how hard it is to have to cut something out of a diet that is in just about every food product out there!

    I dedicate Fridays on my blog to Gluten Free recipes, products, and information. They are not all going to be dairy/egg free, but I'm sure there are a few that will work for you too. Please feel free to check it out, and I'm always happy to answer questions.

    To help you get started, here's two of my daughter's favorite, ask for them all the time, recipes:
    Coke Chicken
    Brown Butter Shrimp

  20. Anonymous9:56 AM

    Hey, it's too bad that she's allergic to her favorite foods. That has to suck. I'm a vegan so I don't eat milk/eggs by choice so I might have few ideas. As for noodles, shirataki noodles are made from konjac plant (no wheat or eggs in a plant so that's good, they are also called yam noodles. You can find these at an Asian grocer and I think my friend found them at Giant. There is one brand called NOoodles
    Also, you can make noodles from squash and zucchini, very easy (i have a recipe on my blog).
    As for cheese, Daiya is good and dairy-free. Earth Balance is a good dairy-free butter,very good actually.
    You can make your own bread w/flour that isn't wheat flour (rice, coconut, etc.) I have a recipe for bread on my blog as well.
    And also, I'm sure you can make your own Nutella -->

    And I just realized that this post was posted a year and a half ago, so you probably already have her new diet figured out and you probably already know everything that I mentioned. In that case, I hope it is all going well

    1. Thank you for the info and I have now found many alternatives to feed Maisie so her diet is going well. I am still in search of a great bread recipe that she enjoys so I'm going to check out your site. Thanks.

  21. You can use ground flax seed mixed with hot water as an egg substitute... it becomes stringy & gelatinous. I am neither vegan nor gluten free, but I do know that if you just get a good gluten-free flour mix, you can make breads & pancakes with the flax-seed/hot water combo. I made vegan corn muffins once for visiting friends using this trick, and it held together well. I believe the ratio is one tablespoon flax-seed to 2 or 3 tbsp hot water... stir & let sit for a few minutes. Hope that helps a bit. :)

    1. Thanks for the info on flax seed. I have been using chia seed as an egg substitute and will give the flax a try.

  22. Anonymous4:21 PM

    I have a Chinese adopted daughter with celiac, who also missed Chinese dumplings. Try the dumpling recipe in The Gluten Free Asian Kitchen by Laura Russell. They are really good!
    Good luck!

  23. Anonymous10:07 AM

    If she doesn't like soy milk, try almond. It is delicious! Also, eggs in baked goods an usually be replaced with apple sauce or mashed bananas. Good luck!

  24. Andrea5:33 PM

    It's a common misconception that meat, eggs, and dairy provide more protein than vegetables. I am not a vegetarian, but there is more protein in broccoli than an equal amount of steak. And you don't have to combine veggies with beans or grains in any specific way to get all the amino acids your body needs to make protein. So, try to find some veggies and bean dishes that she may like.


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