Living Without…Gluten, Milk, Eggs, Cheese, and Peanuts

I’m sure you’re wondering about the title to this post today.   If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that Courtney, my 7 year old granddaughter, was diagnosed back in December as gluten intolerant.  You can read about that here.

Well, Courtney came to visit from Kansas for 2 weeks at the end of July, and as it turns out she is not only gluten free, she is also lactose intolerant, and has an allergy to peanuts,  (fortunately, not as bad as some children that could die from peanuts), but bad enough that she cannot eat them at all.  So I had to go back to seriously “reading” labels, not just checking to make sure nothing had changed.

I have to say, that I think breakfast was by far the hardest meal to make.  I live on 10 acres, with 10 chickens and 1 rooster, so breakfast at our house is usually eggs, and before she was diagnosed, Courtney loved having the farm fresh eggs for breakfast.  Yeah, I could have fallen back on the cereal and Lactaid milk for breakfast, (and some mornings that is what she wanted), but I really wanted to give her something yummy. 

I actually found some frozen waffles (Van’s) that were gluten, milk, and egg-free.  They were really tasty. 

For lunch we had corn tortilla wraps.  I would steam the tortillas to soften them up and then top them with a variety of things.  One day we had chicken salad made with vegan mayonaise.  Yum!  I usually use Kraft Miracle Whip, but the last ingredient in that is…you guessed it, egg yolks.

I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter, but we always have it in the house.  (My hubby loves it on a spoon, and Charlie, my lab, likes it in his Kong).  Courtney of course couldn’t have peanut butter but she asked for Almond butter.  If you haven’t tried Almond butter yet, you have got to try it.  We had wraps with almond butter.

I made a gluten free/milk free, cream of chicken soup for my crockpot chicken dinner with Lactaid milk. 

Wow!  You parents that have gluten free/casien free children, my hat is off to you.  This is definately not easy. 

I’ll have more info about making food for Courtney coming soon, including a gluten free/milk free/egg free, ice cream recipe coming for you soon.

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