When my youngest was born, we discovered she had an allergy; she was allergic to the protein in cows milk. She couldn’t drink normal formula, and when I was nursing, all the dairy goodness of milk, cheese & yogurt was passing to her. This was a hard one for me because I always ate what I wanted and although I was careful to ensure my meals were overall healthy and balanced, I’ve never had the challenge of being limited to certain foods. As one doctor explained her allergy to me (and how I had to start eating) – it’s like being vegan, but you can eat meat. Simple so you would think! I can have chicken and salad… that’s healthy! And then… my mom came to visit, and discussions of a quick ‘let’s order pizza’ or ‘how about some yogurt and granola for breakfast’ came into play… and my world came crashing down.
Ok, so I KNOW I’m being a little (well a lot) overdramatic, but my lesson learned from that experience was to PLAN. Do research… and be as prepared as one can be. I didn’t understand what I was getting into really, and it wasn’t the best way to face the situation to be honest. I did learn a lot and do not want to get stuck in that rut again. Now 4 years later we are expecting #3! SO EXCITING! But also a little nerve racking since it is very likely this little princess will have the same allergy. The good news though – this time I will be prepared. Luckily for Audrey she grew out of the allergy (as expected) by around her first birthday, and now she eats pretty much anything you put in front of her. Thank goodness she isn’t a picky eater – yet any way :).
After that experience I knew I didn’t want to ‘eat salad and grilled chicken’ as my only reference for food. Clint & the kids do enjoy both but I know we will all get a little sick of eating the same thing day in and day out. So today, for my recipe review, I will be testing out a vegan option. Please rest assured that while I’m changing my eating style, the blog won’t change. You will still see a variety of delicious meals for everyone! I think it’s important for my kids to continue with dairy in their diet. They do not have an allergy, and I am a personal believer that balanced meals (and lots of outdoor play) are the way to a healthy lifestyle. In saying that, I also don’t always want to cook two meals, or two versions of everything… so like a family we compromise.
Todays recipe review comes from a cook book I recently purchased, “Oh She Glows” by Angela Liddon. I had seen plenty of great reviews and thought this would be an excellent way to introducing my family to some vegan options before it was in full effect for myself.
I thought I would start off with something very simple. This Maple-Cinnamon Apple & Pear Baked Oatmeal was a hit with the whole family. It was easily something I can make for breakfast for all of us one Saturday morning, or prepare on a Monday for the kids and myself before they go off to school. I loved everything about it, and wouldn’t change it one bit. I will say that I didn’t buy unsweetened almond milk, I used what I had on hand and it was the original.
I didn’t find this overly sweet to begin with, and the original/sweetened almond milk (I believe) didn’t make any difference in the taste. Also because I’m not celiac, I used normal oats that I had in my pantry. There are plenty of recipes in this cook book I plan on making, and after finding out she has a blog, and reading about her, I discovered she’s Canadian as well! I found a fantastic Raw Chocolate Pudding on her site that is definitely on the list of things to make.
Although this is a lifestyle choice that I will be adapting to for a while, I will continue to ensure that all members of my family are happy with my food choices. If you have any suggestions or recipes you would like me to review, or even just try at home with the family, PLEASE don’t hesitate! You can email me at Fuchsiafreezer@gmail.com or check me out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram!
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