Especially for those with food allergies
Posted Wed May 14, 2008 2:12 pm by Mercymgardenh wrote:Ok. The First week of adventures we are supposed to have a red, white, and blue snack. They suggest yogurt, blueberries, and strawberries. Of course my DD is allergic to blueberries and strawberries. She is also allergic to cows milk so we could use soy yogurt. My dd can not have gluten (anything with wheat, oats, barley, rye, malt), dairy (whey, casein, milk, cheese, lactose). So any suggestions on a snack? Preferably healthy but we do allow gluten/casein free candy. Thanks for the tips.
Life was busy and my husband made our "American snack" - Quesidillas dyed with red, "white" and blue stripes. Yep.
I said that to say, anything works...just use food coloring. :-)
Maybe someone has some specific ideas, but I just thought I'd throw that out there.
Posted Wed May 14, 2008 2:25 pm by Tricia MR
Red: cherries, raspberries, red-leaf lettuce, tomatoes, red bell peppers.
Blue: concord grapes, plums (okay, sometimes those are more purple), or a blue popsicle.
White: soy yogurt; gf tortillas or other bread; soy ice cream (so delicious is gf); cauliflower (that was dd's suggestion); gf noodles; rice crackers; marshmallows.
Or, take the yogurt and split into 3 even amounts, add food coloring, like Mercy suggested...
(Don't forget, she's also allergic to eggs, right?)
Posted Wed May 14, 2008 2:39 pm by cbollin
Julia eats grapes, right? How about thinking outside the box a bit?
Put them on 4th of July themed party plates
Just go with whatever her usual snacks are and just decorate the table with red white blue streamers, plates, cups.
Posted Wed May 14, 2008 4:10 pm by Cyndi (WA)
Thinking ahead . . . I don't have the ADV manual yet . . . I like the suggestions, except we stay away from food coloring, too. And I avoid soy as much as possible.
How about toothpick skewers with a grape tomato, a miniature marshmallow, and a blue grape? (I could use a blueberry, since we don't have that allergy.) I could make up a bunch of the skewers and poke them into a white styrofoam block with a red/white/blue ribbon around it. That's about as decorative as I'd want to get for a "snack," but I don't know what the application is yet. The block and ribbon would be cheap at the craft store.
Posted Wed May 14, 2008 6:44 pm by JoyfulDancer
My dd had Celiac Disease so she can't have gluten either. She can have casein, though. For ours we did use a drop of blue food coloring in the yogurt, strawberries (could you use another red fruit, like watermelon?), and marshmallows. It was delicious and they all loved it.
I don't have my Adventures TM with me right now, but from what I remember there were several naturally gf recipes, and a few I tweaked. One of our favorites, that we still make, is Hasty Pudding. That is completely gf, and so are Johnny Cakes. I made the apple (or was it peach?) crisp with gf flour mix instead of regular flour and used McCann's oats. Those are the only truly gf oats I've found, and they don't bother my dd. Don't use any USA made ones because they are all done on the same equipment as wheat and all contaminated. Let's see, for Sweet Potato Pie I tried my hand at a gf pie crust and it actually came out pretty well. If there was any flour in the Corn Casserole I would have just substituted the gf flour mix. My mom gave me an electric tortilla press for my birthday, so we were even able to make the indian fry bread. I can't remember any others off the top of my head. If there was something really just impossible I either just skipped it or found something else to make. This year we've been doing ECC, and I find it almost a fun challenge to figure out how to make things gf, or to pick only gf recipes. There is always plenty to try. Thankfully, most of the world eats rice and corn more than wheat. :)
Posted Wed May 14, 2008 10:01 pm by kellybell
Well, we eat all sorts of stuff here at the Bell Abode. I've got a picky-eater (no fruits for him, but pass the sardines) and a nitrite-free girl. And, I try to avoid too much junk.
My philosophy on food projects is:
1. I am a very thrifty shopper, but I don't mind shelling out a little more for convenience foods. It's okay to purchase frozen egg-rolls if you don't want to make your own.
2. I sometimes pore over exotic recipes. But, who am I kidding; my kids won't eat THAT! It's better to go with familiar (maybe with a tweak or two) than to try totally strange new stuff. Instead of an entire meal of Japanese food, make a normal meal and have one Japanese dish.
3. Sometimes the fun is in the shopping. Go to the Mexican grocer and pick a few easy things to try.
4. And, often, the fun part is planning and decorating. My favorite MFW meal was our Roman meal that we did during RTR. It was fun because we invited two other families, had a "talent show," ate reclining, ate "peacock" (baked chicken with skewer-paper feathers added in) and mice (cupcakes with whiskers and ears), wore togas (flat twin sheets via the thrift store's half-price sale) and threw our bones on the floor. What a hoot. We even had Roman names (I was Kelligula).
5. And, it's fine to go easy and skip some recipes. If you don't want to do Hamantaschen, just cut some Fig Newtons into triangles. Voila! Lazy-Man's Hamantaschen! Works for me.
Mike, you've got SOOOO many challenges and restrictions. I'd suggest that you put your energy into non-food things. Yes, have a special meal, but make it out of ordinary food but serve it on special plates, in a special room, with special decorations, and special guests!
I have never done Adventures (my kids were too old for it when it was introduced!) but I am guessing you are having a patriotic meal. Is that right?
Well, skip the red-white-blue meal. And instead of a red-white-blue snack, go to the dollar store and pick up some Fourth of July goods (I was at our Dollar Tree yesterday and they had July 4th stuff already out). Go to the hobby store and pick up some fun bandannas and maybe a tee shirt and fabric paints. Have at it. Go to the gourmet chef store and find some cowboy hat, eagle emblem, or star cookie cutters. Even if cookies are out of the question, make a sandwich in the shape of a star. Or, a pancake in the shape of the USA. Invite some friends over for a special meal of American food... Take pictures, make a scrapbook page, etc.
I am guessing that's the theme of the meal.
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 7:23 am by Mississippi Jenni
I do not know much about food allergies you mentioned, but would jello be ok? Could you add non dairy whiped topping?
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 10:08 am by mgardenh
I forgot about Jello. Thats a good one. I can make red and blue with fruit juice! Thanks for all the advice I really appriceate it. I like the Idea of decorations and just eat normal food.
It great to come here because I am not a think outside the box person and not creative at all. All of you give me so many ideas.
Posted Thu May 15, 2008 2:28 pm by Paula J
Just wanted to mention that bananas are almost a white fruit. You could put some chunks on skewers and watermelon or apples if she can have them are red. Also, what about the blue corn tortilla chips? I've never actually read the label to see if they had wheat but if not you could sever some of those with red salsa and maybe some white corn chips too.