October 12, 2007,
S.G. asks from Henderson, NV on October 11, 2007
Help Make an Egg Free Diet!!!
My toddler at 2 1/2 was diagnosed with an allergy to eggs and egg products. He gets excema from it. We try to do our best but every time we turn around (especially in restaurants) He grabs a muffin (that is his favorite) I feel so bad when he can't participate: birthday cakes, cupcakes, noodles!!! All a toddlers favorites. Does someone have some "GOOD" recipes for cakes, cookies, pasta, etc for my son. Thanks so much for any recipes, websites, stores, and names of food you can give!!
L.W. answers from Las Vegas on October 11, 2007
I have a friend who has a daughter that is allergic to eggs too. She made this cake for her 2nd birthday and said it was great. She told me it was like a real cake.
Here is the recipe. . .
It's similar to a bundt cake IMO. YUMMY! Finally, an eggless cake that works!
Plain Eggless Cake
Cook Time: 30 Minutes Ready In: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Yields: 16 servings
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons orange rind (usually 2 oranges)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup melted butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda into a large bowl. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda. Make a well in the center and pour in the sweetened condensed milk, orange juice, orange zest, vanilla and melted butter. Mix well and pour into prepared pan.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool. I cooked it too long (38 minutes) so make sure you take it out before it's dark. Also, this cake does not rise much at all (if any) so you can fill pan almost up to the top. There was no "rounding" on the top to cut off either like most traditional cakes.
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A.S. answers from Las Vegas on October 12, 2007
Hi S.! My son is about 13 months and we found aout he has major food allergies at aobut 6 months. He is allergic to eggs in addition to milk, soy, peanuts, and wheat. He also get bad excema as well as other ailments. It definitely is a struggle isn't it? I have been able to find and egg replacement at Whole Foods that you can use in recipes. Whole foods probably is the best place to shop for this kind of thing. They have these cake, cookie, and frosting mixes that are allergy free so my son was able to have a birhtday cake and I was so happy. The brand for those is Cherrybrook Kitchen and they have a website with a news letter, recipes, etc. Also, Trader Joes has breads and pastas that are made from rice and are also allergy free. I recommend taking your own foods with you just for him whenever you go out to eat or to a friends for dinner. Good luck!
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E.B. answers from Las Vegas on October 12, 2007
You can buy egg free pastas at whole foods and wild oats. using arrowroot (1TBS per egg) as a binder in pancakes, breads, muffins etc. take normal recipe and replace with arrowroot. there is also something called WonderSlim, also found at whole foods and wild oats, that can be used in place of eggs and butter/fats. my daughter is allergic to eggs, gluten, brown rice and dairy. my sister has 3 kids allergic to eggs, and has made cakes for them for 14 years now with arrowroot. hang in there.
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T. answers from Las Vegas on October 12, 2007
I feel for you. My older son has autism and has shown sensitivities to eggs, peanuts and dairy. We are trying to eliminate those from his diet and it is tough. My baby (who will be 1 this weekend) is allergic to eggs, dairy and soy. It can be really tough to eliminate a whole category of food and the more stuff you are trying to eliminate the harder it is. Please feel free to email me if I can help you in any way. ____@____.com I've been dealing with this for a while.
Avoiding eggs by themselves isn't actually all that difficult. You can find pastas that don't have eggs in them. You just have to read the labels. I have some Barella pasta, the type is "fiore" or something similar (it is kind of shaped like a flower and I got it at Walmart) and it isn't made with egg. There are actually a lot of noodles without eggs in them. You can use applesauce instead of eggs in most baking type recipes. There is a list of other subsitutes on this page
http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/egg... and you can find a ton of resources by googling "egg allergy." This is also a good resource http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/index.html and I belong to a yahoo group http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/allergicbabies/ it isn't all that active but the members are a good resource if you have questions. They are always willing to try to help.
The main thing to remember with a food type allergy is that you have to read the labels on absolutely everything. For the most part because of the issues my kids have, we've gone to a primarily 'whole food' type of diet. We eat meat, potatoes, rice, veggies and fruit. The closer a food is to its orginal or natural state, the less likely it has things added into it that you can't eat. A nice side effect of not eating much highly processed stuff is that I've lost 20 pounds and my cholestrol went from 270 to 204. And it isn't like I'm starving or even trying to follow any specific diet. Most of the big fast food chains have food allergy info on their websites. As long as you plan ahead, that can be a nice resource when you need quick (but not necessarily healthy!) food.
As for regular, off the shelf bread, Grandma Sycamores white and regular wheat bread are dairy, soy and egg free. Eating out is tough. You may have to quit that for a while until you've got his diet figured out. We don't eat out much any more. It is just too tough to find things we can eat and be sure of what is in the food.
All of my on-line friends with food allergic kids make their own cakes, cupcakes and that type of thing and take them to parties with them so their kid can have cake with everyone else (just not the same cake!). If you and your husband want to eat out, plan ahead and bring appropriate foods for your son. You can make muffins or cupcakes or whatever ahead of time and freeze them. Then you just pull one out when you need it.
Don't be surprised if your younger son has issues too. Food intolerances tend to run in families. Knowing that, you might want to consider avoiding any type of eggs in your younger son's diet until he is at least 18 months old. If you are breastfeeding, you should eliminate them from your diet also.
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