Thursday, August 29, 2013

Allergy Friendly Chicken Nuggets



These nuggets have to be my current favourite food to make. Mainly because its super yummy, but also my kids eat it!-- and in my world at the moment that is a major achievement! My little man is very fearful of food, new food, old food, everything except fruit, rice crackers, and GF breakfast cereal really.

To cater for our family's list of No-Go foods these Chicken nuggets are as minimal as possible. Gluten, dairy, soy, nut, egg, whole-grain, free!

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Ingredients:

Chicken Breast
Rice Milk (White rice milk for us)
Gluten Free Plain Flour (I used Orgran, gluten free, all purpose plain flour)
Salt (pepper optional)

Canola oil for frying (about half a cm deep, med high temp- Be careful!!)

Let's do this!!


1. Have 2 bowls ready; One with Rice milk and the other with GF flour and a touch of salt.

2. Chop your chicken into bite size pieces place them five at a time into the milk bowl. 

3. Transfer the milk dipped chicken into the GF Flour bowl and coat well. Place on a plate. Repeat till all the chicken is done. (if you have kids, this is a great step for them to help with!)

Coated Chicken ready for the frying pan.




4. Transfer them gently into the hot canola oil. (should bubble around them, but not too crazy)
Turn once golden

5. After they are golden on both sides place onto paper towel to cool




Dinner Time!!!!
Happy Eating!!




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Disclaimer:
****Be careful with the hot oil. Don't let your kids do that part. Be sensible. 
***At your own risk ;-) Use your common sense peeps. 


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Allergy Books and Cookbooks

My reading list has changed lately. It seems to have morphed into more of a study-time than a leisurely escape into the caves of imagination. But I am loving it!  All my new information is not only interesting, but completely essential to my every day life!

Phoenix has a lot of allergies and intolerances. Coeliac/Gluten intolerance, Dairy, Soy, Buckwheat, whole-grains and Eggs are his major offenders. Milla is gluten, soy and dairy free also. As the primary food server and carer I have to be at least 10 steps ahead of these issues so Phoenixes tummy (gut) recovers and heals properly.

I know a lot of other people are struggling with the same dietary issues as we are, so here is my current list of "Must Read" books for Allergy and Intolerance sensitive families!

OR... If you have friends with diet restrictions like ours, I also highly recommend reading some of these books. You're gonna have a play date or dinner eventually with them "health freaks" (jokes) and there is nothing more fearful for an allergy sensitive family than trusting others to cook for them! Lessen the pressure by being aware of how important things are: like cross-contamination, natural food chemicals, hidden ingredients, etc.


Allergy Books and Cookbooks 



A great book to have on hand, and a great book for friends to read. (I got my copy from Kmart, but I've seen it in most bookshops)

Also known as "The Elimination Diet Bible"
This one is a little more in-depth and has great natural food chemical charts (Salicylates, Amines, Glutamate) Food additives information, Personal care lists, Medication, Environment, etc.

Works with the Elimination Diet handbook, also from the Royal Prince Albert Hospital
Yummy food, I've liked all the meals I've made so far.


Very helpful for finding substitutes for the top allergy offenders. Lots of recipes!


My trusty go to.... My Recipe book.

Never underestimate your creative imagination. Once you know what to avoid... get creative and make something up! Throw-together dinners can be the best, and easily shared with friends. 

Just remember to write it down if it's a success!! 
(P.S sometimes it's a complete failure! Laugh and dish up GF cereal! My kids think that's the best dinner anyways)


AND my latest!! which is still coming in the mail, but I am so very excited to get it!!!.....


I am hoping to get my kiddies into the kitchen more, choosing dinners that we can make together. With only slight ulterior motives to get them eating. One of the down sides of this journey has been Phoenixes distrust of food, so hopefully the more "control" he feels in the kitchen the more at ease he will feel at the table. 

We also have so many birthdays coming up and I don't want my babies to miss out on "normal" party foods. Not healthy, but definitely fun!

Cant wait!!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Free Magnetic Birthday Invitations

Magnets are a great invention... Metal fridges and magnets = ingenious! Keeps everything important at eye level at the place we all frequent (some of us way too often #notme... did I just hashtag in my blog?) The only other place we go to that same amount would be the dunny, but lets face it no-body wants to display the kids artwork in there. 

At my house I get junk mail, and a lot of it. Mixed into that junk mail are lots of well meaning small companies, real estate agents, and plumbers who believe with all their hearts that their magnet should grace my fridge (and hold up that tenth blobby painted picture) and be my go-to for call outs and real estate needs.  

Ok, so Junk mail equals free magnet supply for eternity. 


Let's not tell them I already have an electrician, and am about to go crazy on their well meaning advertising okay? Shh just between you and me. 


Da-Da- Duuuuummm!

The Boy is turning 3!! 

Phoenix and his bestie are having a joint birthday (They were born 4 hours apart on the same day)


Cute invite right??!! I am notorious for loosing invites and forgetting I have a party to be at, unless its stuck on the fridge.

So how do I make our invites stick to the fridge?? 

Drag out your hot glue gun and scissors
Rummage through your junk mail to find those free magnets (sorry companies!!) 

Chop chop, glue glue

 Stick it to the back of your desired invite.... glue down the picture-side of the magnet.


 Easy hey!


Hand it out to your friends and let them stick it on their fridge with their bills. No more lost invites.

This could work for all kinds of things...

  • DIY Wedding invites, 
  • Birthday invites, 
  • Transform an ordinary notepad into a fridge notepad
  • Chore Charts
  • Craft activities
  • Make pretty flowers magnets 
  • glue the magnets on the back of random collectables for fun fridge deco's