The FPIES First Birthday Cake Challenge

My daughter has FPIES and if you don’t know what that is, believe me it’s a good thing. FPIES is ER visits, IVs, and stomach dropping fear due to crawlers and crumbs. It’s braving the scary world of new foods and frustration at the tiny pool of “safes.”  A few weeks ago I was visiting a friend and she had Chopped on. I had never watched the cooking show since our family allergies make anything they come up with unlikely to be insprational to our meal plan, but I did have an idea. I want the food network to create a show where the contestants have to create edible meals out of safe ingredients. Sometimes when I’m working in the kitchen creating a recipe I feel a bit like a mad scientist, a bit like an explorer and a bit like a gambler sitting at the table long past the time I should have packed my bags and gone home.

And then there’s the days when you beat the house that make it all worthwile!  After 5 months of slowly adding one food at a time to my daughters safes we are finally up to

  1. Sweet Potatoes
  2. Apples
  3. Coconut
  4. Yellow Squash
  5. Beef
  6. Lamb

Yes, you read that right. At almost a year my daughter can eat 6 foods. She is acutely allergic to rice in all forms, bananas and avocados and due to that is not able to even try any grains, dairy, legumes, poultry or items related to her fails (like plantains).

At a time when most moms are picking out party themes and ordering a cake I’m scouring the internet looking for a way to create some sembalance of a celebratory dessert out of that list, because believe me any any FPIES mom knows making it through the first year of this condition deserves a celebration!

Today I stumbled across a recipe for a South Beach Primal’s Paleo Cinnamon Bun in a Mug and it hit me…A MUG CAKE would be easier for converting to FPIES safe! They usually have fewer ingredients to start with so I could possibly only have to sub a few things to get a recipe that might work.  I modified the original recipe, put it in front of my other kids to get an honest taste test reaction and BAM…we have a winner!

I hope this recipe helps others who just want a little bit of normalcy in celebrating their little ones! FPIES mamas this one’s for you!

FPIES Birthday Mug Cake

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Telecommuting Tyrant’s FPIES Safe Coconut Flour Mug Cake.
Safe’s Needed:
Coconut, Apples, Eggs


2 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp cinnamon
Dash sal
½ tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp coconut vinegar
1 egg
2 tbsp canned light coconut milk
1 ½ tbsp homemade coconut syrup

1 can coconut cream
4 tbsp homemade coconut syrup (to taste)


Mix all of the cake ingredients in a coffee mug, mixing in the baking soda and coconut vinegar last.
Microwave for 2 minutes.

For the icing scoop out the can of coconut cream into a cold bowl and use a stand mixer or beaters to beat it for three minutes or until light and fluffy. Add in the sweetener. I’ve used both coconut sugar blend it up in my vita mix into powdered sugar, or my homemade coconut syrup.

Make sure the cake is nice and cool Frost, and then stick in the refrigerator to firm up.



Pictures coming soon!


April Meal Plans – Week 3 …the clean eating continues

It has been a crazy week…hmmm those words are nowhere near strong enough to describe the insane chaos that has surrounded this week. Livi still has awful allergies which has thrown her schedule into the black hole of early mornings and she is currently boycotting naps. These are not fun times people, but they will pass. To ride out the storm some extra indepth planning was called for.

So I’m sitting here today to plot out the next week worth of meals and snacks for everyone so that at least one thing will run like clockwork in this house.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Corn Free Pumpkin Cookies

I was seriously upset about the lack of pumpkin pie in my holiday future, so I tweaked some recipes and came up with these. They’re delicious and have added benefits for nursing moms. I also made a quick icing glaze for about half of them and it was the perfect touch!

2 cups gluten free flour (I used 2/3 cup each: Sorghum, Brown Rice and White Rice)
1 1/3 Gluten free rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp guar gum
2 Tbsp Brewers yeast
1 2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup canola oil (for corn free use grapeseed oil)
2 Tbsp molasses
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
1/2 cup cranberries or raisins (I used cranberries)
1 cup walnuts finely chopped (optional, take out for nut free)

How to make:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease your baking sheets. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, guar gum, and brewers yeast in a mixing bowl.

In another bowl mix sugar, oil, molasses, pumpkin, vanilla, and flax seeds. Add contents from the first bowl to this one and fold. Fold in nuts if using, and cranberries.

Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to fill your cookie sheet. (I made one sheet and then filled the next one and froze it. once the cookies were frozen I put them in an airtight container and they were ready to bake anytime I needed them…plus they lasted more than 24 hours :)). These don’t spread a lot so you can flatten them if you want crispier cookies.

Bake for about 15 minutes. This recipe makes about 4 dz cookies.

NOTE: If you are not gluten free, use all purpose flour, and omit the guar gum.

Gluten Free Fake Out Take Out Beef Stir Fry

Q: What do you get when you add a teething baby, a tired mommy, and hours of work still to do?
A: Take Out, well it would be take out if take out didn’t have gluten, dairy, corn syrup and a host of other things our family can’t have.

So instead it’s Take out fake out night! 🙂

Adapted from Dianne’s Dishes

1 tablespoon of grapeseed or sesame oil
1/4 cup of low sodium gluten-free soy sauce
1/4 cup of rice vinegar
1 scallion, chopped (green and white section)
1 clove of garlic, chopped fine
1 pound of steak, cut into cubes and all visible fat trimmed
1-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 large carrot shredded
1/2 onion cut into large strips
2-3 stalks celery, cut thinly
1 cup of cooked sticky brown rice per person (Note: Remember that most brown rice takes about 50 minutes to an hour to cook. The stir fry itself takes about 20-30 minutes.)

In a bowl or a canning jar mix together oil, gluten-free soy sauce and rice vinegar until incorporated. Stir or shake in scallions and garlic to mix. Add steak and toss or shake to coat. Marinate for at least 1 hour to overnight covered tightly in the fridge. The canning jar works fabulously for this.

In your skillet or work, heat 1-3 tbsp olive oil and sautee the carrots, onion and celery until tender. Dump the contents of your bowl or jar into a large skillet or wok and over medium heat bring to a boil. Cook the beef until the liquid evaporates, the mixture thickens slightly and the beef is tender. Serve over rice with steamed broccoli.

Reflux and Colic Elimination Diet

So Liv has awful reflux. You can hear it all day long, and the poor thing will be perfectly happy and then hiccup and scream. After a week and a half on the prevacid, gripe water and gas drops I decided my sanity and my poor little munchkin deserved more drastic action.

Dr. Sears has a reccomended elimination diet to help determine what is causing your infants reflux/colic so you can avoid it. Instead of dropping one food at a time to determine the trigger, you drop all but a few basic foods for two weeks and then add back foods slowly. This way generally shows faster improvement since the baby gets instant relief from whatever is causing their pain.

So I’m am eating a bland diet of turkey (breast, sausage and ground lean turkey), rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash and zuchinni and pears. For two weeks! I love food, I love cooking and my husband will back me up when I say I hate eating the same thing over and over. I don’t even eat leftovers. So now I’m trying to find out how many ways/dishes I can prepare these limited ingredients with only salt and pepper for seasoning.

Day 1:
Breakfast-Turkey sausage and diced small red potatoes, sauteed in a skillet and seasoned with salt and pepper
Lunch- I ate the breakfast leftovers since we were having a crazy day and I didn’t have time to cook.
Dinner- Red Himalayan rice and grilled turkey breast.

Day 2:
Breakfast-Turkey breast and rice
Lunch-Ground turkey sauteed with new potatoes
Dinner- Grilled Turkey breast with sauteed squash and roasted new and sweet potatoes

We’re on to day 3 now. So far so good. I’m down 3 lbs and Liv slept 5 hours last night and only had minimal fussing. Here’s hoping it keeps up since sleep and a happy baby will make the next 11 days much easier.

Gluten Free Donuts–Amazing!

It’s official! We have a new family favorite recipe for breakfast. It’s been years since we did a family donut run (although Alex and I have snuck off a few times). A few days ago I was playing on the Pioneer Woman’s website and hopped over to They have a whole section of Gluten free recipes and this one caught my eye.

I have to admit, I’ve made them twice and they are FABULOUS! No eggs, no corn, no gluten and easy to substitute the dairy if you need to (I used Almond Milk this morning). These are baked, cake like donuts and are absolutely delicious.


* 100 grams Cream Cheese
* 60 grams Sugar
* 4 Tablespoons Canola Oil
* 8 Tablespoons Milk
* 5 milliliters Vanilla
* ¼ teaspoons Salt
* 200 grams Gluten Free Baking Mix

To make:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease doughnut pan well with oil or butter or margarine. I didn’t have a doughnut pan so I used my mini bundt pan and it worked perfectly.

Mix cream cheese, sugar, oil, milk, vanilla and salt together until well blended. Add baking mix and mix until well incorporated. I used Pamela’s baking mix.

Place mixture into a ziptop bag and snip off one corner. Pipe into the doughnut molds. Bake in the middle section of your oven for approximately 25 minutes. When they are done, the doughnuts will pull away from sides of pan and spring back when touched, just like a cake.

Remove from pan and either frost, glaze, or sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve. I made a variety by melting a little left over chocolate frosting in the microwave and dipping the tops in that. I covered the chocolate in sprinkles for my kiddo. Eric prefers the ones dipped lightly in melted butter and then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and I love the with chocolate and a light dusting of powdered sugar. These were great warm, but they are just as good cold. Enjoy.

Great Gluten Free Maize Free Site

1 in 25 Americans has food allergyImage by Marcin Wichary via Flickr

In my never ending search for more information on cooking for someone with allergies, I came across this Gluten and Corn-Free Getting Started Guide.

I found the information very helpful and if you cook for or live with someone with food allergies, or have food allergies yourself, it’s a great place to start.

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