Allergy mom + a breakfast sandwitch

I have been putting this post off for some time. See that sweet baby girl, she has some serious allergies. After a severe reaction to her first scrambled egg on Christmas, we found out she is allergic to eggs and and peanuts.  I know people live with allergies and do fine, but it is so different and scary when it is your own child. You can feel so out of control when taking them into another environment. Needless to say I am learning more and more every day so that I can make things easier for her as she gets older.

The best way I have learned to deal with these allergies so far, is to be over prepared. I bake egg and nut free muffins and treats for her and pop them in the freezer. That way if we go somewhere I can bring one along and I know that what she is snacking on is safe. I have eased my fears and she is not left out. I have been reading lots of allergy sites, cook books and informational books. But we have mostly been changing our lifestyle. It has been hardest on Ella, sometimes she just wants a scrambled egg and some peanut butter....but lifestyle change. We are now a peanut free house. And we don't eat scrambled eggs. Instead tofu scrambles. Ella is such a sweet big sister, She is starting to understand and look out for her baby sis. She is always asking what is safe for Olivia and not. I am really proud of her.

Above is one of our "go to" egg free breakfasts. Everyone loves it, so I thought I would share:

Tofu breakfast sandwich

Firm tofu, sliced 1/4 in thick
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon oil
2 slices bread
1 slice cheddar
1 slice ham, bacon, or other meat

Slice tofu and pat dry. Heat oil and butter over high heat. Once hot place tofu in pan, you want to hear the sizzle. Once browned, flip over. Meanwhile toast and butter bread, layer cheese and meat. Once tofu is crisp place on top of the cheese to melt. I will admit that I have (only one time)  first cooked the bacon and used some of the grease to fry up the tofu. Wow, now that was good too.....


Ps. If you know of any good allergy sources, don't be a stranger :)...I am in the learning process over here.


Ana Degenaar said...

Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that but I am also glad you've found a way to make her delicious food that doesn't make her sick. Poor little thing :(

Mary said...

Poor girl! There are so many "allergy-friendly" recipes out there, I will let you know if I come across any in my neverending recipe searches. In the meantime, I am not a tofu fan, but that looks delish! I might have to try it out!

Notorious MLE said...

When my younger brother was small he was allergic to peanuts, gluten and synthetic fabrics and these were the days before Whole Foods! I know it is really hard but you will totally do great.

My brother is 24 now and he outgrew most of his allergies, hopefully your little one will too.

Torrie said...

I have a friend who has a child with severe allergies. I will ask her to share some of her favorite sources of information and recipes. I'm sending her an email now, and I'll get back to you!

(thank you for sharing this... i'm sure other people in a similar situation will find it very helpful)

Estelle said...

I am so sorry your family is going through this. I know it must be such a challenge (and I'm sure that is an understatement). It sounds like you are already doing so much to help the family transition and adapt to a new lifestyle. The frozen baked treats sound like a great idea and now there seems to be so much information out there for those with food allergies. If I come across anything I'll be sure to send it your way!

Bestie said...

poor little one. what sweet big sister love tho! thx for sharing this recipe!

saltandpine said...

Oh, she is such a sweetie! (And I have to say that I am partial to the name Olivia...I have one, too :) ) Such a challenge but it sounds like you are dealing with it really well. Good job, mama!

domestic dish said...

Thank you all for your sweet comments and encouragement, it means a lot!!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

oh that looks amazing. Your blog is so wonderful and refreshing. I just found it and love it. Will be back often. have a great weekend and oh that sandwich, on my to do list

domestic dish said...

@Jessica Thank you for stopping by :)...oh and the sandwich is so good!

Ivy said...

Your girls are always safe over here - at their auntie's peanut free home! And no eggs when Olivia is in the area code. Liam appreciates that his cousin is allergic too. He likes feeling that he is not alone. I wouldn't wish this lifestyle on anyone, though. Liam had a peanut butter filled candy 2 inches from his mouth last Sat. at the school Halloween carnival. Jake and I caught him and I held it together, and made sure my boy was safe. Then, I had to leave for 15 mins to get myself together. I would be lying if I didn't say that every day is scary, but you learn to get through it and keep your family safe.

We LOVE you all!

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