Monday, January 30, 2012

Recipe of the Week

For once I'm sharing a recipe that isn't sweet and doesn't include chocolate! :)  I made this recipe for chicken enchiladas last week for my family and everyone went back for seconds!

Chicken Enchiladas
4 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies (can use less or leave out if desired)
1 cup soy sour cream
1 pkg Daiya, cheddar
12-15 flour tortillas
1 can (10 oz) red enchilada sauce

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine chicken, chilies, sour cream and 1 cup Daiya cheese.  Spoon down centers of tortillas and roll up.  Spread some sauce on bottom of 9x13 pan.  Add enchiladas and top with remaining sauce.  Cover with foil.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Sprinkle with remaining Daiya cheese.  Bake, uncovered, 5 more minutes.  Serve with soy sour cream and salsa.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Must-Read Article!

This is an excellent article explaining what exactly happens to the body during anaphylaxis and why Epinephrine saves lives.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Maybe I'm just a little overly sensitive due to the fact that a 7-year-old girl died last week at school due to her food allergies, followed a few days later by another death of a 15-year-old girl due to a "severe asthma attack" shortly after eating lunch at school (also nut allergic), but does anyone honestly find this video clip funny?  :-(

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Recipe of the Week

I love popcorn for a quick healthy snack, but add this ooey-gooey sunbutter and honey mixture to it and you'll be addicted! Okay, I admit, I have a major sweet tooth!

SunButtery Popcorn
8 cups popped popcorn
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup SunButter (or soybutter)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Put popcorn in a large bowl and set side.  Pour corn syrup, honey, SunButter, and vanilla into a saucepan.  Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.  Stir mixture occasionally with a wooden spoon until well combined.  Turn off heat. Pour mixture over popcorn.  Add sunflower seeds and chocolate chips.  Stir until everything is well coated.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Tragic Loss

Last week a young girl died at school from a peanut allergy. For those of us with children with food allergies, this is our worst nightmare come true. What makes this story even more unbearable is the fact that her death could have been prevented had the school reacted differently. If little Amarria Johnson had been given an EpiPen and 911 was called immediately, perhaps this child would still be alive today.

Read her story here:,0,4150762.story

Click here to sign an online guest book for Amarria Johnson’s family:

What are some things we can do to prevent this tragedy from happening to us?

- Before the school year starts, be sure to discuss with school staff about your child’s food allergies and give the school a copy of your child’s Food Allergy Action Plan along with EpiPens and any other medications prescribed for your child.

- Ask your local food allergy support group if they are willing to give a presentation to your school district about how to keep students with food allergies safe in the school environment.

- Role play with your child so they know exactly what they should say and do if they think they are having an allergic reaction.

- Sign this petition to urge the U.S. Senate to pass the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act!