Friday, August 31, 2007

Seamus has a dairy allergy. This was discovered when we started finding streaks of blood in his diaper. Nothing gives a Mama a heart attack like bright red in a baby's diaper. His pediatritian did some investigating and determined it was most likely an allergy to the dairy that I was consuming, and since I'm breastfeeding Seamus eats what I eat. I was told to eliminate dairy products from my diet for the next few months and then slowly add them back (most babies outgrow these types of allergies). Since I'm already a vegetarian this makes life a little harder. Dairy was a big source of protein in my diet. And I absolutely love cheese and milk chocolate and fresh butter, but there's no way I'm putting my guy on formula. I love nursing and the health benefits far outweigh my little bit of discomfort. I've been reading lables like crazy and nearly everything contains milk or eggs or cheese. So I've started baking my own bread and making my own cupcakes (there is a whole delicious book of vegan cupcake recipes--Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World) eating lots of TVP and other soy products for protein. Thomas is trying all this stuff with me. He even ate the fake cheese I made from nutritional yeast and flour (this gave us both stomach aches--I don't recommend it). Since I work at a library I've dipped into our vegan recipe books and those of the other libraries in our area and found this little gem of a book:

The author even includes a recipe for "faustess" cupcakes--fake Hostess Cupcakes. This saves the day for me since Friday was always my Hostess Cupcake day.
If anyone has any vegan recipes or ideas please let me know. I'm up for anything!

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