Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What's A Working Mom To Do?

No, seriously...What? How do you people do this? I used to be offended by the term
"working
mom" when I was a "stay at home mom" because I felt like it implied that those of us staying home weren't "working", but I realize now that there is a difference. Now I have my full time job at home AND I have to spend 9 hours away from home too. I have no time to cook, much less create recipes and write about them. So anyway, I came home from work the other day, Emily was hungry, and I had nothing prepared. This is how it went down...
Open the fridge... "hmmm let's see, we have some leftover steamed broccoli from last night, here's some white rice from the Chinese take out we had on Sunday, and a block of Emily's cheese...cool, cheesy broccoli rice!" So I melted about 1/4 of the block of cheese with 1 tablespoon of margarine in the microwave. I threw in some salt, pepper, onion powder, and a little nutritional yeast for good measure. I added the broccoli that I had chopped up, and the rice, and stirred it all up, then threw it back in the microwave for another minute. Voila, dinner! Technically a side dish really, I did give her a hot dog too for protein.
I just want to take a moment to tell all of you parents out there dealing with food allergies how amazing you are. Weather you are a mom or dad, working outside the home or not, weather you are creating recipes or researching allergy blogs and cookbooks, constantly reading and interpreting labels, always with your child's health foremost in your mind (and those of you doing this for yourselves too) every one of you is a hero! My thoughts go out to you today and I am sending you all a great big virtual allergen free hug!!!

4 comments:

Liz said...

Thanks! It feels good to be appreciated! :-)

Infant Bibliophile said...

I must say, that cheesy rice looks delicious! (No cheese for me in awhile while nursing my food allergic son so it looks heavenly. I haven't explored soy cheese at all. Is it good?). I'm a SAHM mom, and I still find it difficult to cook meals that are varied enough for him, on a schedule when he'll actually eat them, so kudos to you for managing that AND working. He pretty much lives on Ian's frozen (gluten-free) chicken nuggets.

FoodAllergyMom said...

I have had a few soy cheeses that aren't yoo bad but Emily doesn't like any of them. We use Vegan Rella rice cheese for her (just so you know, it does NOT taste like cheese). Emily loves it, but her sisters say the smell of it makes them sick. I was telling someone the other day about Emily's milk allergy and they said "oh the poor baby, she can't have ice cream". I told them "there are some really great soy based and coconut milk based ice creams out there, cheese is the hard one".

Speedbump Kitchen said...

Yeah, the whole problem with working outside the home...is that you still have to do the work inside the home. With moms, it's not one or the other! Keep your chin up!