Friday, June 5, 2009

Say Hi To Sophie

This is my niece's daughter Sophie. I can't believe she's 15 months old already and I'm just getting around to introducing you to her. I've never met her in person because they live so far away. Sophie was born on Emily's birthday and has the same allergies plus soy. I am writing this partly to welcome her and her family to our allergy community, but also to ask for help. We used to avoid soy and I remember how hard it was. As soon as we found out we could have it, all of my soy-free knowledge flew right out the window. Her allergies are wheat, eggs, milk, soy and peanuts. If any of my fellow bloggers out there have recipes for this set of allergies, would you please leave your info in my comments box? Any comments or suggestions for toddler foods would be greatly appreciated too. Thank you all!


Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

Smoothies always seem like a great option with allergies and kids. Here is a simple summer one -

I love these cinnamon apples too -

Also, on all of the recipes have in the header if they are vegan/egg-free, nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free, or wheat-free, for easy scanning.

Infant Bibliophile said...

We don't avoid soy, but I just did a post on my allergy blog about what my (picky and wheat-, egg-, milk-, nut-, sesame-allergic) toddler eats. You can see the whole list on my blog, but a few things that I think are soy free: freeze-dried blueberries or raspberries from Just Tomatoes, freeze-dried peaches from Brother's All Natural, avocado spread on safe crackers or safe rice cakes, watermelon (and any fresh fruit or veggie of course), enjoy life cookies and snack bars (they're soy-free, right?). For meals, we mainly eat chicken, frozen peas/carrots/corn, and potatoes in one form or another. Good luck!

Eagle Loft said...

What a cutie-pie! Sorry to hear about her allergies. Sounds like she has almost the same ones as my 16 month old. I am just getting started with my recipe site at Hopefully there are some things on there that might be useful for you.

Soy is hard to avoid as it is in just about all processed food. Becel has a margarine called "RFS" that is dairy/soy/egg free that I use where I would previously have used melted butter (eg. popcorn, lemon butter dip for artichokes). When a recipe calls for shortening I use Wilderness Family Naturals "Coconut Spread", but it is somewhat of a pain to use as you have to heat it first. Earth Balance now makes a soy-free spread, but it is not available in my area so I have not tried it. Also, Spectrum makes a shortening that is made with palm oil -- I am frustrated that this is not available in my area either. Hopefully some of these products are available to Sophie's Mom because shortening/margarine is the hardest substitute for me to deal with in our soy-free diet.

FoodAllergyMom said...

Oh thank you all so much, such a wealth of information!!! I'm excited to find all these new resources for myself. :)

Amy said...

Hi! I can't eat wheat dairy eggs or sugar and I honestly don't eat much spy. Email me and I'll send some easy dinner/main course types of recipes. I'm also building a website where people will be able to search recipes based on their food allergies, geared toward people like Sophie and me who have a number of them. www. the recipe database will be up in a few months.

Anonymous said...

No specific recipes, but I can't have dairy or soy and vegan cookbooks have been a lifesaver, especially for baking. Some are very soy-heavy, so you have to be pretty careful about which ones you get, but every recipe is guaranteed to be dairy and egg-free. Because of the wheat she wouldn't be able to use every recipe, but it's a good place to start. It's also very easy to add meat into a recipe if she's worried about that.

Also, the So Delicious Coconut Milk ice creams are dairy, egg, and wheat-free. Most flavors are also soy and peanut free. Just make sure to buy the coconut milk ones because the same company makes a soy ice cream too. They're expensive but pretty good for the occasional treat. They make yogurts as well. Rice Dream also makes an ice cream that's free of all those allergens (at least some flavors are) -- be careful not to get Rice Divine though, which is made with soy protein.


Arisce said...


I just made these

the flour blend I used was 2/3c+2tblspns white rice flour
2/3c sorghum flour
1/3c corn startch)potato would work fine)
1/3c tapioca starch+3tblspns

I used hemp instead of soy. They were amazing!

Arisce said...

Also, is an amazing resource!

FoodAllergyMom said...

First of all I have to comment on the So Delicious coconut based ice cream, we just tried it ourselves and it is sooo good! We tried the vanilla though and I have to admit it tasted a little more like coconut than vanilla. Secondly I just want to say that, yes, anyone who has not looked into should. It is an amazing resource. Thank you all again for your awsome support!

Anonymous said...

Cherry Brook Kitchen makes some very good products that are wheat, egg, soy, dairy, gluten, and peanut free.They even have cake that tastes like the real deal. seriously you wouldn't even be able to tell thier products are allergen free by tasting them.

Check it out at

Lots of Luv,

The Brown's said...

I just found out that my son is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts and wheat and we are trying to figure out this whole new thing. I was introduced to a cookbook called Sophie-Safe cooking (recipes free of milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish). So far, so good. Check it out There is also other info on my blog:

FoodAllergyMom said...

Brown your blog is so CUTE! I love your design! Thank you for the info too. That's kind of funny because I was just looking at Sophie Safe Cooking on Amazon yesterday. She uses a lot of oats I noticed.

The Brown's said...

I wanted to tell you about a company called Healthy Times

I just got their original Teddy Puffs, Apple Cinnamon Teddy Puffs and Maple Arrowroot Cookies and all of these are Soy Free, Wheat Free and Dairy Free!!! :)

I was searching high and low for "puffs" that my son could have as a first finger food since Gerber Puffs won't work for us due to allergies.

Wanted to this info along...I am very excited about this company!

Karin said...

i don't hve specific recipes but I just read (probably in living without magazine, that sometimes 2 similar foods will create a postive antigen test even if you are allergic to one of the foods. Soy and Peanuts are both legumes so I think they fall into these categories.
I don't like soy and have been living glutenfree, wheat free for 10 years. I will search for some of the things that I eat and fed to my kids who are now toddlers. Rice yum yums (walmart and babies r us have them)were a big hit and my mom made cookies out of rice cereal for my kids.

amy said...

Sophie is precious, so sorry about the food allergies, but think positive and think of all the things she can have...there are a lot of things you can use in recipes to substitute for eggs, such as tofu, fruits, applesauce, etc. If you get a chance, take a look at our blog at We have several products on our website that are allergen-free and they taste good,too, which is always a plus, especially with kids. You have some great info on your blog, I will continue to read it. Thanks, Amy G