Monday, July 6, 2009

Sophie-Safe Cooking

We will be heading back home soon. I am coming home with new knowledge of good substitutes for foods that are safe for Brody and a new allergen free family friendly cookbook. When I was in Whole Foods a week ago, a lady told me about a book called Sophie-Safe Cooking by Emily Hendrix. She told me that her family loved it (it is always so nice to hear from someone who has already traveled that road). I mentioned it to my mother-in-law and she surprised me by having it mailed to her house (she has been incredibly helpful through this process). I flipped through it today, and it looks great! The recipes are normal breakfasts, main dishes, side dishes, salads and desserts with ingredients that can be bought at the grocery store (no specialty items).

Sophie-Safe Cooking is written by a mom whose third child is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts and wheat. Sophie's allergist also recommended not to give her fish, shellfish or other nuts until she was at least 3 years old; therefore the recipes are free of these ingredients also.
Sophie-Safe Cooking is a family friendly collection of recipes that are free of milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish (which are the top 8 allergens).

I am actually looking forward to start making some recipes from it. A huge plus for me...some of the recipes include zucchini and squash which are overflowing in our garden right now :) I am always looking for new ways to use stuff from my garden.
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  1. Now that is one thoughtful mother in law! How sweet of her to help out in those ways!

    I just knew you'd love some Trader Joes... even without allergies, that place is awesome. Now, how do we convince them to get on down this way??? So glad you've found affordable and good tasting stuff!

    And please share some squash and zucchini recipes... I've grilled, kebobed, steamed, raw eaten... I need to go on ahead and put 'em in something already! Haha!

    Have a safe trip home and way to go on being so optimistic and resourceful. Wow!

  2. Oh this is great news Rachel! I am going to look into getting one too. I have been giving Connor the basics this week and we are surviving but it would be nice to be able to fix him something from this. All the poor child is eating is Ian's chicken nuggets, turkey hot dogs, chips, raw fruits and corn. That is all he wants for now. I have tried a few gluten free things for him like animal crackers (they were disgusting but he took them Ok...shhhhh. Ha!) and some chocolate gluten free cereal bars. I thought Connor would be excited because of the chocolate but he hasnt taken to them quite yet. I got those french toast sticks but I havent given them to him yet. I will let you know. Have a safe trip home!

  3. Sophie Safe Cooking is also soy-free. I'm glad you like it so far. For more information or with questions about the book or recipes, visit my website at

    I love Trader Joe's too, and we don't have them in Colorado. We do have something called Sprouts Farmers Market & they carry lots of GF and allergy friendly products for low prices.


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