I have never bothered to make these before because I assumed (incorrectly) that they would be super difficult. Guess what, they’re not!
I looked into them because I am on a journey to debt freedom and the cost of gluten and dairy free food is killing my budget! It is all so unnecessarily expensive and really not all that hard to make. I went on a Pinterest search to find the best/easiest recipe for me to make that my kids may actually like. This is a combo of a few recipes that I simplified to work for us!
What I found on Pinterest was shocking. It is freaking easy. It was quick. It was painless. I am definitely not a chef and doubt I would really qualify as a home chef either. I am simply a mamma looking to make cheaper meals that still taste good for my allergy kiddos.
When doing a cost comparison, I was able to save $0.25 per ounce by making these at home.
The cheapest store-bought nuggets near me are $0.40/oz or $7.99 a package (which is enough for one meal for my kids).
Making these homemade I spent $0.15/oz or $15.33 a package which made enough for FIVE meals. You heard me, FIVE. Had I been able to buy a package for this I would have spent $2.97 instead of $7.99. NUTS!!
It takes literally no skill to pull this off. If you can cut up chicken breast, mix breadcrumbs with seasonings, and use an air fryer, you can do this too!
First pre-heat the air fryer, yes its a pain, however if you don’t it will take longer to cook! Then take the chicken breasts and cut them into nugget sized pieces. I tend to make them smaller so my kiddos have an easier time.
Pour enough milk into a bowl to completely cover the nuggets. Stick the nuggets in the bowl and let soak for 5 minutes. Do not skip this step or the breadcrumbs won’t stick properly to the nugget!
While those are soaking, put the breadcrumbs into a bowl. For me, I had 5.5 lbs of breasts and used one 12oz box of breadcrumbs. It may vary based on how many nuggets you’re actually making. I prefer to stick them into a Pyrex container with a lid and then once I add the nuggets, I put the lid on and shake!
Next step is to put the nuggets into the air fryer for 4 minutes. Then make sure to flip them (I usually just shake the bin to do this) then fry for another 4 minutes.
Once they come out, enjoy!! My kids freaking love these. They went absolutely nuts over these and have asked for them again and again! I love them because they’re simple, cheap, easy, and a crowd-pleaser!
❄️ These also freeze very well! To freeze, place in the refrigerator to cool down, then put in a freezer bag or freezer safe container and freeze! To thaw, we prefer to pop them back in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes to warm through and keep crunchy!
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My kiddos love these cookies!! I can't wait to try the rest of their recipes! These are Coggies brand cookies that we got at TJ Maxx, however I believe are also sold at Walmart!
In our quest to try to get my 7 year old a ranch alternative, I thought of this idea after watching a TikTok where they added ranch seasoning to Greek yogurt! Figured why not try it with dairy free yogurt!
We've tried the different "dairy free ranch" alternatives, and let me tell you, I have one word for them.... nasty. The two pictured below were the "best" but still awful.
With a little trial and error, we were able to make it taste pretty close to the real thing! We simply used one container of PLAIN ALMONDMILK YOGURT and one packet of ranch seasoning! We just added the seasoning to the yogurt until it tasted "ranchy". My 7 year old, who recently had to go dairy free due to an autoinflammatory disease he has, approves!!
1. Freaking Delicious
2. Easy to make
It doesn't get much easier than that! I made three batches for the kids yesterday and there are now four cookies left haha. Instructions and ingredients below!
We survived!! We arrived knowing that they had no allergy friendly food. Dinner was pizza, snacks were cheese and crackers, and breakfast was yogurt and granola. For my kiddo who can’t have dairy, rice, soy, wheat, oats, or apples. There was literally nothing she could eat. So we got to planning....
We are very lucky that we have a Salvatore’s Pizza near us. They have gluten free crust (that’s safe for her since the rice is baked in) and they also have a vegan cheese! So we ordered two pizzas (they’re single serving really). We picked those up and cut them into slices and put them into ziplocks. Then we grabbed a whole fruit bowl, lots of her gluten free pretzels, and cereal with almond milk. My co-leader also brought a veggie tray, lots of snacks, and watermelon!
Everything ended up working out perfectly! By the time we left this morning, my allergy kiddo was happy, fed, and safe! While I wish that they had more allergy-friendly foods, it all worked out perfectly with a little planning!!
I think it’s safe to say we had a great, fun, and inclusive overnight! 💜
Welp, we've all (I think) been there. Someone posts something online and you feel like you HAVEEEE to respond. It happened to me today. I saw a post made by a mommy blogger. It was about school drop-off lines. About how the recent posts going around stating that if your kid is slow, park. Don't wait in line and hold-up the entire thing.
I don't know why, but I do feel pretty strongly about this one. I personally think that it really comes down to common courtesy. ANYONE regardless of reason should have the common courtesy to do what they can to make the line move more smoothly. If your kiddo has a disability, park, walk them in. If your kiddo is just slow because that's who they are, park, walk them in. If your a parent like me who just would rather walk your kid in to spend a few more minutes with them, then park, walk them in.
I then got hammered because how dare I ask a disabled kid to do something different than I would ask any other kid? Well I'm not. My two school-aged kids aren't disabled. They park and walk in. Its all common courtesy. For whatever reason if your child is slower, just freaking park and walk them in! Its not a huge deal.
My kiddo who is disabled will be starting school soon and guess what I WILL BE PARKING AND WALKING HER IN! *gasp*. She IS SLOWER, so to not inconvenience anyone else and to be considerate and courteous to everyone else, I will walk her in. It is not a bad thing, it isn't something that will do a disservice to her. It is common courtesy.
I feel like LIFE just gets in the way. I have all these plans to post and be able to come back here in 20 years and remind myself of what I've been able to get through! What major obstacles I've been able to overcome!
BOSTON: Well we made another trip out to Boston. This time to see Rheumatology, Motility, and Dermatology. Rheumatology determined that she's good to go for now, but if any symptoms or signs pop up, she needs to return YAY!!! Dermatology diagnosed her with Rosacea. Since the cream they gave us is currently working, we're okay to stick with it. If there's a point that it stops working, they will switch her over to an oral medication as well.
Motility. While I do like the doctors and think they're nice, I am beyond frustrated. They are trying to tell us that her being so constipated that she needs to be hospitalized every 6 weeks is behavioral. That her need for Miralax, dulcolax, colace, and senna, and we still get pebbles is behavioral. I, as a mom, am NOT accepting that as an answer. I expressed my frustrations with her GI here, who also agreed with me that she wanted to rule out everything here first. She will also be conversing with a GI at Columbia University to see what her thoughts are.
Every day I am learning something new about the food industry. Today, from a fellow (and veteran) FPIES mamma I learned of a reason why we may have failed raisins but passed grapes a year ago. Turns out... RAISINS are OFTEN made using SUNFLOWER OIL! We are acute to sunflower oil! Who knew!
I have a love-hate relationship with those memory apps and reminders from Facebook and Google. They either remind you of the happy or of the sad. Today it was bittersweet. Up popped this photo (below) of my Littlest daughter Kennedy. Kennedy was one-year-old at the time and she had just had a reaction to some Cheerios. We ended up in the emergency room and then unfortunately she ended up admitted because she could not keep anything down.
I say that this was bittersweet for us because it got me thinking that the last time she was admitted to the hospital, well for a FPIES related event, was actually that time. Meaning she has gone an entire year without being admitted to the hospital for any sort of FPIES related issues which to me is a massive WIN!
So today we celebrate. We celebrate the fact that, even though my kiddo still has to avoid a bunch of foods, she has made it an entire year without having to spend time in the hospital for something that has to do with her food related issues.
Moral of my story- LISTEN TO YOUR MOM-INTUITION- My daughter was just discharged after 5 days in the children’s hospital. On Labor Day she came down with a few spots on her feet, then on the rest of her body within 2 hours. She went to bed and woke up with them even more wide-spread all over.
I can’t explain why I had a feeling initially that it wasn’t HAnd-Foot-and Mouth (HFM), but it was last Tuesday that I had that feeling. I called the pediatricians nurse line who said they don’t see kids with HFM & to treat the symptoms.
Tuesday night I still was uneasy because the spots didn’t match the photos I was seeing of HFM, I called the nurse line again and they said the same thing.
Wednesday morning she was so much worse, lethargic, and the spots had all turned to blisters from head to toe. By 10am I knew this was not normal and demanded for her to be seen. They got us in at 5pm.
Immediately upon walking in, the pediatrician called for two other pediatricians who all agreed we needed to go to the ER. We walked into the ER and were immediately put into isolation 30+ labs done, monitors everywhere. Turns out my daughter had a potentially life threatening reaction to a virus, one of her normal meds, or Tylenol (not sure which) called Stephens Johnson’s Syndrome.
Fast-Forward 5 days, we are headed home now. She is still going to be stuck in isolation at home for infection risk, and her skin is falling off in sheets where she had blisters (25% of her body).
PLEASE if something isn’t settling with you, push push push to have someone look into it. Our story turned out best case, but I hate to think that if I hadn’t pushed for her to be seen how badly it could have turned 😞
Hi there! I'm Caitlyn. I'm mom to three kiddos ages 7,5 & 2. My 7& 2 year olds were the two blessed with FPIES. My 7 year old is only (now) Acute to dairy, wheat, soy, and rice. The youngest is a hot mess with 12 safes, and a million fails plus a few IGE's to top it all off.
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