Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bridging the Gap

A pediatric allergist I know recently attended the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference (FABlogcon) and one of his take aways is that the medical community has a lot that they can learn from the allergy community, this is not just a one way street.

I love that.

I agree so wholeheartedly that the medical field has an invaluable pool of knowledge about how to manage allergies, but I love hearing that perhaps the knowledge could flow two ways.  I think that as a community we spend many hours educating ourselves on how to keep our allergic children, family members, and our selves safe.  We know the practical applications of living with allergy that can elude those who don't live with it.

And?  Sometimes, for those of us on the public side of allergy, who chose to be advocates and educators, we have more well rounded knowledge.  We read studies as they are published, we read journal articles, we stay abreast of emerging knowledge in the allergy field.  The medical community is often abreast of this part of the knowledge.  We also know what new products are being launched, where the allergy friendly bakeries are, how to substitute recipe ingredients, and the latest word on 504 accommodations, and how to survive the holidays.  Keeping our family alive and healthy is very much our field, so we learn a lot about the whole picture, the practical application and the theory.

I would love to see a stronger community form. I would love to see allergists that are more involved in the local conversations.  I know that personally I have not had great success getting past the gatekeepers (the secretaries and office managers) to get to the doctors and invite them to be a greater part of the conversation.  We invite every allergist every year to be part of our Walk for Food Allergy, so that they can join the community and not only be seen, but SEE.  What it looks like to come together as a community and be surrounded by people who understand.  How it feels to find that support and grow connections.  The community turns out and revels in finding a whole population of locals who "get it".

The medical community is missing out on being part of this conversation, part of this community.  We can support each other in so many ways, and the conversation is just beginning.

How do you include the medical professionals in your community in the conversation?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Meal Plan Monday

OhMyGoodness!  This is the first week in I can't remember when that I'm not insanely busy.  I'm very much looking forward to spending a bit of extra time on meals, catching up with cleaning, and maybe even a few deep breaths!

Monday (beef)
Breakfast: corn muffins and tea
Lunch: sunbutter and apples
Dinner: beef stir fry (I didn't get to make it last night!)

Tuesday (fish)
Breakfast: cranberry orange muffins
Lunch: beef dogs
Dinner: almost tuna noodle casserole

Wednesday (pork)
Breakfast: breakfast blondies with blueberry sauce
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly
Dinner: ham and bean soup, herbed zuchinni bread, salad

Thursday (vegan)
Breakfast: cinnamon roasted butternut squash, pork sausage
Lunch: ham wraps
Dinner: veggie burgers with the works, sweet potato oven fries, raspberry applesauce

Friday (turkey)
Breakfast: pumpkin pie
Lunch: hummus, veggies, crackers
Dinner: Irish cottage pie

Saturday (beef)
Breakfast: turkey sausage, sauteed veggies
Lunch: turkey meatballs
Dinner: steak, cauliflower rice, peas, stovetop apples

Sunday (fish)
Breakfast: breakfast casserole
Lunch: burgers
Dinner: honey sesame salmon (kiddo passed her sesame challenge two weeks ago!!), wilted garlic spinach, roasted rainbow carrots, pasta

That's the plan.  Understanding that adjustments may be made depending on what is available (and on special) at the market tomorrow, and allowing for substitutions when the day gets unexpectedly busy.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

I am so ready for November.  October is so packed full of craziness and activity for me AND my family.  There has hardly been time to breathe!  Here is my plan for the week, hopefully it'll help maintain my sanity around mealtimes...

Monday (turkey)
Breakfast: cinnamon muffins
Lunch: apples and sunbutter
Dinner: chipotle shepherds pie with sweet potato crust

Tuesday (beef)
Breakfast: turkey sausage, biscuits, raspberries
Lunch: leftover shepherd's pie
Dinner: pot roast, peas, quinoa

Wednesday (fish)
Breakfast: quinoa apple bake
Lunch: pot roast
Dinner: crispy baked lemon cod, roasted beets, green beans with shallots

Thursday (pork)
Breakfast: cream of buckwheat
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly
Dinner: ribs, spiced peaches, broccoli, herb roasted potatoes

Friday (vegan)
Breakfast: bacon cheddar muffins
Lunch: ham wraps
Dinner: spaghetti, peas

Saturday (turkey)
Breakfast: waffle bar
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: enchiladas, applesauce

Sunday (beef)
Breakfast: cinnamon rolls, turkey sausage
Lunch: turkey wraps
Dinner: stir fry over quinoa

Monday, September 22, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

It's Monday!  Time for the menu.  Keeping it easy this week, as I'm leaving someone else in charge while I charge my batteries immersed in food allergy community at FABlogCon! I. Can't. Wait.

Let's do this.

Monday (beef)
Breakfast: apple cinnamon muffins, green smoothie
Lunch: turkey meatballs
Dinner: beef/bison stew, mixed veggies, quinoa

Tuesday (fish)
Breakfast: sunbutter muffins
Lunch: leftover beef stew They ate it.  All. Gotta find a plan B, stat!
Dinner: fish tacos

Wednesday (pork)
Breakfast: pumpkin muffins
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly
Dinner: cajun beans and quinoa with andouille sausage, peas

Thursday (vegan)
Breakfast: pork sausage, roasted sweet potatoes
Lunch: pepperoni "lunchables"
Dinner: vegetable chili, cornbread

Friday (turkey)
Breakfast: cranberry orange muffins
Lunch: chili
Dinner: spaghetti with meat sauce

Saturday (beef)
Breakfast: on your own
Lunch: turkey wraps
Dinner: beef burgers- protein style, grilled peppers and zucchini, raspberry applesauce

Sunday (fish)
Breakfast: cereal
Lunch: corn dogs
Dinner: bourbon glazed salmon, broccoli, pineapple

Monday, September 15, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Still haven't mastered the art of the back to school schedule, Monday keeps sneaking up on me!  I swear I was just menu planning yesterday...

Monday (vegan)
Breakfast: Butternut bacon bake
Lunch: Italian sausage
Dinner: veggie burgers, pineapple, roasted broccoli

Tuesday (turkey)
Breakfast: zucchini muffins
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly
Dinner: turkey pot pie

Wednesday (lamb)
Breakfast: turkey sausage, biscuits, green smoothie
Lunch: turkey meatballs
Dinner: moroccan lamb burgers, peas, cucumber mint salad

Thursday (fish)
Breakfast: sweet potato and black bean hash
Lunch: lamb burgers
Dinner: fish tacos

Friday (pork)
Breakfast: pumpkin muffins, green smoothie
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly
Dinner: ribs, roasted sweet potato and cauliflower, spiced peaches

Saturday (vegan)
Breakfast: bacon, hash browns, sautéed veggies
Lunch: pulled pork
Dinner: lentil dahl over quinoa pasta, peas

Sunday (turkey)
Breakfast: waffles with berry reduction
Lunch: hummus and veggie wrap
Dinner: sloppy joes, fries, salad

That's it folks.  Have a great week!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

It's that time again!  Time to figure out what to eat this week so that my grocery run can be most effective.  Planning ahead helps take so much stress out of my week!

Monday (fish)
Breakfast: Cinnamon muffins, orange juice
Lunch: beef burgers
Dinner: fish sandwich, California veggies, mango cherry smoothies

Tuesday (pork)
Breakfast: cinnamon roasted squash with cranberry millet
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly
Dinner: pepperoni rolls, salad

Wednesday (vegan)
Breakfast: pork sausage, Alexia Harvest saute
Lunch: home made lunchables
Dinner: veggie burgers, sweet potato oven fries, green beans

Thursday (turkey)
Breakfast: breakfast blondies, green smoothie
Lunch: veggies and hummus
Dinner: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas

Friday (beef)
Breakfast: turkey sausage, sautéed veggies
Lunch: meatloaf
Dinner: enchiladas, broccoli

Saturday (fish)
Breakfast: apple waffles with cinnamon syrup
Lunch: beef burgers
Dinner: shrimp skewers, lemon pepper pasta with garlic spinach, berries

Sunday (pork)
Breakfast: cream of buckwheat
Lunch: tuna patties
Dinner: lasagna with italian sausage

As always, I'll fill in the blanks with whatever is on sale at the market this week.  And I always have a meal in the freezer if time gets away from me and there's no time to cook!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

I know.  It's Tuesday.  The holiday threw me off a little!

Because we had an impromptu road trip this weekend, my meal plan shifted a day.  So instead of Sunday roast, we had it Monday.  So for those of you keeping track, no, I did not make roast for dinner two nights in a row.

No, here's the plan (because I've got shopping to do!):

Monday (beef)
Breakfast: sweet potato muffins
Lunch: on your own
Dinner: pot roast, peas, quinoa

Tuesday (fish)
Breakfast: pineapple muffins
Lunch: beef hot dogs
Dinner: salmon, roasted beets and broccoli, peaches

Wednesday (pork)
Breakfast: sweet potato and black bean hash
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly
Dinner: cider pulled pork, cauliflower rice, roasted carrots, raspberry applesauce

Thursday (vegan)
Breakfast: pork sausage on biscuit
Lunch: ham wraps
Dinner: potato leek soup, spinach salad with balsamic berries

Friday (turkey)
Breakfast: cinnamon roasted butternut squash over cranberry millet
Lunch: soup
Dinner: turkey enchiladas, green beans with shallots

Saturday (beef)
Breakfast: turkey sausage and waffles with berry reduction
Lunch: sloppy joe
Dinner: grilled steak, fried cabbage, mixed veg, stovetop apples

Sunday (fish)
Breakfast: french toast
Lunch: beef burgers
Dinner: fish tacos

As always, I will fill in any holes with whatever is on sale at the market.  We rotate proteins, so the ( ) after the day indicates what the dinner protein will be, which is then held over for breakfast and lunch the next day.  Any questions or want recipes, just ask!

Have a great week.