The tapestry of the life of a medically complex family

Because we are on an alternative diet [Specific Carbohydrate Diet], all foods are made from scratch- raw foods crafted into spices, sauces and meals. With a grain-free, starch-free, additive-free regimen, my kids’ skin is clear of eczema, vomiting is kept to a minimum and weight-gain has become a regular occurring phenomena across the triple threat. The only pre-made foods we get away with are salads [without dressing] and Larabars of the fruit & nut variety – not chocolate because it is not SCD.

Each Sunday begins like any other day, 2 nebs per twin, 1 neb per youngest, almond milk/formula time, breakfast… then the food prep begins. I have worked out my week so that yogurt-making is often due on Sundays. Boiling 8-16 cups of whole milk and 1/2 & 1/2 blend, letting it cool to 110 degrees before adding plain yogurt as a starter and beginning the 24 hour culture process in side-by-side yogurt makers. Tomorrow early afternoon we should have enough yogurt to get through a week, before making more next weekend.

Breads, waffles, muffins & meatballs are all made with almond flour or almond meal in our house. On Sunday and/or Monday I try to bake a loaf or two of bread so that a couple days/week my girls can have sandwiches like other kids. My favorite bread recipe is from the http://www.scdrecipe.com website for bread you can microwave- it smells funny when baking but makes great sandwich bread if you cut the loaf in half and slice lengthwise to make 3 slices per half. Yep. SIX slices of bread per loaf- why I have to bake more than one day each week. I have found GREAT waffle, muffin & scone recipes on the scd recipe site as well as in a grain-free cookbook I use as a guide for much of my cooking. [Everyday Grain-Free Gourmet]

I follow a blog or two whose focus is cooking grain-free. I have some recipes from http://digestivewellness.blogspot.com that I am wanting to try. Coming soon to my kids will be the “one pan chicken nugget dinner” she has crafted and perhaps some of her other dinner fare. Crafting all food from scratch is another part-time job in addition to all else there is to do for kids with complex medical needs, but it is SO worth it when the alternatives are continuous appointments and invasive repeat surgeries.

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