Free Ebook: Smart School Time Recipes

I'm pretty sure that Alisa Fleming of Go Dairy Free and One Frugal Foodie doesn't sleep.  Just two weeks ago she was appalled by a newspaper circular advertising unhealthy foods designed for kids.  So Alisa put out a call for submissions for a "blogger mission."  She wanted to create a free ebook of healthy, allergy and special diet aware,  kid friendly recipes for back to school season.

It's no small measure of the respect and gratitude for Alisa and her work that over 70 of us immediately responded, including such well known writers as Hannah of Bittersweet, Jennifer of Vegan Lunch Box, Ricki of Diet, Dessert and Dogs, and  Susan of Fat Free Vegan.  (To say I'm thrilled to be included is a ridiculous understatement.)  The result of all that blogger enthusiasm and Alisa's hard work is Smart School Time Recipes:  The Breakfast, Snack, and Lunchbox Cookbook for Healthy Kids and Adults.

The free ebook contains 125 recipes, including those with and without meat, gluten, eggs, dairy and other allergens.  Alisa also has added her suggestions for substitutions to many of the recipes that include common allergens.  It really does have something for everyone!

You can download the ebook here!


Deanna said...

I'm still trying to remember the crooked path of blogs I took to arrive here, but I am so glad I did. We have a son (will be 3 in December) who is allergic to all dairy and has an intolerance to eggs. We have also recently learned that he is highly allergic to toothpaste and certain chemicals (courtesy of a mail order backpack that induced hives and difficutly breathing). It seems like no one understands the life of the parent of an allergic child except another parent of an allergic child. The school that K is in now works wonderfully with him, but we fear the day that he is moved to another school (when he starts 1st grade). Will they get it? Will they really understand that his allergies are real and viable and not some figment of our imagination? What makes it doubly hard is that on RAST tests, his allergies don't show up as being as extreme as they truly are - so we lack even the backing of an allergist. Yet, we know what we see at home and the battles we fight to keep him breathing and his eczema at bay.

Thank you for blogging. Thank you for sharing your stories and your recipes. I will be pilfering your lunch box ideas!

Alisa said...

You are awesome! Thanks Libby!

Deanna said...

I'm back again! I noticed that you have found some hotdogs and sausages that work well - would you mind sharing what brands? This has been a frustrating search for me. thanks!!

Libby said...

Hi Deanna,

I tried to find an email address for you, but since I couldn't I'll just write a long comment. When you say you don't have the backing of an allergist, does that mean your son doesn't see one, or that his allergist doesn't back you? If the first, maybe your son's primary can get you a referral to one who will do a scratch test. If the latter, you might want to check with a local food allergy support group for a doc they recommend! I hope all goes well.

As far as the processed meat goes, I'm not a big fan, but since my son loves it, he gets it in moderation. (There's so little junk food he can safely eat anyway!)
For the hot dogs, I use plain old Oscar Mayer turkey franks. I don't have any of the little turkey sausages in my freezer right now, but I believe they are the Brown and Serve brand. They are egg/dairy/nut free, but, you'll probably want to do some very careful label reading if your child is sensitive to chemicals.

Good luck!

Mamma Sarah said...

Thank you for sharing this!!!!

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! I downloaded! Thank you so much! :)

Hannah said...

How silly is this- I'm a part of the ebook, and I already blogged about it, but I didn't actually download it myself yet! Yikes, thanks for the reminder!

And I hope you have a very happy new year as well, thanks for the thoughtful wishes! :)