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Food Allergy Mama Kelly Rudnicki Shares a Recipe from Her New Cookbook

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

The Food Allergy Mama, Kelly Rudnicki, is brilliant. Her legions of followers, including Martha Stewart, agree. Rudnicki just released her third cookbook filled with delicious recipes for kids who have allergies. She’s giving away two copies of The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast, Family Meals on her website right now, so head over there after you read this post. But don’t click away from me just yet. Rudnicki shares one of her most popular recipes below. (See the photo. Yum.) And if you order The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast, Family Meals from her website, she’ll send you a signed copy. Her new child- and mom-approved dishes include breakfast burritos and oatmeal fudge bars.

She’s recipe prolific, and I asked her where she gets her inspiration. “From my readers! For years I was asked to develop a delicious allergy-friendly macaroni and cheese, a classic childhood meal,” she says. “So I went to work in the kitchen to make a mac and cheese that kids could have, and that I would actually eat.” She also works diligently for her  son, John, the only one of her five kids with food allergies. “He will look around stores, restaurants or even his own lunchroom at school, and ask if I can make a similar thing for him,” Rudnicki says. “I developed my corn dog recipe after he came home bummed one day when all the kids at his lunch table ordered corn dogs and said how awesome they were. Little conversations like that fuel the creative fire in me to make new recipes all the time.”

Check out her book. Read her super popular blog. And enjoy this Rudnicki recipe that’s guaranteed to please the whole family:

“Spaghetti and meatballs are a classic kids’ dinner. It’s also one of my most requested recipes,” Rudnicki writes. “I can get this dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes, yet it tastes like it simmered all day long. The best part is leftover sauce and meatballs can be turned into a fantastic Turkey Meatball Sandwich.”

1 pound box allergen friendly pasta
For Sauce:
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and gated
1 cup grated, peeled veggies (I like a combination of carrots and zucchini) simply omit if your kids aren’t thrilled with the veggies)
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 3/4 teaspoons dried Italian Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves (optional)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
For Meatballs:
 1 lb. dark meat ground turkey (Do not use extra lean.)
3/4 c. panko crumbs (May use Gluten Free Panko or bread crumbs.)
1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
2 tablespoons water
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine all of the meatball ingredients until mixed together. Use your hands to roll mixture into 1- inch balls and place on parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes or until no longer pink on the inside.
Meanwhile, heat a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium high heat for about a minute. Add olive oil and grate onion and/or veggies directly into pot. Add seasonings, and salt and pepper to taste and saute about five minutes or until onion is translucent. Add canned tomatoes and tomato sauce and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes (during the time the meatballs cook). Stir in the optional fresh herbs after 15 minutes.
Heat a large pot of water to boiling and cook pasta according to package directions. When meatballs are done baking, add to sauce and simmer for five additional minutes. Drain pasta and pour into a big bowl, adding meatball/sauce mixture to spaghetti. Serve with allergen-friendly garlic bread and a salad.
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10 Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2013

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Bookworms will love the lineup of parenting memoirs and advice that are scheduled for release in 2013. I know I am. Here are the books I can’t wait to read in the New Year. Stay tuned for my write ups about them on this blog.

The Heavy: A Mother Daughter Memoir
by Dara-Lynn Weiss
Did you hear about the mom who put her 7-year-old daughter on a strict diet and wrote about it for Vogue? Author Dara Lynn-Weiss caused such a stir that she got a book deal. This memoir tells the story from start to finish–how the doctor labeled her little girl obese, and how this mother decided to take care of it. The book is supposed to be brutally honest, and Lynn-Weiss claims that her insights will help other parents in the same situation. (Jan. 15)

Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye: A Family Field Trip to the Arctic’s Edge in Search of Adventure, Truth, and Mini-Marshmallows
by Zac Unger
In this memoir, one dad takes his family to Antarctica–Churchill, Manitoba to be exact. In the “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” he examines a faraway place that’s one of Mother Nature’s last strongholds. A seasoned writer, he observes the human relationship with the great bears. And he took his wife and two kids there! (Jan. 29)

The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals
by Kelly Rudnicki
The author runs the helpful and popular blog, The Food Allergy Mama, and she also wrote the companion book The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking BookShe has five kids, one with severe food allergies. All recipes are free of milk, butter, cheese, eggs and nuts. She uses easy-to-find, inexpensive ingredients to make dishes like oatmeal fudge bars. (Feb. 5)

The Secrets of Happy Families
by Bruce Feiler
Popular New York Times columnist and best-selling author promises another warm and helpful book. He often writes beautifully about religion (Walking the Bible), but this one focuses on innovative ways to connect as a family. He didn’t go to psychologists for advice but instead to Silicon Valley execs and folks on the set of Modern Family. Some of the surprising advice in this book will be to ditch the sex talk, don’t worry about family dinner and let your kids pick their own punishments. (Feb. 19)

The Still Point of the Turning World
by Emily Rapp
Rapp’s books (Poster Child) and articles are beautiful to read, but her piece in the New York Times called Notes from a Dragon Mom was particularly heartbreaking. In it, she writes about the short life of her young son Ronan who is diagnosed with Tay-Sachs. In her trademark way, she gently takes readers on her family’s difficult journey. (March 7)

French Twist: An American Mom’s Experiment in Parisian Parenting
by Catherine Crawford
For readers who were into in the controversial book Bringing Up Bebe, this book offers another intimate look into the secrets of French parenting. Instead of going to Paris to immerse her family in French ways, the author brings French attitudes to Brooklyn. She writes about her European hands-off approach and how it worked magnificently–most of the time–with her two kids. Now they eat lamb chops! (March 12)

Raising Cubby: A Father and Son’s Adventures with Asperger’s, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives
by John Elder Robison
Diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 40, this dad writes about the adventures he has raising his son Cubby. Irreverent, hilarious and a little dark, this book is gives readers an inside look at what it’s like to be a person on the autism spectrum. He hopes to inspire his readers to embrace and celebrate misfits and geeks. If you’ve seen or read Running with Scissors, you might have met John–he is Augusten Burroughs’ brother. (March 12)

Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures
by Amber Dusik
Hiliarious Parents’ writer Dusik finally gets to crack readers up with her own parenting book, and yes, the pictures are really bad. She’s a popular blogger, but in this book she delves into life with kids while sharing stories. Silly ones like the time her child asked if clowns will throw pies at her at the circus. She’s aiming for a funny run of stories and essays along the lines of Jenny Lawson’s Let Pretend this Never Happened. (March 19)

The Object of My Conception
by Elisabeth Rohm
Rohm, best known for her role on Law and Order, blogged about her infertility for, and she was overwhelmed by the positive responses from women who were going through the same thing. In her memoir, she tells the story of her fertility issues, her IVF treatments and her successful journey into motherhood. (April 9)

Learning to Listen: A Life Caring for Children
by T. Berry Brazelton
Fans of this caring and famous pediatrician will be interested in the story of his life. From growing up in Texas to heading to Princeton and Harvard to diving into research on newborn babies, this book tells the story of a great man in his own words. You probably know his seminal book Touchstones, a handbook for all parents of babies from birth to age 3. (April 9)

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