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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Doing Carry-Out with Food Allergies

This is what happens when Mom has been sick for a week.  Carry-out.  And as you know, carry-out with food allergies isn't exactly an easy thing to do.  So I thought I would show you how we managed it tonight. 

First stop, Panera.  I grabbed my and Jeff's favorite things.  We don't insist they be dairy-free.  

Second stop, this is most important, the health food store.  I grabbed Miles his new favorite "carry-out", Tofurky Pockets.  They didn't have his favorite version, BBQ Chicken, but they did have pepperoni.  He was still pleased.  Just in case there was any chance he might be a little upset about having food allergies on carry-out night, I picked up some So Delicious soy ice cream that would be sure to lighten the mood.  ALSO, the Panera plain potato chips are dairy-free so he got a bag of those, too.  

Third stop, McDonald's.  Graham just loves their hamburgers, but only gets them on special occasions. I got Graham a hamburger and french fries.  I did not get a Happy Meal because that would upset Miles, and Graham totally gets that.  I love that he is so sensitive to Miles's feelings.  Nobody was getting a new toy tonight.  

Then I headed home with the food from my three stops.  I know some of you handle "carry-out" much differently, and that's ok.  I just wanted to show you what is working for us right now.  We don't do this often, MAYBE once a month.  And everyone seems content.  On the way home I thought about it some.  Really, if we all went into a restaurant, would we all order the same exact dish to make it fair? No, we would all get our favorite dishes.  That's kind of how I do our carry-out.  Of course Miles can't have Panera or McDonald's, but Tofurky is one of his favorite food treats right now.  Mom didn't make it. It's safe.  It's working, and I'm glad. 

We may have to tweak the system down the road, and would be willing in order to keep our son happy.  Changes can be made when needed.

What do you think?  If you are doing carry-out with food allergies, how do you do it?  And what food do you like to pick up!  




molly said...

We don't do this very often, but Costco's hot dogs (and buns) are dairy free, as well as their rotisserie chicken. You'd have to double check ingredients because I live in WA state, which may be different than your state's ingredients. My milk/soy/nut-allergy daughter gets excited about Costco hot dogs because we also let her have some of the soda that comes with it (which she never gets at home-she's only 3). We have also given her Burger King chicken nuggets and fries, but usually reserve that for road trips when we don't have much choice. I can't think of anything else. You're right, it's hard being unable to cook when you're managing food allergies because it's not as easy as just ordering a pizza. Hope you feel better soon!

Jamie Kaufmann said...

Good tips, Molly! Sounds like a great compromise. :)