No Grumble Apple Crumble


Apple crumble is another firm favorite in my house for dessert and sometimes even for breakfast.  It’s delicious hot or cold, on its own or with custard or ice-cream.  The ingredients are simple and it’s relatively quick to make (except for rubbing the butter into the flour mixture to make the breadcrumbs.)  I like to bake the apple crumbles in small pyrex dishes and freeze some so that I always have a tasty dessert that can be ready quickly.

To cook it without dairy, I substitute Energy Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread for butter.  This works well.


Rosti Bolognese Pie


This is a delicious and nutritious variation on good old Shepherd’s Pie.  It combines meat and five different vegetables.  The red pepper sauce (I make my own by mincing a jar of roasted red peppers in a blender) adds a sweet interest to the dish.  Rosti pie is the most frequently requested meal by my son.  He regularly wolfs down at least 2 of them for dinner.

In place of cheddar cheese, I use Daiya ‘mozzarella style shreds’ which melt quite well into the hot mashed potato.

Delicious Cookie Dough Bites


I bought these as a treat for my son, but the problem is, he can’t stop eating them!  Now I have to hide them at the back of the fridge otherwise he could gobble down a whole packet in one day.

These chocolate chip bites are quite expensive, but the pleasure of being able to eat cookie dough (which is often off limits to my son because of his allergy to dairy and egg) makes their price worth while.  They also come in snickerdoodle and sunbetter flavors.

Veggie Burgers


As a change from meat, we came upon these ‘supreme crispy quinoa vegetable burgers’ in The Pollan Family Table cookbook.  My very hungry son ate 3 of these in one sitting!  They are packed with plant protein from the quinoa and the beans, as well as nutritious carrots and scallions.  Plus they come with all vegetable toppings of a regular burger.  Even ketchup works well with them.

My son is allergic to eggs, so instead of using egg to bind the ingredients, we use Egg Replacer from Ener-G Foods.  This makes the veggie burgers a little looser than a regular burger, but with careful handling they keep their shape well enough.  Enjoy!


Flavorful Fish Tacos


It is very hard to persuade my kids to eat fish at home, but using this recipe, they both eat 2 or 3 pieces of fish, as well as a hearty serving of fresh vegetables.  These fish tacos make for a fun and nutritious lunch or evening meal.

To take account of my son’s allergies to dairy, eggs and nuts, I adapted the original ‘beer-battered fish tacos with mango salsa’ recipe found in The Pollen Family Table cookbook.  I replaced the ‘chipotle mayonnaise’ with mashed avocado which still kept the tacos moist.




CVS Now Selling Generic Competitor To EpiPen At A 6th Of The Price

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan’s EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers.

The drugstore chain says it will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the authorized generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known treatment compared to EpiPen, which can cost more than $600.

EpiPen alternative (WBZ-TV)
EpiPen alternative (WBZ-TV)
CVS Health Corp., the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain, says it cut the price of the generic version of Adrenaclick nearly in half. The lower price is now available at all CVS stores. The chain runs about 9,600 retail pharmacies in the United States, including several locations inside Target stores.

Related: Many Families In The Dark About Cheaper EpiPen Alternatives

The emergency treatments are stocked by schools and parents of children with severe allergies. They are used to stop anaphylaxis, the potentially fatal allergic reactions to insect bites and stings and foods like nuts and eggs.

The syringes are filled with the hormone epinephrine, and they expire after a year. That often forces patients to fill new prescriptions even if they never used the old one.

Mylan NV began taking heat late last summer for its EpiPen pricing, which climbed more than 500 percent since 2007. A Congressional panel grilled CEO Heather Bresch in September about the soaring cost, which she has blamed in part on insurers, pharmacy benefits managers and other middlemen that stand between the drugmaker and the customer.

Mylan has since expanded the financial aid it offers customers and launched its own authorized generic in December, priced at $300 per two-pack.

But patients with no health insurance or plans that make them pay a high deductible before covering care can be exposed to the full price of the drug if they aren’t aware of that financial aid or if they don’t seek it.

CVS says the new price it is charging for the Adrenaclick generic applies to both insured patients and those who pay cash without coverage. It’s what customers will pay at the pharmacy counter.