Food for MFA while traveling

Posted on: Thu, 03/01/2007 - 10:38pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We move cross country at the end of the month and I need ideas for food. DS is allergic to Wheat, Eggs, Soy, Milk, Peanut, Sesame. We suspect Barley, Berries, and Kiwi. We avoid any other common allergen.
It will be a three day drive (stops in Craig, Co and Lincoln, NE) to a house that will need our *deep cleaning* at the end. DH and I are comfortable living on DS's limited diet. However, there will be two others coming with us who are not. They are familiar with his allergies though and I expect will be accomodating. We probably won't have health insurance so I'm trying to limit exsposure as much as possible. We'll be staying in motels which I'm nervous about. I'd rather not eat out and instead bring my own food. I'll be buying a car-powered cooler to carry food.
I've read on old posts a lot of suggestions for sandwiches but that is difficult in our situation. Any other good food ideas? Suggestions on travel? DS is 18 months.

Posted on: Thu, 03/01/2007 - 11:24pm
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We were dealing with a similar list when we moved with our then 15 month old. Two words for you:
Corn tortillas.
(The ultimate convenience food for the MFA kid-- seriously, though, you can do quite a lot with them and they are fairly shelf-stable. )

Posted on: Thu, 03/01/2007 - 11:46pm
2BusyBoys's picture
Joined: 09/03/2004 - 09:00

Andy's Mom,
Have you checked out [url=""][/url] yet?
They offer sponsered memberships (free) if cost is an issue. The recipe database and ideas for multiple food allergies are pretty terrific. You might just want to search the support forums (free) for ideas.
Good Luck with your move!
Jodi mom to:
D 5/22/01 NKA
Z 3/18/03 Peanut, Milk, Egg, pineapple, etc...

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 12:12am
LisaM's picture
Joined: 11/04/2005 - 09:00

Personally, I'm planning on buying a good rice cooker---one in which you can cook meat and veggies with the rice (it *is* okay to cook meat in them, isn't it?) I figure it will make it *so* much easier for travelling in case I don't have access to a stove.
I bring a small plastic tub to wash dishes in. Hotels might not be enthused about people using electric appliances . . . but if you have a small electric skillet or a small egg cooker, you can make flatbread with rice flour, etc.
I generally eat rice porridge in the a.m.---I grind dry rice grains in a coffee grinder. Would probably work in a microwave (in a hotel).

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 4:14am
caryn's picture
Joined: 11/20/2002 - 09:00

i have a child with multiple food allergies as well - not the same as yours of course -- when we traveled i chose easy things i knew he liked and packed an entire rubbermaid tote full - such as: rice cakes, sunbutter, jelly, loaf of bread, bananas, graham crackers, safe granola bars, small containers of fruit, packaged oatmeal, boxes of cereal - mostly for snacks, raisins, and also things for when we arrived that i could make at my sisters house -- pasta, sauce, rice,etc. we also knew that at that time pizza hut was safe -- so we splurged and ate out one night. It is hard but in the end it was much much cheaper and I think i lost weight not concentrating so much on food [img][/img] - i also decided variety was not an issue - just so that he would eat - he is 6.

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 5:07am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Two things that are real mainstays (even now, and DD is almost 8) when we travel are
Shelf-stable fruit cups: Dole fruit cups. We particularly like the pear, peach, and tropical varieties.... though they are a little high in sugar. We also like the 100% natural applesauce cups (we've used both Seneca and Mott's).
We also will purchase bananas. (Because, of course, you [i]peel[/i] the outside away from the edible part.
I am horrified to say that my daughter also [i]loves[/i] (whispering in horror) [i]spam.[/i] Yes, and "spam turkey" too. But happily, we have also used canned chunk chicken. I forget the brand though!! (It is in a can like tuna... but the brand is ______ Valley... it may have soy, though.)
We used to make "pizza quesadillas" as a travel food for DD... warm corn tortilla, home-made tomato sauce (very thick texture) spread on one side, then warm in a skillet until the tomato sauce is bubbly, flip over (like an omelette) and slide out of the pan. Just cut into triangles when you are ready to serve. If you can have soy or dairy, add cheese before you flip it closed.
These will keep refrigerated in foil for about three days with no problem.
I also highly recommend making higher protein "mini-muffins" or "cookies" as subsistance food should you need it. We have at various times used sunbutter, soymilk, or powdered nonfat milk as our protein source for them. You can add fruit (or even carrot puree) and whatever flours you can have, along with the more standard 'dried fruit/leavening agents/binders' to make a muffin/cookie batter.
Just take a TON more than you think you'll need. It will make the transition at your destination much easier if you can feed off of your stash for a few more days. [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 5:59am
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

oh! did you day SPAM?!!
one of william's favourite foods?
could anything be so unhealthy for everyone apart from underweight child??
current weight for william at 11 yrs on 3rd march, 4 stone.
pityful weight IMO!!

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 8:29am
margaret's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

how much is a stone? in us or metric?

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 11:34am
April in KC's picture
Joined: 08/28/2006 - 09:00

Hormel has a newer line of cold cuts called "Natural Choice" that have a small ingredient list.
I found them both at Wal-Mart and my other local grocer, in the same place you'd find other processed lunch meats.
Example of the ingredient list from the "Honey Deli Turkey:"
"Ingredients: Turkey Breast Meat, Water, Honey, Natural Salt, Natural Turbinado Sugar, Carrageenan (From Seaweed), Baking Soda."
In addition, the label clearly says:
* Gluten Free [that should cover your wheat concerns]
* No Nitrate or Nitrite added
* No Artificial Ingredients
* No MSG added
They have a couple of varieties of turkey, plus ham and roast beef.

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 12:32pm
Peanut Militia's picture
Joined: 03/06/2007 - 09:00

We were transfered to Bellevue NE this past summer. If this is your destination we would love to help. Fortunaly you are moving when the seasonal allerges are a bit more minimal. If this is your destination, we stayed at a hotel in York (instead of Lincoln) that was clean and helpful when we told them about the peanut allergy (washed the bed spread, didn't have PB on breakfast bar....) . I posted a plea for military families if you need to get ahold of us.

Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 10:14am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

One stone = 14 lbs.


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