Saturday, March 14, 2009

Meatloaf Muffins

These are SO yummy! I've seen the idea of making meatloaf/meatballs in muffin tins before and it's a great way to serve them to kids, but this recipe is amazing! It calls for Stove Top Stuffing Mix! To quote one of my fave cooks, Yum-O! These are definitely a new favorite of ours. You'll find the recipe here. *

The only downside is that I realized Stove Top (at least the Turkey flavor that I used tonight) is not safe for my little monkey. One of the foods she's allergic to is soy. She is able to handle soy oil and soy lecithin because the soy is highly refined which changes the soy protien enough that she doesn't react to it. Most kids with soy allergies are able to tolerate soy oil and lecithin. But, Stove Top contains hydrolyzed soy protein. A quick google search and a visit to, confirmed that hydrolyzed soy protein should be avoided by those with soy allergies. If your child has a known soy allergy please consult with your doctor before feeding your child soy oil or soy lecithin. ;)

I had made this recipe for dinner tonight because I thought it would be a yummy family dinner that would be safe for all of us. Fortunately, when they were in the oven, I decided to double check the ingredients on the Stove Top and found the soy listed. Just another reminder that as a POFAK (parent of a food allergic kid), I must check every label, every time and read all the ingredients to ensure it's safe for my little monkey.

By the way, I prefer to refer to myself as a parent of a child with food allergies, rather than a parent of a food allergic kid. I've spent several years of my life surrounded by people with disabilities and it's always best to recognize "the person" before "the disability" or special needs. But, in this case it's a mouthful and the common term among parents of children with food allergies is POFAK which definitely rolls of the tongue easier than POCWFA, don't ya think?

*If you avoid eggs or don't have any on hand, you can sub 2 Tbspns of applesauce for 1 egg. That's what I used in this recipe and it was fabulous!