Birthday Party Reasonably Healthy, Allergy Accommodating

Three of my adult children had birthdays within twelve days of one another last month but we couldn't get them all together till this month!

So...we decided to grill to make it simple. We had hormone free burger and hotdogs from Whole Foods. The hotdogs still have nitrates; They're just made from celery. It turns out nitrates never were proven to cause cancer after all. But, I know the hotdogs from Whole Foods don't have hormones. My boyfriend, Mark, wiped off the grill before grilling and put the whole wheat buns to one side so my meat could remain gluten-free. Mark, made hummus without peppers. We had that with gluten-free crackers.

My oldest son, Lucas, made cole slaw with Hellmans. Read the label! And it tastes vastly better than anything sold at the health food store.

My second son, Marcus, made potato salad with parsley for others besides me. It looked lovely but I can't have nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant) because they cause some of my muscles to stiffen. His lovely wife, Mariana made Brazilian beans and rice for me! She cooks the raw rice in oil before she adds water, Brazilian style.

I made guacamole without peppers or tomatoes and with tofu to thicken rather than sour cream because I'm allergic to dairy. I put plenty of lemon, garlic, onion,
cilantro. Everyone fights over it. No one notices it contains tofu. We had that with organic blue corn chips from Aldi's. They aren't GMO because they don't bother to GMO the blue corn.

My daughter, Juliana, made a salad which I grabbed lettuce and red onion from to put on my bunless burger. Our ketchup was free of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) but I don't remember the brand because I can't use it. She also brought Simply Lemonade which has a healthy looking label, but who ever knows what "natural flavors" are? I think it's too sweet.

My friend, Allegra, brought Sierra Mist because it is HFCS free. It contains sugar.
I had been cajoled into making two meringue pies, one lemon, one orange. What a lot of work! Two days before the party I made gluten-free, dairy-free crust using white rice flour, tapioca flour, xanthum gum and lard. Yes, lard is a healthy food. It's as healthy as butter. It provides the fat soluble vitamins, A and D, which are more bioavailable to humans in animal fat than in vegetable fat (not saying anything negative about olive oil, avocadoes, nuts, etc.) Real fats (not trans fats) are terribly important for brains, mood, sex organs and sexual function and energy. They are satisfying causing you to eat less if you eat at a reasonable speed. Unfortunately, lard contains BHA and BHT but I don't make it that often. Besides, as I said, it's a lot of work!

In the meringue pies I followed a regular recipe, squeezing my own organic oranges and lemons, using almond milk to replace regular milk and kudzu as thickener.

While the meal was, as I say, relatively healthy, nontheless, Allegra had an allergic reaction to her cats the next day, brought on, she believes, by consuming way too much sugar at the party! So.....don't have parties with soda and dessert too often.

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