Get Schooled In Snack Time

With five kids – including four boys – in my house, there are a lot of mouths to feed and please. And, of course, any time food is involved, I must consider my oldest son’s life-threatening (severe) allergies. I aim to make mealtime and snack time fun and stress-free for the whole family, but deciding on a recipe and proper preparation can get tricky when considering possible allergens.

Here’s one of the go-to allergy-friendly recipes in my house: chocolate sugar cookies. I often have them in a cookie jar on the kitchen counter next to bowls of fresh fruit for the kids to snack on after school.

To learn how to bake these cookies for your next snack time, check out the video below, which I made in collaboration with Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis™, a campaign to help raise awareness of how to respond when a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) occurs. In the segment, I walk through step-by-step directions to create delicious treats that can satisfy anyone’s taste buds. Additionally, if you follow the instructions, your cookies will be free of seven of the most common food allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soybeans).

Avoiding known triggers is essential when managing severe allergies, but I know from firsthand experience that it’s always important to be ready with a complete anaphylaxis action plan, wherever you may go. In addition to avoidance, this should include knowing what signs and symptoms to watch for, having access to two epinephrine auto-injectors and seeking immediate emergency medical care if anaphylaxis occurs.

Visit Anaphylaxis101.com to see more of my recipes and to learn more about severe allergies if you or someone you care for might be at risk for anaphylaxis.

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The big one….

Last Saturday, I went upstairs to start my grad school homework I neglected all day because of our five kids’ sports schedules. Just 20 minutes later my husband came into my office worried that John might be having a reaction. I expected to go downstairs and put a plan into action. But what I didn’t expect was to find my son at the bottom of the stairs, eyes red, teary and panicked. I’ve always read about “the impending sense of doom” in some cases of anaphylactic reactions. And here it was, the look of doom staring right at me. In that one brief moment, I KNEW.

I started hammering him with questions as I jumped on a chair to reach the medicine cabinet over the desk, looking for the Epipens:

Does your mouth hurt?

“Yes.”

Does your tongue feel funny?

Yes.

Does your throat feel like it hurts?

“Yes”.

Does your tummy hurt?

Yes.

Do you feel like you are going to throw up?

“Yes”.

“I’m scared mom”.

It’s OK John, keep talking to me.

At the same time, my husband relayed the story of what he ate – a Popsicle with dairy in it. He bought it earlier in the week for the other boys, and John grabbed one for dessert after checking the labels.  Contains Milk was not bolded in the list, but he failed to see the first ingredient in normal typeface – Nonfat Milk. John blurted out that he ate half of it before his mouth started hurting. He felt the reaction almost immediately, but didn’t want to tell his dad yet. So he got a paper towel and tried to wipe his tongue clean first. He said he felt worse by the second and was forced to tell my husband he was having a reaction.

I grabbed the Epipen and firmly injected it into his outer thigh. Michael, his four-year old brother was by his side looking up at him in stunned silence. David and Matthew, (9 and 8) sat on the couch nearby, but I was too distracted to know for sure what their reaction to John was. He said started feeling better almost immediately but I knew we had to get him to the hospital right away.

This is where I made a huge mistake. In a panic I was worried that if I called 911, they’d take him to the hospital nearby which is NOT where I wanted him to go (I had a horrible experience there a year ago and vowed never to return). I wanted to drive him to a much better hospital 15 minutes away. As I drove, John told me he still felt sick and his throat started to hurt again. In that moment I knew he should have been in an ambulance getting monitored instead of sitting in the front seat of my car.  I was so angry at myself – I should have known better. Lesson learned, and will never be forgotten.

When we got to the ER, it was of course, packed with all sorts of trauma; people throwing up, a knee gashed open from an accident, an elderly woman who was too weak to fill out her own paperwork and a little boy who split his eyelid open. I knew John’s vitals needed to be taken right away. When the woman behind the glass window asked me, “Can I help you?” I became the Shirley McClaine character in the film TERMS OF ENDEARMENT – the part when she started going crazy on the staff so they would give her daughter pain pills. Though I didn’t go that far, I did let the nurse know in no uncertain terms he needed immediate attention and told her what happened. I thought he might be experiencing a bi-phasic reaction. The nurse stood up and called a doctor right away and John’s vitals were immediately monitored. His blood pressure and pulse ox were subnormal. He was dizzy, quiet, and weak. He started shaking and shivering violently. He was nauseous and wanted to throw up. He look terrified and confused – wasn’t the injection supposed to make it all go away? I tried to explain to him, yes, many times it does. But sometimes the injection simply buys time, and the body continues to react.

I was alone with my son in the ER, holding him, pushing his long, golden hair away from his deep brown eyes and praying to God that his body would fight back. I was angry, sad, scared and numb. I told him he would be just fine, and that he would feel so much better soon. With every reassurance I gave him, I needed to tell myself. Eventually he did overcome with aggressive treatment and he started to feel better and his condition stabilized. The doctors and nurses were incredible, especially one doctor in particular. He spent a lot of time with us, and asked a lot of questions about food allergies in general. He told me when he was in medical school he wanted be an allergist, but the ER is where he landed. Before we parted, he told me he learned a lot from our case and thanked us.

Over the next few days things returned to normal for John. He went back to school, soccer, basketball and band practice. He hung with friends and played play station with his brothers. But for me, I was stuck in the sadness of watching my son nearly die from a goddamn popsicle. Everyone asked me all week – how is John? How are you? And every time they did, I felt the trauma all over again. I kept thinking about the Shannon’s, Hom’s and Giorgi’s – and every other family who have literally watched their child die from a food allergy. I wondered how did they ever find the strength to go on? How they continue to fight and advocate for the rest of our food allergy children? How does a parent go on after losing their child? I’ve lost both my parents (my father from lung cancer at 14 and my mom from pneumonia at 22), and that pain and loneliness never really goes away. But when I had my children I started to finally feel love once again. What I experienced with John last weekend rattled me to the core. I became numb and terrified and retreated into myself all over again – because the very thought of losing one of my children put me into a tailspin of pain and abandonment. It’s the unspoken symptom of being a parent of a child with a food allergy – the vulnerability and fear we live with every day. The fact that John could face anaphylaxis next week, next year, or maybe in 10 years is something we as food allergy parents have to live with. And then maybe that ONE time he wouldn’t make it. Like last Saturday. When he almost didn’t make it.  I know I can’t dwell on it, but I can’t forget it either.

Giving Thanks….

1211-leftover-casseroleIs Thanksgiving really just two days away? Usually by now I would normally have scoured the Internet, foodie mags and my huge collection of cookbooks for new recipes to try for the holidays. Time slipped away from me this fall, it seems, and here I am just NOW thinking about what our Turkey Day Dinner is going to look like. Thankfully, I can go back to my tried and true Thanksgiving Day Allergy Friendly Menu and recipes for ideas.  Last year, my dear friend Silvana Nardone published my favorite classic recipes, and I will be turning to them again tomorrow. I am somewhat of a traditionalist (ok, sort of) and always like to stick with the classics for Thanksgiving. There is a certain comfort in the expectation of status quo, especially when you are dealing with holiday feasts. However, I’m dying to fry a turkey. So one of these years, I am going to invest in a fryer and just do it. Yes, I’m nervous I will burn my house down or fry my face off, but for the most part, I’m always game for trying something new.

I also just wanted to let you, my readers, know how thankful I am for YOU. Your words of inspiration, encouragement and support have meant the world to me all these years. I read everything you write to me, and try my best to respond to every comment or email. Everything I do regarding my books, articles or advocacy is completely influenced by you and your stories. You inspire me to do better, and to work harder. I am thrilled that President Obama signed the stock epinephrine bill into law recently, even happier that he outed his own daughter’s life threatening food allergy thus giving even more attention to the fact that food allergies affect so many of us. I am excited we continue to have forums, walks, expos, conferences, and summits every year that allow us, as parents, bloggers, and advocates to have a voice on behalf of our vulnerable children.

That’s the key though…USE YOUR VOICE to raise awareness. Talk about our world, and how to keep our kids safe and included, especially in their safe haven…their classrooms. It’s our responsibility to keep not only our own children safe, but EVERYONE’S children safe. We are a community of dedicated, educated and loving parents who just want to keep our children alive. It’s really as simple as that, isn’t it? So don’t ever feel bad about asking for things, talking about things, or raising the roof once in a desperate while.

I will never give up fighting for safer allergy aware policies for our children. And I’ll never give up hope that we’ll someday find a cure for them too. Remember….ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. And I guess that’s what I am most grateful for this week….hope. I have enormous hope that 2014 and beyond will bring about even more change, awareness and research on behalf of our FA kids.

Finally, a HUGE thank you the absolutely amazing novelist Curtis Sittenfeld for this moving and beautiful piece she wrote for Slate today. Happy thanksgiving y’all….xoxox

 

Natalie Giorgi…

If you are a parent of a food allergic child, you probably already know who Natalie Giorgi was, and every detail surrounding her tragic death July 26th from an allergic reaction to a rice krispie treat. If you don’t know her story, read and watch the news clip here. I won’t go into all the details, as I think watching Natalie’s mother retell her 13-year-old daughter’s death in tearful angst is enough. Enough, I hope, to send ANOTHER wake-up call to anyone out there who questions the seriousness of food allergies.. a wake-up call to well-meaning parents who still insist on fighting food policies in classrooms that keep food allergic children AND teens safe. Accidents can and do happen. And they will continue to happen and innocent children’s lives will be at risk until we can 1. find a cure or 2. successfully advocate and get the message out that food allergies are dangerous and can kill.

Honestly, it’s very difficult for me to even talk about Natalie’s death, and watch her mother’s plea on TV to educate others about how a peanut allergy took her daughter’s life. Because no matter what is said about it, the reality is, this woman’s daughter is gone, forever. She watched her daughter dance. Then she watched her daughter get violently ill. Then gasp for breath. Then she heard her daughter say “I’m sorry” before she ultimately died after three epinephrine injections that were SUPPOSED to save her life, failed. THIS MOTHER WATCHED HER DAUGHTER DIE FROM SOMETHING SHE ATE. Can you imagine? The innocence of a 13-year-old girl just having fun on a camping trip with family and friends, only to end up dying because she took a bite of something that was made with food that could kill her. Can you imagine, just for a moment, what this mother, father, siblings, extended family, and friends are all feeling?  I have tried to imagine, and my heart breaks in two. My world would be shattered. Please pray often for this family.

So it’s the end of August, the beginning of the school year for children across the country. It’s a tough time for many parents who are sending their children to school with life-threatening food allergies. They must go in every year to review food policies in classrooms, snack lists, and stock nurse’s medicine cabinets with life-saving medication. They must sign up as the resident “snack mom” and “field trip chaperone” every year, in order to ensure their food allergic child is safe and feeling included in his or her own classroom. They must have meetings with their child’s teachers, principal, and school nurse about policies and (hopefully) Section 504 Plans, all designed to keep their kids safe. They also must endure the stupid and ridiculous comments and rants from some parents who howl at the thought they won’t be able to send in certain foods to class anymore because it’s dangerous for another food allergic child to be around. It’s tough all around. No matter what grade, or what age your child is, you’re always starting from scratch with new teachers, new classes, new everything.

I do believe things are shifting in a positive direction. I had the opportunity to attend a summit sponsored (and full disclosure, paid for) by Mylan. This summit was an incredible opportunity to talk about everything related to food allergies with top FA advocates, bloggers and activists. We literally holed up in a room and tweeted live about the latest research, listened to an informative and engaging panel discussion surrounding anaphylaxis and epinephrine access at schools across the country, learned about public policy and legislative updates and also discussed Mylan’s incredibly successful EpiPen4Schools program.

I was truly blown away by the knowledge, passion and purpose displayed by everyone in that room. I am also inspired by the leadership at Mylan. They are committed to the food allergy community through helping schools get access to epinephrine as well as offer a $0-Co-pay Card to help patients get afford up to three EpiPen 2-pack or EpiPen Jr. 2-Pak cartons per prescription. (see here for more information). I am very proud of all their hard work on behalf of food allergy awareness.

Looking forward, there is still much work to be done on behalf of food allergy awareness in our schools and in our communities. With the new school year here, now is the time to schedule a 504 Meeting with your child’s school to determine eligibility. My former state in IL did and EXCEPTIONAL job in creating everything you need to get your school up to speed on food allergy policy including sample 504 Plans, sample classroom letters, sample food free classroom celebration ideas, etc. I am still trying to get my current state of CA to start drafting some of these important protocols, but it’s definitely a work in progress. Follow this link to get you started with the right tools.

 

Finally, I will be at three events coming up this fall and would love to see you there if you are in the area:

October 12, 2013 Bay Area FARE Walk/Run for Food Allergies in Memory of BJ Hom: I am honored and excited to be a part of this amazing day. I will be selling and signing books and a portion of proceeds will go directly back to FARE.

October 27, 2013 Los Angeles FARE Walk/Run for Food Allergies: SO excited to be back at this walk. We had a blast last year! I will be selling and signing books and donating a portion of proceeds directly back to FARE.

November 2-4, 2013: FABC: Food Allergy Bloggers Conference: This is an inaugural year for the FABC conference and am SO excited to be a part of an amazing group of speakers! Please see the website for ticket information and the schedule.

Enjoy the last days of August!!!! xoxo

Join me tomorrow at Google+ to talk all about food allergies and more!

Hi everyone! Is it really August already? Many of you already have kids going back to school starting today, and many of you will send kiddos to school in the coming weeks. It’s the perfect time to talk about food allergy awareness, 504 Plans, classroom safety, tips, recipes and everything else you need to get organized for the beginning of the school year! Join me, as well as Mom.me editor, April Peveteaux and author of “Gluten is My Bitch”, and Monique Ruffin LIVE for a Google+ Hangout at 10 am PST/1 pm EST TOMORROW August 8th. We will talk ‪#‎Gfree‬ and ‪#‎FoodAllergies‬…perfect as everyone heads back to school.

We will talk about the biggest misconceptions of food allergies, fears of moms with a child who has food allergies, and the best tips! Comment in advance with questions and we’ll answer as many as we can! Come back for the live stream even Thursday, August 8th at 1pm EST / 10am PST. RSVP HERE. 

In addition, if you are in the LA/OC area, come hang out with me and allergy-friendly bakery Sensitive Sweets in Fountain Valley on Thursday August 15th at 6 pm PST. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP.  Along with FARE, I will be talking about 504 Plans and food allergy awareness in school, as well as answering your questions. AND if you order from Sensitive Sweets on August 15, 20 percent of the proceeds go directly to FARE.

You all know how passionate I am about food allergy safety at schools, and the importance of 504 Plans for your food allergic child. I’d love to take your questions too, so please fire away with any comments or questions you may have.

Have a happy day!!

xo

Dairy Free Mac and Cheese….& a signed cookbook giveaway!

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Before my newest book, The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals came out in February, I used to get emails all the time about how to make a dairy free, classic kid favorite, Mac and Cheese. I know the blue-boxed version is an orange, chemical disaster, but as a kid of the 1970’s and 80’s…I grew up loving the stuff and thinking it was a real “dinner”.

 

Truth be told, I still love Mac and Cheese, but not that boxed kind. Homemade is the only way to go, whether you have food allergies or not. My version is completely dairy free, fast, easy and tastes like the real thing. Pinky swear.

 

Hope you like it as much as we do around here. One more thing, It’s Food Allergy Awareness Week. Take a moment and email your school; principal, nurses, teachers and administrators to educate them about the importance of using Section 504 Plans in schools to protect our FA children in their classrooms. Emphasize that food allergies can and do KILL. It’s called Anaphylaxis, not an intolerance. Tell them food allergies are not a choice, but a real disability and that our children’s rights should and will be protected under the American with Disabilities Act. Educate every chance you can. We are all in this together, and it’s so important we speak out on behalf of our food allergic children across the nation.

 

In honor of FA Awareness week, I’d love to give away a signed copy of my new book! Comment below about how you made a difference in food allergy awareness this week and I will choose a winner at random this Friday! Good luck! And love you all! xo

CLASSIC MAC N CHEESE

Serves 4

 

The stove top portion of this dish only takes 20 minutes start to finish–almost exactly the same amount of time it takes to make that other boxed, powdery, fake cheese brand.

 

½ pound elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions, drained

1 ½ cup soy or rice milk, slightly warmed on stove top

4 tablespoons dairy free margarine

¼ cup unbleached all-purpose or gluten-free flour blend

½ teaspoon dry mustard

1 ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 cup dairy free cheddar cheese, shredded (I use Follow Your Heart, this doesn’t have pea protein. If you are fine with pea or legume protein, you can also use Daiya)

 

In a medium saucepan, melt dairy free margarine over moderately low heat. Add flour and whisk for 1 minute. Add 1 c. of the warmed soy milk and whisk constantly for 3 minutes until the mixture is thickened and coats the back of the spoon. Add the dairy free cheese and stir with a wooden spoon for about five minutes. Then add the remaining ½ cup warmed milk, salt, pepper and dry mustard and pasta. Stir until the dairy free cheese is nearly melted, about five minutes .  Once the cheese sauce is smooth and melted, add the drained, cooked macaroni. Stir and serve.

 

Serve immediately.

 

 



 

Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Hi Everyone!!!

Thank you so much for the awesome response to my new cookbook giveaway! Two winners were selected at random and have already been notified. I LOVED reading every single comment, question, etc. You guys are amazing. Truly my rock and I feel so lucky to have so many of you read my blog. Your stories are inspiring, your passion for cooking is contagious and honestly…it’s just so great to know there are so many of us out there cooking and baking and having fun!

I love your comments and reviews…and would LOVE LOVE it, if you could head over to Amazon to post a review for The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy Fast Family Meals. If my recipes work for you, and you love them, spread the word to other food allergy mama’s by sharing your thoughts! Big thanks…I truly appreciate it!!

Here’s a decadent Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake for Valentine’s Day that is also in the new book (and if you’re a longtime fan, a previous post a couple of years ago). Babble named it one of its favorite romantic dishes to share with you significant other.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! xoxo

 

A Must-Have Allergy Friendly Cookbook….

I’m a loudmouth, and when I believe in something, or like something, I feel like I must shout it out to the world so everyone else knows. This is exactly how I feel about my dear friend and fellow food allergy mama Cybele Pascal’s new cookbook: Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-minute meals without gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, and sesame. It’s brand-spanking new, and has quickly become my go-to cookbook for easy meals that my family will actually eat, and I will actually enjoy making because they are so fast and easy.

I cooked with this book a lot over the holidays and especially loved the hearty dishes such as Shepard’s Pie, Sopa De Lima, White Chicken Chili and Deep Dish Pizza with Italian Sausage (I’m from Chicago, what can I say?) Cybele always creates recipes that are true masterpieces, and closely mimic the taste, texture and appearance “real” recipes with allergens. (Case in point: Creamy Mac and Cheese is creamy AND delish…not easy to do allergy free).

Another thing I love about this book; it’s packed with everything you need to know about allergy free cooking and how to properly stock your kitchen with the right ingredients. I remember how helpless I felt when I first started cooking allergy free in 2003, because I didn’t know what to buy, or not buy. Cybele’s book takes the guess-work out of it all.

Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking is a gorgeous book, one that has quickly become one of my all-time favorites, and one that I’m sure will be a bestseller along with her other books like The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook. I adore Cybele, and not just because she’s stunning, funny, incredibly smart and generous. I love Cybele because she’s truly passionate about feeding her family safe and delicious food, and feeding yours in the same way as well. She cares so much about giving you the best she can give, and works harder than anyone I know to deliver those results. Congrats to Cybele…love her new book and especially her. And congrats to one of YOU…my awesome readers, because I’m giving away a copy of Cybele’s Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking to one lucky reader who posts a comment below. Post your support, your questions, your comments…whatever you want (but keep it nice! LOL). I’ll randomly draw a winner Friday Jan. 18th and will post the winner within my comments section. Good luck to you all!!!

Finally, one housekeeping note. Have you noticed anything different? 😉 My new site! It’s updated, streamlined and overall should be a lot easier to navigate. I’m finalizing all the recipe categories, but you’ll see that you can now search for my recipes by keyword….something I know many of you have wanted for a long time. I will also be selling my new book (autographed) on my site starting Feb. 5th, so at that time you’ll be able to place orders as well. There are just a few little kinks here and there we’re working out, but I’m beyond excited about all the changes. HUGE thanks to my super star whiz web developer Mark CZ…who puts up with a lot of my forget-fullness, spaciness, tardiness, and absentminded-ness (yes, I just made up a lot of new words) and still manages to get everything done so beautifully. I am so grateful…;)

OK, so post your comment now….good luck!!!

xo

Stay tuned….

Happy holidays my friends! The New Year is right around the corner, and with that will be the debut of my new and improved website for Food Allergy Mama! I’ve taken many of your suggestions over the years, such as a more streamlined process in which to search for all my FREE recipes, as well as my favorite food allergy stories, trials and tribulations. There will also be a section to pre-order my new book The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy and Fast Family Meals, as well links to my favorite resources and blogs.

Please bear with me as this change will be happening over the next few days, and my site might look a little whacked for a bit. But it is only temporary and know that my site will be active and ready to use at your disposable as soon as possible.

It’s been another amazing year with all of you, the best readers in the universe. I LOVE your comments, stories, tips, words of advice, and encouragement this past year. This blog would not exist without your faithful readership and support, and I’m truly grateful to each and every one of you. Even the naysayers….the negative Nancy’s…I’m grateful to you too. Because it’s often those harshest critics that inspire me to do better at getting the world around us more educated about food allergies and its effects on our children.

Thank YOU for a great 2012, and I’m very much looking forward to 2013 with LOTS of new and exciting things! Happy New Year to you and yours!!

xo

Dairy, Egg, Nut (and GF if needed!) Sugar and Spice Cookies….the BEST cookie exchange cookie…

Someone recently asked me for a good Cookie Exchange recipe. During the busy holidays, the best kind of cookie to make for an exchange is one that is fast and easy. Seriously, every year I have all these grand ideas of what I want to do for the holidays, and then this or that comes up and I hardly get to anything. Maybe that will change when my kids are a little older, but for now, I’ve decided I’m just going to roll with things a lot more, and “try” to stress a lot less.

So THIS is my answer to the question above; a very fast, very easy Sugar and Spice Cookie that is perfect not only for the holidays, but for any day of the week. It’s also a very pretty cookie, that can be dressed up in cute packaging.

Speaking of the holidays, my good friend Cybele Pascal’s new book just came out this past week. It’s a MUST HAVE for your kitchen counters, and makes a great gift item too. I’d use this book even if we DIDN’T have food allergies in our house. I love Cybele, and love this book. You will too, I promise.

Speaking of new books, this recipe, Sugar and Spice Cookies can be found in my new book The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy and Fast Family Meals. It’s dairy, egg and nut free but can easily be made gluten-free with your favorite gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.

One more thing, as I am getting ready with a new and improved website, I’d love to try a new post on this site called Ask Me. In the comments below, if you have a question about baking, cooking, 504’s etc. I’d love to hear it and will answer all of them in my next post.

Happy holidays everyone and enjoy these next few weeks with your families!

SUGAR AND SPICE COOKIES

Makes 2 dozen cookies

1 ½ sticks dairy free margarine

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar, packed

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

¼ cup organic honey

2 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour blend

2-½ teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon salt

Sugar Coating

1/3 cup brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the dairy free margarine, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the applesauce and honey, and mix well.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg and salt with a wire whisk. Add to the dairy free margarine mixture and mix well.

In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar and ground cinnamon. Roll cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the cookie balls in the brown sugar mixture and place on parchment paper.

Bake 12-15 minutes, until the cookies are lightly golden brown on top. Cool completely on baking sheets.