Her two year old has (finally) been diagnosed with food allergies.. poor thing has suffered from extreme eczema since he started solids... could strangle her Doc! but that's another thread
He has tested for eggs, beef, tomato, strawberries, peaches, peanuts, and perhaps a few other more obscure things.
She has 3 other older kiddos with NO allergies, and is desperate for recipes, or at least somewhere she can go to research and get some help!
Can you help??? Thank you!
I have a lot of friends and fam with food allergies and because I'm the one always doing cooking and baking for events, I'm sure I can help. Do we know what the exact allergies are yet? You say she was tested for the ones above, but are those confirmed?
Anyway, he has another appointment in a few weeks, and I am not sure what else they will do?
Hmm...well, strawberry and tomato allergies can actually point to potential fish allergies. Most commercial farms these days spray fruits/veggies with a special compound made from fish (I know, yucky) that will help the outside of the fruit ripen.
As for the rest - pretty common protein allergies. Peaches are a tree nuts (almonds,cherries, peaches, plums, apricots, prunes, pit fruits) - so that's why they test that. If peaches were an allergen, then all tree nuts have to be avoided.
Peanuts - sometimes peanuts give off false results if they are contaminated with other nuts. Peanuts are in the same family as other legumes so be careful of cross allergies with soy and other beans.
Beef- not sure about this one. I would have it doublechecked that it's not an allergy or cross contamination with something the cow ate. I'm severly allergic to a lot of meds/antibiotics and I have to eat organic meat or I get a cross allergy to the meat. Try a local/organic farm to see if there is a reaction (obviously under care of the allergist).
Eggs, again common. Lots of egg free recipes out there for baking. Egg free items are available most places now. Be careful though - there is an egg extract/component in some soda pop/root beer I think. As there is Soy.
One of my best friends is allergic to tree nuts and she hates it but survives. No buying in bulk for food allergies at all. Read the labels. Know what the alternative names for things are (look up what the ingredients are that are listed). Unfortunately the US and Canada aren't that good with labels yet. Things like sprays/chemicals don't have to be listed on fruits/veg - my mother is deathly allergic to shellfish and fish and had a horrible reaction to some strawberries as we didn't know they spray with fish...parts...ewwww....
Makes me want to eat everything organic now!!
Hmm....I usually just use google for everything. What are the ages of the kids? Is she looking for convenience or home cooked (i.e. is processed food ok?) How proficient is she in the kitchen (i.e. can she make bread from scratch or does she have a bread maker?)
If I were in the situation, this is probably what I would consider changing:
-make jams/jellies at home from local organic farms fresh fruit (ones the child doesn't have a problem with like blackcurrants, raspberries, blueberries). Bernardin...I think...has a new "no sugar needed" pectin. It's NOT a no sugar added pectin which has artificial sugars. It's an actual pectin that doesn't require you to add 3 cups of sugar to 4 cups of fruit for it to gel. You can make much healthier jam/jelly with it (I made mixed fruit jam last week with just 4 cups crushed fruit and 1 cup apple juice - it's like having just fruit on your toast!)
-If the child can have soy, get some soy nut butter. Check the label to make sure it's tree nut/peanut free.
-Make all home made bread. Having a breadmaker is easiest for this. French bread is super easy with white flour, yeast, water, salt. Problem is there are no preservatives so it doesn't keep well. But with three other kids I'm sure a loaf will go in a day no problem. Check the flour to ensure it's processed in a nut free facility. Honey is probably a no-no but if not, I have an excellent recipe for a honey wheat bread that would probably be ok (I use in the breadmaker and it's awesome!)
-No beef is easy. Red meet isn't all that good to us either way. Ground Chicken/turkey can be used as replacements in most recipes without any noticable difference.
-Tomatoes - this is a hard one as I like my pasta sauce. First thing that came to mind for me is roasted red peppers. Loaded with vit C and anti-oxidants. Just roast the peppers, peel off the skin, and grind or process in a blender with maybe some stock or olive oil until it's a sauce. Add spices and other safe veggies and put on pasta. Just as yummy as tomato sauce and if you use italian spices it's not much different.
Does she just want recipes or is she interested in more info? I could write pages and pages on alternatives for things, suggestions, etc. Might be best if you get exact info on what she wants and I can respond. Here are some alternatives to eggs I just pulled up online (depending on the application of course):
1 teaspoon baking powder + 1 tablespoon liquid + 1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon yeast dissolved in ¼ cup warm water
1½ tablespoons water + 1½ tablespoons oil + 1 teaspoon baking powder
1 packet gelatin + 2 tablespoons warm water (don't mix until ready to use)
1 tablespoon pureed fruit such as apricots or bananas
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water
I hope this helps!
My neice and nephew have nut and dairy allergies. My sister makes a lot of dairy and nut free meals, desserts, etc. She's gotten most of her recipes from the internet via google search.
I completely agree with everything Rachael has said. She's given you a very comprehensive start.
Also, in the US all food products must contain allergen warnings for the top 5 allergens on the package separate from the list of ingredients. that can also be very helpful. Always check packaging as products can change their productions plants (to a plant where nuts are processed) and ingredients. Just because something was safe once doesn't mean it still is.
The other thing I would recommend is that you have your friend make sure that anyone who will be watching her child knows how to use an epi pen. It can be a life saver. Also that they know the protocol if the child has a reaction - call 911 FIRST, then call the parents. My sister had a friend whose child care provider had accedentally cross-contaminated the child's food with peanut product. The child went into anaphylactic shock and the child care provider called the parents first then after explaining what happened the parents had to tell them to call 911. The child died. Had they called 911 first the child would have had a much greater chance of survival as they lost precious minutes.
Food allergies, especially nut and fish allergies, are not to be taken lightly. Your friend should put together an allergy rescue plan and ensure that anyone who will be responsible for her child is well versed with that plan.
Sorry, I don't mean to be so alarmist about this but I understand how dangerous food allergies can be if they aren't understood.
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