Informative, Helpful Website

By Heather Legg

I came across a website that I havent’ seen before and I wanted to pass it along to you, it’s www.eatingwithfoodallergies.com. This is not only an informative website about allergies, but has allergy free recipes for the top 8 allergens as well as substitutions and good snack ideas. You may want to sign up for the free newsletter with ideas about eating out, recipes and “food finds.”

From the site: To eat well with food allergies is to eat a healthful, balanced diet while avoiding the foods you or your child(ren) are allergic to and still actually enjoy food! The goal of this website is to help you to learn how to do it.

While perusing the site, I stopped at the tree nut section and was glad to see that we get information on all of these topics:

List of Tree Nuts
Ingredients to Watch For
Foods Commonly Containing Tree Nuts
Substitutes for Foods Containing Tree Nuts

I know that when you are first diagnosed with a tree nut allergy (and I am sure any kind of allergy), it’s overwhelming with fear that an allergen is going to slip in. Any information on ingredients and foods to watch for is helpful. So many times foods go by different names and you really need to be aware of all of them to stay safe.

The site also refers to “safe” foods in the recipes, rather than giving a specific substitution, because, of course, not all substitutions are safe for everyone. Here is a sample recipe found on the site:

Chicken Tortilla Soup
This chicken tortilla soup recipe is very quick and easy to prepare. Keep all of the ingredients on hand so you can whip up a quick lunch or dinner for unexpected guests. It’s one of those dishes that really doesn’t need substitutions for those of us who are eating with food allergies. Sure, most people would top it off with some shredded cheese (and if you’re not allergic to dairy, you can too!) but it still tastes great without it. If you like (and are able), try it with a dollop of soy sour cream on top.
Ingredients:
4 c. wheat free chicken broth (such as Kitchen Basics)
2 c. cooked, chopped chicken breast (about 2 breasts)
1 (15 oz) can black beans
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (10 oz) can tomatoes with green chiles, drained
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
Corn tortilla chips
Directions:
1) In a large stock pot combine corn, broth, chicken, beans, tomatoes and spices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips on top.

Check out the site, I think you will like it.

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