June 2nd, 2009 by admin

My name is Alice, and as some of you already know I have a lot of very severe food allergies. I am lucky to have found a husband who also has a lot of very severe food allergies, and a group of friends who are extremely understanding and supportive.

This is a collection of the recipes we have cooked together. They will NEVER include nuts, peanuts, milk, eggs, beans, peas, fennel, licorice, anise, balsamic vinegar, apricot pits (yes, pits), and shellfish. Also, we were avoiding soy for many years,  so many of the recipes will be mostly soy-free (the occasional lecithin slips in since soy was a minor allergy for us. The newer recipes may contain more soy ingredients. There are some salmon, tuna, and halibut recipes, but other fish are currently in the “no” column.

You can buy our recipe books with these recipes and more here.

If you choose to make any of these recipes you are responsible for your own safety.

Choose ingredients that are safe for you. Read the ingredients every time – and yes, you can do it. We’ve been reading ingredient labels (or our family has for us) for nearly 30 years, it gets tiresome, but it has saved us from some un-fun trips to Urgent Care. I can share my successful ingredient finds with you, but ultimately your safety is your responsibility.

After I reel off that list of food allergies I am often asked “What do you eat?!” as if the list above encompasses all known food items. It doesn’t. I eat mostly the same food as everyone else, the big difference being Jason and I cook almost all our own food. We don’t go out for burgers and fries, we make them. We don’t pick up a grilled chicken and a salad at the grocery store on a busy night – we get the ingredients and start cooking. Well, he does. I bake.

Anyway, whether you’re new to food allergies or an old hand, whether you’re just striking out on your own and learning to cook safe food for yourself, or whether you’re just interested in some new foods (maybe you don’t have food allergies), I hope you find something yummy here.

Some of these recipes are highly modified, but most only slightly. It is amazing what you can do just by trying. Sometimes you’ll fail. Sometimes you’ll make something wonderful.

3 Responses  
  • Martin Schoeneck writes:
    December 5th, 20105:41 amat

    Thanks, thats very useful stuff to know! I must admit I’m a bit useless in the kitchen, but I’m trying my best to learn. Admitting is the first step to recovery right!!? I promised to cook a whole meal for my wife this weekend for the first time – very exciting! I found some simple recipe at this website, seems to be designed exactly for people like me, which is fantastic! Anyway, thanks, I’ll be sure to subscribe to this site to read more later.

  • Liz writes:
    July 21st, 20144:32 pmat

    I just found this site by accident, and I’m so glad I stumbled upon it. I have many of the same food allergies (with a few more strange ones like tomatoes, celery, certain preservatives), but this site is so incredibly fantastic. I’ve been searching for recipes and a cookbook that take into account food allergies, not just the vegan or vegetarian or nut-free diet. Especially as I’ve made the decision recently, after a lot of recent trouble, to only eat what I prepare myself (in my kitchen).

    Thank you for sharing your experiences!

  • Alice writes:
    September 25th, 20141:37 amat

    Thanks for commenting, Liz. I don’t post often, but I hope that what I do is useful.

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