Putting together an allergen-free holiday meal doesn’t have to be challenging.
The Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s recently shared a link to EatingwithAllergies.com on its Facebook page as a resource both guests and hosts can use to create a holiday feast free of the top 8 food allergens.
Here’s a quick recap of some basic recipe suggestions. Visit the website for more detailed explanations related to your specific food allergy or consult a healthcare professional or a registered dietician.
Appetizer – Veggies with Dip
Veggies should be fine but if you’re allergic to soy and dairy, try adding SO Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt to your favorite dip mix. Hummus is another dipping option.
Mixed Green Salad and Cranberry Vinaigrette
This salad recipe includes just one example of an “allergy-free” salad dressing.
You may not think of turkey when you think of gluten allergies, but turkey can have broth that contains wheat starch added to it. It’s not hard to find a gluten free turkey at your grocery store. Read the label and if you still aren’t sure, call the company directly to find out. Dress up your bird with this Fresh-Herb Turkey recipe from Cooking Light magazine.
Make your own “allergy-free” gravy.
Traditional mashed potatoes contain heavy cream and butter. While that combination can be difficult to duplicate without using dairy products, these “allergy-free” mashed potatoes definitely fit the bill.
Delicious Wheat Free Stuffing
Wheat free stuffing tastes just as good as any wheat-filled packaged variety you can find.
Quinoa and Rice With Sweet Potatoes (Instead of Mashed Potatoes)
With nearly 8 grams of protein per serving and plenty of fiber, this hearty side dish tastes good and is good for you.
Green Bean Casserole
With a couple of substitutions, this traditional veggie casserole can be allergen-free and enjoyed by everyone.
Holiday Desserts and Cookies
There are many “allergy free” dessert options including several that don’t require baking from scratch. Both grocery and online stores offer allergen-free baking mixes to choose from. Here are some other ideas.
If you have an allergy-free recipe, website or cookbook you’d like to recommend to our community, please post it in the comments section.