Cooking & Entertaining Tips:
Find and replace. With simple substitutions, many recipes can become allergy-friendly. Some substitutions that work well for Kelly include:
- For people with egg allergies, replace with applesauce or another fruit puree, like pear (one egg usually equals about a quarter-cup of fruit puree).
- Believe it or not, water often works as a replacement for eggs or milk – but it’s best to test the recipe before serving it to guests.
- And for people with nut allergies … skip the nuts! Think about using extra chocolate chips for recipes that need extra crunch.
Dinner diplomacies. If you’re hosting, place ingredient cards in front of each dish, include separate utensils to avoid cross-contamination and invite guests with food allergies to serve themselves first. If you’re attending a party, always contact the host ahead of time to let him/her know about your food allergies. Kelly often offers to bring a dish she knows is safe.
Plan ahead. Even by taking precautions to avoid allergic triggers, it’s still important for everyone to know how to respond to a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). People with food allergies and their friends and family should be ready to use an epinephrine auto-injector and seek immediate emergency medical care if anaphylaxis occurs.
Additional resources, including specific recipes and tips for dining out, can be found on Anaphylaxis101.com.