The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook

200 Gourmet and Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Happy Fall!

Well, first, my Thanksgiving column is up on

This month, I offer tips from buying turkeys (did you know that most conventional turkeys contain hidden allergens?) to sides, gravy and cranberry sauce. I also have recipes for allergen-free, gluten-free, (and vegan if you want it that way) skillet cornbread and cornbread wild mushroom stuffing. Enjoy. And as always please comment, and add other ideas if you have them, it's great to share your tips!

But onto some product reviews. I've been trying a lot of premade foods recently, since my husband has been away the better part of the last two months and I'm single parenting my two boys and working full-time. So time-savers are a must.

First, for those with a DAIRY ALLERGY or an EGG ALLERGY -- have you tried SILK NOG? If you can eat soy, this is a must-have for the holiday season. It's a lowfat (0 saturated fat), dairy-free, egg-free version of Egg Nog. It's delicious and guilt free. In fact, I might just be serving it to my boys every day, all holiday season. It's just like egg nog, but healthy. My son Lennon tried it this morning and said, "Yum, it tastes just like donuts!" Well, he's five, and it doesn't really taste like donuts, but I know just what he means. I serve him pumpkin donuts, that have nutmeg in them, so that's what he's tasting, the same nutmeggy flavor. So now I'll move on to the donuts.

For those with a DAIRY ALLERGY, EGG ALLERGY, or GLUTEN INTOLERANCE, have you tried NUTRILICIOUS DONUTS? Holy Moley they're good. The Donut Holes are vegan, Dairy-free, and Egg-free and come in such tasty flavors as chocolate, pumpkin, glazed, etc. They are such a treat. And they also make gluten-free regular donuts that pass the taste test with flying colors. Tender, moist, just like an old-fashioned donut. If you or your child have severe food allergies, please be forewarned that these products are processed in a facility with WHEAT, SOY, AND TREE NUTS (but NOT PEANUTS!)

Last night I gave my guys Amy's Light In Sodium Black Bean and Vegetable Enchiladas. These are a great no-hassle microwaveable dinner for those with a DAIRY ALLERGY, an EGG ALLERGY, or a WHEAT ALLERGY or GLUTEN INTOLERANCE. They are also vegan. I improve the taste slightly by adding melted "VEGAN GOURMET" soy cheese in Chedder Flavor.

A new find from Whole Foods last week was Bruce's Yams. These are just vacuum packed whole sweet potatoes. They save you at least a whole hour of time (cuts out peeling, boiling, etc) I don't know if I'll use them everytime I made something with sweet potatoes, but I'll certainly keep em stocked on my shelves. Here's the yummy concoction I made for my kids. Take a baking pan. Place 4 canned pineapple rings in the bottom. Mash Bruces Yams with the back of a fork. Add a little Earth Balance spread, or Canola Oil (THE COMPLETLY ALLERGEN FREE OPTION), and some cinnamon, mound ontop of the pineapple ring, then top with a Marshmallow. If you have an EGG ALLERGY, use VeganSweets, available at many health food stores, or online at places like the Allergy Grocer. These are egg-free and dairy-free, but they do contain SOY. Bake at 375 till marshmallow is soft and starting to become golden.

For new recipes, check back soon. And next month on, I'm doing healthy swap outs for the holidays, all healthy, some allergen-free.

Be well!



  • At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Jane said…

    Here's wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving next week!

  • At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Amy B. said…

    I'm from the South originally and the Cornbread recipe is delicious!! I used it to make an allergy free version of my cornbread dressing that I will be serving at Thanksgiving! Thanks Cybele!

    On another note...since I have been cooking allergy free for my 15 month old daughter and myself and have had to stay away from processed/prepackaged foods, I have found that when I do try a taste of some of my OLD favorites.. they now taste horrible to me! Has anyone else had this experience?! It's pretty interesting.

  • At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a question -
    I got the "Better than Milk" Rice Powder in the original rather than light version. Will that make any difference in your recipes?

  • At 10:06 AM, Blogger robinb10 said…

    My daughter has a gluten allergy and I wold like to try your pancake recipe using milk and eggs instead of the substitutes.
    Thank you.

  • At 10:11 AM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…


    Amy B, thanks for the feedback. I'm loving the gluten free cornbread too. I was suprised by how great the texture came out.

    The Better than Milk Powder in original is fine. It makes a just slightly more gloopy frosting, but tastes delicious. Hope you enjoy it.

    And Robin, the pancakes will be fine without my substitutions. Go ahead and use the milk and eggs for your daughter.



  • At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Amy said…

    I just wanted to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Amy A

  • At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

  • At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Jennifer said…

    Hi Cybele,

    I have a question for you. Do you know of any cake mixes that are gluton free? I am bringing a cake to school for my daughter's birthday & there is one little girl who is allergic to gluton. I would like to make her a cupcake so she doesnt feel left out.
    Thanks & I love your book!

  • At 10:26 PM, Blogger BohoRoohaha said…

    just heard about the taco bell ecoli outbreak on the east coast. hope that isn't anyone everyone in southern about those Santa Ana winds, eh? and allergies, in general. been in the news a lot lately. especially after that fire, with the Santa Ana winds, my allergies really kicked up. actually, i have a friend who is allergic to smoke (the cigarette/bad smoke-kind) and her allergies were so bad she couldn't even come home because of her allergies! She spend the week with our friend in Anaheim Hills, doped up on Benadryl. unfortuntely because of the allergies, she kept having to up her dosage of benadryl because her body is becoming tolerant to it!

  • At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Amy B. said…

    Hi Cybele,

    Over the weekend my family and I were in Monterey/Carmel for a vacation and had both good and bad experiences with restaurants being allergy friendly. I was wondering if you or anyone else reading your blogspot knows of a place where we could post or read information on different restaurants around the country. It seems like it would be helpful! Any suggestions?

  • At 11:55 AM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…


    Jennifer, Cherrybrook Kitchens makes a gluten-free cake mix. You can make it into cupcakes. They also make gluten-free frosting. It's available at Whole Foods. For other retailers, check out their website.

    Re: allergen-free restaurants, or those that accomodate nicely, I don't know of a resource. Perhaps Allery-free Passport? They may have a listing.

    Sorry to have been out of commision, I had a horrible allergy attack to Walnuts right before thanksgiving and had total body hives which wouldn't go away, and finally had to go on steriods to knock them out. Anyone else had any experience with this? I'm off to the allergist...


  • At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Cybele: can you post a few of your favorite soup recipes? During this nasty cold and flu season, it's always nice to have a bowl of soup to warm the bones.

  • At 5:14 PM, Blogger Nancy said…

    Hi Cybele,

    Sorry to hear about your reaction. How awful! Were the walnuts hidden in something? Which steroid did they give you?

    My older daughter had those full body hives at three weeks old (poor little kid cried for 2 weeks straight). The doctor told me it was dermatitis and refused to tell me a dosage of benadryl to give her to make them go away because he wouldn't believe that it was an allergic reaction. They went away on their own after 2 weeks (a week after I stopped drinking milk)...

    dumb doctor


  • At 6:51 AM, Blogger The Diaper Lady said…

    Sounds like you are having a rough time of things right now! I was a "single" mom for a couple of months and I remember how hard it was. And then the allergy! I hope things are better by now.

    Someone asked for a soup recipe in the comments, and I just wanted to suggest the Portuguese Kale soup. We have made it twice, particularly to keep healthy during the winter. Even my 4 & 5 year olds love it.

    I also wanted to say that since I have been using your cookbook since this summer, I have been super healthy. It makes a huge difference when you eat good food, doesn't it?

    Hope you have a great & healthy holiday season!

  • At 2:42 PM, Anonymous angela said…

    Cybele, Hope you feel better! :]


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