food allergy recipes

When I rattle off all the allergies that we contend with, the first response is always, “Well what do you feed him?”  This is my little list of some of the things we eat.

Raw Kale Salad and Vegan Pizza

pizza and kale

First we’ll do the Kale Salad (my friend’s recipe):

Ingredients:

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1 bunch of organic curly kale

1 organic lemon

Himalayan salt to taste

Organic olive oil to taste

kale ingredients

Wash kale.  Tear into small pieces.  Pour lemon juice onto kale, salt, and olive oil.  Now here’s the important thing – massage with hands until the kale feels as if it’s softer.  Somehow this process takes away the hard texture and bitterness.  I like to also add slivers of red bell peppers, but my son won’t eat it that way.

kale mixed

Now the Vegetarian/Vegan pizza:

Ingredients:

I use an organic whole wheat pre-made crust.

1 pint of cherry tomatoes

1 cup of organic crimini mushrooms

10 or so organic pitted kalamata olives

1/2 organic sweet onion

Oraganic olive oil to drizzle

pizza ingredients

I blend the tomato and onion into a paste.  Slice mushrooms and olives.  On the package it says to bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes, but I like it better (it burns less and is somewhat crispy crust with chewy inside) baked at 350 for about 20-30 minutes.  I also will sometimes blend with some camel milk to make the sauce a bit more creamy.

pizza and kale

Enjoy!

Pros of this plate:

  • Kale – source of glucosinolate glucobrassicin
  • Wonderful veggies, cooked tomatoes – lycopene
  • The pizza and salad are good compliment
  • My son is motivated to eat kale because of pizza

Cons of this plate:

  • Not in love with wheat
  • High carb meal
  • AGE’s in the baked crust

Further reading on some of the pros:

Indole-3-carbinol (C9H9NO) is produced by the breakdown of the glucosinolate glucobrassicin, which can be found at relatively high levels in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, collard greens and kale…” wikipedia.    You can then find a slew of articles discussing how Indole-3-carbinol has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.

Indole-3-carbinol inhibits LPS-induced inflammatory response by blocking TRIF-dependent signaling pathway in macrophages – paid article, but you can get the gist of it from the abstract.  Bottom line reduced inflammation in mouse model.

Indole-3-carbinol inhibits cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in Hep-2 laryngeal cancer cells. paid article also, with short abstract on mouse model study.  But notable that they gave indole-3-carbinol as supplement to mice and noticed – as compared to controls – smaller and less proliferative tumors.

You can supplement with indole-3-carbinol, but it’s nice to get it in food.

Effect of lycopene and tomato products on cholesterol metabolism.  Free article that summarizes some studies with lycopene and cholesteral.

Camel Milk Ice Cream

ice cream ingredients

Now I did think I was going to use chocolate chips, but in the end I did not.

Ingredients:

2 pints camel milk

1/4 cup organic cane sugar

1 tblsp of organic vanilla

beaten milk 2Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate overnight.  Then right before you pour into ice cream beat until as frothy as possible.  I couldn’t find my electric beater and so had to do it by hand.  But the more frothy the mix before it goes into the maker, the fluffier the ice cream.

20 minutes of mixingMix in the ice cream maker until nice and thick – this was about 18 minutes.

bowl of camel milk ice creamEnjoy!

Pros of this plate:

  • Camel milk
  • My son could eat this by the gallon.  So when we are having a bit of a resistance to camel milk – switching in some ice cream solves it.
  • Way less sugar than normal ice cream (about 48 grams for the entire making – or about 12 grams/cup).  Average vanilla ice cream or ice milk can have about 32+ grams / cup.
  • Ice cream

Cons of this plate:

  • Sugar

Camel Milk (further reading):

Camel milk: an alternative for cow’s milk allergy in children

Camel milk nutrition

 

Camel Milk & Berry Smoothie

camel milk smoothie ingredients

Ingredients:

1/2 to 1 pint of camel milk

4-6 frozen organic strawberries

1/4-1/2 cup frozen organic raspberries

1/2-1 tblsp raw honey

1/2 cap full organic vanilla

camel milk smoothie ingredients 2Put all ingredients into blender or mixer of choice.  Blend until smooth.

camel milk smoothie finished

camel milk smoothie finished

Enjoy!

Pros of this plate:

  • Camel milk, honey and berries all in one calorie packed smoothie
  • Looks like a shake – I’ve traveled with this and blended on location – and given to my son when everyone pulled out the ice cream.  In fact, we’ve gotten many comments that it looks and tastes better than the other ice creams (standard super market stuff) served
  • Way less sugar than normal ice cream

Cons of this plate:

  • The one con for us is that my son will cough if it is too cold.  Then if it warms too much, he doesn’t want to eat it.  Oyy! The challenges of striking a balance.

Camel Milk (further reading):

Food allergy herb, lypo C, camel milk and the allergist

Camel milk nutrition

Camel milk for food allergies in children.  (While we did not see an effect in food allergy from camel milk, we have seen wonderful wait gain and, I assume, improved nutritional status).

Green Charged Chicken Salad Meal

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2 organic chicken breasts (from a whole chicken brined for 24 hours in Himalayan Salt)

1 bunch organic parsley

juice 1 organic lemon

juice 1 organic lime

organic olive oil to taste (I use probably 1/4 – 1/2 cup)

10-14 organic pitted kalamata olives

chicken salad web

Finely chop parsley.  Chop chicken breast.  Thinly slice organic olives.  Add in bowl along with juice of lemon and lime, olive oil, and olives.  Mix and serve.  Makes between 4-6 servings.

food allergy friendly meal

As pictured – served with organic crackers and couple kettle chips with organic carrot sticks on a bed of hydroponic romaine & green leaf picked just moments earlier.

Pros of this plate:

  • Travels well – so it can be eaten for lunch.  And it doesn’t call too much attention to itself.
  • Has parsley which is rich in many antioxidants and components that have been found to reduce IgE (not sure about what is critical amount needed) and to act against advanced glycation endproducts or AGEs (can make problems in all sorts of diseases – like asthma, diabetes, kidney disease…).
  • The obvious other veggies & lemon juice.
  • Also the parsley is thinly chopped – so if you have a picky eater, the pieces are too small for them to pick them all out.

Cons of this plate:

  • The chips contain AGE’s – by the sheer nature of their production (frying), as do the crackers (baked).  Advanced glycation endproducts are a product of high temperature cooking.  If it’s been crisped or browned – you bet there are AGEs created in it.  Sometimes I’ve used this to make a pasta salad – a better option in avoiding AGEs.

Advanced Glycation Endproducts and Asthma (further reading):

Implication of receptor for advanced glycation end product (RAGE) in pulmonary health and pathophysiology

Advanced Glycation and Lipoxidation End Products–Amplifiers of Inflammation: The Role of Food

Advanced glycation end products and its receptor (RAGE) are increased in patients with COPD