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Fresh Spring Herbs

Being able to naturally add flavor is a key technique in the kitchen when allergies limit your primary food options. Spices have year-round availability, but fresh herbs hit their stride in spring. In addition to well-loved basil, chives, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, rosemary and thyme, consider adding the following sprigs to your regular rotation. Chervil Similar to parsley […]

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Allergy-Friendly & Gluten-Free Protein Powders

The protein powder industry is bulking up with dairy- and soy-free options. Food manufacturers are sourcing brown rice, hemp seed, chia seed, pumpkin seed, pea, cranberry and quinoa proteins to pump up their allergy-friendly shakes and snack foods. But for at-home use, two powders lead the pack of allergen-safe options: Brown Rice Protein Poised to eclipse […]

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Glazed Sugar Cookies: Drizzling Option

Shown below is a light and delicious glaze created for my Glazed Sugar Cookies, from the Winter 2016 edition of Allergic Living magazine. The simple glaze can also add a punch of sweet flavor and color to many of your other favorite baked goodies, too, from bars to cookies to sweet loaves. Below, I show you how to drizzle, […]

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Recipe Tip: Savory Salts

by Alisa Fleming Impress the home chefs on your list with an array of infused salts. they’re a great sugar-free alternative for gifts, and are easy to make and package. What to use: 1 to 2 teaspoon dried seasoning (see flavor and label ideas) per 1/4 cup coarse salt, such as Kosher or Fleur de […]

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Allergy-Friendly and Gluten-Free Tex-Mex Recipes

For your next taco night, avoid prepackaged fillers and allergen worries with these simple and safe Mexican food elements. Crockpot Shredded Chicken Place 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast in a slow cooker. Season with  1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano. Pour in 1 cup allergy-safe chicken broth, cover, and cook on low […]

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Perfect Kids’ Party Food

Allergic kids will have a blast with these safe and bite-size snack foods by Keeley McGuire, the food-allergy blogger known for her incredible lunchtime ideas. Here’s a taste of her allergy-friendly creations, which were featured in Allergic Living’s Spring 2015 magazine. Cruisin’ Corndogs For a party or to up the fun factor at dinnertime, you can […]

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Frozen Fruit Pops and More Fruity Desserts

Take summer’s sweet bounty to refreshing new heights with these sensational frozen treats. Fruity Pops For a hydrating treat, place sliced fruits (berries, kiwi, peaches, etc.) in ice pop molds and fill with coconut water. Freeze solid. To infuse flavor, puree equal parts fruit and coconut water and freeze in ice pop molds. The second […]

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Advice on: Making a Flax Egg

A “flax egg” is commonly used in vegan baking for muffins and cookies, and it’s a great substitute for the egg-allergic too. Following is the method for replacing one egg, and you can double or triple it as needed. Ingredients 1 tbsp flaxseed meal 3 tbsp water Method Add the flaxseed meal and water to […]

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Alisa’s Advice: Safe Roasted Seeds

Seasoned seeds can offer delicious crunch and savory flavor to any plate of greens, but many brands are packaged on equipment shared with tree nuts and peanuts, or dusted with dairy or gluten. Fortunately, there are a few allergy-friendly options. Gerbs ( offers a wide range of seeds, from sunflower to hemp, roasted and packaged in their own nut-safe, […]

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Allergy-Friendly and Gluten-Free Pasta Choices

Alisa Fleming is a contributing editor to Allergic Living magazine and the author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance and Casein Free Living, and founder of First published in Allergic Living magazine. To subscribe, click here.

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