Friday, April 5, 2024

Chicken Salad With Very Few Allergens


   This chicken salad contains no mayonnaise or vinegar and thus doesn't have the allergens that they introduce (egg, soy, yeast, corn).  It can be dressed up, if you like, by stirring in a bit of brown mustard if you have some that you're not allergic to, or garnishing with pomegranate seeds and/or toasted pine nuts, if you're not allergic to them.

     6 T. olive oil (See Oil in the Glossary)
     juice of 1/2 lemon (See Juice in the Glossary)
     pinch of tarragon (See Spices in the Glossary)
     pinch of white pepper (See Spices in the Glossary)
     1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste (See Salt in the Glossary)
     3 cups diced cooked chicken (1/3 inch or so)
     1 cup sliced celery
     6 green onions, sliced

     Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, tarragon, pepper and salt.  Stir in the remaining ingredients.

Chimichurri Chicken Salad

Alternatively, if you happen to have some vinegar-free no-mayo chimichurri, mix your diced cooked chicken and cut up crunchy veggies (celery, green onions, whatever crunchy veggies you're not allergic to) and dress with chimichurri. This is a particularly delicious way to serve leftover chicken.


Sunday, October 15, 2023

Celery Root in Olive Oil (Zeytinya─čl─▒ Kereviz)

     Celery root, or celeriac, is a surprisingly tasty, savory vegetable you should definitely check out while learning how to cook without any of the common allergens.

     This Turkish cold dish contains no common allergens, no corn, and no yeast. It also has the advantage that it can be prepared ahead of time. Most importantly, it is delicious.

     1/4 c. olive oil (See Oil in the Glossary)
     1 medium onion, peeled, washed and chopped
medium carrotspeeled, washed and chopped
     salt (See Salt in the Glossary)
     1 large celery root, peeled, washed and cut into 1-inch cubes
     juice of 2 lemons (See Juice in the Glossary)
     juice of 1/2 orange (See Juice in the Glossary)

Gently heat the olive oil in a pot. Add the onion and carrots. Sprinkle with salt and saute gently until the onion is translucent. Do not brown. Add the celery root and continue sauteing for a minute or so. Do not brown. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until the celery root is tender, 20-30 minutes. Adjust salt to taste. Refrigerate and serve chilled.



Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Marinated Artichokes


     Marinated artichokes are delicious. If you're avoiding vinegar (whether because it's made from corn or because it's fermented and could contain traces of yeast), or if you're worried what might be lurking in the "spices," you may want to make your own. 

     juice of 1/2 lemon (See Juice in the Glossary)
     1/4 c. olive oil (See Oil in the Glossary)
     1/2 tsp. salt (See Salt in the Glossary)
     pinch of mint (See Spices in the Glossary)
     pinch of oregano (See Spices in the Glossary)
     pinch of black pepper (See Spices in the Glossary)
     4-6 large artichokes

  A. Prep the artichokes. For this you have a few choices: 

  1. Trim raw artichokes as desired. At a minimum, peel off all the outer, hard, spiky leaves. I prefer peeling off all the leaves and all the fuzz. Keep the stems, but peel them. This method is time-consuming.
  2. Precook the artichokes (boil for 45 minutes or so, until the inside is tender: poke with a skewer to check). Let them cool down; then trim them. (BTW, the tender parts of the leaves are good to eat.)
  3. Start with a can or two of artichoke hearts; drain. Canned artichokes come packed with water containing citric acid, which is likely to be a corn product. Most of this should be removed by the next step, but be aware that this method may not be 100% corn-free.
     B. Whisk all ingredients other than the artichokes together in medium bowl. 
     C. Put the artichokes into a pot of boiling water; bring it back to a boil; cook: 
  • Raw, thoroughly trimmed artichokes: 20 minutes or so, until tender.
  • Precooked artichokes: 3-5 minutes, until hot throughout.
  • Canned artichokes: 3 minutes.
     D. Drain.
     E. Stir the artichokes into the marinade. Stir a few times over the next half 

     F. Refrigerate.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Asparagus Salad


     Raw asparagus is delicious, but it can be a bit tough or stringy. We can improve the texture by 1) discarding any tough, woody bit at the base of the stalk, 2) slicing the asparagus pretty small, and 3) slightly tenderizing the asparagus by soaking it in an acidic dressing. 

     3 Tb. lemon juice
     1/4 c. olive oil
     1/2 tsp. salt
     1/4 tsp. dried tarragon leaves
     1/2 tsp. black pepper
     1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
     2 c. thin sliced asparagus stalks
     1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
     1 avocado, peeled and cut into chunks
     3 green onions, trimmed and sliced
     2 Tb. chopped fresh dill leaves

     Stir together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, tarragon, pepper and garlic. Stir in the asparagus and set aside to steep for 15 minutes. Mix in the remaining ingredients and serve.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Teff Porridge

      Allergic to wheat, dairy, soy and eggs? So, what's for breakfast? Gluten-free oatmeal is one possibility; teff porridge is another. Teff takes longer to cook but has a pleasant, mild flavor and an interesting, non-mushy texture. 

     1 c. whole grain teff

     Bring two cups of water to a boil. Stir in the teff, and bring the water back to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in a little extra boiling water if you prefer your porridge to be more liquid. Garnish with fruit, hemp milk, brown sugar, cinnamon--whatever you like and aren't allergic to. Alternatively, butter and salt make a great garnish if you can tolerate the amount of dairy proteins in a bit of butter.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Hemp milk


     So, what milk can you drink if you're allergic to dairy, soy, wheat and every kind of nut? Rice milk comes to mind, but you have to be careful. The manufacturing process often involves barley malt which is not listed as an ingredient. If the package doesn't claim it's gluten-free, it probably contains traces of barley. My wheat-allergic grandkid used to cough and wheeze when he drank Rice Dream rice milk (until we wised up). Similarly, oat milk may contain some wheat (oats and wheat are sometimes rotated in the field), so make sure the label specifies it is gluten-free. Another option is hemp milk. 

     Unfortunately, all the commercial hemp milk I have found comes in paperboard packaging and I worry what the waxy coating on it was made from (corn? soy?). Well, I finally got around to making hemp milk myself...and felt really silly when I realized how easy it is to make the stuff at home. Like most foods, it's cheaper and tastes fresher if you make it yourself.

      I have tried presoaking the hemp seeds and can't see that it makes any difference at all. Don't bother with that.

     1 c. hulled hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
     1/4 tsp. salt (See Salt in the Glossary)
     (optional) 1 Tb. sugar, or to taste (See Sugar in the Glossary)
     (optional) 1 tsp. corn-free vanilla extract

     Put the hemp seeds, salt, sugar, vanilla and 1 c. of the water in a good blender and blend thoroughly, for at least two full minutes. Blend in the rest of the water. Strain through a fine mesh if you're worried about any tiny hemp bits. Store in refrigerator. Shake before using.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Marinated Cabbage

Nothing else tastes exactly like sauerkraut, but marinated cabbage is similar and is surprisingly tasty. Try it, especially if you need to avoid fermented foods because of a yeast allergy!

     2 cloves of garlic, minced
     1/3 c. lemon juice 
(See Juice in the Glossary)
     1/3 c. olive oil 
(See Oil in the Glossary)
     1 tsp. black pepper
 (See Spices in the Glossary)
     1 tsp. dried dill weed (or 2 Tb. chopped fresh dill weed)
          (See Spices or Produce in the Glossary)
(See Salt in the Glossary)
     1 lb. of cabbage, shredded
     2 sliced green onions
     1 grated carrot

In a medium bowl, stir together the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, dill weed and 1 tsp. of salt. Bring a large potful of water to a boil, add the cabbage to the pot, and bring it back to a boil. Simmer until tender but still crisp; this should only take a couple of minutes or so. Drain thoroughly; stir into the marinade and add the green onions and grated carrot. Add salt to taste. Allow to steep a few minutes before serving.