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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Allergy Free Baked Donuts

Can't believe it's already the last day of Chanukah. In honor of this special day (also referred to as Zos Chanukah) thought I'd post about donuts. Donuts can be an allergy landmine. Let's see, wheat, eggs, dairy, and some times nuts. Yup pretty "miraculous", 4 of the big 8 allergens are covered.

First thing you need to know about donuts, they don't need to be fried. By the last day of chanukah I'm sure we've all had enough oil that we can lighten up our donuts. How can you make donuts without frying you ask? 2 words, Donut Pan. These nifty inventions allow you to make your own donuts (or bagels, or napkin ring challahs).

Now checkout these great recipes, customize them to your allergies and taste preferences, and voila you have your own Nes(miracle) Chanukah! Donuts that are allergy friendly, delicious, and lower in fat.

Gluten Free Donuts- from
Egg Free Donuts- from
Dairy Free Donuts- from

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dairy Free Latke Toppings

The perennial chanuka treats, latkes, deserve a fitting topping. The old standby, sour cream will leave you feeling sour (or worse) if you're milk allergic. What's a latke loving dairy free gal to do? Fear not, fret not!Kosher with Food Allergies has got you covered!

Applesauce pairs beautifully with latkes. And speaking of "pairs" how about pear sauce? Applesauce doesn't have to be "baby fare". Spice it up with cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves. Make your own applesauce. Experiment with different types of apples for subtle, delightful differences. Puree berries into the mixture and you have a topping fit for a latke diva.

If you'd like a little more spice in your Chanukah, go mexican with your latke toppings. Enjoy all variations of salsa (from fruity mild to chili wild).

Maybe mild is your style? Warm, Sauteed mushrooms and onions transform latkes into comfort food. Whatever your mood, milk allergies don't have to preclude you from a delicious latke experience.
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Sweet Potato Latke Recipe

Curry provides an unusual take on the Chanukah classic, latkes. This aromatic spice along with the vibrant orange color of sweet potatoes makes this dish a feast for senses.

Sweet potatoes are a much better choice nutritionally than ordinary white potatoes. Did you know that sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index than white potatoes? White potatoes are much more likely to spike your blood sugar. Other healthy benefits of sweet potoes are fiber, vitamin A, and beta carotene.

If your family is finicky then play with the ratio of sweet potatoes and white potatoes. They might be willing to tolerate a little bit of the orange stuff thrown in there. The next year sneak in an additional one.

Sweet Potato Latkes
2 Large Sweet Potatoes (shredded)
1 White Potato (shredded)
1 onion (shredded)
1 egg (can add additional egg if desired)
¼ cup panko bread crumbs (gluten free crumbs work as well)
salt and black pepper (to taste)
dried parsley flakes (generous dash)
curry powder (to taste, don't overdo it)
oil for frying

Combine egg, bread crumbs and seasonings and set aside.
Mix in shredded onion and potatoes ‘til mixture is thoroughly incorporated.
Form into patties (squeezing out excess liquid) and Fry or Bake.

Pre-heat oil in a pan. Fry patties for about 5 minutes on each side, or until golden and crisp.

Preheat oven to 400.
Place patties on well greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes on each side or until golden and crispy.

Quick Fry and Bake
Briefly fry the latkes in not oil. Drain and Bake at 400 until golden brown

yield: about 10 latkes

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Dreidel Cookies

Chanukah Begins Tonight! I've got a super simple way to make it extra special. Festive, Eggless Dreidel Cookies.

These are great for parties, teacher gifts, and baking with kids. This recipe is extremely versatile. Use different cake mix flavors, add  food coloring, form into different shapes, add chocolate chips, get creative with icing etc.... Your only limitation is your imagination.

Dreidel Cookie Recipe
1 Box Duncan Hines Golden Cake Mix
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup water

Combine ingredients till play dough consistency is reached. Add a little more water and oil if mixture is too dry. Roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters on a greased baking sheet. 
Tip: cut the shapes right on the pan so I don't have to transfer the delicate dough.

Bake at 350 for 7 minutes (don't overbake)
yield: 2 dozen cookies

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Muffins

This year, Thanksgiving and Chanukah overlap.  At our house, we don't really celebrate Thanksgiving (a big dinner Thurs.Nt. doesn't leave you hungry for Shabbos Fri Nt.). Instead, we have a Thanksgiving Shabbat (lots of traditional Thanksgiving foods served up to honor Shabbos).

Chanukah is a holiday of Thanks so it is especially appropriate this Shabbos to go all out with the gratitude theme. We all have something (many things) to be grateful for.

The recipe below is super easy, eggless, nutfree, dairy free, and extremely versatile. Serve eggless pumpkin muffins as a side dish, breakfast, or a snack.

Eggless Pumpkin Muffins
1 15oz can of pure pumpkin puree (like Libby's) (Not pumpkin pie mix-that's sweetened)
1 box non-dairy golden cake mix (Duncan Hines- pareve,golden or butter recipe cake mix)
2T canola oil
2T water
1/4 cup flour (for topping)

yield: 12 large muffins or 1 9x13 kugel

Preheat oven to 350. Combine cake mix, pumpkin puree, oil, and water in a bowl. 
Drop batter into desired "baking sprayed" pans  (muffins tins, large "kugel" pan). 

Add flour to bowl that had batter. Combine leftover batter and flour to form crumbs.
Generously sprinkle Topping crumbs on muffins. Bake at 350 until golden and fluffy (muffins about 20 minutes, kugel about 30).

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Healthier Latkes

Did she say healthy latkes? Well not exactly "healthy" just a bit "healthier".....

One trick is baking the latkes instead of frying. Baking will decrease the cholesterol level of this dish instantly. Another trick for lowering cholesterol is omitting eggs. Eggfree latkes are perfect for those of you allergic to to eggs as well.

You can also ramp up the nutrition by adding grated veggies to the latkes. How about grated sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, spinach, or zucchini? You can experiment with your own combination of these vegetables (with or without white potatoes).

Toppings are another area that can be "lightened" up. Fat free sour cream is a great alternative to full fat sour cream. Make it tofutti sour cream if your allergic to milk. You can skip the sour cream all together and go for applesauce.

My final tip and this one is top secret... Add fiber. I like to sneak Benefiber into everything I can. It doesn't have a taste and instantly boosts the fiber content of whatever your making. If you are gluten intolerant or have wheat allergy this is not an option.

Check out these other tips for a Lighter Chanukah


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Sunday, November 24, 2013

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

How do you make the perfect eggless, dairy free chocolate chip cookie? No trips to the health food store are necessary! You probably already have the ingredients in your house.

You'll want to be extra careful checking labels to assure that there are no dairy ingredients in your recipe. As an example, this recipe calls for non-dairy margarine. Many margarine spreads contain dairy. You'll want to look for a pareve designation. Fleishmann's makes dairy and non-dairy margarine. I buy the unsalted OU pareve sticks.

Pay attention to the details when buying your chocolate chips as well. Checking in the kosher section of your supermarket should yield the desired result. Another option is an allergy friendly brand like Enjoy Life (these chips are not only dairy free but nut and soy free as well).

That's the scoop in terms of ingredients. You'll also want to watch your technique.
I make my cookies in the kitchen aid. First, I add the margarine, oil,sugars, and vanilla and cream them together. After that I add 1 cup of flour. Then, the baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Finally, the rest of the flour.

Form the dough into even balls and drop on a greased pan. Be sure that the cookies are spaced with enough "room to grow". I've found that baking at a lower temperature for a longer time yields "the perfect eggless chocolate chip cookie". 12-13 minutes at 365 produces a cookie that's crispy yet soft.

Dairy Free, Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
1 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 sticks non-dairy margarine (like Fleishmann's unsalted)
3T canola oil
2tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
scant pinch of salt
2 3/4 cups flour
1 10 oz bag pareve semisweet baking chips

yield: 3 dozen cookies

Cream sugars, vanilla, oil, and margarine. Once mixture is throughly whipped add 1 cup of flour. Process again till mixture is consistent. Add salt, baking powder, baking soda and remaining flour. Add chocolate chips last (stir them in manually).Form into balls. Drop onto baking pan sprayed with baking spray. Bake at 365 for 13 minutes.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Nut Free Classrooms, Good Idea?

There's a lot more food allergy awareness due to increased prevalence. Some schools have created nut free zones in an effort to protect food allergic students. Wanting to protect food allergic students is very important but is this the best way? You can declare a school "nut free" but does that mean it is? If kids and staff bring in their own food from home, can the school really guarantee a nut free zone to parents? Does this create a false sense of security? What about the milk, wheat, and egg allergic kids? Should we create schools without those as well? Read more about this topic here:

What's your opinion? Let me know in the comments section below

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Food Free Goody Bags

A Kosher With Food Allergies reader asked a great question, " why do school birthday parties have to have food"?Why couldn't there be lots of fun activities and games and skip the snack part? It's an interesting question. While it's a great idea, I just don't think parents will latch on to it so quickly. I propose food free goody bags! Even parents of non-allergic kids could appreciate this. Many parents are healthconscious and don't want their child to come home with a bag of candy, cookies, or chips. Other parents have concerns about kashrut. What can you put in a goody bag that's not food? Some suggestions...

1-small box of crayons
2-silly putty
3-toy car
4-wind up toy
5-plastic sunglasses
7-sidewalk chalk
9-baseball cards
10-bouncy ball

* depending on the children's ages you'll want to be careful about toys that pose choking hazards

Monday, November 18, 2013

Food Allergies, Breastfeeding, and Solid Food Introduction

A new study shows that introducing solids to infants after they're 17 weeks old (while continuing to breastfeed) makes them less likely to develop food allergies." Mothers should continue to breast-feed beyond introducing solids into the diet so the immune system can benefit from the immunological factors in breast milk that educate the immune system," according to lead researcher, Kate Grimshaw, an allergy specialist at University of Southampton. This is the first study to address when the "risk period" for acquiring allergy is. According to the findings of this study, it is before 17 weeks of age.

This study provides further support for the current  allergy prevention recommendations from The American Academy of Pediatrics to not introduce solid food before the age of four months. The study provides support for the American Academy of Pediatrics' breastfeeding recommendations as well (breastfeeding should continue while solids are introduced until the infant is atlease 12 months old).
Source: WebMD Health News 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

New School Epipen Law

A new law will make it easier for kids who don't have a prescription for an epipen to get one in school.There are undiagnosed students who may have their first reaction in school. We want schools to be able to treat these kids in addition to the ones who've already beeen diagnosed. This new law will provide financial incentives for states that have laws mandating schools to carry epinephrine and to treat children who don't have a prescription. Currently only 27 states have such laws in place.
Source: NBCnews article