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Allergy-free recipes for your family

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Allergy-free family recipes

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about three million US children have a food or digestive allergy - an 18 percent increase over the past 10 years. Eight types of food account for 90 percent of these food allergies: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat. Cooking allergy-free meals is a necessary - and for many, daunting - adjustment. Read on for more information about food allergies, including three family-friendly allergy-free recipes.

Allergy-free recipes

Here are three allergy-free recipes adapted from Terry Traub's Food to Some, Poison to Others, a cookbook featuring 175 allergen-free recipes. And regardless of the allergy-free recipes you choose to cook, always check the labels of all products to make sure they are truly allergen-free.

Turkey Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Makes 24

Egg-free, corn-free and gluten-free

24 crimini or button mushrooms, stems removed
2 links mild Italian turkey sausage (organic preferred), skin removed, meat broken up
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup crushed rice thins
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
2/3 cup shredded Gouda cheese

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place mushrooms in greased 9x13-inch baking dish.

2. In a medium-sized skillet over high heat, brown sausage. Remove sausage from skillet and set aside.

3. Place oil in skillet over medium heat. Saute onions and garlic in skillet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add rice thins, parsley, and 1/3 cup cheese. Mix in sausage until all ingredients are well-combined.

4. Stuff mushrooms with mixture and top with remaining cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Turn off oven and remove foil, leaving mushrooms in oven for 5 more minutes or until cheese melts.

Apple Nut Slaw

Serves 4 to 6

Dairy-free, egg-free, corn-free, gluten-free

3 cups chopped unpeeled red apples
1 cup chopped roasted almonds
1 cup egg-free mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
Large leaves from head of butter lettuce

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve scoops of apple nut slaw in lettuce leaves.

Hearty Turkey Chili

Serves 6

Allergy-free family recipesDairy-free, egg-free, corn-free, gluten-free

3/4 pound lean ground turkey
2 tablespoons canola
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 carrot, peeled, grated
2 tablespoons rice flour
1 cup beef broth
3 cups water
1 (15-ounce) tomato puree
1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
1 (16-ounce) container fresh tomato salsa
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste

1. In a medium-sized skillet over high heat, brown turkey and set aside. In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat oil and saute onion, celery and carrot until tender. Sprinkle in rice flour and stir.

2. Slowly add broth, stirring. Add water, turkey, tomato puree, beans, salsa, chili powder, ground cumin, salt and pepper. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.

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