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New Neocate Footsteps Recipe Book For Easy Allergen-Free Cooking

Posted 4.11.17 | Nutrition Specialist

Who loves new food allergy-friendly recipes? This is why we are excited to announce the release of the Neocate Footsteps Recipe Book! In this recipe book, we have included some of our popular recipes as well as brand new ones developed having you in mind. We hope that this book will be a valuable resource for families of children with food allergies and help make mealtime a little bit easier for everyone. As a reminder, please check each recipe to be sure all ingredients are safe for your child and if you have any questions or concerns please consult your physician.

Download New Footsteps Recipe Book

Want to get a sneak peak, before downloading the recipe book? Here is one of our favorite recipes:

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce 

Neocate Junior, unflavored is used in preparation of this recipe. Adding Neocate to food is easy, fast and safe. It can also help you or your child to tolerate other foods better. When cooking with Neocate, be sure to let very hot foods cool down a little before adding Neocate and not to reheat dishes prepared with Neocate.

What you need:

  • ⅓ cup ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp preferred bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • Pinch Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp tomato purée or tomato ketchup
  • 1 scoop Neocate Junior, Unflavored

Directions:

  • Make the meatballs by combining the first five ingredients in a bowl or food processor.
  • Divide into six small, even pieces. Squeeze each tightly and roll into small balls.
  • Heat the oil in a wide pan. Fry the balls until browned. Remove meatballs to a plate.
  • Sautée the onion in the same pan until soft.
  • Add the garlic, tomatoes and purée/paste.
  • Stir thoroughly. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Stir in the Neocate Junior until thoroughly mixed.
  • Serve with the meatballs.

If you've tried any of these recipes, let us know what you think?  And if you have any creative recipes that help you incorporate Neocate, we love to hear from you as well.


Introducing Your Neocate Baby to Solids - Summer Treat

Posted 7.26.16 | Irina Kabigting

Whether you are introducing your baby to solid food or are just looking for a refreshing summer treat, the following recipe is perfect for a hot day. This recipe is especially refreshing if you cool it in the refrigerator before serving.

Click on the image below to download a printable recipe card.

If you need additional information for introducing solid food to your Neocate baby, here are three resources that might be handy:

Additional Recipes

Our Neocate YouTube channel is full of additional recipes you can try today (don’t forget to subscribe as additional videos are added on a regular basis).

Do you have a Neocate recipe you created? We would love to hear all about it. Make sure to comment below with your recipe name and what inspired your crea


5 Food Allergy Friendly Meal Planning Tips for the Entire Family

Posted 3.15.16 | Nutrition Specialist

“MOM! What’s for dinner, I’m HUNGRY!”  (2 seconds later) “Me TOO!”

Great! Two hungry kids and one has multiple food allergies. As if busy schedules weren’t enough of a squeeze on meal preparation time, add a child with food allergies to contend with and your challenges are multiplied.

Are you dealing with this scenario? If so, family compromise is the key to avoiding making multiple meals each meal time or alienating the allergy child. You may have to tweak your meal planning and cooking approaches too.  Want some help? Below you will find some suggestions for meal planning, several go-to family friendly recipes that are allergen free and good for the whole family, as well as additional sources for finding recipes.

Meal Planning Tips:

  • Focus on foods your allergy child CAN eat. Make a list of the foods your allergy child can eat so you can reference them as you gather meal ideas and recipe choices for menu planning.
  • Play with food preparation. Bake, sauté, grill or roast- alternating the cooking method gives variety that works wonders especially if you are limited to only a couple of protein choices.
  • Alternate types of meals according to days of the week. Pasta Monday, Chicken Tuesday, etc. Don’t forget to mix meals up seasoning with different spices and side dishes. (Just make sure the spices you choose are agreeable with all members of the family).
  • Cook once, eat twice! You can save oodles of time with this strategy. Save prep time by chopping and cooking twice the amount of veggies and meat once and incorporating the fruit of your labor into another meal later in the week.
  • Make meal planning a family activity. This is from MY toolbox. One Sunday afternoon a month, my daughters and I plan meals for the coming month. It’s a fun activity that everyone enjoys. Out comes the cookbooks and the internet searches. We choose recipes that are appropriate for our special needs situation, simple to fix, and elicited interest. We post our menus with pride on the refrigerator and keep copies of the past menus and recipes in our Family menu/recipe book to use again. When the kids are involved choosing the recipes, they even volunteer to help you prep! My girls take turns helping with meal preparation, with gusto! Overall win-win! It makes the tasks of meal planning easier, teaches them some life skills, and results in increased meal satisfaction.

BONUS! Here are some recipe suggestions to consider:

Breakfast Ideas:

Main Meal Ideas:

Salads, Soups, and Sides:

Desserts:

Here are some additional cooking resources to consider:

Do you have a top 8 allergy-free and family friendly recipe or recipe source to share? We’d love to hear from you.


Guidance when Cooking with Neocate

Posted 7.23.15 | Nutrition Specialist


We get emails and phone calls almost daily from parents, caregivers, patients and clinicians asking questions like "What happens if we cook with Neocate?" We know that there are a lot of creative ways that some families use Neocate, such as a replacement for cow milk in baked recipes. We've developed a handy one-page document to answer the most common questions that Neocate families want answers to. You can find your own copy of 'Cooking with Neocate' on the 'Recipes and Guides' page of the Neocate website, along with lots of other helpful materials.

As always, we recommend that you check with your healthcare team, because some forms of cooking can affect some nutrient levels in Neocate.

How have you gotten creative in using Neocate products in recipes?

-Rob


Frozen Neocate Pops

Posted 6.8.15 | Nutrition Specialist


Who doesn’t love an ice cold treat on a hot day? Finding a frozen allergen-free treat can be a challenge. However, we’ve created a delicious allergen-free frozen treat for you or your little one to enjoy…frozen Neocate pops! We found a fabulous ice cream mold to use with our liquid Neocate products. The result...frozen Neocate in the shape of an ice cream cone! This can be done in just a few simple steps:

1)      Shake and open your Neocate drink box. Separate the two pieces of the ice cream mold. Flip the clear piece of the ice cream mold upside down, and pour Neocate into the clear piece.
2)      Place the bottom piece of the ice cream mold (the cone) on top of the clear ice cream mold. Keep the ice cream mold upside down.

3)      Place ice cream mold in the freezer for at least 3 hours.

 

 
4)      Remove frozen ice cream molds from the freezer and allow frozen Neocate pops to sit for 1-2 minutes (this will make the removal of the clear piece a little easier).
5)      Remove the clear piece of the ice cream mold and enjoy!

There are many ice cream molds available however the one we used is from a company called Tovolo.

You can even take these pops to the next level and add some color by rolling them in colored powdered sugar! Or add a “safe food” to Neocate before freezing. For some this may be fruit juice or chopped up fruit such as strawberries or mango. This would be a great opportunity to get your little ones involved!

Frozen Neocate that thaws may discolor and/or separate therefore we recommend you enjoy your frozen pop shortly after removing from the freezer.

It is important to note that freezing Neocate products can affect some nutrient levels: The nutrition information on Neocate packaging reflects the nutrient levels when prepared as directed on the packaging. Healthcare teams may allow some Neocate servings to be frozen to help meet a Neocate goal for certain patients, but this is a case-by-case decision. Ask your healthcare team for advice before you prepare Neocate any way other than as directed on the packaging. Your healthcare team should advise you how to store and how long to keep frozen Neocate products.

Have you tried this before or done anything similar with your Neocate products? We’d love to hear from you!

Kendra Valle, RDN


Neocate Splash Donut Holes

Posted 2.19.15 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

Recipe by Raquel Durban, MS, RD, CSP, LDN
Yield: About 28 one-inch donut holes

Ingredients:
Oil or non-hydrogenated shortening for frying
1¼ cups white rice flour* (or other approved flour substitute) (200 g)
1 drink box Neocate Splash, Unflavored*
2 Tbsp granulated sugar, optional (25 g)


Instructions:
1. Fill a shallow, heavy saucepan or Dutch oven with oil or shortening to at least ¼ inch deep (or up to 1 inch deep*). Place on stove over medium heat until oil is hot, but do not allow oil to smoke. If you have a kitchen thermometer, oil should be between 350-370’ F. If you do not have a thermometer, dip tip of wooden skewer or strand of spaghetti into oil: it’s ready when you see a lot of small bubbles.

2. While oil heats, mix all remaining ingredients in a medium bowl with a whisk until well combined. Dough consistency will resemble thick cake frosting.

3. Once oil is hot, drop dough by rounded teaspoonful into oil in small batches of a few at a time. Fry for 1-2 minutes, gently stirring continuously and flipping at least once halfway through cooking using a heat-safe spatula or fork, until golden brown on all sides. Remove donut holes from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels or a drying rack set over a baking sheet.

4. Repeat with remaining dough, frying in small batches, allowing oil to reheat between batches. Let donut holes cool a few minutes before enjoying.

5. Optional: Toss or dip freshly cooked donut holes in toppings such as powdered sugar, sugar + cinnamon, sugar + cocoa powder, non-dairy glazes or dessert sauces, or even a savory combination of salt and spices. Creative cooks can even fill donut holes with jam!


*Notes: Recipe can be halved. Uncooked dough can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours and cooked the following day. Can substitute ½ cup non-dairy beverage for ½ cup of Neocate Splash, Unflavored for a lighter flavor.

Recipe tested using Bob’s Red Mill Stone Ground White Rice Flour, which many gluten-free home cooks rely on for baking due to its fine consistency, which absorbs water well. Using another flour substitute can affect consistency, cooking time, and nutritional composition. For a different flour, you may want to “rest” the dough for 30 minutes to absorb moisture before frying.

Frying in deeper oil yields donut holes with a more rounded shape. Make sure oil is the right temperature: Donut holes cooked in cold oil can stick to the pan and will absorb a lot of oil, becoming greasy. Oil that’s too hot will smoke (which affects taste) or even catch fire.


To bake instead of frying: Place a non-stick, metal donut hole pan (or similar mold shape) into a cold oven and preheat oven to 350’ F. While oven heats, mix all ingredients. Optional: for best consistency, add 1 tsp of allowed baking powder to the dough. Once oven is preheated, pull the pan out and carefully distribute dough among wells. Bake 5-10 minutes until puffed and bottoms are golden brown, rotating pan halfway through cooking. Donut hole tops will be light in color.


Nutrition Information per Serving:
Serving Size: About 4 one-inch donut holes
Servings per Recipe: About 7

Calories: 220
Protein: 2.7 g
Fat: 9.9 g
Carbohydrate: 30.0 g
Calcium: 42.9 mg
Vitamin D: 27.1 IU (0.67 mcg)

Nutrition information provided for fried donut holes, with optional sugar included but without toppings. Nutrition information will vary if recipe is baked instead of fried, if ingredient substitutions are made, and if toppings are included.


This recipe comes from Raquel Durban, a Registered Dietitian specializing in immediate and delayed food allergies in Charlotte, NC. Raquel is a medical advisory board member for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) and Parents of Allergy Kids (PAK) Charlotte and an active participant in the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI). We would like to thank Raquel for this recipe.​


Food Allergy Winter Recipes

Posted 12.10.14 | Rob McCandlish, RDN


With the change in weather, maybe you’re looking for some good recipes for cool weather, like I do. Here are some great recipes that are food allergy-friendly and ideal for the colder months. As always, make sure these recipes are alright based on your allergens.

After being outside

Is there anything better than coming back into a warm house after building a snowman, skiing, sledding, ice-skating or just being out in cold weather? Yes, if coming back into the house also involves a warm drink! Here are some ideas that don’t involve allergens:
                -Heat up some apple cider, serve with a cinnamon stick
                -Brew up some peppermint, decaf chai, or herbal citrus tea
                -Make hot cocoa from scratch using a dairy substitute, here’s a recipe that looks good
                -Make an allergen-free hot chocolate using Neocate Junior, Chocolate and serve in a thermos
                -Add a drop of peppermint oil or artificial peppermint flavor for a change

Wintery breakfasts                                                      

It can be hard to get out of bed when it’s cold outside. A nice, hot breakfast makes at least a little easier (and slippers don’t hurt!). Here are a few ideas that we’d love to wake up to:
                -Add cut fruit and cinnamon to hot oatmeal
                -Toast and enjoy a Pumpkin Banana Flourless Muffin
                -Fruity Apple Cereal or Applesauce Oatmeal (In our Neocate Nutra Recipe Guide)
                -Fruity Tutti Pancakes (In our Neocate Recipe Booklet)
                -Cinnamon Breakfast Bread or French Toast (In our Food Allergy Cookbook)

Main Meals

Nothing hits the spot when the days are short like a hearty soup. Here are a few we’d be happy to pull a chair up to at the dinner table:
                -Chicken Noodle Soup (from Eating with Food Allergies)
                -Taco Soup (from Real Food Allergy Free)
                -Cream of Broccoli (In our Food Allergy Cookbook)
                -Butternut Squash Soup (In our Neocate Recipe Booklet)

Seasonal Desserts

And even though waistlines suffer at this time of year, who can pass up dessert? Here are a few ways to wrap up a meal:
                -Serve a Milk-free Peppermint Shake
                -Try a great recipe for Gingerbread Cookies (replace egg with appleasauce, if needed)
                -Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Smoothie (In our Neocate Recipe Booklet)

What are your favorite allergen-free recipes at this time of year?

Rob

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Allergy-Friendly Fourth of July Recipe Ideas

Posted 7.3.14 | Mallory West

Like most holidays, fourth of July celebrations involve a variety of tasty foods. When your little one has food allergies, it can be difficult to find tasty snacks that are allergy-friendly and can be enjoyed outside amidst the festivities.  For today’s post, we’ve collected some allergy-friendly recipes that your kiddo will love!

Please note that these recipes are allergy-friendly (that is, free of the top 8) but not necessarily allergy-free so please look over the ingredients carefully and check with your child’s health care provider if you are unsure if it’s safe for your child.

What’s more American than cornbread? The FARE blog recently posted this Fourth of July Western Cornbread recipe- it looks delicious! (and you could reduce or eliminate the chili powder for young kids)

And speaking of corn, grilled corn-on-the-cob is hard to beat! This recipe just calls for corn and olive oil, but if olive oil is off limits, you could always skip it or replace it with another vegetable oil.

The FARE blog posted these tasty Frozen Recipes for the Fourth of July.

Frozen drinks are refreshing for beach days and BBQs. Here are some of our favorite frozen recipe ideas. To really set the summer vibe, serve these in a beachy cup, use a fun straw and maybe even top it with one of those cute little drink umbrellas to make it extra special.

Popsicles are another refreshing treat on hot days. With popsicle molds, you can make popsicles with just about anything. Many parents make them with E028 Splash or Neocate Junior blended with a favorite fruit. You can also try our Neocate Nutra Popsicle recipes.

If your party animal can’t bear to break for a meal, a cooler with a few boxes of E028 Splash might come in handy on the beach, at the parade or at the firework show!

We hope your family has a fun and safe 4th of July!

-Mallory


Neocate Junior-Only Recipes

Posted 4.8.14 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

 
When you or a loved one is on a severely restricted diet due to food allergies or related conditions, the diet can become very boring, very fast. We offer multiple flavors of Neocate products, but even those can be routine sometimes. We talk to families and parents every day for whom Neocate is the sole or primary source of nutrition for a loved one, and many of you are looking for more options! 
 
Today, we're going to share a few recipes that combine two Neocate Junior products to change things up. We hope that these can help break the routine if you're stuck in a flavor rut!
 
Where did these recipe ideas come from?
 
I went back to school to study nutrition and dietetics and - surprise - I didn't love every class I took. Most were great, a few were good, and some were excellent. But by far my favorite classes had to do with cooking and recipes. Put me in the kitchen with ingredients, a concept, and some time to experiment and I am one happy guy!
 
I'm lucky to work in a role where I get to develop recipes, which I love. It can be a fun challenge tinkering with recipes that exclude major allergens. It's like a science experiment! Families who manage food allergies and related conditions know: this can be a challenge! Substitutes for dairy, eggs, or wheat don't always work well in recipes.
 
So what to do when even those recipes aren't an option and you're sticking to the Neocate family of products? It's time to mix things up and get a little crazy! For each of these recipes I started with a basic 1:1 ratio of two Neocate Junior products. Each recipe uses our newest strawberry flavor. (If you have a few cans on hand, now might be the time to start getting excited!) 
 
As with any recipe though, the first try usually isn't the best, and I never settle when it comes to recipes. Read on for the ultimate, optimal ratios, at least according to our taste buds. And of course, any good recipe has to have a fun name, right? 
 
Who are these recipes for?
 
These recipes are great for anyone who drinks Neocate Junior products. In particular though, they're perfect for folks who have to follow a strict amino acid-based diet. We're talking about conditions like eosinophilic esophagitis, food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome, multiple food allergies, Crohn's disease, and related conditions. These recipes combine Neocate Junior flavors for exciting new combinations, so are great for a change of pace.
 
Neocate Junior “Strawberries & Crème”

We like this recipe for the light strawberry taste combined with the pleasant background vanilla flavor. Don't let the name fool you: there's no cream in this dream of a recipe! We tried different ratios of strawberry-to-vanilla, and found that in a 1:1 ratio the vanilla was overpowering. We finally settled on a 2:1 ratio. However, if the ratio below doesn’t seem quite right to you, feel free to experiment to find a best-fit for your taste buds!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add water to a container, preferably one with a lid.
  2. Add the scoops of both Neocate Junior powders. (Or add the powders first, if you prefer, then water)
  3. If the container can be sealed: Cover and shake until the powder has dissolved, about 15 to 20 seconds. If the container is open, stir vigorously with a fork or whisk until the powder has dissolved, about 30 seconds.
  4. Enjoy!


Neocate Junior “Chocolate-covered Strawberries”

Who doesn’t love chocolate-covered strawberries? Anyone with a milk, strawberry, and/or chocolate allergy, that's who! I think this is the next best thing. We tried different ratios and felt the below ratio worked best for us. (A 5:2 ratio of Strawberry:Chocolate was a close second!) If the ratio below doesn’t seem quite right to you, feel free to experiment to find a best-fit for your taste buds!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add water to a container, preferably one with a lid.
  2. Add the scoops of both Neocate Junior powders. (Or add the powders first, if you prefer, then water)
  3. If the container can be sealed: Cover and shake until the powder has dissolved, about 15 to 20 seconds. If the container is open, stir vigorously with a fork or whisk until the powder has dissolved, about 30 seconds. 
  4. Enjoy!
But wait, there's more!
 
As always, don’t forget about the other resources we have for elimination diets that you can use when adding foods gradually back in to your diet to compliment amino acid-based nutrition. For example, the recipe guides and cookbooks we offer bring together ideas from many parents and families who manage allergies like experts. They’ve come up with great dishes that have helped many other families in their allergy journey!
 
If you've tried one or both of these recipes, what did you think?

-Rob

Read more about Rob's background and love for creating recipes in our interview with him - and ask your own questions - here!

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Christmas Dinner Recipes for Food Allergies

Posted 12.17.13 | Rob McCandlish, RDN


Along with all of the stress of the holidays (decorating, sending cards, gifts, oh my!), it can be hard to juggle preparing food for a crowd, especially when food allergies are present. Here are some tips and tricks to help make a Christmas dinner that much easier on the host.

Simplify to remove allergens

Guests with food allergies don’t always need an entirely separate menu. If you are hosting, start by asking guests what you need to avoid, and how carefully. It might help to have a menu in mind when you call them so they know what to tell you to watch out for. For instance, turkey isn’t a problem for guests with a dairy allergy as long as you don’t baste with butter, and skip adding cream to mashed potatoes (vegetable stock is a flavorful substitute!). Make sure to leave pecans out of stuffing for family with a tree nut allergy, and don’t top Brussels sprouts with walnuts! Basic vegetable side dishes such as glazed carrots or roasted green beans are delicious, simple, and can usually be enjoyed by everyone.

Look for one special allergen-free recipe

Guests with food allergies are used to not being able to have everything on the table, so don’t be afraid to offer something just for them. More and more allergen-free prepared foods are available, often in the freezer section or the natural foods section of the grocery store. Baked goods in particular, such as gluten-free offerings for patients with Celiac disease, are often pretty high quality and big time savers.

Consider dessert carefully

A lot of desserts present challenges since they use so many common food allergens: milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts are incredibly common in sweet treats. We have posted a few recipes in the past, such as milk-free peppermint shake. Another resource for some great ideas is this blog post by our friends at FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) which includes recipes for Milk-Free Hot Chocolate and Frosted Nutmeg Cookies. And you can always serve fresh fruit for dessert, as long as your guest isn’t allergic to any of the fruit you’re serving.

Are you expecting guests with food allergies this Christmas? What will you do to help them celebrate?

Rob

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