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The Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook – Allergy-Friendly Recipes for Your Family

Posted 10.5.10 | Sarah O'Brien

We know how difficult mealtime can be if you have a child whose food choices are limited by food allergies. This is why we are excited to announce the release of the Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook!

With the help of other members of the food allergy community and the countless moms who submitted their own personal recipes, we have compiled a cookbook full of yummy, allergy-friendly recipes for your families to enjoy. From birthday cake and crepe suzettes to turkey meatloaf and zucchini bread, we received some delicious recipes and can’t wait for you to try them.

All About the Cookbook

Inside the Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook you will find over 60 healthy and nutritious food allergy recipes, all of which are free of one or more of the top eight allergens (milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy).

The full cookbook is available for download on our website. And starting tomorrow, every Wednesday we will be featuring a different recipe from the cookbook here on Food Allergy Living.

Eat Drink and Be Merry!

We hope that the cookbook 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.

Bon Appétit!

- Sarah


Sample Lunchbox Meals for Kids with Allergies

Posted 8.27.11 | Nutrition Specialist

As summer winds down and the school year approaches, parents of children with allergies might be wondering “What will my child eat for lunch?” If you have a child for whom school lunch is not an option, here are some ideas for balanced and nutritious meals that are free of the top eight allergens. They take some time to prepare, so you might consider serving them for dinner and sending leftovers for lunch the next day. If your child drinks our E028 Splash or Neocate Junior, you can use these menus to get ideas of items or dishes that can supplement their meal-time drink.

Monday
Black Bean and Rice Burrito Bowl
                with Guacamole
Hummus and Cilantro or White Bean Garlic Dip
                with Carrots and Celery
Vanilla (Coconut Milk) Pudding or Nutra Banana Maple Pudding
 

Tuesday
Turkey Chili
                with Rice Cheese
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Beans
Peach Slices
Cranberry Apple Cobbler or Banana Muffins
 

Wednesday
Grilled Chicken Breast
                with Mango Peach Salsa
Steamed Broccoli with Rice Cheese
Watermelon Cubes
Gelatin Dessert or Chocolaty Nutra Pudding
 

Thursday
Sautéed Sausage
                with Peppers and Onions
Oven Fries
                 with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Apple Sauce
Pineapple Rice Milk Smoothie or Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie
 

Friday
Veggies and Meat Pasta Sauce
                with Corn or Rice Pasta
Salad greens
                with Cucumbers and Dressing
Frozen Fruit Bar or Frozen Neocate Treats

 


Neocate Cookbook Breakfast Round Up

Posted 9.19.11 | Mallory West

My Top 5 Breakfast Picks from our Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook

  • Wheat-free Pumpkin Muffins (Page 6)
    I chose this recipe because it will be a great breakfast for fall mornings! I also love it because pumpkins are a great source of beta carotene (Vitamin A), Vitamin C, Potassium and dietary fiber! Be sure that you get canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling.    
  • Healthier Breakfast Cookies (Page 4)
    It might sound strange that a nutrition specialist is recommending that you give your kids cookies for breakfast but these are not your average cookies! They are high in fiber, protein and healthy fats. There are also “optional additions” for the recipe that boost the nutritional value even more. You can skip or cut down on the sugar and chocolate chips to make them an even healthier breakfast choice.
  • Neocate Fiber-full Smoothie (Page 22)
    This recipe is not actually in the “breakfast” section of our cookbook but I love smoothies for breakfast! They are packed full of nutrients and a great way to take breakfast on the go. I chose this particular smoothie recipe because it is a good source of dietary fiber, which most kids do not get enough of. (Tip: If you are having trouble getting your little one to take a medication or supplement that your doctor has prescribed, try mixing it in their smoothie before serving. The fruit does a great job of masking the taste.)
  • Baked Oatmeal (Page 2)
    This will be a warm, filling breakfast for cold days as we head into fall and winter. Add some fresh fruit and this is a delicious, balanced, and healthy recipe that your little one will love.
  • Allergy-friendly Banana Bread Muffins (Page 6)
    Banana bread is a classic comfort food. Your kids will love this allergy-friendly version.


Remember that you should always check the ingredients of these recipes to make sure they are appropriate for your little one’s food allergies.


What are your favorite allergy-friendly breakfast recipes? They can be from the cookbook or some of your own!


-Mallory 


Neocate Cookbook Lunch Recipe Round Up

Posted 9.20.11 | Mallory West

My Top 5 Lunch Picks from our Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook:

  • Cream of Broccoli Soup (Page 8)
    As a cream of broccoli soup enthusiast, I love this allergy-friendly (and far healthier) variation of the original. This is a very well balanced meal and a great way to sneak some vegetables into your child’s menu. 
     
  • Hamburger Harvest Soup (Page 9)
    Naming a soup after a hamburger is a great way to entice your kids to eat it! This recipe is full of flavor and nutrients. It’s especially high in protein; Each serving provides 12 grams!
     
  • Vegetable/Cracker Dip (Page 10)
    Serve with raw veggies and/or crackers (see cracker recipe on page 18!) and this is a healthy lunch. This would be a great option to send to school or have with you on-the-go. 
     
  • High Calorie Neocate Shake (Page 22)
    This may not be an appealing lunch for everyone but since we so commonly hear from parents who have trouble getting their child to eat and gain weight, I thought this would be a great idea for some of you. A parent sent this recipe idea to us and said she uses it for sick days or when her child needs to gain weight. One shake provides a large amount of nutrients, healthy fats and of course, calories. You could easily use this as a meal replacement.
     
  • Macaroni and Cheese (Almost) (Page 20)
    Mac & cheese is one of the most popular foods among kids. Thanks to this dairy-free recipe, children with milk allergies can have their mac & cheese too! You can also add some pureed butternut squash to this recipe for some added flavor, nutrition and to make the color more similar to standard mac & cheese.

Remember that you should always check the ingredients of these recipes to make sure they are appropriate for your little one’s food allergies.

What are your favorite allergy-friendly lunch recipes?  They can be from the cookbook or some of your own!

 

-Mallory

 

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Festive Allergy-Friendly Holiday Recipes

Posted 12.22.11 | Nutrition Specialist

On behalf of all of us here at Nutricia North America the makers of Neocate, we want to wish you and your families a very happy, healthy holiday season!  We hope these festive allergy-friendly recipes brighten your holiday!

Milk-Free Hot Chocolate

Heat water on the stove or in the microwave. Remove from heat, allow to cool and add Neocate powder and sugar. Stir well. Top with marshmallows (check the label to be sure the brand is appropriate for your child’s dietary restrictions).

Calories: 170
Protein: 5.2g Fat: 7g
Carbohydrate: 22.5g
Calcium: 183mg
Vitamin D: 1.8mcg

 Gingerbread Cookies:

  • 3 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground ginger

Directions:

Over medium heat combine molasses, oil and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Set aside. Combine flour and other dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and add molasses, sugar and oil and pour into mixing bowl and then add egg and blend together to form a thick dough ball. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 1 hour (if dough is too dry, add drops of canola oil, if too sticky to roll out, add flour). Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide dough in half and roll out on floured surface. Use cookie cutters and place cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-14 minutes and let cool.

  • Calories190
  • Protein 2g
  • Carbohydrates 31g
  • Fat 7g

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Submitted by: Marie Bedard

Milk-free Peppermint Shake:

Add all ingredients except Neocate powder into the blender and mix until smooth. Next, add Neocate powder and mix on low setting until blended. Pour and serve. Makes 1-2 servings. If your child drinks smaller servings, pour half and store the remaining shake in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Tip:Remember using the Old-fashioned peppermint sticks as a straw? Try using it with this shake! Check ingredients because brands will vary. Alternatively, you could use candy-striped straws, which you can find at most party stores!

Calories: 409
Protein: 8g
Fat: 18g
Carbohydrate: 54g
Calcium: 295mg
Vitamin D: 206mcg

 

  


Allergy-Friendly Meal Series: Breakfast

Posted 2.9.12 | Rob McCandlish, RD

 

Empty Breakfast PlateFor the next three weeks, we’ll be posting some allergy-friendly meal ideas, starting with breakfast. While it can be difficult to come up with meal ideas for standard diets or choosy children, a diet that has allergy restrictions is even tougher! Here are some breakfast ideas that might help you add variety. As always, check with your little one’s health care team to make sure they are appropriate.


Neocate-Only Breakfast Ideas

For children whose diets are strictly limited to amino acid-based formula, it’s helpful to have ideas that add variety. For instance, mixing some of the flavors and formats that Neocate offers can help fight the formula monotony. One of our favorite ideas for children over one year is mixing Neocate Nutra with Neocate Junior Tropical, Neocate Junior with Prebiotics Vanilla, or Neocate’s E028 Splash Grape. A ratio of about four scoops of Nutra powder to every one ounce of a prepared Neocate formula provides you with what we like to call “almost-yogurt.” You can of course adjust the ratio to your child’s tastes. For children older than six months but below one year, you might try mixing Neocate Nutra with a pasteurized fruit juice that they tolerate.


Top Eight Allergen-Free Breakfast Ideas

If your child is on an elimination diet for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) or is avoiding all of the eight major allergens, you can try mixing a Neocate product with pureed fruit. By mixing Neocate Junior with fruit you can come up with some great breakfast shakes and outstanding flavor combinations. Or by mixing Neocate Nutra with pureed fruit you can come up with a great alternative to oatmeal. If you want to serve it warm, we still recommend against using a microwave: start with warm juice instead to avoid the hot spots and lower nutrient levels microwaves can cause.


Less Restrictive Breakfast Ideas

For children who avoid dairy and only one or two other allergens, we have some great breakfast suggestions in our online Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook, a compilation of recipes submitted by families. Mallory posted her top 5 breakfast ideas from the cookbook, many of which use wheat, in a previous blog. One great thing about a lot of these recipes is that many can be made in a large batch, portioned, and frozen or refrigerated for later use. The Apple-Oat Muffins on page seven would definitely be in my top five! We’ve also had a few breakfast recipes appear in blog posts, such as Banana Bread Muffins.

If your family has a favorite “standard” breakfast recipe that involves milk but is otherwise allergy-friendly, you may be able to substitute Neocate formula for the milk. While this might change the final result a little bit and may require some experimenting, it will provide the high levels of most nutrients from Neocate that other milk substitutes (such as water or rice milk) can’t provide. Just be aware that the high heat from cooking will lower some of Neocate’s nutrient levels, especially some vitamins. Again, check all recipes to be sure that the ingredients are safe for your child and ensure that the health care team is on board.


What allergy-friendly breakfast ideas have helped your family in the morning?

Rob


Allergy-Friendly Meal Series: Lunch

Posted 2.16.12 | Rob McCandlish, RD

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The topic for today’s post in our allergy-friendly meal idea series is lunch! Just like with breakfast, a lot of the go-to lunch options for most children aren’t suitable for children on a diet that has allergy restrictions. Here are some lunch ideas that might help you add variety. As always, check with your little one’s health care team to make sure they are appropriate.
 

Neocate-Only Lunch Ideas

For children whose diets are strictly limited to amino acid-based formula, the same formula one lunch after another can become very routine. One great option Nutricia offers is the multiple flavors of Neocate’s E028 Splash. Many children find restrictive diets less of a struggle if they have a say in the flavor. On top of this, Splash is packaged in kid-friendly drink boxes so that nobody knows their drinking a special medical formula. Another option is to send your little one to school with a great Neocate-only pudding recipe such as Chocolaty Nutra Pudding. But why stop with chocolate pudding? Experiment with mixing the different flavors of Neocate Junior and Splash with Neocate Nutra to come up with different flavors. My favorites are Grape Splash with Junior Chocolate (“chocolate covered raisin”) and Tropical Fruit Splash with Junior Vanilla (“Dreamsicle”).
 

Top Eight Allergen-Free Lunch Ideas

If your child is on an elimination diet for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) or is avoiding all of the eight major allergens, you can offer some different food options along with one of the Neocate formulas. It may seem difficult at first, but you can still put together a lunch that looks pretty normal, even without the top 8 allergens. A few months ago we posted a week’s worth of ideas for allergen free lunches. Bear in mind that while most processed foods have ingredients derived from the top 8 allergens, dining on whole foods makes the top 8 much easier to avoid. You may even be able to find convenience foods in natural or organic food stores that are free of the top 8, such as soups or frozen items. Even though we first shared a lunch post from Allergy Moms in 2008, it’s still relevant and has some great ideas!


Less Restrictive Lunch Ideas

For children who avoid dairy and only one or two other allergens, we have some great lunch suggestions in our online Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook, a compilation of recipes submitted by families. Mallory posted her top five lunch ideas from the cookbook, many of which use wheat, in a previous blog. One great thing about a lot of these recipes is that many can be made in advance and frozen or refrigerated for later use. The Turkey Meatloaf on page twelve would definitely be in my top five! We’ve also had a few lunch recipes appear in blog posts, such as Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Chicken Pasta Salad.

As always, we recommend that you check any recipes on our websites or from other food allergy resources to be sure that the ingredients are safe for your child and ensure that the health care team is on board.

Do you have any allergy-friendly lunches that have helped you that you’d like to share with other families?

Rob


Allergy-Friendly Meal Series: Dinner

Posted 2.23.12 | Rob McCandlish, RD

Waiter with trayToday’s post in our allergy-friendly meal idea series is the final topic: dinner! While breakfast and lunch may tend to be rushed or eaten out of the house, a lot of families still prefer to have dinner together at home. On top of this, the restrictions and rules that come with food allergies can make dining out very difficult.  Here are some dinner ideas that might help you add variety to the evening meal. As always, check with your little one’s health care team to make sure they are appropriate.
 

Neocate-Only Dinner Ideas

For children whose diets are strictly limited to amino acid-based formula, the same formula breakfast, lunch and dinner can be difficult for some children, especially older children. As we’ve mentioned in the previous two posts in this series, Nutricia offers multiple flavors in both Neocate Junior and Neocate’s E028 Splash. Many children have an easier time with restrictive diets when they have some input. Keeping a few flavors on hand can help kids to stay satisfied with an elemental diet. Try letting them chose their dinner flavor. Just like with breakfast and lunch, experiment with mixing different flavors of Neocate Junior and Splash with Neocate Nutra to come up with different flavors and textures. One of the easiest ways to offer variety is to use a blender. Mix one part Neocate formula with one part ice, blend well, pour into a fancy container or dish, add a straw or spoon, and enjoy! Neocate Junior Vanilla lends itself especially well to this shake format, and can be mixed with the other flavors or even with a fruit juice your child tolerates.
 

Top Eight Allergen-Free Dinner Ideas

If your child is on an elimination diet for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) or is avoiding all of the eight major allergens, you can offer some different food options along with one of the Neocate formulas. For younger toddlers, you can mix unflavored Neocate Junior with pureed foods that they tolerate. Vegetables and citrus flavors blend especially well with unflavored Neocate. If you’re putting together a full meal for the family, it may not be as difficult as you think to avoid the top 8 allergens and come up with something everyone can enjoy. You can easily build off of our ideas for allergen free lunches. Remember, while most processed foods have ingredients derived from the top 8 allergens, dining on whole foods makes the top 8 much easier to avoid. You may even be able to find family-sized convenience foods in natural or organic food stores that are free of the top 8, such as soups or frozen items.


Less Restrictive Dinner Ideas

For children who avoid dairy and only one or two other allergens, we have some great dinner suggestions in our online Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook, a compilation of recipes submitted by families. Mallory posted her top five dinner ideas from the cookbook, many of which use wheat, in a previous blog. One great thing about a lot of these recipes is that many can be made in advance and frozen or refrigerated for later use. If you decide to dine out, it’s a good idea to do some planning ahead with these tips we shared in a previous blog post.

As always, we recommend that you check any recipes on our websites or from other food allergy resources to be sure that the ingredients are safe for your child and ensure that the health care team is on board.

Do you have any allergy-friendly dinner ideas that have helped you that you’d like to share with other Neocate families?

Rob

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Neocate-Only Recipe Series: Vanilla Pudding

Posted 7.10.12 | Rob McCandlish, RD

 

More and more, we’ve been hearing from parents of children and teenagers with EoE who need a strict elemental diet. Often, these folks aren’t even allowed simple foods that other Neocate kids and teens might enjoy, like fruits, vegetables, or grains. While Neocate offers lots of different flavors, children who go from a solid food diet to a strict amino acid-based diet often crave more than just formula. To help them out, we’ll be posting some clever recipes that only use Neocate products this summer.

This week’s pudding recipe is similar to a chocolate version developed by Neocate parent Teresa Fristoe for the Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook. We really like that the recipe combines the flexible texture of Neocate Nutra with the great taste of the newest member of the Neocate family, Neocate Junior with Prebiotics Vanilla.
 

Neocate Vanilla Pudding

Ingredients:

 
Directions:

Add all ingredients to a bowl and blend well with a spoon or whisk. We suggest starting with 2 tablespoons water and adding more as needed to reach the desired consistency. The pudding can be consumed immediately or refrigerated. After about 1 hour in the refrigerator the consistency will be thicker. If refrigerated, consume within 24 hours, as with all Neocate products. Makes one serving.

Nutrition Information per serving:

  • Calories - 310
  • Protein - 7.35 g
  • Carbohydrates - 40.7g
  • Fat - 13.0g


If you try this recipe out, please let us know what you think!

Rob

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Neocate-Only Recipe Series: Chocolate-Raisin Taffy Treats

Posted 7.24.12 | Rob McCandlish, RD


Moving right ahead in our summer series of recipes that only use Neocate products, today’s recipe offers some fun variety, in both flavor AND texture!  Plus it mimics a piece of coastal summer nostalgia for family members with allergies.

This recipe combines the great tastes of Neocate Junior Chocolate and Neocate’s E028 Splash Grape to mimic a familiar favorite: chocolate-covered raisins!  We take the flavor combination one step further by mixing the two with Neocate Nutra to make an edible treat that doesn’t require a straw, a cup, or a spoon.  It’s perfect for summer, since the texture is similar to saltwater taffy!

As always, make sure your little one’s healthcare team is on board with this recipe if she/he has an especially sensitive tummy or any difficulty with textures.  The team may suggest offering water along with the treats.  Also, we typically don’t recommend freezing Neocate products, especially for those on a strict elemental diet who need the full nutrient profile, because some vitamins don’t survive freezing well.  However, your little one’s healthcare team may be comfortable with this as an occasional frozen treat.

Neocate Chocolate-Raisin Taffy Treats

Ingredients:


Directions:

Add Neocate Junior Chocolate and Neocate Nutra powders to a small, shallow, sturdy bowl.  Add Neocate’s E028 Splash Grape and mix well with a small, sturdy fork; this will take several minutes.  Do not be tempted to add more liquid; the mixture will eventually form a very thick dough. Cover and refrigerate mixture until well-chilled, at least one hour. Working with clean hands, quickly roll small shapes of the mixture to resemble marbles and transfer to a sheet of wax paper spaced at least two inches apart; treats will flatten and spread on their own. If treats touch they may stick together. We suggest freezing the treats for the most taffy-like texture, but this is optional. Cover and keep cold until ready to serve and enjoy out of the fridge as the treats soften quickly.

Consume refrigerated treats within 24 hours, or frozen treats within 7 days.

Makes two suggested servings.


Nutrition Information per suggested serving:

  • Calories - 172
  • Protein -  4.0 g
  • Carbohydrates – 22.4 g
  • Fat – 7.2 g


If you try this recipe out, please let us know what you and your little one think!

Rob


Neocate-Only Recipe Series: Tropical Pudding

Posted 8.17.12 | Rob McCandlish, RD


It’s time to close out our summer series of recipes that only use Neocate products. This is another great recipe for folks who have to follow a strict elemental diet, avoiding even the least allergenic foods such as fruits and vegetables in favor of hypoallergenic amino-acid based products like Neocate. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the recipe series and found it helpful. As always, don’t forget about the other great resources we have for elimination diets that you can use when adding foods gradually back in to your diet to compliment elemental formula. For example, the Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook brings 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!

Today’s recipe mirrors the first recipe in this series, vanilla pudding, just with a citrusy summer twist. This week’s recipe again combines the flexible texture of Neocate Nutra with the great taste of a familiar favorite in the Neocate family, Neocate Junior, Tropical.

Neocate Tropical Pudding

Ingredients:

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a bowl and blend well with a spoon or whisk. We suggest starting with 2 tablespoons water and adding more as needed to reach the desired consistency. The pudding can be consumed immediately or refrigerated. After about 1 hour in the refrigerator the consistency will be thicker. If refrigerated, consume within 24 hours, as with all Neocate products. Makes one serving.


Nutrition Information per serving:

  • Calories - 286
  • Protein – 7 g
  • Carbohydrates – 37 g
  • Fat – 12 g
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If you try this recipe out, please let us know what you think!

Rob

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