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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

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

Calling all Cooks: Share your allergy-friendly recipes!

Posted 3.4.10 | Sarah O'Brien

We know how difficult mealtime can be for kids whose food choices are restricted by food allergies. So, we thought it might be helpful to put together a Food Allergy Cookbook. But we need help from families like you who have worked through trial and error to develop yummy recipes that your kids with food allergies can enjoy.

We’re asking you to share with us your favorite “safe food” recipes so we can compile them into a collaborative cookbook and share with food allergy families. We’ll say “thanks” with a $5 gift card to Target!*

We want everyone – from the overwhelmed parent with a newly diagnosed child with food allergies to the veteran allergy-free cook – to learn something from others who have faced similar challenges. This is an excellent opportunity to share your delicious creations, lend a hand to other members of the allergy community and maybe discover something new for your own family. Each selected recipe will be credited to you and printed alongside a photo of the dish and/or your family enjoying it.

Submission requirements:

  • Please send recipe submissions by April 1, 2010.
  • The only requirement is that the recipe must omit at least one of the top eight allergens. But of course we’d love to see the creative ways you’ve found to use the Neocate product range – including Neocate Junior,Neocate Nutra and E028 Splash!
  • If possible, please send photos of the dish and/or of your little ones enjoying your recipe.

Once we receive everyone’s submissions, we’ll compile our favorites into an online cookbook that you can download and share with your friends, families and support groups. Of course we can’t pick every entry, but everyone who submits a recipe will receive the $5 gift card to Target.

Here at Nutricia, we’re all really excited about this idea and we can’t wait to see what recipes you all submit. So, thanks in advance!

- Sarah

* Recipes must be your own. A maximum of five $5 gift cards will be sent to each household (one for each recipe submitted).

General Mills Enters Gluten-Free Market

Posted 7.7.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

Good news in the gluten-free world! Last week I read an article in the Wall Street Journal that General Mills Inc. is developing gluten-free foods, to meet the needs of consumers who increasingly are eliminating or reducing their gluten intake.
According to the article, the company's Betty Crocker brand is rolling out gluten-free mixes for cookies, brownies and cakes. The mixes are the first gluten-free offering from a major, mainstream brand in the cake-mix aisle.I’m hoping this move will encourage additional retailers to follow the lead of General Mills, providing consumers with a variety of gluten-free options.

In the mean time, let us know what you and your little ones think of the Betty Crocker baking mixes and other General Mills gluten-free products and if you know of any other companies entering the marketplace.

- Christine

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.

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

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

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

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

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 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!




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Neocate Cookbook Dinner Recipe Round Up

Posted 10.5.11 | Mallory West

My Top 5 Dinner Picks from our Neocate Food Allergy Cookbook 

 In no particular order…

  • Oven-fried Fish (Page 14): This crunchy, flavorful, allergy-friendly recipe is a great way to introduce your kids to seafood (assuming that you have first ruled out any seafood allergies). Fish is a great source of protein and healthy omega 3 fatty acids. If your child has a soy allergy, you could substitute the soy milk with rice milk or Neocate. Likewise, you can substitute the margarine with a soy-free margarine or even olive oil.
  • Green Bean Casserole (Page 10): Green bean casserole is a popular dinner side dish around the holidays but most recipes contain cream-of-mushroom soup, making it off limits for those with dairy allergies. Try this milk-free version that everybody can enjoy!
  • Turkey Meatloaf (Page 12): This turkey meatloaf recipe is a tasty (and healthy) variation of traditional meatloaf recipes. Substituting ground beef with ground turkey cuts down on the fat.  Taking out the egg makes it safe for kiddos with egg allergies. Adding rice to the mix creates a balanced meal, especially if you use wild or brown rice, which are higher in fiber.
  • Spaghetti is a staple food for adults and children alike.  Make sure your little one with food allergies can participate in family spaghetti night too!  Try making your own allergy-friendly noodles (your choice of 2 different recipes on pages 18 and 19).
  • Pair your allergy-friendly noodles with Homemade Spaghetti Sauce (Page 15).  The sauce is full of vegetables but sweet, so your kids will love it.  This recipe is tomato-free and safe for kiddos who are sensitive to tomatoes due to allergies or reflux.

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 dinner recipes?  They can be from the cookbook or some of your own!



Allergy-Friendly Meal Series: Dinner

Posted 2.23.12 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

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?


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Neocate-Only Recipe Series: Tropical Pudding

Posted 8.17.12 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

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


  • 8 scoops Neocate Nutra
  • 3 scoops Neocate Junior, Tropical
  • 2-3 tablespoons cold water


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

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



Breakfast Oatmeal

Posted 10.7.12 | Nutrition Specialist

As we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it fuels you up and gets you ready for the day.

 We also know that generally, kids who eat breakfast have more energy and do better in school.  So we recommend you and your little ones start the day off right with one of these oatmeal options!

Neocate Oatmeal

Submitted by: Michele Michnowski

• 1 package of instant oatmeal

• 1/2 cup Neocate, prepared

Mix up to 1/2 cup of prepared Neocate with instant oatmeal.

*Nutrition information will depend on type and amount of oatmeal used.


Baked Oatmeal

Submitted by: Kristy Harbaugh

• 1 cup oil (can sub. applesauce)

• 1 1/2 cups sugar (can reduce)

• 4 eggs

• 6 cups oats (not the quick-cook kind)

• 4 tsp baking powder

• 1 tsp salt

• 1 tsp cinnamon

• 2 cups water

Combine all ingredients in order listed.  Pour into a greased 9 x13” pan.  Bake at 375°F for 30-40 minutes until lightly browned.  Serve with fresh fruit (bananas, strawberries, blueberries).

Notes: Do not use cooking sprays as all of them contain soy.  I used olive oil.

Makes 8 servings

Per Serving:










Also, as a reminder, be sure to consult your healthcare professional to determine if this recipe, ingredients and consistencies are appropriate for your child.

Allergy-Friendly Fall Snacks For Your Little Pumpkin

Posted 9.27.16 | Neocate Admin

The fall harvest yields all sorts of nutritious fruits and vegetables. Particularly popular are root vegetables and varieties of squash, making for some hearty after-school snack options. For growing toddlers, tweens and teens alike, snacking is a great way to meet daily nutritional needs. With the cold weather setting in, why not try some warming soups to feed your little one?

Here are three delicious recipes that are perfect for an after-school snack.

Neocate Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Butternut squash is delicious, in season, and can be found at your local farmer’s market or grocery store!

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomatoes harvested from the summer are ripe for making a healthy and flavorful soup. Warm up with our tasty recipe.

Nutra Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes of all different shapes, sizes and colors can also be found at your local farmer’s market or grocery store. Mashed potatoes make for a perfect meal for babies who are still transitioning to solid foods.

For additional snack ideas or to print your own recipe cards, download our Neocate Footsteps Recipes. Share your favorite snacks with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

4 Quick Reasons Why Everyone Should “Dig In” to Allergy Friendly Foods

Posted 6.15.17 | Neocate Admin

There are so many different times in life that prompt us to step back and think, then often make a change in our life.  As a dietitian, I often get involved when these times spark a change in your health or more specifically a change to your diet. I know better than most that the word ‘diet’ is perceived as a forbidden 4-letter word, often for many wrong reasons.  In reality, your diet is just the general term for what and how you eat regardless if that includes a plan, specific structure, or even just eating whatever strikes your fancy and happens to be available at the moment. Yes that is right, candy and pizza is also a diet; Just not a diet that is recommended or usually planned. 

We all have many of these life or health events to inspire a diet change. Perhaps you have planned a diet change in your life as a new year’s resolution, after a health concern or diagnosis, or even due to a general life event such as a birthday or milestone that inspires you to change.  One thing that all of you reading this most likely have in common is that you have embarked on a diet change due a medical concern or food allergy diagnosis either for yourself or a loved one. 

A diet change for any reason is usually just considered for the family member who needs the diet change alone.  This is the main reason why many who require a special diet often feel alone, deprived, and are ultimately unsuccessful in incorporating a new diet as a lifestyle vs a momentary change. This is also why so many people perceive the word ‘diet’ as a forbidden 4-letter word to be avoided at all costs. 

Instead of all the negative connotations that come to mind when thinking about a diet, what would it be like if this new diet change needed for your family member was celebrated and embraced?  Even further, what if the whole family participated and adopted the same allergy friendly foods?  Let’s talk about 4 quick reasons why you should be an allergy free family if possible, where everyone digs into and savors the same allergy friendly foods required by some family members.

Reason #1 - Good Role Model

First, and maybe the most important reason is that children learn by example.  Being a good role model is by far the best way to teach little ones any lesson, and particularly true when it comes to teaching good dietary habits.  If your child sees you enjoying the required allergy friendly foods and avoiding the items that are not safe for their food allergy or appropriate for their medical condition, then they will be much more likely to make the same choice and mimic the same behaviors of their role models when they are outside the home.  Imagine the effect this might have on your loved ones if the whole family could model this behavior!

This can be especially powerful when applied to how parents relate or talk about food.  Imagine if those allergy friendly foods are celebrated and savored by the entire family.  They will quickly become a family staple and welcomed by all.  So perhaps try to present allergy friendly food items to the whole family with gusto and excitement and see what happens.

Reason #2 - Provide Support and Acceptance

When the whole family is allergy free, the family members with the particular diet need will also feel supported and accepted.  Many times a unique dietary requirement can be lonely and isolating.  While each of us are unique, differences can also help us stand out from the crowd for the wrong reasons.  And everyone wants to feel accepted at home if nowhere else.  Imagine how easy a diet change would be when the whole family is there with you and supporting you in this new change.  No longer are you the only one at the table eating a particular food item, or worse not able to enjoy the food item or dish that the rest of the family is sharing.  Instead everyone in the family will be involved and can all dig into the same allergy friendly foods as a family meal together. 

Reason #3 - Eliminate Accidental Exposure

Having an allergy free family also means the food allergens of concern are not even present in the household.  This can be especially helpful as little ones learn their surroundings and become more mobile.  We all know that babies and toddlers typically learn by putting new items in their mouth whether that item is edible or not.  If the food allergen is not available, little ones are less likely to accidently eat something that they are allergic to or even have cross contamination of that item into other dishes and foods.  This can be a life saver if your family member has a severe food allergy reaction, such as anaphylaxis.

Reason #4 - Delicious Food

Finally, and maybe the best reason is that allergy free foods are delicious.  Food should be enjoyed and savored.  I choose to be a Dietitian for many reasons, one powerful reason being that I love food and love to eat. I follow the live to eat philosophy in life rather than eat to live.  If you follow the same mentality you know that taste is important, and delicious food is a delight.  Allergy friendly foods can be just as delicious or better than their counterparts that contain the allergens dangerous to you or your loved one. 

Need some ideas or inspiration?   Check out our Neocate Footsteps Recipe book.  We also have a variety of Neocate recipes on our Neocate Pinterest page, our Neocate YouTube channel, and Neocate Facebook page.  Many of the recipes and videos on both our Neocate YouTube channel are available in a few languages as well.

Tell us ways that your whole family has embraced becoming an Allergy Free Family?  What worked for you that you would like to share with other families?  Any allergy friendly recipes that you would like to share? Please let us know in the comments below.

-Kristin Crosby MS, RDN, LDN

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