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May 18, 2011 01:44 PM

Allergy to soy, eggs, gluten and shellfish! HELP!

Hi y'all.

My boyfriend's sister is coming to stay with us for a few days. She suffers from quite a few allergies and I'd love to have meals and snacks that she can enjoy.

She is allergic to: soy, eggs, gluten, and shellfish. She avoids: oils, butter, beef and pork. To make things more complicated, her husband doesn't eat fish.

So far all I've got is doing a roasted chicken with a salad. Anyone have any ideas of some quick meals that meet all her requirements? Anyone with allergies that can point me towards some dos/donts?


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  1. How about shepherd's pie made with ground lamb, chicken, or turkey? (no bottom crust, just mashed potatoes on top)

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    1. re: jvanderh

      A turkey shepherd's pie sounds great! I'm actually making that for dinner I'll just make a double batch.

      1. re: acbell

        careful about the thickener for your gravy

        1. re: ChristinaMason

          nice catch!

          @acbell, do you have any GF flour or starch in the house? rice flour, corn starch, potato starch, arrowroot and tapioca are all safe.

      1. Wow - that is rough list. I tell people you can have allergies or preferences, not both (haha)

        No oil or butter? That is insane in my kitchen. I wish I could help but . . . . eek.

        I would have your boyfriend ask his sister what they eat normally to get some ideas.

        A good mushroom stew could be good (with a wonderfully crusty bread for everyone else).

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        1. re: thimes

          I'll have to remember that--allergies or preferences, but not both!

          1. re: thimes

            If you're going to do a mushroom stew, I highly recommend Smitten Kitchen's Mushroom Bourguignon. I've done it with gluten free flour and it tastes just fine. I'm not sure how you'd do it without oil or butter a butter substitute ok?

            1. re: whitneybee

              No oil or butter is insane in my kitchen as well! I've seen her do a little swipe of oil with a paper towel on a pan, but that's about it.

              She's pretty dead-set with her preferences and would rather go hungry than eat them. I don't completely understand it, but want to welcome her to my house and not 'force' her to eat something.

              The mushroom stew sounds A-mah-zing. Especially with the February-esque weather we've been having in New England. I'm definitely putting that in my recipe to-do box. As far as butter substitute, I'm not sure--I think most of them would be soy-based.

          2. Sounds like you'd be better off asking for a detailed list of the things that she CAN eat! That list doesn't leave much aside from chicken and rice.

            1. Chicken, turkey or vegetarian chili