On December 29, 2014 by Erin Fullam
Welcome to the Once a Month Meals Allergen Menu
In the spirit of constant improvement and listening to what our readers want from our menus, we decided to create an Allergen Menu. This menu highlights one allergen or group of allergens with seasonal options for each. This menu may be more expensive to shop for than the other menus; however, we are here to help you with budget friendly recipes without worry about contamination. Each menu will provide you with 15 recipes to help make life with food allergies tasty and convenient!
Types of Foods Included:
All allergen menus will be filled with items that are in season and available. We won’t surprise you with things that may not be easy for you to obtain, but as you may have guessed, sometimes living with food allergies necessitates special purchases.
The menus will feature, but aren’t limited to Autoimmune Protocol, Nut Free, Egg Free, Low FODMAP, Low Histamine and GAPS. We plan to add more as the demand increases. We will provide guidelines for each menu type below since they are all different. One thing to note is that recipes on this menu may have to be adapted from other sites more often than the other menus do. This means that you may see a link to a recipe that is NOT compliant, but be assured we have made the changes within the recipe card and other menu resources.
Tips and Resources for our Allergen Menu:
- There are a growing number of tasty allergy friendly recipes available on the internet, but be aware that sometimes we adapt recipes that are NOT allergy friendly (but close) for use on a menu. While the link goes to the original recipe, you will see the appropriate changes on your recipe documents.
- Members can always create their own custom menu based on their individual needs. If you have additional allergies or sensitivities you can search for recipes on our recipe page and add them to your own menu.
- Packing Allergy Friendly School Lunches
- Allergy Friendly Holiday Recipes
- 5 Tips for an Allergy Friendly Holiday Gathering
- How to Substitute Eggs in Recipes
Individual Menu Descriptions:
Since this menu will cover a variety of allergy friendly options, we wanted to provide you with a brief description of each. We encourage you to do your own research and have discussions with health care providers about which of these menus best fits your needs.
Auto Immune Protocol (AIP)
AIP is an elimination diet designed to reduce the inflammation caused in the body by autoimmune diseases. This diet strictly prohibits nuts, seeds (including spices from seeds), legumes, grains, sugar and artificial sweeteners, dairy, alcohol, chocolate, nightshades, vegetable oils, and any other processed foods. Our menus focus on seasonal produce, healthy fats, meats, bone broths, and fresh herbs and fermented foods for added flavor.
Nut allergies are common, even among children. Our Nut-Free Menus are family friendly and include the three major meals. Lunches are easy to pack (for kids or working adults) and we even included a few snacks as these can be harder to find or cost prohibitive for nut-free families.
FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. What a mouthful! Basically, these are specific types of carbohydrates found in foods that are difficult for some individuals to digest. Often a low FODMAP diet is recommended for those with symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The lists of high and low FODMAP foods are too detailed to reproduce here, but you can find low FODMAP ingredient lists here and here. Our menus focus on the foods you CAN eat do not include any high FODMAP ingredients.
You have probably heard of “histamine” in relation to allergens. Unfortunately, high levels of histamine in the body can cause chronic issues such as headaches, hypertension, fatigue, irritability, nausea, and more. There are multiple causes for histamine intolerance, but one of them is food. Some foods are inherently high in histamine, others release histamine in the body, and some inhibit the natural break down of histamine in the body. This menu type seeks to remove these ingredients and focuses on flavorful dishes using low histamine foods.
GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)
This is another diet aimed at healing the gut developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride in the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome. As the name suggests, this diet is based on the theory that healing the gut can also heal other ailments of the body and may be helpful for anyone seeking to heal chronic inflammation in the body. The diet has an introductory phase which focuses on bone broths, probiotic foods, non-starchy vegetables, and grilled meats. As the body slowly heals, you can add in more variety until you reach the Full GAPS stage. Careful planning is required to follow this very specific diet, so we have created a menu full of freezable recipes to take some of the anxiety out of meal planning on the GAPS diet. For more help with GAPS, see this post by Nourished Kitchen, or this post by The Damage Undone.
Eggs are another common allergen. In this menu, we provide naturally egg-free dishes as well as dishes that use various egg substitutes or adaptations, so that you can still enjoy favorites that normally contain this allergen.