After many months of testing, my stepson was diagnosed with EOE short for Eosinophilic esophagiti. In a nut shell he is suffering from food allergies. The symptoms have varied from mild to extreme and seem to be worse in the fall and spring. The thinking is that the food allergies get harder for his body to deal with when he is also dealing with seasonal allergies.
So what does this mean? It means that I need to find a whole new way of cooking. For the time being he is not to eat any wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, dairy, eggs, sesame, and sage. The first eight food items are the most common food allergies and the last two were identified through allergy scratch testing. As a growing teenager, he is often hungry!
I am learning fast. I am also so glad that there are many options in the grocery store to help make this happen. Chicken, fresh vegetables, and a grain is pretty standard dinner fare in our home. But we need to be able to mix it up a bit. We also eat a lot of fish – but that will not work for Dom. Unfortunately, one of his all time favorite recipes, Shrimp and Pesto Penne, is completely off limits. It contains cheese, pine nuts, wheat pasta, and shrimp. Oh my! He can no longer eat any of that!
There is a lot of food that he can eat, and like I said, I am learning fast!
Tonight’s dinner was super easy! Thanks to rice pasta, I was able to make him a hearty meal of pasta topped with a meat sauce. He loved it!
Top Eight Free Pasta and Meat Sauce
- 1 lb. organic grass fed hamburger
- 8 mushrooms sliced
- 1/2 zucchini sliced and quartered
- 1 28 oz. can Marinara Sauce (I carefully read labels for ingredients!)
- 1 lb. rice pasta
- Bring water to boil for pasta.
- Brown hamburger in sauté pan, drain oil.
- Add mushrooms and sauté until tender.
- Add zucchini and sauté until just beginning to get tender.
- Add sauce and simmer all together.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- When the water comes to a boil add pasta and cook according to package.
- Drain and rinse pasta.
- Add pasta to sauté pan and mix with sauce. Heat throughly.
I am going to have to be on the look out for vegan “parmesan cheese”. But honestly, the sauce had such great flavor that we didn’t even miss the parmesan topping.
As a blended family, I will be cooking allergy free meals every other week. So follow along on this journey with me as I figure out how to feed a growing teenage boy delicious food and full of the nutrients that he needs to grow and be healthy.