Food allergies, especially onion

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Amydragon

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 14:10
I'm on this site doing this for myself, but I do a lot of the dinner cooking in our household, and my poor husband has a huge list of food allergies. Onions are a killer for him—he likes onion but can no longer eat them, they will literally put him in the hospitalShock as happened a few years ago. So I am hoping someone can suggest a good substitute for onion in all those recipes that call for onion. He cannot have onion in any form, including cooked, raw, onion powder, onion salt, dehydrated onion. He has no problem with garlic (a definite blessing, we both really like garlic).
He's also allergic to chicken, most of what you put in a salad, some raw vegies that he does fine with cooked (carrots, tomatoes), shellfish & crab& lobster, certain fish (although tuna, halibut and salmon are fine—and we live in Seattle, so we eat a lot of salmon), soy protein, asparagus (one of my favorite vegiesSad ), and other stuff.
So you can see we have to do a lot of compromising and separate cooking, especially since I can eat chicken, and everything else he's allergic to. And I have my one problem, of having become lactose intolerant, so no regular dairy products (I do soy).

Suggestions please!
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sooki

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 14:35
Does he have celiac's disease, too? I'm curious.
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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 15:51
Heya Amy!! Wow! another person with this RARE food intolerance! My grandfather was the same way, but much much worse then I am. He was much like your husband onion in any form was a no no. Me I can do dehydrated and neutralized. What I mean by neutralized is that my actual allergy is more towards the Sulfenic acids that are created when onions are cut rather then the onion itself. So if its cooked in a base or stewed to non-existence or chopped so fine the the acids are pretty much diluted then i'm golden. But sadly because of aversion psychology I now dislike onions A LOT. Garlic has the same compounds but to much lesser degree (lower ph) so I can handle that.

What my other (not allergic) grandfather used to do who loved to cook would do is to use Leeks. It has an onion flavor but much lower ph then even garlic. Think scallion but less oniony. Sadly it has even still too much of that onion flavor for me that I can't deal with. But it does have the texture and the taste. Give it a shot!


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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 15:56
Congratulations on such a huge weight loss Kingcole! That is absolutely amazing!
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Les beat me to the suggestion of leeks. The only other thing I can see is making 2 different meals on for him and one for yourself, which would be an incredible pain but it might help.

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Amydragon

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Posted: 18 Mar 2011, 15:46
sooki wrote:
Does he have celiac's disease, too? I'm curious.

Hi Sooki, no he definitely doesn't have Celiac. He does just fine with gluten, wheat is no problem for him.
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Amydragon

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Posted: 18 Mar 2011, 15:47
pixidaisy wrote:
Les beat me to the suggestion of leeks. The only other thing I can see is making 2 different meals on for him and one for yourself, which would be an incredible pain but it might help.

Hi Pixie: I do the separate meal thing too, but we try to figure out meals we both like and can eat (for example I do eat chicken and use sauces with onion). We may have to try leeks; I am familiar with them and he does do okay with scallions.
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Posted: 18 Mar 2011, 18:05
I'm curious about why you've eliminated dairy. My mom is extremely lactose intolerant and I am somewhat so, but we both eat tons of lactose free dairy products, including lactose free milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, and aged cheese. Do you live somewhere these products are not available?

That said, you may want to experiment with spices that can boost flavor without onions -- rosemary, basil, tarragon. And then roast or broil onions as a "side" for yourself. I frequently broil onions as a side dish -- so that would give you the flavor you may be craving.

That said -- try http://www.cookingallergyfree.com for some resources for how to deal with this situation. I've had to learn to cook without anything with sulfites (includes wine, wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, reconstituted lemon juice, etc.), nitrates, nitrites, and mushrooms, which is challenging, but nothing compared to what you're up against. Good luck.
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Posted: 18 Mar 2011, 21:37
Huh. I really thought that I was the only onion-allergic-person out there. Probably because most of my life when I tell people who are cooking for me that I'm allergic to onions, they sniff their noses, roll their eyes, and try to sneak it in the food anyway.

However, I am okay with powdered, dehydrated, etc. It really is the onion juice that causes me to break out in hives. (Cutting them makes my eyes swell shut, eating them raw would close my throat up.. its so much fun, lemme tell you!)

I really don't have much of a suggestion to offer. I've gone a very very long time without having onion flavoring. I don't miss it. I use a lot of peppers, pepper juice, garlic, salt-free seasonings, and herbs.

I'm just rather interested that I'm not the only one!
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Posted: 19 Mar 2011, 06:54
I'm glad he doesn't have celiac's disease.

Roll their eyes and sneak them in anyway? Huh. That's just rude!
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mcdowale

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Posted: 19 Mar 2011, 10:55
I thought I was the only one. I am allergic to onion in any form, even onion salt, and garlic in some forms. It totally sucks when I am looking to bbq sauce. I just eliminate it from any recipe. Double check the taste and experiment with other herbs and seasoning.
Tamielyn

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Posted: 19 Mar 2011, 11:26
How about a shallot? Would that be too much for him? If not that might be a suggestion because to me they are not as strong but with his allergies it might. Hope you find something that you can useSmile



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