Typical recipes aren’t meant for people with food allergies. Most of the recipes I like involve ingredients that Charlie is allergic to. I can often substitute Charlie-friendly ingredients (something that’s easier to do now that Charlie can eat peas and possibly beans). Sometimes, I can just skip the ingredient altogether. Reworking recipes can chew up a lot of time, but since I keep my rewritten recipes in a binder, it’s a once-per recipe deal.
And then there is FAAN, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. It has great recipe books that list the allergens each recipe avoids. It uses a letter for each allergen, making Charlie MEPN: Milk, Egg, Peanut, Nuts. If I see those letters while I’m flipping through the book, I have a recipe that’s ready for him, unless it relies on bananas or strawberries. The recipes are a huge timesaver, and many of them are really great. FAAN’s site has a small database of recipes that I also use, and it lets me filter recipes by Charlie’s allergies. Pretty cool.