Help, I Have Food Allergies. What Can I Cook?

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Q: I have quite a predicament. I have recently been put on a limited diet by my doctor for food allergies and sensitivities. For at least three months, I have to avoid all sources of eggs, dairy, soy, tomatoes, onions, and garlic. What is a food loving girl to do? I am losing the enjoyment I usually get from cooking and eating.

I am in need of some alternative ways of building flavor. Do you have some ideas for flavorful dishes I can make?

Posted by Ellen

Ed: Wow! That's quite a list, Ellen. Perhaps peanut butter and jelly? Just kidding. We have a couple quick suggestions, then we'll turn it over to the readers.

Our first suggestion is to do some reading on Jain cuisine. The Jain religion, which is practiced primarily in India, forbids eating anything that grows underneath the ground. So devout Jains generally eat only vegetarian or vegan meals. They still tend to have a lot of flavor, but without onions or garlic. They usually employ ginger, herbs, and many spices. This cuisine could be a great source of inspiration.

Secondly, invest in a few pots of fresh herbs! And branch out past the usual basil, sage, and rosemary. Try summer savory, fresh oregano, lemon verbena, lemon thyme, lovage, and sorrel. They can give you great flavor in summer grain salads and lentil dishes.

OK readers, what are your suggestions?

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