Gluten-free, Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Thanksgiving is upon us! We tasked our very own Chef Dee to come up with a delicious and traditional Thanksgiving treat. After much thinking, Dee tells us, “I was inspired to create a gluten-free, vegan pumpkin pie recipe, since I knew it would be a huge challenge. And, who doesn’t love pumpkin pie, especially for [...]

Allergy-Friendly Halloween Treats

This Halloween, I’ve volunteered to bring allergy-friendly Halloween treats for my daughter’s class party. As a food allergy mom, I’m always concerned about whether my dairy-, egg- and tree nut-allergic daughter is going to be able to share in the fun treats. These adorable banana ghosts and tangerine pumpkins inspired me. This is how easy [...]

Tips For Eating Out On The Paleo Diet

The world can be a frustrating place when you’re not 100% in control of what’s on your plate — especially when you are following a restrictive diet like the Paleo diet. Beyond dining at restaurants where the cuisine centers around meat and veggies (i.e. kebabs, steak), here are some tips for dining out Paleo. Be [...]

Tips For Eating Vegetarian / Vegan

The world can be a frustrating place when you’re not 100% in control of what’s on your plate. Here are some tips for eating vegetarian or vegan when dining out. Be your own advocate. Call ahead (during off-peak hours) or check out online menus to find out whether a restaurant has options for you. Sometimes [...]

Tips For Eating Gluten-Free

The world can be a frustrating (and potentially scary) place when you’re not 100% in control of what’s on your plate. Besides avoiding any food or food product that contains or potentially contains gluten, here are some eating tips on how to avoid gluten and eating safely when dining out. Eat out during off-peak hours. [...]

Tips For Eating With Food Allergies

The world can be a scary place when you’re not 100% in control of what’s on your plate. Besides avoiding any food or food product that contains your allergen and carrying medications at all times, here are some safe eating tips to avoid cross contamination and allergic reactions when dining out. Be your own advocate. [...]

Vegan Tomato Pesto Pasta

Now that fall has arrived and people’s kids are back in school, we figured we’d task Chef Dee with creating a unique dish that can be used for dinner — and leftovers for lunch. So, she created an original vegan tomato pesto pasta dish, just for Plate It Safe and our readers. Chef Dee tells [...]

Hidden Sources of Peanuts

Hidden Sources of Peanuts

Peanut allergies are one of the most common–and scariest. Often resulting in anaphylactic reactions, most people allergic to peanuts (like me) must carry their Epi-pens and Benedryl at all times. According to The Peanut Institute, about 0.6 – 1.0 % of people have peanut allergy, which can vary from mild to severe. And about 20% [...]

Allergy-Friendly Jewish High Holiday Recipes

Allergy-Friendly Jewish High Holiday Recipes

The Jewish high holidays are approaching. As we celebrate the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), both holidays are centered around food—at some point. For the new year, we gather the eve of for a large dinner, and on Yom Kippur, about a week later, we fast from sundown to [...]

Country Gourmet American Bistro, Sunnyvale, CA: Allergy-friendly restaurant

As you know, it’s rare to find a restaurant that “gets” it — one that both understands and happily accommodates food allergies and gluten intolerance. I’d heard raves about Country Gourmet being an allergy-friendly restaurant so I wrote to them to find out what makes them so allergy-friendly. I was excited when owner Julia Blom [...]