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New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

Rambutan2000 | Feb 3, 201407:03 PM     91

My wife was recently diagnosed with a number of food allergies. Not life-threatening, but the effects do seriously impact quality of life. We are hoping that the right diet will help.

Sadly, the allergy eliminates some of her favorite foods, and basically cover 75% of our go to dinners. So I look to you Chow Hounds for help! Any ideas for recipes given the following restrictions will be HUGELY appreciated. All the more so if they are good weekday meals, or something I can make over the weekend and then easily serve as leftovers. I would also welcome good websites or other resources for menus/recipes.

We limit meat to 2-3 times a week (red meat only once), so vegetarian meals are appreciated. We prefer lighter dishes, as opposed to heavier meals. Think `steak salad' rather than `grilled ribeye'. Aside from pork, we'll eat anything. I tend to cook largely from scratch, though do use canned tomatoes or stock-in-a-box. Turns out a lot of the allergens are used as preservatives, so we were on the right track with that one.

The entire list of foods is long, but here are the biggies:
-Tomatoes
-Citrus
-Chili? (unclear if chili powder or spicy peppers too?)
-Spiced Condiments
-Cinnamon
-Wine
-Pickled Foods
-Chocolate and Vanilla :(

The allergy is to Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru. Balsamic vinegar is okay though! Anyone have any experience with this, or any good ideas?

(I'm trying to cheer up my wife, so please don't elaborate on how much you'd regret having to give up any of these foods. Believe me, we know!)

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