Tips for dealing with food allergies:
Finding allergy-safe restaurants requires different techniques in different places. When in major US cities, I often use a combination of a Yelp and a TripAdvisor search. Luckily, the search features on both of these sites allow keyword searches. I usually start with entering "gluten free restaurants" near my current location. Once that list is available, I use a keyword search for "allergy" or for a specific allergen, such as "tree nut." If I find a couple of restaurants I like, then I check out their menu to see if they offer a lot of complex dishes that include my severe allergens. I usually offer to select the restaurant for a social or work outing due to the 15-30 minutes this process can take. No matter how carefully I select, though, I always bring my printed allergy list and discuss the restaurants ability to accommodate my food allergies (sometimes I even call in advance). If I cannot select the restaurant, then I always call in advance to speak with the manger or chef.
Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles - delicious and easy, but not for people with shellfish allergies!
- 12-14 Cooked Shrimp
- 1-2 Zucchinis
- 3 Cloves of Garlic
- ½ tsp of Salt
- ½ tsp of Pepper
- 4 tbsp of Butter
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
Spiralize the zucchini and set it aside. Melt butter and ¼ tsp of salt in a pan. Add shrimp and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add olive oil, remainder of salt and pepper and garlic. Add zoodles and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Makes 1-2 servings.