When you can't eat the food you used to love, it's nuts how often you think about it. You also discover a willingness to shell out for the more expensive alternatives just to get a fix for the cravings because anything else simply walnut do. Oh man, totally cracking myself up here. I feel like Lisa would be really proud of my puntastic opening lines, but I digress.
My point is that when we had to remove nuts from our home because of my son's life-threatening allergies, I found that I really missed those kinds of flavours. No more peanut butter on toast, no more Thai peanut curry sauces, or almonds in my salads. What I also found was that soy and sunflower butter replacements are actually really, really yummy.
We use WOWButter (absolutely not sponsored) primarily and in most recipes, it's the perfect replacement for peanut butter. It even works in peanut butter cookies, and is totally safe for peanut- and nut-allergic folks.
Today I'm sharing two of my favourite chicken recipes that I hope you all love, too!
"Can't Believe It's Not Peanut Butter" Chicken Fingers
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
4 cups crushed corn flake cereal
4 eggs, whisked
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground pepper
1/2 cup milk (can be replaced with milk alternative like soy or rice milk if necessary)
3/4 cup peanut butter replacement (I use WOWButter)
Preheat oven to 350.
Add salt and pepper to flour, and whisk together.
Combine milk and WOWButter until creamy.
Dredge chicken through the flour, then into the eggs.
Coat the strips well in the WOWButter/milk mixture.
Coat in crushed Corn Flakes.
Place strips on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and when all the strips are coated, bake for 30 minutes, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
Serve with dipping sauces like honey-mustard (make your own by combining regular yellow mustard and honey, or even dijon and honey) or ranch dip.
"Can't Believe It's Not Peanut Butter" Chicken Satay
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into pieces
3 tbs soy sauce
3 tbs honey
1/2 cup WOWButter
Preheat oven to 350 or start up the grill.
Put pieces of chicken onto wooden skewers
Combine WOWButter, soy sauce and honey until smooth
Dip the chicken into the mixture, covering each piece well
Lay coated chicken skewers on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet
Bake for 25 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Flip over after 15 minutes. If grilling, timing may be slightly shorter. Be attentive to be sure the honey in the sauce doesn't start burning.
Makes 12 skewers.
These are also awesome with a honey dipping sauce!
Do you know a Canadian student (under age 25) who will be attending a post-secondary education institution in September and has worked to raise allergy awareness? Anaphylaxis Canada is now accepting applications for the 2014 Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award!
We will be granting two awards of $1,000 each to students entering their first year or continuing their studies at a post-secondary institution.
This award recognizes the important role that youth play in raising awareness and educating others about life-threatening allergies. It is dedicated to the life of Sabrina Shannon, an inspiring teenager who suffered a fatal anaphylactic reaction in 2003. Since her passing, Sabrina’s parents and other members of the allergy community have kept Sabrina’s spirit alive by advocating for safer schools and communities across Canada.
This award has been funded through the generous support of TD Securities.
To apply, submit the following by JUNE 27, 2014:
To start the application process, and to learn more, download the application form.
Anaphylaxis Canada has also created the Sabrina Shannon Legacy Fund to honour Sabrina's life and memory. Donations made to this fund will help to support Anaphylaxis Canada's youth programming. For more information, click here.
For more info on allergies, check out these books about severe food allergies for children of all ages and these 11 food allergy myths debunked.
Runny noses, watery, itchy eyes, nagging coughs, itchy skin, headaches, and ohhh the sneezing. Although I'm pretty sure there isn't a person around who's not happy to bid this brutal winter adieu, with the coming season comes air full of new allergens.
Spring allergies are nothing to sneeze at. Ugh, that one's too cheesy even for me, ha! Approximately one-quarter of all Canadians suffer through seasonal allergies, most of them taking antihistamines to combat their symptoms. Though those absolutely work, I've got some additional steps to help stop allergens in their tracks, and offer you some easy ways to survive spring allergies.
10. Vaccuum your mattress to suck up any dust or dust mites. Memory foam is a good option for allergy sufferers, because it's impenetrable to allergens, like dust mites.
9. Pay attention to the bedding you're using. Wash those pillows and cases frequently, use down-alternatives, and use a hypo-allergenic mattress cover, too. We throw our pillows right into the washing machine and dryer quite regularly, with no problems at all.
8. Wash stuffed toys (or freeze them if you have space) that your kids like to snuggle up with. This kills any dust mites that may have taken up residence.
7. Vacuum drapes and window coverings. We often don't realize just how effective these are at catching dust and particles. Whenever your windows are open, drapes can catch all manner of allergens, so frequently vacuuming keeps them allergen-free.
6. Flush your sinuses. Neti Pots are wonderful things! They work to get rid of colds, and are also effective at rinsing allergens out of your nose and sinuses. The reason your nose is running is to flush out the allergens, so a little gentle saline in there can keep it from feeling raw, and help the whole process.
5. Change your furnace/air conditioner filters. Ensuring that you're using HEPA filters will greatly decrease the allergens in your air, all year round. Spring is a great time to make sure your filters are new and clean.
4. Say buh-bye to wall-to-wall carpeting. If possible, avoid carpets entirely. If this isn't feasible, consider having a professional cleaning company come and give your carpets a thorough cleaning, and always use a good quality vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to keep allergens as low as possible.
3. Groom your pet(s) frequently, if you've got them. Do your best to keep your pets well-groomed; having them bathed frequently removes dander and loose fur, helping to reduce the amount of airborne allergies to tickle your nose.
2. Shower nightly. Think of all the places you've been during your day, and of all the dust and pollen you've collected. Bringing those allergens into the house is bad enough, but sleeping with them in your hair (and on your pillow) can aggravate allergies. Showering after your day's adventures will wash them all away.
1. Eat healthily! Boosting your immune system with healthy fruits and veggies does wonders for your mood, health, and even allergies. Giving your system some extra oomph helps it when it's combating all those new allergens that'll be flying around the air soon enough.