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    Garlic/Onion Allergy

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    Fri Nov 10, 2006 3:46 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    My nephew was recently diagnosed with a severe garlic/onion allergy and I was wondering if anyone knew any good non garlic non onion recipes??

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! thanks
    Mommy Needs Coffee
    Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:37 am Groupie
    Hi, Jesse&Rayye,

    I replied to your duplicate question on the “Recipe Requests – General” Forum

    Good luck!

    Mommy Needs Coffee

    Last edited by Mommy Needs Coffee on Sat Nov 25, 2006 11:00 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Wed Nov 15, 2006 3:15 am Groupie
    Some of these recipes might work out for you. icon_smile.gif

    Main Dish, Kid Friendly, No Onions, & No Garlic Recipes
    Sat Nov 25, 2006 7:39 am Groupie
    Jesse&Rayye wrote:
    My nephew was recently diagnosed with a severe garlic/onion allergy and I was wondering if anyone knew any good non garlic non onion recipes??

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! thanks

    Hi Jesse&Rayye,

    I am allergic to onions too! Garlic is okay in small doses.
    Have your nephew's family read ALL labels.
    Sometimes I feel like this country is obsessed with onions! It is the basis for most pre-packaged foods. Hamburger helper, rice packets and of course, people love to put onion soup in everything!! I am not being crabby, it is just that sometimes it is such a hassel because they don't have non-onion versions of all this stuff either.
    I do not buy pre-packaged foods and you would be suprised at how much onion powder is put in things like chips and crackers.
    When they go to a restaurant, they will have to ask for the ingredients in food. Sometimes you will get a waiter and cook who know what they are doing, and sometimes you don't.
    I use celery and mushrooms in place of onions for most recipes. When it says to saute onions, I saute celery and mushrooms!
    I don't have any special recipes --I just modify.
    At the holidays, I usually get my own special bowl of food!
    I also have resigned myself that when all else fails, I eat doubles on dessert and call it good!
    Good luck to your nephew and his family. They will have to be very diligent and very patient with restaurants and cooks. Tell them to double check the food when they go out to eat because even though you say, "no onions" there is still a good chance that they will put them on anyway.
    Sat Nov 25, 2006 7:41 am Groupie
    Lauralie41 wrote:
    Some of these recipes might work out for you. icon_smile.gif

    Main Dish, Kid Friendly, No Onions, & No Garlic Recipes

    What a fabulous list of onion-free, garlic free recipes.
    Thank you so much. In my cookbook they go!
    Chef #784249
    Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:45 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I agree with KC. Check all labels. Teach the child to read ingredients. I suffered for years with instant diarrhea every time I ate anything with fresh, cooked, or dried onions. Now as I have aged, even onion powder, and garlic, garlic powder, any related leek or onion family ingredient can do the same. I feel fine any other time and do not suffer from any other known allergies, but onions are in everything. Good luck with pot luck lunches, I just decline when invited. baj
    Sat Mar 08, 2008 6:46 am Groupie
    Wow, I had forgotten about this forum!
    A few months ago, I went to Ted's Montana Grill.
    I ordered a buffalo burger and double, triple and quadruple pleaded for them to make sure there were no onions anywhere---they assured me that it was safe.
    While my husband and I were at a movie, I became very sick. It was just awful. My symptoms are extreme stomach pain, and nausea with uncontrollable belching. It usually lasts 2-3 hours.
    Then my stomach is raw for several days after.
    A few weeks ago, I was able to talk to a manager of Ted's Montana grill and I told him what happened and he said that I need to ask them to grill my burger on aluminum foil!!!
    He said that they grill mounds and mounds of onions on the grill and then they will put the burgers on that part of the grill!
    So, the waitresses were telling the truth, they just didn't know how the cook made the burgers!
    As savvy as I think I am about onions, I had never thought of that situation.
    Chef #869948
    Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:26 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Onion/garlic allergy is serious, uncommon and often misunderstood! I hope your nephew has learned to find safe foods, and I am sure your family has learned to make most things from scratch at this point!

    I have been onion/garlic free for some time due to life threatening allergy, and I have found there is not a large community of us. I have started a recipe blog and would welcome suggestions and ideas from others who can't eat onions/garlic!

    Be well and take good care of your nephew icon_smile.gif.

    Chef #869948
    Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:29 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I have had similar horrible close calls!! Another thing to watch out for at restaurants is anything fried if they also fry onion rings- the oil can make you sick. Cross contamination from cutting boards/knives is also common. I feel your pain!

    Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:57 am Groupie
    [quote="Chef #869948"]I have had similar horrible close calls!! Another thing to watch out for at restaurants is anything fried if they also fry onion rings- the oil can make you sick. Cross contamination from cutting boards/knives is also common. I feel your pain!


    Dear Ali,
    First of all, welcome to Zaar! I hope you will have time to post some of your gorgeous recipes from your incredible blog. Beautiful photos! I loved your discussion of signs and symptoms. You are exactly right when you say that the doctor's will call it "intolerace" I have been told that for years as well.
    In my situation, my stomach will usually burn within 30 seconds of eating something with onions. That little warning signal has saved me on more than one occasion in a restaurant. My husband is my onion tester. If we aren't sure about a food, he will take the first bite!
    Of course, I don't even care to be around him when he eats onions. I can't stand the smell on someone else either.
    He says I have "ruined " him. He has eaten onion free for so long now that when he eats them, he gets a stomach ache!!
    Thank you Ali for all you have done about this. I feel so supported. Most people look at me and shake their heads and say, "How do you cook without onions?" "That must be terrible" Well, yes, it is terrible, but only from the standpoint that the darn things are in everything!
    I was especially interested in learning about chicken broth and turkey. I abhore lunch meat in any form. I gag when I smell it, MAYBE it's because there are onions in lunch meat!
    Please stick around Zaar-- you won't be disappointed.
    Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:01 am Groupie
    Oh, and I forgot to say... Isn't that gross when you eat a slice of watermelon and you know for certainty that the cook sliced up an onion just seconds before he used it on the watermelon. To be honest, it makes me furious!
    One time, I helped myself to a small portion of what looked like some type of layered dessert. Pudding, angel food cake, strawberries. It was a gorgeous dessert.
    Yep, you guessed right...the strawberries had been cut with a knife that had onion juice on it!
    I ranted and raved to the manager and he got out a fresh container of the dessert-- SAME THING!
    He spoke to the chef immediately!
    Chef #893925
    Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:27 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    OMG I am so relieved to find out my garlic onion thing is not in my head.

    My friends think I'm nuts and glare at me when I grill the waiter/waitress about what i'm ordering and my family gives me a hard time and thinks its all in my head!!!

    It was about 10 years ago when I pinpointed garlic and onions as triggers to very bad smelly gas, instant diarrhea and headaches that double you over. I read every label now. I've learned what products to buy and what to not buy and I cook at home alot myself.

    I stick to alot of fruits and veggies (and yes I hate when they slice the watermelon with that oniony knife).

    I've had situations that are downright embarrassing like the last time i flew and ate something before the flight that must have had something on it. The plane had barely left the ground when my stomach started.......the stay in your seat light was still on and i was sitting in the window seat. I told the two people beside me to move b/c I had to get out NOW. Both looked at me like I was nuts and the guy refused to move saying we aren't allowed to right now. I got a little vicious and loud and said "this isn't an option........move NOW this is an emergency!!!" icon_sad.gif

    My problem with recipes is that i'm also allergic to dairy so cooking is difficult.

    How do you deal with invitations to dinner? I keep getting them and they are down right uncomfortable to turn down. I say I have allergies and they say that's fine what don't you eat. It just isn't that easy icon_sad.gif

    Ohhhh thank goodness i found people who know and understand icon_smile.gif
    Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:36 pm Groupie
    Dear 893925,

    I personally love dinner invitations because I love to have others cook for me!
    However, it can really shake up a hostess when you tell her that you can't have onions-- they always feel responsible or something.
    I have also found that most cooks have no idea that there are onions of all sorts in seasoning packets and packaged foods.
    They will say, "Why no, there aren't any onions in that." Then they drag out the container and sure enough!!

    If it is a sit down dinner, I usually decline--for example, forget about attending a sports banquet. I used to pay the $17.50 and end up eating a dinner roll and some dry lettuce.
    Why do they have to put onions in mashed potatos, for heaven's sake?
    If it is a pot luck, you will have a much better chance of finding at least a few things that are okay to eat.

    I try to avoid dairy and beef as well, so I am really fun to invite to a restaurant!

    I love this dialog! Thanks!
    Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:26 pm Groupie
    Fixing Dinner
    Episode: Hold the Onions
    HOSTED BY: Sandi Richard
    Tue Nov 11, 2008 12:09 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I just found out that I have an onion allergy (11-10-08 ). I think that garlic is okay. Currently, I'm on a blan diet per doctor's orders so I will try garlic and see if it is okay in a few weeks. I LOVE garlic so I hope that I'm not. I think I would have noticed b/c I use a lot of garlic when cooking. The allergy test only said that I'm allergic to onions....not 100% sure what it tested for. Need to contact doctor again.

    Over the past year, I have been getting more sick if I eat onions on accident....been trying to avoid them b/c I don't like them anyway. I'm sort of relived that I am actually allergic b/c my husband was just thinking that it was in my head or I was making it up. Of course on the other hand, I'm not relived. I went through my spices this morning and I have to get ride of 8 of them....6 I use a lot.

    I contacted to see if they have any information or any links for onion allergy but their response was no information and no resources. icon_mad.gif

    I googled 'onion allergy' and not much information came up. I found Ali's blog yesterday. Great blog. Today I have found this forum/community. I'm so happy not to be alone.
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