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Old 05-12-2011, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default Allergic to all raw veggies and some raw fruits

No, I'm not kidding. Okay, so there are 3 veggies I don't like and refuse to eat: Asparagus, brussel sprouts, and artichokes.

Beyond that, I'm actually allergic to raw fruits and veggies. It's called oral allergy syndrome and the severity of my reaction depends on the different airborne allergens in the area I live in at the time. When foods are cooked though, it changes the protein that causes my reaction and then it's fine. So steamed, broiled, etc. is okay. Lettuce doesn't seem to bother me, so I'm grateful for that at least. The worst offenders for me are carrots and celery- even cross contamination causes a pretty bad respiratory reaction in me, so I have to be careful with things like "garden salads" at restaurants and in pre-mixed bags.

But it makes it really difficult for me to just grab something healthy. I can steam a thing of carrots and refrigerate them, but it just doesn't make for a whole lot of variety. I did pick up the book "Deceptively Delicious" a few days ago and we're going to try that this week- hiding pureed veggies in other foods. It's meant for kids, but I think it might work for me.

Does anyone have other ideas I might not have thought about? I do like chopping a variety of veggies (peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, etc) and roasting them but they always taste rubbery and weird the next day, and I just do not have time to make full meals all the time for myself. So I need something quick and very easy- I have a newborn and a toddler. Surely the answer isn't as easy as "have a V8" right?

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