Many of our simple culinary pleasures are taken for granted - until they are taken away. That was the case for our son-in-law, Andrew. During the course of several months, his allergic reactions to an unknown food allergen alarmingly increased. Anaphylactic reactions that required emergency measures and ambulance rides to the hospital finally netted an answer - he suffers from the alpha gal food allergy.
Often a tick borne illness, this allergy can become life threatening if trigger foods such as dairy products or read meat are consumed. That suffering from this condition is life altering is an understatement. No cheese, milk, sour cream, yogurt, whey, beef, pork, venison, or in some cases even gelatin in one's diet presents severe culinary limitations.
As a result one of the things we've tried to do, to ease the disappointment of vastly limited eating opportunities, is to develop alternative recipes. We call these adaptations, ALF recipes - Andrew Legal Food.
During our annual Christmas Eve celebration, Andrew shared with me that he really missed eating the beef stroganoff that has become an annual favorite. The recipe linked below is the resulting attempt to give him a similar dish that won't result in a medical emergency. His positive comments last night proved it to be a success!
You might also enjoy this recipe if you are lactose intolerant or as a meatless dish if you omit the turkey. Bon appetit!
Hearty Faux Stroganoff (crockpot recipe) has been submitted to allrecipes.com and is publicly available. Please give it a click and some kind words.