Today we have the pleasure of having Dawn from read.eat.DEW.write. sharing her tips on egg replacements with us. I love her perspective as a mom who doesn’t deal with egg allergies at home but is willing to put herself in my shoes. And I’m excited to try some of these great recipes!
Up until volunteering to write this guest post, I really had very little knowledge about egg substitutes or how to tactfully—and tastefully—recreate recipes featuring eggs as a key binding ingredient. After doing the requisite Google search, however, I quickly caught up.
For starters, there are “egg substitutes,” which to this made-from-scratch, anti-processed foods being, sounded a bit unappealing. Once I got past the unflattering brand name, Ener-G Egg Replacer, and clicked on their website to study up, I realized that for kids and adults who are allergic to eggs, products like these are necessary. And, with so many different foods containing eggs, I can imagine how challenging it is to feed your kid, or yourself, adequately.
Think about it; commercially prepared pancakes, waffles, crackers, pretzels, pastas, ice creams, puddings, cakes, cookies, pies, salad dressings… all veritable “staples” in any family-centric pantry or refrigerator, all have eggs as an ingredient. Steering your kid away from these foods, or preparing them from scratch at home, takes commitment. But because the seriousness of egg allergies requires diligence, moms and dads have little choice than to jump on the egg substitute bandwagon.
One of the sites that I stumbled upon was Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, which has a very good breakdown of what foods contain eggs, which ingredients (many in unrecognizable names) to look out for, and a few pointers on using egg substitutes. If you are interested in learning more, click here.
Now because I don’t have anyone under my roof with an egg allergy, I don’t have any legitimate practice with egg substitutes. But, after clicking around cyberspace, I did come up with some pretty fabulous recipes, including one by Carla Hall, one of the correspondents on The Chew (same show as hottie daddy chef, Jason Roberts). Though these Fried Apple Rings call for one egg (for the batter), using an egg replacer instantly transforms them into an egg-free dish that will have your kids smacking their lips.
For grown-ups, I found myself drooling over these Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries, which also require an egg substitute to qualify them as a “safe” food (note: they also have cheese in them for those with dairy allergies). Keep in mind that I originally found both these recipes on Pinterest, which turned out to be a terrific resource for egg-allergy conscious recipes. Certainly, we all have it much easier than our mothers, who did not have such dietary solutions at the ready with just a few clicks.
I also found an entire website devoted to eggless recipes. I’m pretty sure that these pancakes will please the egg-allergic crowd, and that these “Twirly-Whirly” pizzas (hey, I didn’t name them!), will come in handy in cooler weather when you’re feeding your teens’ friends after a game or dance, or when your hosting friends for Sunday afternoon football (again with the cheese, though). And for the little ones, these Crispy Baked Chicken Strips will definitely be a hit. You’ll note the recipe’s author mentions that “next time she’d dip into egg whites,” but that the recipe works just fine without eggs, as shown.
So, that’s all I have on kid-, family-friendly non-egg recipes for today. I must admit, my curiosity is peaked, and I foresee a bunch of non-egg experimenting coming on. And since we all have our own obstacles in feeding kids (as in I am still battling my 14yo’s addiction to chicken fingers, pizza and anything carb-heavy), I welcome your suggestions on recipes to help big kids lose a few pounds while feeling filled up and energized. Thanks Chockababy for getting me to explore new culinary horizons. I sure hope to be posting here again soon!
Dawn is a former lifestyles magazine senior + food editor turned PR, Social Media + Copywriting pro. Exec. Partner: the warden ettinger group (TWE group), The Whole Enchilada PR + the word exchange. Blogger: Women on Business. Social Media voice: Les Dames d’Escoffier International. Member Philadelphia Social Media Moms and A Band of Women. (look for my essay to be published in the forthcoming Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God anthology, available in bookstores and online December 2013) Creative writing mentee on the SLOW train. Mom of 5. Avid cook; anti-hunger. (Fiction) reading and sleep deprived. Runs on <6 hours of sleep. Never a dull moment. Glass half full. Born to cook—and apparently to breed. You can find Dawn on her new blog, another blog, twitter, and pinterest.