*Adopted with permission from the Institute of Functional Medicine
For more information on eating a Hypo-Allergenic Diet see the end of the post.
Asparagus Soup - Serves 4
From “The Allergy Self Help Cookbook”, by Marjorie Hurt Jones, R.N. Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pa.
- 1 lb. asparagus, trimmed
- 2 medium leeks or 4 large shallots
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups water or chicken stock
- 1 tsp. dried dill weed
- pinch nutmeg
Slice off the tips of the asparagus and reserve them. Cut the remaining stalks into 1” pieces. Slice the leeks in half lengthwise and wash under cold water to remove any sand. Slice into 1⁄4” pieces. Sautée the leeks or shallots in the oil over medium heat until soft. Add the garlic and sliced asparagus stalks. Cook, stirring, another minute or two. Add the water or stock and dill. Simmer 10-12 minutes.
Remove from heat, allow to cool 5-10 minutes. Puree half the volume at a time. Return to pan, add the reserved asparagus tips and simmer 3-5 minutes or until tips are just barely tender. Add nutmeg. If soup is too thick, thin with additional water or stock.
What is eating a Hypo-Allergenic Diet?
Hypo-Allergenic is also known as Oligoantigenic or Elimination diet.
This means that we avoid eating the most common ingredients that cause people inflammation and digestive issues. IT IS NOT A DIET TO LOSE WEIGHT. It should be viewed more as a food sensitivity TEST.
The top 5 offenders include: wheat, dairy, corn, soy, and eggs.
Note that some of the foods on the list are very nutritious, so if you are not sensitive to the food, bring them back into your diet (ie. eggs).
Also remember, many non-gluten or non-dairy foods may not be healthy. Just because they remove those ingredients does not mean they haven’t replaced them with other poorer quality ingredients.
Try and stay away from packaged, canned, processed and deep fried foods. And be cautious of dehydrated and dried foods for they often contain added sugars and preservatives. Raw and fresh is often your best bet for optimal health.
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