Pan-Seared Pineapple

I think everyone that has tried pineapple has experienced the sting of the fruit eating you back. Thanks to the fruit’s high acidity and bromelain, pineapple’s biting feeling means that it’s great flavor gets overlooked. Let’s get down to the truth of it: I was never (and will never be) a fan of pineapple onContinue reading “Pan-Seared Pineapple”

How to Build the Perfect Salad

Pre-allergies, I found salads boring. They tended to just be iceberg lettuce with a few shredded carrots and grape tomatoes thrown in (and then smothered with ranch dressing to make them remotely bearable). When bread options went out the door (because of the allergy ordeal), I found myself reliant on salads and grain bowls… andContinue reading “How to Build the Perfect Salad”

Creamy Dairy-Free Lemon Chicken & Rice

This meal was created on accident, and I am absolutely in love with it. I was throwing together a ton of leftovers with pretty low expectations, but came out with a (dairy-free!) dish that is so creamy and fragrant that I never want to stop eating it. A few notes before the recipe: What toContinue reading “Creamy Dairy-Free Lemon Chicken & Rice”

Chicken Meatballs

My sister recently returned from an internship in Mauritius (an island nation in Eastern Africa), and immediately wanted boulettes. Boulettes are a steamed ball of minced meat that she would often get as street food. The ones she loved had chayote and green chilli paste. She immediately made some of the steamed meatballs and savedContinue reading “Chicken Meatballs”

Mashed Cauliflower

I miss potatoes. A lot. The itchy mouth, hives, flushing, and rash my body experienced when it comes in contact with potatoes? Not so much. Early on in my allergy journey I was trying to figure out what recipes I could make, and I came across this Whole Foods recipe for mashed cauliflower. It isContinue reading “Mashed Cauliflower”

Arugula “Pesto”

Alright, you’ve got me. This isn’t a pesto, technically. It’s not even close. It has no nuts, no garlic*, no cheese, and no basil. What it does have is a brilliant bright green color, a pepper-y flavor, and it is a great on pasta salad. This recipe was born out of an allergy to basilContinue reading “Arugula “Pesto””

Pork Belly “Bacon”

When I was in the process of figuring out what was causing my reactions, my most confusing trigger was bacon. I ate it plain as a snack one afternoon & reacted, and felt like my body was just rebelling against the world. As it turns out, a lot of store-bought bacon has the generic labelContinue reading “Pork Belly “Bacon””

Lemon Pepper Salmon

My 2018 Skin Prick Test showed positive for Salmon. Although I was told it was potentially a false positive, I had a few reactions (which I now think were reactions to the wood it was smoked with) to smoked salmon, and avoided it for years. After my 2021 skin and blood tests showed negative, IContinue reading “Lemon Pepper Salmon”

Welcome to Sam Safe Eats

Hi everyone! My name is Sam. I am 25 years old, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and cooking is a huge part of my life. It wasn’t always, though. I was first diagnosed with a peanut and tree nut allergy when I was 15. At the age of 22 (after a few new reactions), I gotContinue reading “Welcome to Sam Safe Eats”

Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

When I was reacting to what felt like just about everything, salt and pepper chicken wings became a staple. They are simple, tasty, and easy to make! Dark meat chicken has more flavor than white meat, and these wings are an easy and simple hit for any meal!