Hello! I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Kayte… Minnesotan, dog lover, farm kid, garden digger, coffee addict and foodie turned food-allergy mama. The allergy-friendly recipes here are free of dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, green beans, peas and most pitted fruits. (Don’t worry, I left in the delicious.)
I started Allergy Bites to help connect families managing food allergies with recipes they can actually eat! I’m passionate about eating well – simple, wholesome ingredients, flavorful dishes and nourishing meals.
I’m not a writer… pretty evident here. I’m not a food stylist or photographer. Again, evident. I’m definitely not a chef – I once cooked frozen pizza for a boyfriend… cardboard bottom and all. (Good thing for him, my cooking has improved in 13 years.)
I’m just a foodie turned food-allergy mama. And this is the blog that I wish would have existed when I learned my daughter had food allergies… a source for healthy, delicious recipes, free of the top allergens.
I was thrown into the food allergy world when my youngest child was diagnosed at 9 months old. It was all new. I was overwhelmed. With everything she couldn’t eat (dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, peas, green beans, peaches, apricots, plus wheat, which she’s mostly outgrown) I thought, “What is left to feed this child?”
Once I began focusing on what she could eat, it got easier. But, it didn’t happen overnight. Food allergies are a huge lifestyle change, and a big learning curve. Many recipes I attempted to adapt were complete flops. The truth is, we ate a lot of really terrible food in the early days. I’m here with Allergy Bites to help spare you that pain.
Other recipes I found were loaded with sugar, margarine, hydrogenated oils and other junk. That wouldn’t do. I cared just as much about the nutrition my kids needed to grow healthy, as the allergens my daughter must avoid to be safe.
Like most allergy moms, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It’s love/hate relationship. I hate feeling tied to the kitchen, but I love that my family is healthier for it. I love finding shortcuts. I love creating and reinventing recipes – removing allergens, reducing sugar, and sneaking in veggies whenever possible.
I love feeding my family – one healthy bite at a time.