Cheese & Egg Substitutes

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Hi Missy,

A friend of mine (mom of 2) recommended your recipes/purees to me and I was so enticed I bought one of your books and have been thinking about the other two.
My 2 year old is extremely allergic to dairy and slightly allergic to eggs.  I have experimented replacing milk/yogurt with milk alternatives and with tofu.  My only major road block is cheese.  What
child doesn\'t like cheese? Plus it covers all kinds of flavors...any suggestions?
I have also been replacing whole eggs with egg whites (or an 'egg beater' type product).  I would prefer not to use it at all...but eggs are sticky and work the best in some intances (like coating meat
and veggies for breading).  I sure could use some of your insight...any thoughts?
Thanks a bunch!
Liz - UP Michigan

Dear Liz,

My daughter also cannot eat cheese, nor soy, so finding a good cheese substitute was challenge. Fortunately, we succeeded in finding a great one. It's called "Daiya" brand. It's available at health food stores including Whole Foods. It melts and pulls like cheese and has a great taste. 
Eggs are easier: The best product is called "Egg Replacer" by Ener-G Foods Inc. It's available in all health food stores in the baking section, as well as in many regular supermarkets.  It comes in a box, like a cake mix, and you use something like one tablespoon with a little water per egg.  Directions are on the box.  Works great.
There are actually a number of other egg replacers that work very well depending on what you're cooking.  Tofu, for example, works very well where a lot of eggs are involved, like in quiches, or even tofu omlettes! 
Flax seeds also work, as well as various vegetable oils.  I suggest you do a quick Google search on "Egg Replacers" and you'll find recipes for exactly what you're doing.  In the meantime, here are some others that work:
2 tbsp corn starch = 1 egg
2 tbsp arrowroot flour = 1 egg
2 tbsp potato starch = 1 egg
1 heaping tbsp soy powder + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg
1 tbsp soy milk powder + 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg.
1 banana = 1 egg in cakes.
Enjoy in good health!

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