I wasn't looking for suggestions. I came here to introduce myself.
When I was in hospital, I ate the meals provided, but skipped anything that could be cross contaminated. I skipped the bread, but ate the disgusting oatmeal. I skipped the salad dressing and ate the salad plain. Thankfully they sent me fruit that I could eat.
It was only after the nutritionist talked to me about my allergies that I opted to trust that the trays were nut and banana free. That was my mistake. They understand the concept of an allergy, but not a "may contain" or "processed in the same plant" label.
I have to be on top of foods for my family. I have one granddaughter that has to be egg, dairy, gluten, soy, strawberry, tomato, and mango free. Those are just her worst offenders. Then another granddaughter is allergic to eggs, beef, and mango. My grandson is having a problem with formula, so in turn we expect a dairy allergy.
Add to that a daughter who has seizures triggered by dairy. It took us a lot of years but I figured out that it just might stem back to soybeans that are fed to the cows. She also reacts to estrogen in birth control pills.
I have the ability to cook to cover all these needs. It was exhausting when everyone still lived at home. Thanksgiving and Christmas are horrible. I have learned to not stuff the turkey and do one gluten free vegetable dish that is almost like stuffing. With enough time I can whip up some amazing desserts that can be shared by all.
At least I could before. Now I am sugar free with low sodium and low fat.