Nut allergies can be challenging — nuts are often hidden in so many popular snacks and restaurant dishes — and they are on the rise. Back in 1999, it was estimated that 0.4 percent of children and 0.7 percent of adults in America were allergic to peanuts. But by 2010, peanut allergy prevalence in kids had already soared to 2 percent, according to national studies. Meanwhile, about 0.5 to 1 percent of the U.S. population is estimated to have a tree nut allergy (tree nuts include, but are not limited to: cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts).
If a loved one has a nut allergy, you’re often tasked with finding your own nut-free recipes to ensure their safety and well-being. There’s nothing wrong with sticking with nut-free recipes you already know, but if you want to shake things up with an impressive new dish, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes without peanuts or tree nuts.
Innovative and delicious, these dishes are guaranteed to delight everyone at the table — even the folks who don’t have allergies. Remember: When grocery shopping for new products, always double-check the ingredients on the label for any relevant allergens or possibilities of cross-contamination, especially with pre-made and pre-packaged goods like sauces.
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Superfood Pumpkin and Chia Seed Brittle
Many people with nut allergies can still enjoy seeds as a delicious alternative. Thanks to chia and pepita seeds, this brittle is the perfect mix of sweet, savory, and crunchy.
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Steamed Cod & Veggie Packets
Called en papillote, this cooking method locks in moisture to ensure fish comes out extra flaky, plus makes cleanup a breeze.
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Garlicky Lemon Chicken
5-Ingredient Garlicky Lemon Chicken
A simple zesty seasoning spices up ordinary chicken thighs in a flash.
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Chef Salad Skewers
Chef Salad Skewers
This simple salad recipe serves as a perfect grab-and-go snack or light lunch.
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Coffee Rubbed Sirloin With Jalapeno Butter
Coffee-Rubbed Sirloin with Jalapeño Butter
A sweet-and-spicy rub and decadent butter elevate this steak for a restaurant-worthy meal.
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Warm Italian Pasta Salad
Warm Italian Pasta Salad
Brimming with bright juicy tomatoes, tangy olives, and savory Parmesan cheese, this speedy dish takes only 15 minutes to prep.
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Cauliflower 'Pizza' with Mozzarella and Zucchini
A pizza that's delicious and nutritious and absolutely packed with vegetables — what more could anyone ask for?
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Cheesy Bacon And Potato Frittata Bites
Cheesy Bacon and Potato Frittata Bites
This hearty breakfast-inspired recipe makes a yummy, savory snack.
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Italian-Style Quinoa Salad
This quick dish is hearty, jam-packed with nutrients, and brimming with fresh flavors.
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Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops
This tasty appetizer is sure to satisfy anyone who loves hearty seafood and tender, crispy prosciutto.
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Herbed Sausage & Pepper Bake
Requiring just five minutes to assemble, this satisfying budget-friendly meal allows for plenty of time to relax while it roasts.
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Herb Kissed Spaghetti And Meatballs
Herb-Kissed Spaghetti & Meatballs
Tangy olives, fresh herbs, and rich Parmesan upgrade convenient jarred sauce and frozen meatballs into a gourmet meal.
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Salmon With Cajun Wedges
5-Ingredient Salmon With Cajun Fries
This simple recipe can be whipped up with just a few items — and the best part is you won't have to spend all night standing over the stove.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirled Brownies
Don't worry — we didn't forget dessert! This fall-inspired sweet can be enjoyed yearlong, and proves you don't need nuts for a deliciously creative brownie recipe.
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Dark Matcha Chocolate Truffles
The bitterness of dark chocolate and the earthiness of matcha is a surprisingly good match.
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