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Favorite 4: Special Dietary Needs Apps

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 5th, 2012

Christmas is very nearly upon us and with it, the time of year where we all eat too much and enjoy relaxing with our families. While I'm lucky that I have no significant food allergies or special dietary needs, much of my extended family isn't so fortunate. Various meals have to be adjusted accordingly for those with allergies, intolerances or medical conditions that restrict what can be eaten. Here's a look at four of my favorite apps for making finding relevant recipes a little simpler.

Allergy Free Entertaining
Covering most of the bases, Allergy Free Entertaining isn't quite as perfect as its name suggests but it does a good job, regardless. The app offers 124 recipes, each with gluten free options and ways to substitute ingredients for those who have a dairy, egg, wheat or nut free requirements. Each recipe is easy to read through and understand, plus there's a comprehensive search facility for those after inspiration.

21-Day Vegan Kickstart
Aimed at those who are starting out on the path to Veganism, 21-Day Vegan Kickstart also offers some handy ideas for those trying to cater to vegans' needs. Divided up according to meal type, it's simple to check for ideas for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In each case, there are some delicious ideas, whether you're a Vegan or not. Attractive photography rounds things off nicely.

So Simple Gluten Free Recipes
It's not quite the most attractive of apps to look at, but So Simple Gluten Free Recipes offers plenty of recipes for those suffering from a gluten intolerance. Including over 75 recipes, there's a particularly great Holiday themed section ensuring that there are plenty of cookie and cake based ideas that are perfect for everyone, not just those on a gluten free diet.

iCookbook Diabetic
Diabetics have a particular challenge on their hands, having to juggle their sugar levels so carefully. iCookbook Diabetic offers a selection of free recipes for users to read through, as well as the option to spend money for the full selection. Each recipe is attractive and easy to browse through, with AirPrint support and voice commands make things all the more convenient. Best of all, though, the recipes are high quality and the kind of thing that ensures that no diabetic feels like they're missing out this Holiday season.

Allergy Free Cooking With Allergy Free Entertaining

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 7th, 2011

I'm immensely fortunate to be relatively free of food allergies, bar an intolerance to pork. Having cooked frequently for those who are allergic to various food types however, I appreciate the importance of avoiding such products.

Cooking can be a slightly worrying experience when you're so concerned about feeding your guests interesting but allergy free meals. Fortunately, Allergy Free Entertaining wants to help you with that problem. For $4.99, it offers 120 recipes to cover all manners of allergies from nuts, eggs, dairy and those in need of a gluten or wheat free diet.

You can search in the app for specific allergy free options and it also provides you with an alternative ingredients list if you're dealing with someone with numerous allergies.

It covers everything from children's parties to lunch boxes and just regular dinner ideas. The recipes certainly look tasty too with a variety of different meal types ensuring you'll never be stuck for choice.

Hopefully, not only will Allergy Free Entertaining provide safe recipe alternatives but it'll also make meals a lot more interesting!

Allergy Free Entertaining is priced at $4.99. A Lite version is also available covering 10 recipe ideas.