Now PB&J’s Can Be Enjoyed By All! Sort Of…

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By Cooking Panda

The Sneaky Chef and Annie’s Homegrown have collaborated on an allergy-friendly PB&J sandwich for kids who want to enjoy the yummy lunch without having to worry about allergies.

Food Navigator reports that the sandwiches are actually called “Pea B&J Pockets” (notice the “P” is Pea … As in, it’s not peanut butter but something entirely different). These kid-friendly crustless sandwiches use a pea-derived peanut butter substitute, based off of The Sneaky Chef’s “No Nut Butter.”

According to The Sneaky Chef, the No Nut Butter is peanut, tree nut and soy free. Since so many kids have a peanut allergy, it is made to bridge a gap between forbidden foods and delicious snacks. The Sneaky Chef says the No Nut Butter “really does taste a lot like peanut butter.” On a sandwich with jam, it should be difficult even to tell the difference! It’s made from golden peas (hence the Pea rather than “P”) and can be used in any recipe that calls for the real thing.

The Sneaky Chef’s founder, Missy Lapine, was inspired to start working on this new product by her own daughter’s peanut allergy. The alternatives to peanuts that were available before her own product were either processed soy, which she didn’t feel comfortable feeding to her children, or sunflower butter, which wasn’t as well liked.

Lapine said her daughter felt like an outsider when she couldn’t enjoy the PB&J lunch staple that the other kids were enjoying. “The no peanut table at school became the no friend table,” Lapine said.

After experimenting with different ingredients, Lapine learned that the “golden pea is a phenomenal substitute for peanut.”

The process isn’t easy, of course. “It’s not easy to get peas to taste great, so you have to remove the bitter taste, and roast them so they have a roasted golden flavor”; the rest is a secret!

Lapine’s goal in creating this new substitute for peanut butter is to help kids feel more included, and to help keep them from feeling like outsiders. Plus, as Lapine herself says, “We want all kids to enjoy pea butter.”

Sources: Food Navigator, The Sneaky Chef / Photo Credit: jifbrand/Instagram

Tags: food allergy, Nut Allergy, PB&J, peanut allergy, Peanut Butter and Jelly
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959 Pounds Of Lunchables Recalled

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By Cooking Panda

I wouldn’t touch the things now, but when I was a kid the highlight of my school day lunches was getting to see which Lunchable my parents had packed for me to eat that day.

Unfortunately, 959 pounds of Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers are being recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The recalled ready-to-eat meat and cheese packaged lunch items have a USE BY date of 25 DEC 2016; the product also contains two known but undeclared allergens: wheat and soy.

Happily enough, even though the problem was discovered on Oct. 6, when a consumer issued a complaint with the firm, no illnesses were associated with the complaint.

The issue was that the recalled Lunchables were incorrectly labeled as Nacho Lunchables, thereby rendering all of the nutrition facts and warning statements on the packages false.

Here is a comparison of the two different products’ nutrition labels:

If you have purchased these Lunchables, the FSIS asks that instead of consuming them, you either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

If you have any further questions, they ask that you call the manufacturer for Lunchables, Heinz, at 1-800-573-3877.

Source: FSIS / Photo credit: FSIS

Tags: food allergy, fsis, heinz, lunchables, recall
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