I’m not known for my domestic skills in the kitchen so I was bemused when Kellogg’s invited me to create a recipe based around their latest product, Kellogg’s All-Bran Fibre Toppers.
If I normally had trouble coming up with food the kids would eat, how would I go about creating a dish featuring a healthy new product that was actually good for them? From scratch? On my own?But then I tasted the All-Bran Fibre Toppers. It immediately struck me that they were crunchy, and really very yummy. And there was something else. They tasted nutty.Now I love nuts, but I rarely get to eat them. (Steady on, mind out of the gutter!)Regular readers will know that Mr 11 has a deadly allergy to nuts and tree nuts (like cashews and almonds), called anaphylaxis. Not only is it very scary for Chase (and all who love him), but it means we go without a lot of my favourite foods rather than risk having them when he is around.You see, it takes just a trace of nuts for a reaction to occur, which means kids like Chase can suffer anaphylaxis by touching something which has been touched by someone who has eaten nuts. Or eating food cooked in a pan which was previously used to cook nuts. I could even eat nuts on a night out, and then come home, kiss Chase good night, and unwittingly cause a reaction. So to be safe we just don’t eat nuts or have them in the house.Instead, we cook foods like basil chicken and cashews, and lose the cashews. Home-made muesli slice without the nuts. Date and walnut muffins minus the walnuts. Which all gets a bit bland at times.So imagine my delight when I discovered I could use the All-Bran Fibre Toppers in place of nuts. *What’s more, Kellogg’s new cereal contains natural wheat bran, oat fibre and psyillium. So they are loaded with fibre and all kinds of other goodies, like vitamins and minerals. Oh and they are low in fat. So they are Boombah-Friendly.Some of the family favourites where I’ve successfully substituted Kellogg’s All-Bran Fibre Toppers for nuts, include chop chip and macadamia nut biscuits, and banana and date muffinsAnd I’ve sprinkled them on top of salads, Thai green curry, in wraps and sandwiches, and on top of yoghurt and cereal too.I’ve also used them in place of rice and bread in dishes like zucchini slice, home-made sausage rolls and meatloaf.But my favourite recipe is the one I created just for Kellogg’s as part of a competition to win a return trip to New York for the Blog Her 2012 conference. Here, I substitute crushed peanuts for the crunchy texture of the fibre toppers.Bronnie’s Beautiful All-Bran Pad ThaiVegetable oil (non-allergic people can use peanut oil)I pack rice noodles (200/250 gram packets are fine)4 large cloves garlic (add more to taste, or if you have no friends)3 or 4 eggsAbout 250 gram of peeled green prawns, pork, tofu or chicken. I use tofu.3 or 4 eggs2 tablespoons of fish sauce1 tablespoon of white vinegar2 teaspoons of sugar1 packet bean sprouts (about 2 cups)1-2 bunches bok choy2 or 3 spring onions1 cup Kellogg’s All-Bran Fibre Toppers1 limeCorianderChopped red chilli, vinegar and soy sauce mix in a bowl for individuals to add to their plates to taste
Chop and keep separate garlic, bok choy, tofu (or seafood/meat), and spring onions.Mix fish sauce, sugar and vinegar together.Beat eggs together in a separate bowl.Heat oil in wok or large pan.
Fry the garlic, remove with slotted spoon and keep separate.
Mix the eggs and fry like an omelette. Remove and keep separate.
Cook noodles according to instructions. (Usually you soak in hot water for about ten minutes, or put in boiling water and cook for a few minutes).
Add fish sauce mix to wok. Throw in bok choy, sprouts, garlic, and egg mixture. Gently add strained noodles and shallots, and stir through. (You can add extra fish sauce or water to aid mixing and for taste).
Sprinkle with Kellogg’s All-Bran Fibre Toppers.
Then mix them through ...
So you should end up with something like this.
Serve with a wedge of lime and a few pieces of coriander torn on top.My kids don’t add the chilli mix, but I love it served on the side so that the spice-lovers can add it to taste.
* It's really important to point out here that for legal reasons, Kellogg's, like other Australian companies, basically can't 100 per cent guarantee that there isn't some tiny chance that some trace of nuts will contaminate one of their products which don't contain nuts. So there is a disclaimer on the box, as there is on most products found on the shelves in Australia these days.Disclaimer: Kellogg’s sent me a hamper of Kellogg’s All-Bran Fibre Toppers and other goodies to try. If they like my recipe, I could win the trip to New York as detailed above. Hopefully your kids won't fight over them like mine do!
On the All-Bran Fibre Topper Box, the statement is that the product 'may contain traces of nuts'. This is because it is produced in a building in which other cereals which do contain nuts are made. Even though all the machinery pieces and parts are completely washed and cleaned in-between, and all traces of nuts removed, the company likes to point out that they can't absolutely guarantee that every trace has disappeared.
Now as a parent of an anaphylactic child, I've had to do my research and make a call. I've done this by talking directly with companies like Kellogg's, Chase's doctors, and also with allergy awareness and support groups. And we know that in Australia, where food and production standards are extremely high, it's pretty much guaranteed you'll be safe eating something from a good Aussie company like Kellogg's.
So we take the 'risk'. Otherwise, we pretty much would have to highly limit Chase's diet because many unlikely things from crackers to ice-blocks may contain traces of nuts.
And we've never had any trouble. Touch wood, cross fingers, and pray to God.
Eating cheaper products, imported from overseas where standards may not be as high, is not as safe.
I wouldn't actually feed Chase Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Cornflakes - which DO contain nuts, for example. But I'm happy to feed him the Cornflakes, which may contain traces of nuts. And he's never had a reaction eating those.
That's my choice, other parents may feel differently.