12 Holiday Tips for Food Allergies Make an Appointment Ask a Question Search Conditions Holidays that revolve around food can be challenging for people with food allergies. Here are common allergens that are found in traditional holiday foods and tips to prevent food allergy worries. Holiday CookiesPackaged cookies may contain wheat, nuts, dairy and eggs. Homemade ingredients can be adjusted to be allergen-free. Self-Basting TurkeyDid you know that self-basting ingredients often contain soy, wheat or dairy? Check the label. Green Bean CasseroleThe traditional favorite contains dairy and wheat, but can be made without these allergens. Sauces and Salad DressingsMany store-bought sauces and dressings contain fish, shellfish, eggs or dairy ingredients. Vegan or Dairy-Free Spreads, Dips and DressingsPay special attention to vegan or dairy-free items because they often use tree nuts, legumes or soy as substitutes. Sweet Potato CasseroleThere are many different recipes for this dish, which may contain dairy, tree nuts or egg. It can be just as delicious without those allergenic ingredients! PiesRemember to watch pies and other desserts for dairy, wheat, peanut, tree nut and egg ingredients. Talk with the HostLet the host know that you have a food allergy and offer to bring an allergen-safe dish. Show Guests Recipes and PackagingKeep and offer to show guests with food allergies your recipes and food packaging to make sure items are safe for them to eat. Avoid Food Cross-ContaminationWhen preparing and serving food for guests with food allergies, keep foods with allergens separate. Wash HandsWash hands after preparing foods with food allergen ingredients so you don’t accidently mix them into a “safe” dish. No Epi, No EatingKeep your epinephrine auto-injector with you at all times.