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Chef Luca's Warm Breakfast Salad


Milk-Free • Soy-Free • Egg-Free • Wheat-Free
Peanut-Free • Tree Nut-Free • Shellfish-Free • Fish-Free

I wanted to prepare delicious breakfast dish that is free of the top 8 allergens. This is a great recipe for a refreshing and energetic breakfast. It’s sweet and salty, and is sure to please the whole family!  


Ingredients (serves 4)

2 cups of cubed acorn squash, blanched

1 ½ cups of cubed red apple

6 slices of crispy bacon (you can use Canadian bacon, too)

2 Tbsp butter alternative (like Earth Balance)

3 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp mint

juice of one orange

maple syrup




Cut the acorn squash in small cubes and blanch it in boiling water for five minutes. Drain and let it cool off.


Put bacon slices on a sheet pan between two parchment papers. Put it in the oven at 320 degrees for about 15 minutes.


Set the bacon aside to cool, then cut into little bites.


In a pan add the butter alternative, cut bacon, brown sugar, and the squash at medium high heat.


Let it cook for about 5 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.


In a bowl, combine the cubed apple, chopped mint, and orange juice. Add the warm squash and bacon and mix. Drizzle it with maple syrup or dust it with confection sugar. Buon appetito!






Chef LucaLuca Della Casa is Executive Chef at the Nosh Restaurant & Silo Restaurant, San Antonio, Texas. Chef Luca has 16 years’ experience in the food service industry in Italy, Spain and the U.S.  He was raised in Northern Italy, with an in-depth knowledge of Italian, French, and Spanish cuisines. He is currently a contestant on Food Network's The Next Food Network Star, which airs on Sundays at 9 pm Eastern time.  He welcomes food allergic diners at his restaurant. You can find Chef Luca at


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The tree nuts and legumes will be on labels andso would eggs but he now has out grown the egg allergy and that has made cooking easier.... I am hoping it is all well controlled... He is very carful and if something looks or sounds like it could be contaminated he will avoid it... And I am sending him with some power bars he can eat if the meals are not working.  And I will be sending care packages too.


Haha!--I'll probably offer the same thing when the time comes for my DS to head off to college.     Wishing your DS a great (and safe) first year at college!!    That's great to hear that they offer GF foods now--did they sound like they were confident that they could handle the other allergies? 

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This looks great. But my son is also allergic to raw fruits so I will boil the apples too. That's for any one else who has raw fruit allergies. This is a great idea for a new breakfast. Thanks so much for sharing it. My son was diagnosed at 8 months old with severe food allergies in 1996. (Wheat,eggs all tree nuts and legumes)  It's so much  easier now.. He is going off to college next week.

Now the colleges serve gluten free foods.  I did offer to come along with him to cook for him.. Hehehe, But he said no  

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