Heat oil in a large saucepan and add finely chopped choko, celery, swede and spring onion. Cook until vegetables begin to soften. Add water and chicken to pan. Simmer until vegetables are soft and chicken is cooked. Remove chicken from pan and shred coarsely in food processor. Return chicken to saucepan and add lentils. Stir well. Blend 2 cups of soup in blender until smooth and return to saucepan. Season with salt. It may be necessary to add more water to the soup if the consistency is too thick. This soup is nice with carrot (. half swede, half carrot) in it also if moderate salicylates are tolerated.
If you suspect that your child has an allergy or food intolerance you can get a referral from your doctor to see your nearest allergy testing unit. Testing for allergies includes a skin prick test (SPT) or the radioallergosorbent test (RAST) and intolerances are detected using an elimination diet.
If your child has an allergy, especially a nut allergy, it is important that his or her school has an anaphylaxis policy, this is where no nut products are sold in the school canteen, and no children in the school are to bring any nut products to school. A nut allergy can have fatal consequences; sensitivity can be so severe that a child with a nut allergy may have a reaction after being breathed on by someone who has just eaten nuts.
It is important that teachers at the school are trained in how to use an epipen® (a shot of adrenalin used in the case of anaphylaxis). This training is available for teachers and all teachers can be trained in one session. Visit for more details.