Tiny Tip Tuesday: 5 Things To Know When Cooking Gluten Free for Kids

It was just last week when I received an email from a parent looking for gluten free recipes that are kid friendly.  I emailed them quite quickly, and they were quite happy with my response.  That got me thinking for this weeks Tiny Tip Tuesday.

5 Things to know when cooking gluten free for kids
  1. Don't panic!  I don't know about you, but I really don't work well when I'm stressed out.
  2. Re-create the the usual.  If your child is a newly diagnosed, refer to #1.  I am a firm believer that you can recreate any recipe gluten free with the proper substitutes.
  3. Don't over think it.  I am by no means an expert with cooking for kids, because mine is only 6 months old.  However, from observing my nephews, kids can eat pretty simple, or complex.  Maybe start with the comfort food.  Make gluten free hamburgers, shepherds pie, gluten free spaghetti, gluten free pizza or even gluten free chicken finger.
  4. Don't single out your child.  Remember not to single out your child because they are eating something different.  No one likes to be singled out.  Your child is not eating "special food", they are eating a meal with you.  Why not eat what they are eating?
  5. Don't be afraid to experiment with gluten free dessert.  Even the best bakers don't always get it right the first time when they are trying something new.  If a gluten free cake you made, or a gluten free brownie you made failed in your eyes, don't panic.  You can always re-purpose it as a crumble or triffle (Adding whip cream and fruit makes almost anything taste better.
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