Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids: Keep Eating Fun!

 gluten freeGoing gluten-free can get anyone’s drawers up in a bunch, especially for kids!  Imagine being at the cafeteria during lunch, surrounded by thirty other of your elementary school-aged classmates.  Everyone unpacks their lunches: peanut butter jelly sandwiches on white bread, delicious looking red tomato sauce pasta with white spiral noodles, or the classic ham and cheese sandwiches packed into Hawaiian sweet bread buns.  You open your lunch – a cup full of cooked red beans and thin slices of white turkey.  Your friends look at you funny, “What are you eating?”  “I’m gluten-free,” you answer.  “You are gluten….what?”

Even if kids do not fully understand what being gluten-free is or why it is practiced, that does not mean that they have to feel that their diets are deprived of the delicious and yummy foods that regular eating habits incorporate.  Here are some scrumptious and appealing recipes that will make your kids forget that they are on any dietary restrictions!

Gluten-Free Kid-Friendly Breakfast

Going gluten-free does not mean that carbohydrates are completely out of the question.  Of course, you will be eliminating any white flours, but you can still incorporate some of your favorite breakfast staples into your breakfast routine.  Check out this delicious breakfast recipe for a sweet Sunday treat!

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

You will need:

  • 1 cup of gluten-free flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4ths teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4ths teaspoon of xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk.  This can be either homemade or store-bought, however, make sure that it is well-shaken.
  • 2 tablespoon of unsalted butter or a healthy alternative to a buttery spread, such as Earth Garden or canola oil.
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • Any additional butter or oil as needed to grease your pan before frying your pancakes

Directions:

  1. Get out a large mixing bowl and measure out your gluten flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum.
  2. Sift these contents together.
  3. Slowly and gradually whisk in the buttermilk, butter, egg, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Sit back for 5 minutes and let the batter attain proper consistency.
  5. Then, go ahead and turn on your frying pan or skillet.  Heat the butter or oil on medium-high heat.
  6. Pour about 1/4ths cup of batter onto the skillet and fry until you can see bubbles forming on top of the pancake.  This should take about 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Once one side is done, carefully flip it over to cook the other side.
  8. Serve with fresh fruit and enjoy!

Gluten-Free Kid-Friendly Lunches

Again, going gluten-free does not mean you should have to forgo your child’s love for sandwiches.  Here are two delicious lunch ideas to satisfy any gluten-free sandwich loving kid!

Cream Cheese Wrap

You Will Need:

  • Brown rice tortillas
  • Cream cheese
  • Meat of choice (turkey, chicken, ham, pepperoni)

Directions:

  1. Fold your brown rice tortilla in half, and then into quarters.
  2. Take your cream cheese and spread it on top of two of the quarters.
  3. Take your lunch meat of choice and place it on top of the cream cheese
  4. Place the remaining plain tortilla quarters on top.
  5. Enjoy your creamy and cheesy wrap!

Cheesy Broccoli Melts

This is a great lunch idea that kids will enjoy, and most importantly, it will help them get in some veggies!

You Will Need:

  • Gluten-free bread
  • Cheese of choice
  • Frozen vegetables of choice.  We used broccoli for this one, but you can use a vegetable melody, carrots, or cauliflower.
  • Broiled chicken strips

Directions:

  1. Toast your gluten-free bread until it is crispy
  2. Prepare your vegetables
  3. Assemble your sandwich.  Start by layering with the cheese, chicken, veggies, and then another layer of cheese.  Top with a slice of bread.
  4. Press down your sandwich with a napkin and microwave it for 20-25 seconds.
  5. Bite into your cheesy goodness!

Gluten-Free Kid-Friendly Dinners

Who said you could not get ethnic with your food choices when going gluten-free?  These two delicious dinner recipes are kid-friendly and will give them a taste of some traditional Chinese and Southern delicacies!

Baby-Back Ribs

You Will Need:

  • Baby back ribs
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of gluten-free Worcestshire sauce
  • 1/2 cup of ketchup along with a sprinkle of water
  • 1 tablespoon of gluten-free liquid smoke
  • Minced onion (optional) or desired seasoning (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place your un-dressed ribs in for 1.5 to 2 hours to cook.
  3. Remove your ribs from the oven and brush sauce and seasoning onto ribs.
  4. Grill your ribs for 20-30 minutes with the sauce.
  5. Enjoy some finger-licking goodness!

Pot Stickers

You Will Need:

  • ½ cup of rice flour
  • Pork or Chicken
  • Mint leaves
  • Gluten-free soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Ginger
  • Scallion

Directions:

  1. Make your pot sticker dough by adding 1/2 cup of boiling water to 1/2 cup rice flour.
  2. Make sure your dough is cool, and then take small handfuls of your dough and flatten them into circles that are about 4 inches wide.
  3. Sautee your ground pork or chicken with ½ a teaspoon of oil.  Add any ginger or scallion as desired.
  4. Take your cooked meat and scoop it gentle into your rice flour wrappers.
  5. Steam your pot stickers in a bamboo steamer or on a pan with a touch of water.
  6. Get some chop sticks and enjoy!

Choose Yummy!

A gluten-free lifestyle for kids does not mean boring and dry recipes.  Make gluten-free living fun with these enjoying and delicious recipe choices to make any child eager to eat!  As always, check out Udemy’s easily accessible online courses for any of your gluten-free needs.  Happy eating!