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100 Delectable Recipes for Your Gluten-Free Kid

January 12th, 2011


Finding recipes that your picky kids will eat is hard enough, but when you add in the requirement that those meals be gluten-free as well, things can get a bit tricky. Luckily, there are loads of other parents, chefs and gluten-free eaters out there who paved the way towards good eating and willingly share their knowledge with others. Here are 100 great recipes created by these gluten-free gurus that are sure to please your little one, at home or at school, while making sure he or she stays happy and healthy at the same time.

Breakfast

These recipes will help you start off the day right – without any gluten.

  1. Breakfast Muffins: Using quinoa flour instead of wheat helps make these healthy muffins tasty and gluten-free.
  2. Pancakes: You don't have to give up yummy pancakes to avoid gluten, as this recipe shows. Add some fruit for a delicious morning meal.
  3. Green Eggs and Ham Quiche: Kids will love this literature-inspired dish for breakfast.
  4. Gluten-Free Granola: When you're in a hurry, this gluten-free snack makes an excellent way to stay healthy.
  5. Overnight Belgian Waffles: Make these waffles ahead of time for a quick, satisfying meal – even when you've got a crazy morning ahead.
  6. Gluten-Free Biscuits: Add some gravy, eggs or jelly and you've got a perfect morning meal in these biscuits.
  7. Bagels: You can make bagels at home and they can be gluten-free! Just try this recipe and see for yourself.
  8. Scrambled Tofu: Eat healthy with this great recipe for eggs and tofu.
  9. Easy Morning Potato Pancakes: Serve up some latkes your kids will love by following this recipe.
  10. Poached Eggs on Toast: This simple, classic comfort food goes gluten-free in this recipe.
  11. Hash Brown Casserole: If you're craving some potatoes for breakfast, whip up this great gluten-free meal.

Lunch

Pack or make these delicious lunches for your kids. They're sure to please and healthy to boot!

  1. Thai Chicken Wraps: These wraps are healthy, low-cal and, best of all, gluten-free.
  2. Cilantro Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: What kid doesn't love a good grilled cheese? With this recipe you'll get a great take on a classic without all the gluten.
  3. Gluten-Free Spaghetti-Os: You may not be able to eat the store bought variety, but you can make your own version of this meal that kids will love.
  4. Nori Wraps: If your kids like sushi, these delightful wraps can be the perfect addition to any lunchbox.
  5. Teriyaki Chicken Salad: This chicken salad is simple and can be made with leftovers from the night before.
  6. Whole Grain Wraps: Follow this recipe for a gluten-free wrap and stuff it with whatever meats, cheeses and veggies your kids like.
  7. Gluten-Free Nachos: Add some veggies to turn these yummy nachos into a healthier meal.
  8. Avocado and Bean Pasta Salad: This simple pasta salad is sure to please.
  9. Baked Sweet Potato and Bacon: Give your kids some extra nutrition by replacing that potato with a sweet potato.
  10. Tomato Soup: Serve this soup with the gluten-free grilled cheese above and your kid will be a happy camper.

Main Courses

Looking for something to make for dinner? These recipes have got you covered.

  1. Easy and Fast Carbonara: This carbonara recipe will help you whip up dinner in a jiffy.
  2. Quick Roast Chicken with Lemon and Spices: Try out this roast chicken for a healthy, hearty meal on a busy weeknight.
  3. Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas: Even picky eaters won't turn up their noses at this adaptation of a Mexican classic.
  4. Vegetable Sushi: Have some fun with sushi and wrap up delicious veggies for dinner.
  5. BBQ Pulled Chicken: Easy to make and delicious, this recipe is perfect for the gluten-free home.
  6. Pork Ramen: Ramen doesn't have to be boring. Jazz and health it up using this recipe.
  7. Red Beans and Rice: This classic can be adapted to a gluten-free diet with these handy instructions.
  8. Chicken Fajita Quesadillas: Try out this quesadilla recipe for a great dinner in minutes.
  9. Crab and Corn Chowder: Kids will love this salty and sweet chowder for dinner or lunch.
  10. Baked Brown Rice Risotto: This risotto is amazingly healthy and will surely to please your entire family.
  11. Spring Pasta: Spice up some gluten-free pasta with veggies using this recipe.

Sides

These sides don't contain gluten, but do have loads of great taste even kids won't be able to resist.

  1. Carrot French Fries: Who says French fries have to be potatoes? This carrot version is a great healthy adaptation.
  2. Cauliflower Rice: Gluten-free kids of all ages will enjoy this healthy side dish.
  3. Thanksgiving Stuffing: You don't just have to save this stuffing recipe for special occasions! Bring it out any time you have a roasted meat.
  4. Gluten-Free Baked Beans: This summery side becomes gluten-free when you try out this recipe.
  5. Roasted Vegetables: You can't go wrong with some simple roasted veggies like those found in this recipe. If you've got picky eaters, substitute their favorites.
  6. Grilled Chili Relleno: This stuffed chili is a tasty treat anytime you can get to a grill.
  7. Spanish Rice: Serve this side alongside any classic Latin American dish.
  8. Green Bean Casserole: Because this holiday favorite very often contains canned soups, it's hard to find a gluten-free recipe. Yet if you don't want to miss out on this retro dish, use this recipe instead.
  9. Roasted Potato Wedges: Using a variety of different potatoes, this recipe makes roasted potatoes fun for little eaters.
  10. Peanut Coleslaw: Using a peanut dressing, this dish spices up the traditional coleslaw recipe.
  11. Creamy Potato Gratin: These delicious potatoes go well with just about anything.

Snacks

These snacks are great gluten-free choices any time of the day.

  1. Vegan Herb Crackers: Top with cheese or eat alone for an excellent gluten-free snack.
  2. Power Bars: Why buy what you can make better and gluten-free at home?
  3. Tamari Roasted Almonds: Almonds are full of protein that can help keep your kids fueled up all day long.
  4. Pita Bread and Hummus: This recipe shows a simple way to make your own pitas and hummus.
  5. Deviled Eggs: You don't need to be on a picnic to enjoy this summery snack.
  6. Spicy Roasted Edamame: Edamame are incredibly healthy and low-cal, so try out this recipe to give them a little extra spice.
  7. Roasted Kale Chips: Even kids will appreciate the rich, nutty flavor of these kale chips.
  8. Caramel Corn: Try out this caramel corn recipe for a great treat to keep or give away as gifts.
  9. Chicken Salad Lettuce Wrap: These wraps are not only healthy and gluten-free, but pretty tasty to boot.
  10. Fried Polenta: Turn this Italian staple into something new by frying it.

Classics

Just because you have to cook gluten-free doesn't mean you have to give up on classic dinners. Try these gluten-free recipes to enjoy your old favorites.

  1. Italian Chicken Nuggets: Most kids love chicken nuggets, so capitalize on that with this healthy and gluten-free recipe.
  2. Chicken Potpie Bowl: A dinnertime classic, this adaptation makes the comforting dish perfect for even Celiac eaters.
  3. Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese: You won't miss anything when you make this take on mac and cheese.
  4. Gluten-Free Tacos: Skip the flour tortillas when you make this taco recipe for dinner.
  5. Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza: Pizza can be even more delicious and healthy when you follow this recipe.
  6. Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole: Go retro with this casserole classic at dinner.
  7. Lasagna: Full of good stuff, this dish is filling and is great for families with kids.
  8. Spaghetti and Meatballs: Simple, tasty and gluten-free, this recipe meets all the requirements for a perfect family meal.
  9. Gluten-Free Chili: You can adjust the spice level to your tastes in this great gluten-free recipe.
  10. Chicken Soup: Whether you're sick or just need a good soup to warm your family up, a bowl of classic chicken comfort is a great choice.

Desserts

If you or your child has a sweet tooth, these desserts are a great way to indulge it, gluten-free!

  1. Carob Brownies: This recipe uses carob as a substitute for cocoa, creating brownies that are still delicious, but a bit healthier.
  2. Gluten-Free Ice Cream: Ice cream is naturally gluten-free, so learn to enjoy this icy treat by making your own.
  3. Fig Cookies: The fig cookies you find in stores may contain gluten, but these alternatives don't and are just as yummy.
  4. Dark Chocolate Brownies: These amazingly decadent brownies are a great indulgence for families who eat gluten-free.
  5. Sugar Cookies: These cookies are perfect for icing and decorating on any holiday.
  6. Churros: Covered in cinnamon and sugar, these tubular donuts are a lot easier to make than you might think.
  7. Rice Krispie Treats: Here's a great gluten-free recipe that can help your kids eat this treat without all that pesky gluten.
  8. Chocolate Pudding Cups: This recipe creates a yummy pudding that's free from corn, dairy, gluten and soy.
  9. 36-Hour Chocolate Chip Cookies: These cookies might take you awhile to make, but it will be worth it.
  10. Lemon Cheesecake Bars: While they're not healthy, these gluten-free dessert bars sure are tasty.
  11. Carrot Cake: Throw a few veggies into your dessert by using this great recipe for gluten-free carrot cake.

Baking

You might not think there's much baking you can do that doesn't involve gluten in some form or another, but you'd be wrong. These recipes prove that baking can be just as fun, even without the gluten.

  1. Banana Bread: As breads go, banana bread is pretty healthy, though not traditionally gluten-free. This recipe changes that by substituting a few key ingredients.
  2. Gluten-Free Bread: This basic bread will go great with any soup or to make sandwiches.
  3. Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes: Indulge your sweet tooth with this simple recipe.
  4. Soft Pretzels: Have these great treats on hand at all time by making and freezing this recipe.
  5. Sesame Crackers: Sesame seeds are packed with protein – and since these crackers contain no gluten, they're a great choice for a snack.
  6. Yellow Cake: Whether for a birthday or just a special treat, this gluten-free recipe will help you whip up a cake.
  7. Panettone: Have this Christmas dish anytime of the year when you use this recipe.
  8. Millet Oatmeal Bread: This bread is hearty and healthy and perfect for gluten-free families.
  9. Cornbread: Serve with chili or a soup for a well-rounded meal.
  10. Pumpkin Muffins: Make the most of pumpkin season with this mouth-watering recipe.
  11. Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread: Kids will love this sweet and delicious recipe.

Beverages

Round out your meal with one of these great drinks.

  1. Homemade Almond Milk: Why buy almond milk at the store when you can make your own fresh at home?
  2. Green Smoothie: Sneak some veggies into your kids' diets with this recipe.
  3. Homemade Hot Chocolate: Many store bought hot chocolates aren't gluten-free, so whip up your own at home.
  4. Agua Fresca: Kids will love this refreshing drink any time of the year.
  5. Apple-Lemon Slush: Help kids cool off in summer by making this recipe with fresh fruit juices.
  6. Chocolate Banana Strawberry Milkshake: Try out this gluten-free shake for a yummy dessert.
  7. Blueberry Smoothie: This smoothie is full of vitamins and antioxidants.
  8. Gluten Free Horchata: Your kids can still enjoy this classic Mexican drink with the help of a gluten-free recipe.
  9. Cucumber Lemonade: Use this recipe to create a slightly different take on the standard lemonade.
  10. Strawberry Smoothie: Berries are good for your kids, and when put in this smoothie, they'll be crying for more.

Miscellaneous

Sauces, gravies and more make this miscellaneous list of gluten-free treats.

  1. Almond Butter: Create this healthy and tasty almond butter to serve with fruit or put on a sandwich.
  2. Gluten-Free Gravy: Instead of wheat flour, this recipe will show you some helpful substitutions that will make this gravy gluten-free.
  3. Applesauce: Whip up a batch of applesauce as a great treat for your kids.
  4. Mango and Avocado Salsa: This salsa is yummy eaten on its own with chips or served over chicken or fish.
  5. Homemade Marshmallows: These marshmallows can be a fun and wintry treat for kids– especially when paired with homemade hot chocolate.


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