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December 9, 2013

SIMPLY GLUTEN-FREE: Try these kid-friendly gluten-free tips

Tonawanda News — I often get emails from people asking me for recipes for “kid food.” Personally I never made a distinction in my home between kid food and grown up food – good food should be enjoyed by all. But I do understand that some kids can be pickier eaters. If this is the case with your child then you need to find ways that make food more appealing to the youngsters. 

Here are a few tips I have discovered for getting kids to eat. 

Skewers

It seems that kids like to eat things off a stick! Get some wooden skewers and thread pieces of fruit on them. Cut meat and veggies into bite-sized pieces and cook on skewers shish-kabob style. 

Dipping

It seems that kids will be more willing to try something if they can dip it into something else. Make gluten-free dips for veggies, meats and fruits. Let’s face it, it is just fun to dip and eat!

Crunch

Texture can be a big deal for kids. I have found that most kids like crunchy textures over mushy. Try coating foods in crispy, gluten-free cracker coatings before baking to add crunch.

Size

Making food size appropriate is always a good tip. A child may not want to eat a whole chicken leg but very few will turn down a mini chicken “leg.” Chicken wing drumettes are fun and the wing has the most flavor of any part of the chicken.

Finger food

Honestly everyone — not just kids — likes to eat with their fingers now and again. This is especially helpful when your child has not yet mastered the use of silverware. Cut food into bite-sized pieces and let them use their hands. 

This recipe for gluten free crispy chicken wings uses many of these tips. Choose a gluten-free barbecue sauce that is not too spicy for the kids and I think you will find this recipe is a winner for everyone.

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