I work hard to find non-candy ways for my son to enjoy Valentine’s Day, but I also don’t want him to feel left out. And I think one day, he’ll appreciate the effort I went through to give him his very own special chocolate candies.
As the host, I feel it’s my responsibility to ensure that the Easter table is safe for him. And I welcome that responsibility (and sometimes challenge). Of course, if you have a 2-year-old, you know they’re picky little buggers who don’t eat much.
These days, our allergies are eggs and dairy, but if you also have nut, peanut, soy and gluten on your list, there are lots of options. Here are just a few ideas to pull from this Sunday.
Stuffing/dressing has always been one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. But a lot of traditional recipes call for egg and butter, which we can't do. So, here's the traditional option we'll be doing this year.
The earthiness of mushrooms is something I love. I'm biased because I don't have anything against the fungi. I like them big and small, stuffed and grilled, sautéed or raw. But if you have family members who aren't as fond of mushrooms, I think starting with a simple sautéed baby bellas is a good move.
My son is all about chicken thighs with some light spice. Getting him to TRY (much less LIKE) any other cut of meat is not easy. But last night, I scored something of a victory. He's never had chicken nuggets, but if your kiddo prefers the smaller shape, there's no reason you can't cut the chicken into smaller bites before breading and cooking.
Since we don't do eggs, nuts or dairy, baking can be a challenge, but I've found that it's easy to modify Libby's pumpkin cookie recipe (a favorite from my own childhood) to make it vegan and allergy-friendly.
In our house, chicken is the meat of choice. My son prefers thighs; I prefer breast meat. This dinner seemed to be a good compromise because the meat stayed pretty moist. Plus, it's free of dairy, eggs, soy, nuts and gluten too.