Kid-Friendly Meal Plan
So, you have a picky eater you say?
I heard you loud and clear in our facebook support group the other day when I asked what deters you most from eating healthy. Most voted that picky eaters are the main cause of easy, less nutritious meals hitting the table because, hey, who needs a brussel sprout fight at 6pm, amiright? I took your input and super-charged your responses in hopes that I can help encourage you in the kitchen and eating wholesome meals as a family again!
#1 Tip: Plan it out
The most frustrating thing is reaching for that must-have ingredient at 5:30pm only to discover it is not there. Or, opening your fridge in hopes that something new teleported in since that last snack attack, but of course, same old. Making sure your pantry and fridge are well stocked is essential when trying to cut corners and make great meals in a snap.
Picky eaters can make meal times hellish, and I'm lucky to only have two to worry about. Some of my best tricks have included pureeing vegetables to sneak in to recipes, coating everything in nutella, and straight up lying to them (hey, we do what we have to do, right?)
But I’d be a total loser if I didn’t tell you I've enlisted the help of a food delivery service to keep my sanity through it all, and highly recommend others to do so. I can read labels without kids in my shopping cart from the comfort of my pj’s and lavender almond milk latte. It helps me menu plan, budget and save time (and gas $$) by not have to driving to the store. There are lots of providers for this service today and I’ve attached my fav at the bottom here like a little love letter :)
SLIDE THROUGH THIS KID-FRIENDLY MEAL PLAN AND TELL ME WHAT’S UP, BUTTERCUP!
Dish on your fav recipes, your gfree struggle feeding littles, how long you’ve been down a online rabbit-hole and what lead you here…I wanna know it all. Use the comments below but first, take a knee and give yourself grace for sticking out this gluten-free battle.
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Kick your mornings into gear with these power packed muffins! With just four main ingredients, these Sweet Potato Banana Bites are gluten-free, easy to make and they make a great snack for both kids and adults!
you will need: ripe bananas, sweet potato mash, eggs & nut butter.
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These are my absolute favourite gluten free waffle. We make a huge batch on the weekends so we can pop them in the toaster throughout the week for easy weekday mornings. Another great way for you to save time too!
you will need: rice flour, tapioca flour, or blend featuring those flours.
for recipe click here.
These are awesome to house any kind of topping, when we have some leftover from burgers, I'll use these for breakfast sandwiches, filling them with eggs, ham and cheese (or tomato and avo for mine). Kids love them and a great way to make sure your gfree baked goods get used before going stale.
for bun recipe, click here
This is a great recipe to make on an afternoon off and pound out a bunch for the week ahead, pop them in the freezer and grab them for a quick, easy and nutritious breakfast. Way more sensible than going through the breakfast drive thru and more cost effective too! Use rice flour wraps to keep it gfree, and warm in a pan before wrapping to avoid the wrap from cracking and breaking.
Here is the full recipe with step by step instructions with photos.
THESE! Are the first pancake of my life that I have ever liked! I always thought of pancakes as just a sugar sponge and nothing else. These are light, fluffy, yummy and soooo easy to make a big batch and freeze again for another time.
you will need: rice flour and potato starch or a flour blend that contains these.
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I love a good appy. And fish cakes are a reeeeeealllly hard thing for me to turn down. I fins them easy to whip up from last night's left overs, and carry really well in packed lunches. Make sure you serve alongside a bed of greens and some sort of sauce. Kids love to dip!
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I will feature this recipe anywhere I can! I LOVE it, its power-packed with nutrients to keep you strong or return you back to health in no time. If you kids are the kind that won't eat 'trees' or pick food out, BLEND this soup, it's great dipped in garlic toast!
for recipe and review, click here.
I love a loaded potato. In fact, I've been known to travel with baked potatoes in my purse. Weird. I know, but when you live with others with severe allergies, you do what you gotta do, right? Check out this yummy healthy sweet potato version-or make your favourite with good ol' russets!
Make your own favourite taco's and substitute iceberg lettuce for a shell. Cook up a batch of yummy beans and add all the fixin's as you please. I love to cook a big baked bean batch, freeze portions and use it many different meals. A great left over lunch meal!
Such great flavour combinations that kids love! Crunchy, sweet, and sticky! I dare you find a kid that doesn't love something about this dinner. Adjust the spices to your family's tolerance, but be sure to cook with some, it's important for little pallets to start developing at a young age.
for recipe, click here.
This easy one-pot dish leaves for less time scrubbing dishes and more with your family. It's lean and nutritious, and if your kids only eat the pasta, it's better than nothing right?
NOTE: To make gluten free, use gfree noodles and always ensure your meat says gluten free. If it doesn't, assume there is gluten or contaminants of gluten. Depending on the severity of your allergy/tolerance this could still cause damage to the intestinal walls.
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I had a really great recipe for this, and can't source it...so until then this recipe is second-best! I love to crush green chilies, raw ginger and garlic together in a pestle and mortar to really get the flavours going first. Serve with naan and your kids won't even know it's vegan!
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LISTEN, GOING GLUTEN FREE AIN'T EASY.
In fact, I believe more people would do if it didn't seem so daunting.
If you are looking for a more guided approach in a supportive group format, then lets talk. I've got just the program for you, fill out your deets below and I"ll be in touch shortly.