Kids and Allergies

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

This no-fuss, no-cook avocado chocolate pudding provides an abundance of healthy fats from the avocado. Serve cold with a generous topping of fresh raspberries.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

These buttery Dairy-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies are infused with the dark taste of cocoa. Only slightly sweet, they pair perfectly with granita. These cookies freeze well in an airtight container or zip-lock bag with wax paper between layers; remove from container and thaw before serving.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chili Macaroni & Cheese

I hadn’t tasted macaroni and cheese in over 20 years. Gluten-free versions aren’t on restaurant menus and making it from scratch—well, let’s just say, it seemed like a lot of work. But this year as winter lingered outside, I gave into craving and headed to the kitchen to develop a gluten-free, dairy-free version of this universal favorite.... The result? A wonderfully grown-up version of mac and cheese that speaks comfort. It’s so delicious and easy to make, I wonder why I waited so long.

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men

These crisp little cookies will delight the kids. Allergy friendly, they can be made dairy free and egg free with excellent results. The dough holds up to any rolling pin.
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Allergy-Friendly Gingerbread House

Building a gingerbread house is a beloved tradition for many families. But kids with food allergies can't participate in this fun holiday project due to the risk of a reaction. Living Without contributor Wendy Mondello blogs about a new product that has helped bring the Christmas spirit to her household.
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Trick or Treat!

Concerned about Halloween revelry and food sensitivities? Here’s how Living Without's Wendy Mondello, mother of a son with multiple severe food allergies, keeps the holiday fun and safe for her children.

Turkey Cheese Wraps with Honey Mustard

La Tortilla Factory (latortillafactory.com) offers gluten-free wraps made with teff, an African grain the size of a poppy seed. Your kids will love this Gluten-Free Turkey Cheese Wrap with Honey Mustard for lunch.

Gluten-Free Grilled Pizza Crust

Grilled pizza is a family favorite. The trick is using extremely hot, well-oiled grates to keep the dough from sticking. Once the crust is grilled, brush it with olive oil and sprinkle it with chopped tomatoes, oregano, garlic cloves and fresh basil leaves. Shut the lid and you’ll have a delicious gluten-free pizza within minutes.

Gluten-Free Coconut Chicken Tenders

Most recipes for pan-fried or oven-fried chicken call for dipping chicken pieces in beaten egg and then in flour before frying. In this egg-free rendition, coconut flour and cornstarch batter stand in for the eggs and flaked coconut stands in for the flour. Serve these crusty gluten-free tenders with a green salad and pan-fried plantains, baked or roasted sweet potatoes, a creamy vegetable soup, or a fresh fruit salad.

Gluten-Free Double-Layer Nachos

Nachos might be called the anything-goes snack. They are easy and delicious, no matter what you add. I often serve these gluten-free nachos with fresh guacamole and sometimes I sauté bell peppers and add them to the chilies.

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