Sometimes I get in a huge food rut. Let’s face it, we are avoiding 10 foods that my son is allergic to and it’s just plain difficult to be creative sometimes. N is allergic to dairy, oat, egg, peanut, carrot, pumpkin, celery, and strawberry. We also avoid tree nuts because of cross contamination and have to skip raw tomato. We recently went on a semi-spontaneous road trip and I had to pack all of my little man’s meals in advance. I was agonizing over what to pack for him, and I was given a bit of inspiration while perusing Facebook one day. A friend of mine posted Chicken Nugget Kabobs. Brilliant! A lot of the time, it’s all in the presentation or an Oldie But Goodie with a twist. Now, I couldn’t do this exact lunch idea for on the road, but it did give me some inspiration for these mini-kabobs made with ham, Daiya cheese cubes, and fruit all stuck onto toothpicks. I even got a little help assembling them and they were a hit! I served them up with sugar snap peas with hummus for dipping, and 2 mini muffins. For an at home lunch, this would even be a great fine motor activity for the little ones, and we all know kids will eat better if they help create their meal.
The next meal I packed for him was similar, but involved him “building” little sandwich crackers. I used a pizza cutter to slice some ham into squares, cut some Daiya cheese into small, thin squares, and added a bag of Wheat Thin crackers. Basically, it’s a homemade Lunchable…but much more healthy! I paired it with fresh watermelon (a favorite!) and another mini muffin. This is another fun lunch for at home.
We recently were able to welcome some new foods in our lives! Finally, we can now make our allergen free version of PB & J sandwiches….with SunButter! I am sooooo excited for SunButter. It’s so creamy, and has a wonderful, satisfying flavor. The flavor is oddly close to peanut butter but without a side of anaphylaxis. Score! I made the sandwich the morning he would be eating it for lunch so it wouldn’t get soggy, so that’s why it’s missing in the picture below, not because I ate it 😉 N loves berries and cucumbers, and of course the Golden Oreos I put in his lunch for a treat.
One of my favorite ideas that I found on the internet a year ago or so (but can’t remember the source), was the following idea of serving lunch in an ice cube tray. N loves it when I serve his lunch this way, and it’s a great way to get a variety of fruits and veggies in the kids. Like I said before, sometimes it’s all in the presentation. This tray has cantaloupe, watermelon, and broccoli.
I wish I had time for cute little cut outs and such, but I just don’t. I’ll leave that to those Super Moms that don’t have kids that follow them around all day wanting to be held. If you are one of those moms, more power to ya! I’m happy if the kids get a mostly whole foods diet and they actually eat it before I have to mop it up off of the floor!
What’s your favorite allergen friendly lunch at your house?