Lunch and Dinner
Here are some ideas to get you started. Sometimes dinner is the most overwhelming part of cooking for an allergic child because you think you'll have to cook two meals each night, one for the family and one for your child. But, the truth is that it is easy to just make one meal. Many of your favorites can be adapted. And if you get stuck, just remember, get back to the basics! Grab some fresh meat, fresh vegetables, and your choice of allergen-free marinade and you've got a quick, allergy-friendly meal.
These are just some basics, check out my Recipe section for some of my favorite meals.
- Sandwiches -- Sunbutter and Jelly, Lunch Meat and melted non-dairy cheese, grilled non-dairy cheese and tomato, lunch meat and hummus (Lunch meat from the deli may be cut on the same blades as cheese, we only buy packaged lunch meat)
- Tacos and Refried Beans
- Sloppy Joes
- Veggie Burgers
- Stir Fry
- Hot Dogs
- Pork Tenderloin
- Pot Roast, Chicken, and Turkey
If I'm packing food for a meal out, here are my regular choices. These are the easiest meals to pack for us. I use a thermos to keep food warm and ice packs to keep food cold.
- Hot dog and green beans
- Yogurt and Granola
- Sunbutter/Hummus and crackers
- There are many types of frozen convenience foods that do not contain dairy, eggs, peanuts, or tree nuts. You may just need to spend some time in the grocery store reading labels. I have been able to find chicken nuggets, fish sticks, salmon patties, french fries, etc.