Any family get-together is sure to involve food. Especially a holiday celebration. Our family likes to do big meals potluck-style so no one person is responsible for all the food. This can be challenging with a variety of food allergies and food sensitivities to accommodate.
|It can be a bit tricky to get a decent pic of all four monkeys!|
In our house, Bubs is allergic to milk, eggs, and peanuts and has a whole slew of other food sensitivities, including gluten and soy. GirlyGirl is allergic to peanuts, my nephew is allergic to milk, and my sister-in-law is sensitive to gluten.
This is how our Fourth of July lunch looked:
The main dish was ribs, which were prepared at a local grocery store (so who knows what's on them or what they are contaminated with). We also grilled hamburgers (and added cheese to some). Bubs had a turkey burger on a Top 8 free bun, and my nephew and SIL had a hamburger sans cheese or a bun.
|Enjoying a holiday lunch free from food restrictions|
I made four versions of pasta salad. The main type was made with regular noodles and hunks of cheese. I also made a pot of gluten free noodles and used milk-free cheese (Daiya shreds) for the boys'. There was also plenty of veggies, baked beans, salad, chips and salsa, and fruit kabobs (in the shape of an American flag, of course). Plenty of food for all!
For dessert/treats we had several allergy-safe options including brownies (I used Namaste mix with less oil than it called for, added applesauce, used egg replacer, and added Enjoy Life chocolate chips -- they were AMAZING!!!), Rice Krispie treats, and cake pops. I was tempted to add red, white, and blue sprinkles to the cake pops, but since we are avoiding artificial colors, I had to nix that idea. We also had homemade ice cream, so the boys had So Delicious milk-free ice cream.
|Three types of cake pops to accommodate various tastes|
Even though we have to deal with several food restrictions, on this Fourth of July we did a pretty good job of allowing our peeps to feel safe and unrestricted. We had a great time enjoying family and good food.
|Even the kiddos without allergies love the Top 8 Free treats!|
|A plateful of allergen-free treats|