Introducing a Gluten Free Diet for choosy kids

20 Apr

It’s hard to get kids to eat properly and if your kids are on a gluten free diet then your trouble doubles. However, every problem has a solution; all it takes is the right approach. We all know that kids like foods that can be dipped in something else and almost every child loves pizza.

Keeping these two basics in mind, I developed this recipe that can serve as a perfect appetizer or a main dish and can also be packed for lunch (if kids have access to microwave to re-heat them a little).

I have used my family’s favorite pizza combo of pepperoni and cheese in this recipe but you can always change it to the flavor you like. If you want it dairy free, use dairy free shredded cheese or you can make it without any cheese at all. You can change the combinations and flavors as per your or kids liking – for example, you can substitute pepperoni with sun dried tomatoes.

The most amazing thing about this recipe is that it is really easy to make. I added some dried Italian seasoning, shredded mozzarella cheese and chopped peperoni to a box of gluten free bread stick mix. Then, I brushed them with olive oil and topped with shredded parmesan to add some cheesy gloss to it.

The dipping sauce is prepared in just under 2 minutes and works is a great sauce to be used with your regular pizza as well. I used dried garlic and herbs instead of fresh ones for convenience and to add that special flavor that you wouldn’t get otherwise unless you simmer your sauce all day long.

I know pizza isn’t a perfect dinner every night but “pizza night” is a great family fun once in a while. Also, it gets your kids running to the dinner table without you calling them twice!

Gluten Free Pizza Breadsticks

Ingredients

Breadsticks

A 7.5 ounce box of gluten free garlic onion breadstick mix

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or dairy free cheese)

2 large eggs

3 ounces pepperoni, diced into ¼ inch pieces

1 teaspoon dry Italian seasoning

2 tablespoons olive oil for the bread stick dough plus 1 teaspoon olive oil

¼ cup water

¼ cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese (omit for dairy free)

Sauce

A 6 ounce can of tomato paste

2 teaspoons dry Italian seasoning

1 tablespoon olive oil

6 ounces water

½ teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

A pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

A pinch of sugar or just a dash of agave, honey or any sweetener of your choice

Directions

Breadsticks

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with baking paper or a silicon baking mat.

Combine the breadstick mix, 2 tablespoons olive oil, shredded cheese, eggs, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, diced pepperoni and water in a mixing bowl. Stir the mix with a fork to combine well – don’t try to make it smooth as it will not get smooth until you knead it. Now, place your mix onto a clean work surface and knead until the dough comes together and is smooth. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll into small breadstick logs about 4 ½ inches long. Place the breadsticks on the prepared baking sheet, brush with olive oil and sprinkle the ¼ cup of parmesan on top. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with the sauce for dipping.

Sauce

Mix all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Whisk well to combine and heat until warm. Let your sauce sit while the breadsticks are baking. Serve the sauce warm with hot breadsticks.

This gluten free recipe is a perfect way to get kids asking for more.

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