What do you serve at a birthday party if your guest of honor can’t have gluten or dairy? Both of my kids are on special diets, and one is off of gluten, dairy, soy, and egg, so we are used to doing some creative cooking in our house!
We’re having a park play-date party for our 3-year-old soon and a pizza supper that night. Here’s my meal plan for the day!
Park Play-date with Lunch and Cupcakes
- Peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches! Nothing is easier for a park playdate party than PBJs. We’ll bring regular bread for those who can eat it, and special rolls for those eating gluten-free. I’ll bake gluten-free, vegan rolls using Pamela’s Gluten-Free Bread Mix (I use a gel made from flax seeds and hot water to replace the egg in the bread recipe; spread “free form” rolls on parchment paper, making them as round and neat as I can; let them rise an hour; then bake them for about half an hour at 350-degrees. They freeze well and are a great convenience food if you have small kids with food allergies!)
- Watermelon slices – check out how this mom cuts watermelon slices that are easy for little fingers to hold!
- Wacky cupcakes – I’ve made this recipe many times. Here’s how I altered the recipe to make gluten-free, vegan vanilla cupcakes. For the flour blend I used 140 grams white rice flour, 46.6 gm potato starch, 23 gm tapioca flour, and 1.5 tsp xanthan gum. I left out the cocoa powder to make it a yellow cake. I used 1/2 cup Silk coconut milk and 1/2 cup water for the liquid (along with the vinegar, oil, and vanilla that the recipe calls for). Success!
- Vegan, chocolate frosting – I always make this recipe with Earth Balance dairy-free, soy-free spread. For a special presentation, pipe it onto the cupcakes instead of just spreading it. My kids love it!
My son has been asking for pizza lately, so I’ll making him a gluten-free, dairy-free pizza for supper on his birthday. We use Pamela’s Gluten-Free Bread Mix to make our pizzas. There’s a vegan pizza crust recipe on the bag that comes out great! I often double the recipe and make extra crusts to freeze plain, so we have them on hand when life gets busy and we need an easy supper.
When I bake pizza, I usually also make a big batch of pizza toppings in our crockpot so I can freeze it in small portions for future meals. Here’s what goes in our crock-pot for pizza sauce:
- 1-2 onions, sautéed
- 1-2 lbs sweet Italian turkey sausage, sautéed
- 1 lb ground beef or ground sausage, browned
- 8-oz mushrooms, sautéed
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 tsp basil
- 1-2 tsp oregano
- 1-2 tsp sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 2 small 8-oz cans tomato paste (read the ingredients – some brands contain milk or flour)
- 2 large 15-oz cans crushed tomatoes
Cook everything on low in your crockpot for 4-8 hours (check and stir at the 3-4 hour point – your crockpot may be hotter and faster than mine). Your house will smell great and you’ll have a ton of pizza toppings to use in future recipes!
Our kids can’t have dairy and don’t like “alternative cheeses,” so we just top our pizzas with this meat and mushroom topping. If your family enjoys dairy, by all means add cheese to your pizza. You may not need it, though, with a protein-packed sauce like this!