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Me again...hope I'm not being a pain in the butt! We're definatley starting gluten-free for Ellie, but I'm having a tough time with food choices. Snacks are easy enough, but meals are tougher. Anyone have any good ideas, or know of a website I can look at? I checked out the recipe board here, but most of them are adult meals. Shes only 16 months old, so I need some fun, easy-eating ideas that hopefully aren't too much of a pain...I'm definately no chef! Thanks in advance!!

Oh, by the way, I live in Canada, in a teeny-tiny town, so I don't have any big-name stores here or anywhere nearby. I'm hoping to do most of this just shopping out of the local grocers. Thanks!

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If your home is gluten free, which does make it much easier both for you and for her, what about simply giving her portions of what you are eating? Pretty much anything you can make that has gluten can be made without it. If your child needs the diet you can be pretty sure that there are others in the family that may benefit from it also.

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My daughter is 17 months (son is 4). Anyway, I cook all gluten-free/DF meals. Both of my wee ones get smaller amounts of what we eat for meals.

breakfast:

scrambled eggs- a lot- the scrambled are good that way she can pick them up herself

fruit- she likes cut apples

pancakes- I just her these w/o syrup(don't use it myself either)

smoothies = in a sippy or she drinks out of my cup

bacon or sausage- she likes both

lunch and supper:

chili- I just don't make this too spicy (although she tolerates VERY spicy food) I either feed her or just let her get out of my bowl- the beans are easy for her to pick up and the chunks of meat- that was supper last night

soups- any and every kind- same as with the chili- she gets it without the liquid

roast chicken w/ veggies and salad- she loves chewing on the chicken leg and just likes the veggies to the side. I don't usually give her salada as the lettuce is hard for her to chew but sliced carrots or whatever else I put on there.

meatloaf and mashed potatoes, corn on the cob- she loves this! same as before she just eats it with her hands

bean burritos and rice- I usually help her with this as it is hard to pick up rice, but she will often eat the beans on her own

spaghetti- another favorite here and really kid easy

curry chicken and peas w/ rice

bar-b-que sandwich w/ homemade fries and coleslaw

There are some of our menu items. All of which are obviously made to be gluten-free/DF. All work out great for her. On meats I cut it into little pieces and same w/ veggies, but otherwise it is the same. She loves feeding herself.

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