Gluten and Dairy-Free Party Recipes for Kids: Meat Balls with Carrots, Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Here are two recipes contributed by Irene Lok, a Malaysian who lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. Irene owns and runs NutriActionz Natural Health Clinic ─ a busy natural health clinic that uses nutrition, diet and lifestyle personalised programmes to reverse chronic diseases such as metabolic diseases, chronic digestive disorders, mitochondrial dysfunction, hormonal imbalances and autoimmune diseases.

Here, Irene has contributed two Easy Kids Recipes that are both gluten and dairy free: Meat Balls with Carrots and Grilled Vegetable Skewers. Children love these healthy, great-tasting finger foods. Best of all, they are easy to make! Try them out when you next plan a party!

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Kids love food that are colourful and which they can hold in their hands.
Kids love food that are colourful and which they can hold in their hands. (Image Credit: Irene Lok)

Meat Balls with Carrots

Ingredients

300g minced lean meat (beef, pork or chicken)

1 small carrot diced into small cubes

½ onion chopped finely

1 tablespoon tapioca flour or unwheatened corn flour

1 tablespoon tamari (gluten free option) or soy sauce

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2 tsp toasted sesame oil

1 tablespoon olive oil

Grated rind of ½ lemon

Method

Mix all of the above ingredients and roll into balls. Arrange onto an oiled oven tray. Bake at 180 degrees C for 20 minutes and leave to rest in oven for another 5 minutes before serving.

These meat balls can also be pan fried just before putting into oven to seal in the juices.

You can try a variety of vegetables, not just those suggested.
You can try a variety of vegetables, not just those suggested.

Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Ingredients

Cherry tomatoes

Button mushrooms halved

Courgettes (cut into 1 cm chunks)

Capsicum (different colours)

Method:

Soak some bamboo skewers in water. Prepare vegetables and skewer the different vegetables onto the skewer. Put skewer onto a grill or BBQ.

Variation: If you choose not to put skewers onto the grill, you can just use cherry tomatoes, capsicum, cucumber and some cubed fried tofu (that has been panfried).

 

 

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