Allergy-Friendly BBQ Food Tips

The sun has got his hat on and it’s finally time to get the BBQ out. But maybe your little one suffers from a whole host of food allergies? Never fear – Scratch Sleeves is here to save the day with our allergy-friendly BBQ food tips!bbqfood

Meat-free alternatives

Meat can contain all kinds of chemicals – so it’s best to avoid it all together to prevent allergies and eczema flare-ups. A few ideas for meat-free alternative include:

  • Vegetable skewers: Absolutely delicious and definitely nutritious! Simply stick your favourite pieces of veg on a skewer and grill for five minutes each side. Our personal favourite is mushrooms, aubergine, onion, courgette and red peppers!
  • Dairy-free vegetable burger: You can make these in batches very easily (especially if you have a food processor). We even have a special allergy-free veggie burger recipe.
  • Grilled asparagus: Surprisingly popular with children and very healthy. Just drizzle raw asparagus in olive oil and grill them for a few minutes each side.
  • Supermarket: Check your local supermarket for gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free sausages and burger – some of which are better than their meat alternatives!
  • Use gluten-free, vegetarian bread rolls for the best results. We recommend visiting your local bakery – we were surprised to discover vegan rolls!

Allergy-friendly side-dishes

A BBQ isn’t complete without the little extras. Add a special touch to your BBQ with some allergy-friendly treats…

  • Corn on the cob: A classic hit with everyone!
  • Potato Salad: Leave out the mayo
  • Grated cheese: There are lots of dairy-free options available in the supermarket or your local health food shop.
  • BBQ Sauce: Just mix a pinch of salt and pepper, 1 tsp paprika, 1tbsp honey (great for eczema!), half a garlic clove, half a minced onion and 120ml of hot water. Mix it all together and you have the greatest BBQ sauce on the planet!

NB: Make sure you wrap all food in tin foil to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Or better yet, use a separate, disposable BBQ!