The Perfect Lunch

For the longest time, we couldn’t figure out how to go for pizza with our dairy-allergic freak daughter. For a while, we tried hunting down pizza restaurants that had dairy-free pizzas. One of Pizza Hut’s crusts (thin, I think?) is dairy-free and if you order it without cheese, you get away with a dairy-free pizza.

Lily hates it. She’s never eaten more than one bite of it, and I can’t really blame her. It looks pretty gross.

What Lily DOES like is pepperoni. She could eat plates and plates and plates full of pepperoni. She can’t get enough of the stuff. In fact, when we were worried about her low weight as a baby, we probably could have solved that problem by switching her to a diet of pepperoni.

It took us forever to put two and two together, but we finally found the perfect solution to feeding a dairy-free child at a pizza restaurant: Order the toppings you want to come on a plate. Just the toppings.

So now, we order pepperoni and green peppers. The waitress will get totally confused about billing it, but the restaurant always tries to accommodate us. Lily is super happy with the results.

What’s funny is that when other kids see what Lily “has to” eat at a pizza restaurant or when we order pizza at our house, they get jealous. Once I had a playdate here and we ordered pizza and ALL the kids asked if they could have a plateful of pepperoni just like Lily. Let’s face it, when you are a kid pepperoni is the BEST part of the pizza. Heck, even as a grown up I love me some pepperoni. At that playdate, I ended up running out of pepperoni because that’s what ALL the kids ate instead of their pizza.

Apparently, Lily’s dairy-free solution to pizza is an enviable meal in kid-world. We were over here feeling badly that we were eating pizza in front of her, but really it was the other kids who felt bad that THEY didn’t get to eat just the pepperoni.

Pepperoni: The perfect lunch (except for that whole nutritional value thing. But really, how healthy was pizza anyway?).


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