Keeping your children on a gluten-free diet can be hard to do, especially when school is back in session. Anything you can do to keep them on track is important.
Packing a lunch daily is one way to ensure they are getting what they need, while avoiding what they don’t. These Gluten- Free School Lunch Ideas include new combinations so your kids won’t think they are missing anything at all!
Try pepperoni roll-ups, breadless sandwiches, chicken salad lettuce wraps, avocado tuna salad, veggie sandwiches, meatballs, butterfly bagels, ham and cheese apple wraps, and sandwiches on a stick—yum!
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1. Breadless Sandwich Ideas
From Kitchen Stewardship
Whatever your reasons are for cutting out gluten, it doesn’t have to mean you cut out sandwiches. These 10 breadless sandwiches are a great way to cut out gluten, but still send a healthy lunch with your children to school.
Some ideas include substituting things like gluten free crackers, crepes, and tortillas for the bread. Other ideas include using large lettuce leaves to create a sandwich, inside of which you can put the rest of your typical gluten-free sandwich fixings.
Vegetable “boats” made from hollowed out sweet peppers or tomatoes are another creative idea for housing sandwich ingredients if the center is hollowed out.
2. Gluten Free Butterfly Bagels
From Keeley McGuire
Going gluten free doesn’t have to be complicated or result in a boring meal. Not only are these super gluten free butterfly bagels allergy free and delicious, they are adorable.
Obviously the butterfly starts with a gluten free bagel. There are store bought versions available. Three large carrot chunks are used for the center.
Raisins add a fun texture and pattern to the bagel butterfly wings. So easy!
3. Ham and Cheese Apple Wraps
Three ingredients combine in this super simple recipe that is perfect for a healthy lunchtime alternative to a sandwich or can also make for an easy snack.
A simple recipe that is filling, yummy, and gluten free, you just need deli ham, crisp apple slices, and your favorite sliced cheese.
With the ham slices on the bottom, add a slice of cheese. Place an apple wedge in the center, and simply roll it up to create a wrap. Easy!
4. Gluten Free Sandwiches on a Stick
From Ingredients, Inc.
Lunch on a stick! It doesn’t get any easier than this! Grab some skewers and your favorite veggies, meats, and cheeses.
This simple gluten free meal idea pairs classic sandwich ingredients—minus the bread—with the popular shish kebab serving style. Simply layer deli sliced meats, arugula, chunks of your favorite cheese, grape tomatoes, and dill pickles on skewers.
Serve up with small containers of ranch dressing or deli mustard.
5. Gluten Free Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
From Luscious Meals
Lettuce wraps are a great way to nix bread and still be able to enjoy yummy ingredients. Mix up your favorite recipe for chicken salad and use large leaves of iceberg lettuce in place of bread.
Drop a dollop or two of the chicken salad mixture in the middle of the lettuce leaf, and simply roll it up. The crisp lettuce is a great alternative to gluten-filled bread.
6. Avocado Tuna Salad
From Cook Eat Paleo
This recipe for avocado tuna salad is only 4 ingredients, is packed with flavor, but is still gluten free, dairy free, and paleo friendly.
It’s an easy-to-make healthy lunch or snack that can be ready in 5 minutes! Packed with protein, it is so delicious.
To make it you’ll need: avocados, lemon juice, chopped onion, tuna (canned or fresh), sea salt, and ground paper.
7. Easy Gluten Free Veggie Sandwich
From The Healthy Apple
You can still eat a sandwich and be gluten free with this great recipe! It features fresh, whole ingredients and may not be completely life changing, but will certainly be lunch changing! You’ll need 2 slices of your favorite whole grain gluten-free bread, toasted. Add to that, hummus, pesto, thinly sliced carrots, sprouts, sea salt, and pepper. Salivating yet? Get ready for a new and delicious gluten free lunch that you just might crave every day.
8. Gluten Free Meatballs
From Planning with Kids
If you think gluten-free, tasty, and meatballs don’t all belong in the same sentence, think again! This recipe for gluten-free meatballs features minced chicken and bacon, onion, and garlic formed into balls! Prepped and cooked in just over an hour, it would be a terrific idea for a child’s hot school lunch. Serve it with some homemade sweet chili sauce!
9. Gluten & Dairy Free Pizza Twists
From Angela’s Kitchen
Who doesn’t love pizza? These pizza twists are gluten and dairy free and taste amazing warm or cold. Made from Pillsbury’s gluten free pizza dough, they are so simple to make! In fact, you can create these pizza twists from start to finish in about 5 minutes (that’s patting, filling, brushing with egg, tossing with seasoning, cutting and twisting time) and bake up in 15 minutes. Twenty minutes is all that separates you from this yummy lunch idea!
10. Pepperoni Roll Ups
Add this recipe for pepperoni roll ups to your gluten-free recipe box! They are so easy to make! Plus, the filling for these roll-ups can be customized to be dairy-free too. Have fun by making additions or substitutions to the cream cheese, sautéed veggies, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, peppers, and sautéed onion. Just be sure that any changes are still free from gluten. This is a great recipe packed with protein!
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- Rubbermaid Lunch Blox
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- Snack-on-the-Go Silicone Molds
- Silicone Baking Cups
- Stainless Steel Food Jar
- Bento Lunch Box Container
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