14 Gluten-Free School Lunch Ideas

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Are we seriously talking about gluten-free school lunches already? Man, summer is flying by! I have to admit, though, I'm a sucker for seasonal fall favorites and I'm not totally begrudging the change. Autumn here in San Diego is all about campfires and warm breezes. It feels like home to me.

Gluten free school lunch

For all the kids who are flying the nest back to the classroom, here are some gluten free school lunch ideas that are a breeze to make. Get ready to stock your pantry!

Easy, Satisfying Gluten-Free School Lunches

You don't have to rely solely on breads made with wheat-free flour or salads that kids will tire of after a day or two. We've teamed up with Foodie to bring you the best gluten-free school lunch ideas around the web. Whip up some no-crust pizza bites, baked chicken nuggets or ham kabobs. These nutritious options will help kids focus from early morning until long after that school bell rings.

  1. Black Bean and Rice Salad
  2. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
  3. Mini Tuna Balls
  4. Take-to-School Tacos
  5. Breakfast Waffle Sandwich with Bacon Jam
  6. Gluten-Free Corn Dog Muffins
  7. Apple Sandwiches
  8. Coconut Flour Flatbreads
  9. Tuna and Broccoli Quinoa Patties
  10. Paleo Egg Salad Recipe
  11. Turkey BLTA Roll-Ups
  12. No Crust Pizza Bites
  13. Baked Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets
  14. Grilled Pineapple Ham Kabobs

Sides can also really make the meal. When I was a kid, my mom often switched things up with apple dippers, fruit leather, yogurt, trail mix and hard-boiled eggs. Gluten-free school lunches are a breeze when you get out of the usual sandwich-and-chips routine.

If you're having trouble getting your kids on-board with the routine, ask them to help out in the kitchen and offer up meal suggestions that sound good to them. You can even start a small garden to give them the satisfaction of including treats picked from their own backyard. Take them shopping with you, focusing on the deli and produce sections to expand their food horizons and get them thinking about new gluten-free school lunches they'd like to try. Also, consider incorporating more international cuisine to show them what kids around the world eat. Making a dietary transition can actually be a ton of fun for the whole family!

What are your favorite gluten-free school lunch ideas?


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