Whether your kids have dietary restrictions or not, packing lunches can become tedious and uninspired. But with a few creative ideas and plenty of delicious and healthy gluten-free options, lunchtime can be something the kids will look forward to. You need a healthy lunch during your kid’s learning at home. Healthy lunch gives them a special feel to be more focused on learning. Here we go!
Waldorf Chicken Sandwiches
This sandwich filling has it all: juicy apple, crunchy celery, rich walnuts, and tart cranberries, along with filling cooked chicken and a creamy dressing. The plain yogurt cuts down on the amount of mayo needed, and the honey mustard and lemon juice add a bit of sweetness and tang. Spoon onto a favorite gluten-free bread or buns.
Gluten-Free Buckwheat Crepes With Fillings
Ditch the loaf of bread and serve up a “sandwich” on these nutty gluten-free buckwheat crepes. The batter is quickly made in the blender and can be put together ahead of time, or cook up a batch of crepes and freeze individually to heat just the right amount. Spread with peanut butter and jelly, or roll up with sliced turkey or ham and a little mayo or mustard.
Gluten-Free Cream of Vegetable Soup
Many canned and premade cream soups use flour or other gluten products as a thickener, so making your own from scratch guarantees it will be gluten-free. This recipe calls for amaranth flour to create the right consistency. Choose from a variety of vegetables—or whatever you have in your fridge—to steam, cook, and puree into a nutritious and flavorful soup.
Gluten-Free Spaghetti With Meat Sauce
Even if this isn’t last night’s leftover dinner, gluten-free spaghetti with meat sauce is an easy meal to whip up for school lunch. The ground beef cooks while the pasta is boiling and a jar of gluten-free marinara assures this recipe comes together quickly. Just make sure to heat up and pack in an appropriate container like a thermos.
Gluten-Free Macaroni and Cheese
Mac and cheese is a perennial kid favorite, but most versions are not gluten-free. This recipe uses gluten-free pasta and seasonings along with amaranth powder, plus four types of cheeses, to make a delicious and creamy dish that is safe to eat. Make the night before, heat in the morning, and spoon into a thermos to keep warm.
Gluten-Free Beef and Avocado Tacos
Many prepackaged taco seasonings have hidden sources of gluten, so making your own is a smart idea. Use it to season ground beef or turkey and fill gluten-free corn tortillas along with favorite toppings for a fun lunch. Or, simply fill a thermos with the meat and pack a few gluten-free tortilla chips on the side for scooping.
These gluten-free kids lunch recipes add variety as well as kid-friendly flavors and nutrition to usual school lunch boxes. Sandwiches, warm comfort foods, and tasty soups will keep even the picky eaters happy throughout the school day at home.