Kids all across America are back in school, which means many parents are scrambling to figure out what to pack in lunchboxes each morning. This gets trickier when a child has a gluten allergy. Fortunately, $5 Dinners posted a five day sample menu on Sept. 3.
Sandwiches are still possible by using gluten-free bread. Rudi’s and Udi’s are too of the most popular brands. If your child doesn’t care for the store-bought varieties, try baking homemade bread.
Lunch doesn’t have to contain bread, though. Here are five alternatives to sandwiches, all without gluten.
Pack a portable taco feast. Include taco meat, shredded cheese, salsa and any other fixings your child loves in a container with multiple compartments. Include corn tortillas and a piece of fruit.
Breakfast foods are a fun twist on lunch. Try gluten-free muffins, string cheese, a hardboiled egg and sliced strawberries.
Make it a hot meal with a thermos full of chili. Pack popcorn and apple slices on the side.
Sloppy joes are delicious (even at room temperature) on top of a baked potato instead of bread. Chopped veggies with ranch dressing are a great accompaniment.
Go with a variety of finger foods, such as turkey slices, cheese cubes, hummus with veggie sticks and crackers. Mix it up according to your child’s tastes and what you have on hand.
Throw in a bottle of water or a juice box and you’re child has a healthy and delicious gluten-free lunch that won’t bore them. (Bonus, freeze the beverage and it will double as an ice pack to keep the food cool and be thawed in time to drink at lunchtime.)