Back to school can mean extra stress when you are trying to prepare lunches and snacks that are allergen-free. We like to make things a little easier for you, so here are some ideas to get you started!! ~ Angie

Sandwich/Wrap Bases:

  • Gluten-free/Allergen-friendly Sandwich Bread
  • Grain-free bread (such as the Grain-free Sandwich Bread from Julian Bakery)
  • Gluten-free Tortillas or Wraps (such as Rudi’s tortillas)
  • Safe crackers of choice
  • Safe bagels of choice (such as Udi’s)
  • Gluten-free Whole Grain Pancakes
  • Grain-free Allergen Safe Pancakes
  • Allergen Safe Grain-free OR Whole-grain Gluten Free Waffles

Topping Options: 

  • Nut Butter or Nut-free Butters. Top with fruit slices or Jelly plus 1-2 tsp Ground Chia or Flax.
  • Home-made (or store-bought) Hummus topped with cucumbers and/or shredded carrots
  • Mashed avocados, 1/4 tsp lime juice, and shredded Daiya dairy-free on gluten free tortillas (goat cheese if tolerated)
  • Lunchmeat slices (such as Wegman’s organics, Boar’s Head, Applegate Farms), Avocado slices, Roasted Peppers, Dairy-free cheese shreds or slices
  • Lunchmeat  slices with Roasted veggies and hummus in a pita
  • Mashed beans, pinch of salt, lettuce with shredded Dairy-free cheese, on a tortilla
  • Mix together: shredded chicken (or tuna), diced celery, diced apples, diced grapes, egg-free mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Black bean burgers with avocado slices on a sandwich or gluten free bun.
  • Sandwich on a Stick – this is a fun idea from the Disney’s Family Fun Site
  • Leftover dinner meat (meatloaf works especially well because you can sneak in vegetables)

Other Main Dish Ideas: 

  • Cooked brown rice mixed with cannellini beans, garlic salt, and shredded dairy-free cheese.
  • Cooked brown rice or quinoa tossed with diced chicken, broccoli florets, dried cranberries, coconut oil, a splash or orange juice, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Fun shaped pasta noodles tossed with cooked broccoli, shredded carrots, diced black olives, and 1 Tbsp olive oil dressing.
  • Gluten-free gnocchi or ravioli with marinara sauce for dipping.
  • Gluten-free spaghetti and meatballs.
  • Meatballs and sauce in a thermos – send allergy-friendly bread or rolls for a meatball Sub, if desired.
  • Homemade soups in a thermos .
  • Meatloaf muffins with brown sugar glaze – bake in muffin pan. (these are gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and easily egg-free.)
  • Black bean salsa with diced chicken and avocado mixed in a container, and gluten-free corn chips for dipping.
  • Tacos: send seasoned ground beef mixed with fillings of choice and soft tortillas (like the Rudi’s wraps)

Sides and Snacks:

  • Bananas, apples, or celery with a small container of nut butter, sunflower seed butter, or soy butter for dipping
  • Raw vegetables (sugar snap peas, broccoli, carrots, celery, etc.) with hummus or salad dressing for dipping (try pureeing vegetables into your hummus).
  • Roasted fingerling potatoes with marinara sauce for dipping
  • Fresh fruit kebabs with dairy or dairy-free yogurt for dipping
  • Fruit dipped in pumpkin pie dip: pureed pumpkin or sweet potato mixed with pumpkin pie spice and a little honey. Good with apple, pear, or banana slices
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • Smoothies in a thermos – get creative and add different fruits, greens, chia or flax seeds
  • Nuts: if not allergic and your school allows them
  • Trail mix with dairy-free dark chocol