If you’re looking for gluten-free lunches your kids will love and are easy to pack, I’ve got you covered. All of these lunch ideas are kid-favorite recipes recreated and free of all gluten and grains. Keep reading to check them out!
Having go-to recipes you know your family loves and are free of gluten will always come to the rescue. It’s why I created an entire grain-free meal plan for families that provides both allergy-friendly and delicious meals so no one feels like they are missing out.
One thing people, especially kids, miss the most when going gluten-free is the easy access to bread! Finding the right, gluten-free bread for sandwiches can be tricky, and it’s why I started making my own like the Paleo Blender bread and even cloud bread.
Over the years, I’ve also been able to find some great options such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-free bread, a favorite option for many going gluten-free.
Now that bread is a thing again, you can get back to making your family’s favorite sandwiches like PB & J! Did you know peanut butter is gluten-free? Good thing right? If you happen to have a peanut allergy, I’ve got options for you! These 5 nut-free butter alternatives are all delicious and perfect for making sandwiches, toasts, spreading over fruit, or eating by the spoonful.
Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas
Avoiding gluten might mean checking every label of every food product you buy, but once you get used to living with a food allergy, you’ll start to figure out quickly what’s safe and what’s not. Add these 7 gluten-free lunch ideas to your school lunch rotation to make packing allergy-friendly lunches a breeze!
This salad turns the classic BLT into an EPIC and low-carb salad. This recipe includes cheese and avocado to amp up the protein and healthy fats.
Egg cups, mini quiches, or mini egg muffins- however, you like to call them, these are a great high-protein lunch option that’s easy to make. Once you get the base down, which is eggs, milk, and seasonings, you can interchange add-in’s to tailor them to your family’s taste.
Everyone loves a good wrap, and now your kids can enjoy them for lunch even if they can’t have regular wheat wraps. Prep your lunches for the week ahead of time by making a whole batch of wraps with whatever your family likes inside. If you can make pancakes, you can make these easy wraps!
Thanks to the leftover slow-cooker salsa chicken burrito bowls have been a major hit. Inspired by the from a cult favorite order at Chipotle, these make lighter alternative and you can even make them low-carb by swapping cauliflower rice for regular white rice. No matter which rice you prefer, both are gluten-free!
Ditch those pre-frozen fish sticks for this homemade recipe and you’ll never want to go back. Thanks to gluten-free Panko breadcrumbs these are gluten-free but no less delicious or crispy.
6. Zucchini Parmesan WafflesWho said waffles were just for breakfast and had to be slathered with maple syrup? (Even though that sounds delicious!) These cheesy waffles are another great way to get sneaky veggies into your kids’ diets. You can even watch this short video to see exactly how to make these zucchini waffles!
We obviously love to find creative ways to sneak veggies into our kids’ meals here at MOMables! Your kids won’t even remember that these nuggets are green because they’ll be enjoying how cheesy and delicious they are. This is an easy recipe to prep ahead of time and pack in containers for the week.
How to Pack Gluten-Free Lunches
A lot of gluten-free lunch recipes involve finger foods, hot lunches, and salads so having the right container goes a long way. Containers with compartments and thermoses have proven to be the most helpful when it comes to packing non-sandwich lunches and I’ve got an entire post reviewing the top MOMables lunch container recommendations which you can check out here.
Bonus! Gluten-Free Snacks
If you are on the lookout for gluten-free lunches chances are you could use a few gluten-free snack options as well. Am I right?!
What I love about the recipes below is they are made with all-natural, fresh ingredients and a healthier alternative to pre-packaged options. Of course, kids love these recipes because it reminds them of their favorite store-bought snacks.
- Homemade Fruit Leather
- Banana Chips
- High Fiber Chocolate Bites
- Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites
- Ham & Cheese Apple Wraps
If you want more packed lunch inspiration be sure to check out other posts like this fast and healthy office lunch ideas. Don’t be fooled by the title, all of these recipes are kid-friendly too and pack just as easily in a school lunch bag.
7 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas for School | Gluten-Free Fish Sticks
Having a child with a gluten allergy doesn’t mean boring school lunches! These 7 gluten free lunch ideas are simple, delicious, and allergy-friendly.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 30 fish sticks 1x
- Cuisine: Lunch
- 1/2 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons ground flax
- 1 cup gluten-free bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese or vegan Parmesan topping
- 1 teaspoon ground paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pound cod fillets, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
- Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
- Add flour to a plate and set aside. Pour the coconut milk into a shallow dish and set aside.
- In a separate shallow dish, combine the flax meal, bread crumbs, Parmesan, paprika, salt, and pepper.
- To dredge, dip each fish piece into the flour, then the milk, and finally, the crumb mixture, coating both sides and pressing lightly to adhere.
- Place the fish sticks onto the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown, flipping once halfway through.
- Serving Size: 6 fishsticks
- Calories: 121
- Sugar: 0.1g
- Sodium: 372.5mg
- Fat: 3.7g
- Saturated Fat: 2.9g
- Carbohydrates: 12.9g
- Fiber: 1.4g
- Protein: 6.8g
- Cholesterol: 13.8mg