5 Gluten Free Lunch Ideas

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We are on Week 3 of our gluten free experiment for our daughter.  She (fortunately AND unfortunately) is doing MUCH better.

As most of you know, my life’s purpose is to feed my family whole, real foods that nature intended as much as possible.  I spend over 10 hours a day between working on this site, researching for this site, experimenting with new recipes and photographing them.  To say I am engulfed in this lifestyle is putting it mildly.

You would think that someone who’s approach to food is to fuel your body with real foods and avoid processed ones would breeze through a little sensitivity to something like gluten.

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So why then is going gluten free such a hard transition for me?

Dinners don’t seem to be much of a problem.  We’re eating pretty much the same foods and I haven’t changed my preparation of them that much.  However, breakfast, lunch and snacks are becoming my nemesis.

I’m a huge fan of Dr. Oz and his approach to taking your own health into your own hands.  I’ve watched old videos of his on YouTube regarding gluten and the reasons we are seeing such increases in sensitivity to it.  It seems this epidemic is growing worse by the day as our food continues to be manufactured in factories with the emphasis on turnaround time.

My dilemma now, if my daughter is indeed allergic to wheat, is to find an alternative and it seems the consensus lies on corn.  Corn is a GMO.  This is like being caught between a rock and a hard place.

So as I try to sort through all this I wanted to share with you the lunches my daughter and I came up with last week for her.  Please keep in mind this was only our 2nd week of muddling through this gluten sensitivity.  Her lunches will become a little more colorful as she experiments with new foods on a daily basis.

Monday ~ mini egg quiches with bacon, mandarin oranges, yogurt and black bean brownie

Monday ~ mini egg quiches with bacon, mandarin oranges, yogurt and black bean brownie

Tuesday ~ ham rollups, potato chips with sea salt only, hard boiled eggs and homemade applesauce

Tuesday ~ ham rollups, potato chips with sea salt only, hard boiled eggs and homemade applesauce

Wednesday ~ Chicken Bowl mashed potatoes, corn, chicken and gravy

Wednesday ~ Chicken Bowl
mashed potatoes, corn, chicken and gravy

Thursday ~ turkey roll ups, yogurt, pineapple, black bean brownie

Thursday ~ turkey roll ups, yogurt, pineapple, black bean brownie

Friday ~ Gluten free crackers, tuna fish, cantelope, black bean brownie, banana

Friday ~ Gluten free crackers, tuna fish, cantelope, black bean brownie, banana

I did find it much easier to pack all her lunches on Sunday afternoon.  She and I did it together so she knew what to expect and more importantly, I wasn’t stressing out before my first cup of coffee!

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Do you have any lunch ideas you’d like to share?  Please use the comment section below.  I’d love to hear what you pack for your kids who are gluten sensitive.

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  1. Do the bento boxes you use for the kids leak the yogurt or other liquidy things when you put them in their backpacks for school?

    • I am so sorry to say Tara that these Ziploc separate containers have been discontinued! NOTHING leaked, ever! I miss them terribly and have yet to find something equally as good. For now, I am using reusable snack bags from Target for things like grapes, popcorn etc. Sandwiches have gone back into Ziploc bags. I’ve looked into the true Bento boxes, but they are just so expensive, so yeah, I am just roughing it until I find a replacement.

      • I found some for my daughter at easylunchboxes.com when she was going to preschool. Her school was an all-day program and they did not provide lunch so we had to pack it everyday. They are very sturdy and wash/reuse like a dream, and the compartments do not leak into each other.

        • Thanks Raleigh ~ I have to look into easylunchboxes again. I did research them a while ago and dropped the ball. Since the school year is almost over I’ll look into it again for the fall. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Hi – thanks for the great ideas – I was looking for your mini egg quiches (and hoping you know of a way to make it dairy & soy free as well)… I tried to search on your site but couldn’t find the recipe.

  3. I’ve been wanting to pack something hot (leftover shepherds pie!) but my guy is a stickler for his hot food being hot and I’m worried it will be ice cold by lunch time.
    What thermos do you use and does it work well for keeping her hot food still warm by lunch time?

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