It’s Back to School month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week, along with menu plans, we’re sharing ideas for packing gluten-free lunches. Whether it’s for school, work, or just a picnic in the park, we’ve got some ideas to share.
For the kids at school: What I wrote about school lunches last year is still true for us this year:
“….We usually pack some kind of protein with a fruit, vegetable, snack, and drink.
- Drinks — juice or water bottles, or both
- Protein — ham rolls, chicken nuggets (or leftover chicken from dinner cut into bite-size pieces), nut or seed butters on crackers, hummus, hard-boiled eggs, cheese sticks
- Fruit — apple slices, clementines, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, applesauce…whatever we’ve got in the house
- Vegetables — usually carrot sticks, but sometimes celery, snap peas, or spinach leaves
- Snack — chips, gluten-free pretzels, popcorn, Mini-Muffins
- Treats — not always, but occasionally I’ll include a gluten-free cookie or a piece of candy
I don’t bother with sandwiches, but if that’s what you like, you might want to check out past articles on Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread and Sandwich Bread Alternatives. And, of course, there are now gluten-free bread options in the grocery stores.”
I used to bake gluten-free bread once or twice a week when we ate sandwiches more often. Now that there are some good GF bread options in the grocery stores, I’ve been buying a loaf a couple times a month. Our current favorite brands are Glutino White Bread and Multigrain Bread, and Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White Bread. The kids prefer Glutino’s white bread — softest gluten-free bread we’ve found!
For my husband’s lunch: He often takes leftovers to heat up at work, buys salads at the cafeteria, or takes some gluten-free frozen meals to heat up at work. I’m amazed at the variety of gluten-free frozen meals available these days! Some of my husband’s favorites include: Tandoor Chef Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoor Chef Chicken Curry, Organic Bistro Thai Style Red Curry with Beef, and Amy’s Mexican Casserole.
I work at home. So for me there isn’t any packing needed. I like to eat leftovers because it’s quick and easy, and often tastier the second day. My favorites? Salads, Wild Rice Salad, Nachos or Rice Bowl made with Mexican Chicken, leftover veggies with scrambled eggs, Soups, and Chili. I often roast a spaghetti squash just so I can eat the leftovers for lunch. I’ll add whatever cooked meat and veggies we have, heat it up in the microwave, and maybe add a few slices of fresh tomato and avocado if I have any.
Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, recipes, and ideas for packing a gluten-free lunch from our gluten-free blogging friends.
Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:
Monday – Baked Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze, Jasmine Rice, Asparagus
Tuesday – Red Beans and Rice, Green Beans
Wednesday – 7-Layer Salad, Garlic Bread
Thursday – leftovers
Friday – Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Steamed Broccoli
Saturday – Eating Out
Sunday – Smoked Ribs, Corn on the Cob, Sautéed Zucchini
Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup
Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa has been trying to save enough money to buy a quarter side of beef. So, she’s keeping it frugal, but still interesting and delicious. Her menu? Paleo Mom’s Hidden Liver Meatloaf, Beef Stew with Potato, Spaghetti with Jamie Oliver Sauce, BLT Salad, Instant Black Bean Soup with Diced Peppers, and Split Pea Burgers. Check out her post for recipe links!
The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
The lunch plan for Elisabeth’s young daughter is tuna fish and lunchmeat with crackers and favorites like beans and hot dogs and sunbutter and jelly. On their dinner menu this week is Bacon Mushroom Frittata, Salmon Salad, Grilled Nutbutter and Jelly, Crock Pot Pork Chops and Pizza.
Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free snacks.
Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
- For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
- Join us next week for sharing gluten-free menus, recipes, and ideas for Gluten-Free Snacks.
- The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!
Need more menu ideas?
- Laura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
- Or, check out some of my past menu plans.