Gluten-Free Olive and Cheese Cold Pizza

My taste-testers agreed that cold pizza was their favorite lunch. Make gluten-free pizza for dinner and save some for next day’s lunch.

Oven-Baked Brown Rice

This recipe creates perfect brown rice. Make it ahead and keep it in the refrigerator until eaten.

Gluten-Free Chuck Wagon Pies

Children love these bite-size meat pies. You can also use these shells to make mini-fruit tarts: Fill them with gluten-free pudding, top with sliced fruit and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Thai Tuna Curry with Crackers

If you don’t eat fish, replace tuna with an equal amount of chopped chicken.

Gluten-Free Italian Flatbread

This flavorful flatbread is easy to make and works great for sandwiches. It's perfect for your child's lunch box. It can be made with dairy and egg replacements with delicious results.

Pecorino Romano Pesto

Try this Pecorino Romano Pesto on your gluten-free pasta or sandwich. If you're avoiding cheese or pine nuts, try Roasted Red Pepper Pesto.

Gluten-Free Italian Flatbread with Chicken Pesto Aioli

Cut gluten-free flatbread in half horizontally for a hearty sandwich or slice it vertically in smaller pieces for lighter appetites.

Turkey Cheese Wraps with Honey Mustard

La Tortilla Factory (latortillafactory.com) offers gluten-free wraps made with teff, an African grain the size of a poppy seed. Your kids will love this Gluten-Free Turkey Cheese Wrap with Honey Mustard for lunch.

Gluten-Free Buckwheat Blinis with Black Forest Ham

Inspired by traditional Russian blinis, this kid-friendly adaptation features ham filling wrapped in gluten-free buckwheat pancakes. My taste-testers had never seen buckwheat pancakes before and thought the brown hue meant the pancakes were burnt! Lesson learned: New ingredients can change the appearance of familiar favorites. Prepare your child for the difference.

Allergy-Friendly Lunchbox Adventures

When my children were little, I never wanted their food sensitivities to limit choices. The task of packing their lunches every day was initially a challenge. I wanted to send them off to school with an allergy-friendly lunch that was not only nutritious, but one they'd enjoy. Try these gluten-free, dairy-free lunch ideas to nourish and fortify your young food explorer.



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