Gluten Free Lunchbox Options

It’s sad but true: this is the last week of summer vacation… it always ends too quickly 😦

Anyway, in the spirit of back-to-school, here are five gluten free lunchbox options that might even make you look forward to digging your lunchbox out of the closet and gearing up for a new school year!  (Hopefully!)

1.  Homemade Tomato Soup with Popcorn Bites

Tomato soup and saltine crackers are definitely a quintessential lunchbox duet, but these popcorn bites are the perfect gluten-free alternative (Ely).  Simply prepare the popcorn on a stove-top and lightly salt it, and you will have created delicious popcorn bites in the place of crackers (Ely)!  The added crunch they give the soup is outstanding, as long as you pack the popcorn bites in a separate container from the soup.  If you combine the soup and the popcorn the night before, it will be soggy by the time you get to lunch!

2.  Romaine Lettuce Wrap Sandwiches

Who said you need bread to make a sandwich?  Lettuce is a great “breadless” option for sandwiches, and is a clever way to add some more “green” to your lunch.    Not a fan of romaine?  Try thinly sliced apples for another “breadless” sandwich option (Ely).

3.  Baked Eggs… (see previous blog post for the recipe!)

I’ve heard that some people like to spread gluten-free hummus on their eggs… has anybody ever tried this?  I haven’t yet, I’m just not sure how the two textures would go together… but still it’s a thought!

4.  Homemade Caprese Salad

Flavorful salad straight from Italy with only five ingredients!  Simply layer thick slices of heirloom tomatoes, basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella cheese on top of one another.  At lunch, pour balsamic vinegar and olive oil over the salad for the finishing touch!

5.  Zucchini Noodles and Meatballs

Zucchini noodles are way healthier than your average serving of white pasta, and they’re also quick to make yourself!  Julienne the zucchini into the shape of noodles (a julienne peeler would come in really handy, but slicing things the old-fashioned way works just as well!)  After that, microwave the zucchini noodles for two minutes (more or less depending on your microwave, just don’t overcook them or they will become mushy).  Pour the cooked noodles into a thermos with homemade meatballs, and voila… the last of five awesome gluten free lunchbox options (Zucchini)!

Let me know what you think of these lunchbox ideas, and also let me know if you’ve ever tried any of them or plan to!  Happy back-to-school everybody!

Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie 🙂

Works Cited

Ely, Leanne. Saving Dinner. Saving Dinner. 2014. Web. 2 September 2014. <http://savingdinner.com/10-gluten-free-lunchbox-ideas-that-kids-will-love/#>

“Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles) and Meatballs.” Nom Nom Paleo. Nom Nom Paleo LLC. n.d. Web. 2 September 2014. <http://nomnompaleo.com/post/5695132949/zucchini-spaghetti-zoodles-meatballs>

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