A gluten-free diet can be interesting and delicious. If your child chose to, or had to switch to this kind of a diet, luckily there are tons of recipes you can prepare without having the protein gluten in them. Cutting out the gluten may seem like a big thing, but with today’s variety of foods and improvisations, there is nothing to worry about. As a parent it must be hard saying no to your child, and explaining why he/she shouldn’t be eating like the rest of the kids. For that matter, we chose the best gluten-free school lunch ideas for you to prepare for your child. They are delicious and diverse. For some gluten-free desserts make sure to check out Top 10 gluten free dessert recipes
1. Smoked Salmon and Avocado Sandwich
A simple and healthy sandwich is a great way to start the day. You will need: small ripe avocado, 1 tbsp fresh dill, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper, 4 slices gluten free bread (toasted), 4 tsp grainy mustard, 4 lettuce leaves, 8 oz smoked salmon, 12 thin cucumber slices and 1/4 red onion. Make an avocado mash by mixing the mashed avocado with the dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Spread mustard on the bread, add the lettuce,salmon,cucumber and red onion and top with the avocado mixture.
2. Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers
A quick wrap is just what your child needs for the long school days. Ingredients: 1 lb flank steak, 1 onion, 4 bell peppers, 4 provolone cheese slices, some balsamic vinegar. Marinate the steak in balsamic vinegar (6-8 hours), preheat the oven and bake the steak and the sliced onions for 7 minutes. Prepare the bell peppers by scraping the inside. Fill the peppers with the steak and the onions, top with cheese and bake for 20 minutes.
3. Quinoa and Egg Muffins
These 4 ingredient muffins are the perfect way to include quinoa in your child’s diet. Ingredients: 1 cup cooked quinoa, 5 eggs, 1 cup chopped bacon and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Combine ingredients and pour in to muffin tins bake for 25-30 minutes.
4. Cheddar Crackers
Spice up your kid’s day by making these gluten-free crackers, they come with a delicious dipping sauce. What you need: 1 cup almond flour, 1 egg white, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 2 tbsp hot sauce (optional) , 1/4 tsp salt and blue cheese dipping sauce (optional). Combine all ingredients and using a dough roller, roll the dough. Cut mini squares and bake them for 5-10 minutes.
5. Mini Philly Cheesesteak
Your child won’t notice that there is gluten missing, these cheesteaks are absolutely mouthwatering. Ingredients: 2 ounce skirt steak, salt and pepper to taste, 4 slices of gluten-free white bread, 1/2 cup of sautéed onions and sweet peppers. Make the sauce by combining :2 tablespoons flour, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 cup milk, pinch of nutmeg, pinch of cayenne, salt to taste, 2 thick slices provolone cheese. Place all ingredients on the bread slices and bake for 12-15 minutes.
6. Buckwheat Crepe
French pancakes (crepes) are timeless, with this recipe you can make them gluten free and serve them with sweet or savory things. Ingredients: 3/4 cup gluten free flour, 1/2 gluten free buckwheat flour, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 2 teaspoons sugar, 2 eggs, 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 cups milk. In a bowl whisk all ingredients. Heat a skillet and pour 5 tbs of the mixture, bake for 90 seconds and flip over. Continue doing this with the rest of the crepe mixture.
7. Peanut Butter Smoothie
A smoothie is always a good idea because it is a “light food” which is easily digestible. For this simple smoothie you will need: 1 cup milk, 1 ripe banana and 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter. Place the three ingredients in a blender and blend. Place the smoothie in a mason jar.
8. Caramelized Baked Banana Oatmeal
Make your kid fall in love with oatmeal by simply baking it! You will need: 1 banana, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/2 cup oats, 1 tbsp. flax seeds, 1/2 tbsp.brown sugar, 1/4 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Spray an oven safe bowl with cooking spray, add half of the banana and the rest of the ingredients. Top the mixture with the other half of the banana and bake for 25-30 minutes.
9. Spicy Kale Chips
Kale chips is a great replacement for the unhealthy bought chips. Ingredients: 8 cups of fresh kale, 1 red pepper, 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 onion, handful of beet greens and 1 tsp. cayenne pepper. Blend all of the ingredients except for the kale. Mix the kale with the blended paste, coat with oil and bake on 200 degrees for 2 hours.
10. Chewy Granola Bars
The granola bars are not a replacement for a meal but are highly nutritious and are an unbelievable source of energy. Mix the following ingredients: 2 cups shredded coconut, 1 1/2 cup certified gluten-free oats, 1 1/2 cup raisins, 2 cups sunflower seeds, 1/3 cup sesame seeds, 3/4 cup peanuts , 1/2 cup dried fruit,, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 cup honey, 1 tsp. vanilla extract and 1/2 cup peanut butter. Bake for 1 hour until the dough is golden brown.