Peruvian Beef Stew, Seco de Res- succulent beef, peas, and carrots in a flavorful cilantro sauce.
Gluten Free BBQ Chicken Calzones- Cheese, BBQ Chicken,cilantro, and red onion stuffed in a crisp, easy to make gluten free crust.
Back to School
It’s that time of year again. Early morning alarm clocks, the rush out the door, and then the quite after the storm. Back to school time can be rough, but even more so when you have to worry about a gluten free lunch for your little one, or for yourself.
There is good news though! There are so many products that make taking a gluten free lunch to school quick and easy! I whipped up all 5 of these lunches in under 15 minutes (and it would be faster if you were not stopping to take pictures!)Get out of the school lunch rut with these 5 #glutenfree school lunches! Click To Tweet
One of my favorite way to make things a bit easier is to use a combination of prepackaged gluten free products and fresh fruits and vegetables. Last year I made a handy printout with lots of ideas (which you can get in my Back to School Lunches Post HERE!), this year I thought it would be nice to give you a few examples.
Now, I didn’t go out and buy anything special for this post, because let’s face it. You don’t have time to go out and by anything special and neither do I. Everything I used can be found in your local grocery store.
5 Gluten Free School Lunches
When it comes to lunch you want a nice variety of protein, whole grains, and veggies that will keep your child going throughout the day. Hopefully these ideas will give you a great start to packing gluten free school lunches this year!
I have a little girl who loves Octopuses. She walks around saying “Octopus!” and waving her arms, so she was thrilled with these hot dog octopus. They were so simple to make. Just a few little cuts and voila! The Toufayan pita chips are a family favorite! I also included a yogurt pouch, some broccoli and an Enjoy Life Rice Milk Chocolate Bar. Plenty here for lunch and snack time!
Hummus with Frontier Bites and I Hear Keenwah Puffs
I love individual sized snacks like these Frontier Bites and Hummus, but if I can’t get a snack in an individual size, then I use my Allermates reusable bags. I won a lunch box set during MI Gluten Free Gal’s Celiac Disease Awareness Month contest and I love it. There will be no accidentally eating my I Heart Keenwah Puffs when they are in my reusable Allermates snack bag. I added a bit of broccoli and some crackers to make it a complete lunch.
Confession time- up until the time I was diagnosed with Celiac I loved Lunchable Pizza’s. I know they are awful for you, so much sodium and who knows what that bread was, but for some reason I loved them. I recently discovered that if you toast a Glutino English Muffin, add some pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, it is amazing! Plus it is perfect for a school lunch. I used one of my reusable squeeze pouches for the pizza sauce (You can find them HERE). For snacks I added a package of Goodie Girl Chocolate Chip Cookies (LOVE their Go-Bags!) and some apple slices.
Gluten Free Pita Bread Sandwich
It’s not back to school if you don’t have at least one sandwich. BFree bread has a new gluten free pita bread that is amazing! I added some First Fresh Chicken Sausage and it was delicious. Some Frontier Bites for a wholesome snack, a cheese stick, mini no bake cheesecake (recipe coming next week!) and a tangerine make it a complete lunch.
Cheese with Gluten Free Multi Grain Crackers
As a kid I loved having cheese and crackers for lunch. I was never a huge sandwich fan, so it was a meal I had often. I packed this with nut free trail mix from Enjoy Life, and applesauce pouch and a Goodie Girl Cookies go pack. Both the Enjoy Life Trail Mix and the Goodie Girl Cookies are nut free, which is so important in many classrooms. These are great snacks because they are tasty, without the worry of allergens.
I find snacks to be a very important part of gluten free lunches. Some of my current favorite snacks are pictured below. Some are healthier than others, but they will all give you that little push you need to make it through the day!
Hopefully these gluten free school lunches give you some fun ideas and help you think outside the box a bit when it comes to preparing lunch for your kiddo. What’s your favorite gluten free lunch? Let us know in the comments!
Happy Gluten Free Eating!
South Florida meets Peru in a twist on Aguacate de Palta with this tropical shrimp salad stuffed avocado.
Aguacate de Palta
Summer is winding down in South Florida (though you wouldn’t know it with the heat!) and this means the end of avocado and mango season. While the rest of the United States is eating squash, zuchinni and strawberries, we are feasting on more mangoes and avocados than any one person can eat. The only time of year better than mango and avocado season is that one day in January where the temperature goes under 70.Tropical Shrimp Salad stuffed in fresh Florida avocado, what could be better? Click To Tweet
Unfortunetly summer is ending and we are coming up on the end of the season. In Peru they make a fabulous dish called Aguacate de Palta, which is basically a stuffed avocado. It can be stuffed with anything, chicken salad, tuna salad, but being that it is mango season and I’m living in Miami, I thought a tropical shrimp salad would be amazing inside an avocado.
Tropical Shrimp Salad
The key to this recipe is the fresh ingredients. The shrimp alone are to die for. Even if you don’t have avocados and mangoes, make the shrimp and just eat them with a fork or put them on tacos. They are that good.
However, if you have access to mangoes and avocados, this is the ultimate in summer dishes. Fresh and light, with sweetness from the mango and tang of lime juice make it perfect. It is a simple dish with complex flavors.
Quality shrimp are crucial to this recipe. Always be sure your shrimp don’t have a fishy smell and clean them well. I would strongly suggest using wild shrimp if you have access to them. They have such a great flavor.
I hope you enjoy this end of summer recipe! Happy gluten free eating!
Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto is a delicious twist on traditional pesto, served with gluten free pasta, topped with First Fresh Chicken Croquettes.
This post is part of a series of sponsored recipes created with First Fresh Foods. All opinions and recipes are my own, enjoy!
Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto
I love pasta with pesto, but my husband is allergic to basil, so I haven’t had it in years. When First Fresh Foods sent me their brand new Habanero Chicken Croquettes, I was quickly in love with their flavor and ease. They are so good and that pepper flavor is just the perfect amount of spice. When I was trying to decide what would pair best with the cheesy, spicy flavor I first thought about Huancaina Sauce. It’s a classic Peruvian Sauce made with queso blanco and aji amarillo. It’s wonderful, but I wanted a bit more freshness.
That’s when I got the idea to make a Latin spin on pesto and it worked fabulous! The Cilantro and parsley, paired with the jalapeno and queso blanco is amazing! Fresh and a bit salty. The underlying spice of the jalapeno and the garlic is just perfect. I could honestly eat it with a spoon.
Habanero Chicken Croquettes
If you have been following My Gluten Free Miami this summer, you know I have fallen in love with First Fresh Foods Chicken Sausage. It is so good, low in fat, lean protein and easy to read ingredients made in a celiac safe environment. They were the first sponsor I began to work with, just because I love the chicken sausage.
Now they are branching out into cheese stuffed chicken croquettes, and they are still gluten free! I was so excited. They are delicious. Still a great source of protein, and they are so simple. Just throw them in the oven and your good to go.
If you can’t find them in your local grocery store, you can use sliced chicken breast (or any other protein), but I strongly recommend you ask your grocer to carry First Fresh products. They are delicious.
The great thing about this recipe is it’s ease.
All you do is the throw all the ingredient in a food processor or nutri bullet. If you want it a bit spicier, leave the seeds in the jalapeno. Super simple, super yummy.
Obviously, I used First Fresh Chicken Croquettes. They pair so well, but if you don’t have access and your in a pinch, some sliced chicken breast would be ok….but once you try the croquettes, you will fall in love with them!
For this recipe I used Barilla gluten free pasta, you can use whatever is your favorite. I am also a big fan of Trader Joe’s quinoa/brown rice blend.Before draining the pasta, set aside a cup of the water to use when tossing the pasta with the pesto.
If you love pesto, but are looking for something with a twist, check out this Avocado Pesto Zucchini Noodle Salad from Food, Faith, and Fitness. It will not disappoint!
Thank you to First Fresh Foods for sponsoring this past and making such incredible Celiac Safe Chicken Croquettes!
Happy Gluten Free Eating!
I understand, and I have the answer.
We’ve all been there. You just made an awesome dinner, such as my Louisiana Style Red Beans and Rice, you eat till your stuffed and then you have just a little bit leftover. Now, I have no issues eating leftovers, but I have more than one friend whose husband will not eat leftovers. Talk about frustrating.
No worries, Peruvian’s have figured out a way to solve this leftover beans and rice problem.
Tacu Tacu is the answer.
Give Me Easy or Give Me Take Out
Well, that’s how I feel, but if you’ve been gluten free for any length of time, you know that take it out really isn’t an option AND it’s extremely pricey AND not usually very healthy.
As much as I want to be a “Pinterest Mom” with a freezer full of food for the month and mason jar salads ready to go, it’s just not gonna happen.
I work, I have a toddler, I have the smallest kitchen you’ve ever seen (I wish I was joking), but I still have to feed my family so I am always on the lookout for easy gluten free meals that I can whip up, the less ingredients and dishes needed the better!
Quick and easy Penne with a Spicy Vodka Sauce is the perfect meal for company!
This post is done as a collaboration with Fresh First Chicken Sausage. All opinions are my own.
Homemade Gluten Free Chili is a simple and delicious dish that is sure to be a family favorite!