Ok, so one of my lovely Facebook followers, Ellie Harris, asked for some quick and easy packed lunch ideas for her little one. As I don’t have children I hope these recipes hit the mark. I’ve gone for a mix of ideas with a savoury main item and two little snacks. I understand that schools have differing policies on what they can and can’t bring to school but hopefully not too many of these items are unsuitable. I’ve also packaged the items so they can be photographed easily, i.e. I wouldn’t normally put pineapple next to sweet potato crisps! I have also tried to add as many fruit and vegetables to each packed lunch.
So here are my suggestions:
You can either buy gluten free pitta breads or make them using this recipe. To make the chicken filling, dice up some cooked chicken pieces, stir through some dairy free mayonnaise and add a sprinkle of dried basil. Stuff the pitta bread with salad and the chicken filling.
For snacks I added some strawberries with a dairy free soya yoghurt and one of my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. These muffins are made with coconut flour and sweetened with agave nectar making them gluten, dairy, grain and refined sugar free. I decided to flavour them with pumpkin and dark chocolate chips. They can be made in advance and stored in the freezer until required. Click here for the recipe.
The pasta salad was made using the Asda Chosen by Kids Tomato Sauce, it is naturally gluten and dairy free and contains lots of pureed vegetable, and it tastes pretty good. You can also use the rest of the jar later in the week to make the pizza pinwheels. I added in some sliced green beans for extra veg. You could also make your own pasta sauce with this recipe.
For the snacks I added in some dried fruit strips I got from Asda that were naturally gluten and dairy free and a slice of my gluten and dairy free banana bread. This can be made in advanced, sliced and frozen to be used when required. Click here for the recipe.
This recipe should taste like a little pizza but is much quicker to make. I made a gluten free tortilla wrap (recipe here) or you could buy some. I spread on some tomato pasta sauce and topped with Violife dairy free cheese and some spring onions. I rolled up the wrap and cut into thick slices.
The snacks are carrot and cucumber sticks to dip into humous (again you can make your own or buy some). I also added some dried banana chips with some dairy free Choc Shot for a sweet treat.
It can be be either costly to buy gluten and dairy bread or time consuming to make it from scratch so I like to make quick and easy wraps from egg. I whisk together an egg, some herbs and seasoning and cook for a couple of minutes each side in a small frying pan. I have then stuffed this wrap with tuna and salad.
The snacks are a wedge of watermelon and a mini scone served with no added sugar strawberry jam. Click here for the scone recipe.
This was made by slicing the top of a gluten free baguette and removing some of the bread and filling with ham, tomato and cucumber. You can buy the baguette or if you have the time you can make the baguette using this recipe.
For snacks I added a chunk of pineapple and Kettle Chips vegetable crisps which are a mix of parsnip, sweet potato and beetroot.
I hope these ideas can either be used by you or give you inspiration to create your own gluten and dairy free packed lunches.