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Need help: School Lunch ideas w/o gluten-free Bread

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Hi everyone. 

I'm in need of some school lunch ideas that are gluten-free. Here is what I'm looking for:

-No gluten-free bread sandwiches (son hasn't yet taken to gluten-free bread yet)

-Unable to reheat

-Must be able to stay fresh in an unrefrigerated backpack 

There are a ton of sites with gluten-free lunch suggestions, but everything is either centered around a gluten-free bread sandwich, or is a hot dish that photographs well but isn't good cold, or is a cold dish that needs to be refrigerated until eaten. I've found a really good insulated lunch bag (the Pack-It) that you can freeze and it does the best job of keeping items cold... but we are in Texas and even this bag has it's limitations. (My son has about 6-7 hours between leaving the house and lunch period)

So far my son has been surviving on hot soups/chili in a Thermos (which he doesn't love) or turkey/cheese rollups that barely avoid spoilage by the time his lunch period comes around. 

What are your go-to options for send-to-school lunches?

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My kids eat any of the following cold for lunches:

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins: https://elanaspantry.com/pizza-muffins/

Left Over Pizza (using this Crust: https://www.americastestkitchen.com/recipes/7853-the-best-gluten-free-pizza

Meat and Cheese role ups (just roll up lunch meat with a cheese slice)

Hard Salami slices and cheese slices

Hot Dog Bites: https://deliciouslyorganic.net/corn-dog-muffins-grain-free/

Hamburg Bites (really just little meatballs)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Roll Ups using Grain Free Crepes :https://againstallgrain.com/2013/01/26/crepes-grainfree-paleo/

Left over Pancakes or Waffles (pack with cinnamon butter) and sausages

Serve with any combination of the following:  (make little baggies of these at the beginning of the week) sliced veggies (pack with guacamole or ranch dressing), chips (corn, veggie potato), fresh fruit, apple sauce, yogurt (you can freeze yogurt tubes and they will thaw partially by lunch), trail mix, brownie bites, mini chocolate chip cookies, mini granola cookies.

 

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Raw food snack boxes, nuts, seeds, even candies ones (I have recipes), fruit fresh or dried, gluten-free crackers, nut or seed butters, grilled cup up meats,  they can make dippers or assemble lunch able like snacks out of these. Deli meats included for some awesome options. You can de meat roll ups with a deli meat with say Kite HIll diary free cheese spreads rolled up in them. Hummus and fruit, veggies, chips. I used to snack on gluten-free bean chips all the time. there are plenty of meal nut and seed bars. gluten-free baked goods are always great. I make my own breads, and muffins super soft and moist, and even the kids love my gluten-free grain free Vegan cheesy bread.....they did not like my flat bread as it had a odd dry texture (focus group was 8, 9,12 year olds)...yeah the kids hate the store bought gluten-free breads raw I got one to eat Julian Bakery Breads when I toasted them and put apple butter on them.  Corn Flour tortillas from some companies are certified gluten-free, these give some options to experiment with. >.< I once took barbacoa and tortillas from breakfast leftovers as a kid to lunch. Califlour foods makes a cauliflower crust....I get the vegan one, and just preabake it extra long then top with vegan cheese only for a cheesy cracker bread for snacks with meals sometimes.   OH check out IANs, UDI, VANs, etc on this list along with some others for thoughts.

https://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/117090-gluten-free-food-alternatives-list/

 

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I like to make trail mix so it's a bit different each week.

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Glutino makes some great crackers.

http://shop.glutino.com/Crackers/c/Glutino@Crackers?utm_campaign=sitelinks&gclid=Cj0KCQjw557NBRC9ARIsAHJvVVMoSP1KkYCwcl5jt-f0cc-zoiZkxBiqmdNQKBP2ztPjqPidN0lLpicaAmTjEALw_wcB

He can use those & top with any number of items. He'd probably like PB or any of the nut butters OR Nutella on them. You can send a plastic knife so he can spread it on the crackers.

Fresh veggies such as carrot sticks, celery sticks, apples, tangerines, pears, any fruit really.  Hard boiled eggs. Mission makes some good soft taco wraps that are gluten-free. Those are great for putting any meats, cheeses in or he can just eat them plain. Small cans of beans & he can make his own burrito. Hey, in Texas, he can leave the beans in the sun for a few minutes & he can have a warm burrito.:lol: I'm in FL so I know.

http://www.missionmenus.com/en/products/view/gluten-free-tortillas-soft-taco

Long before celiac, my husband & I used to pack lunches for ourselves & cooked meat was always a favorite. Leftover steak, pork chops, chicken -- wrap in tin foil & eat with clean fingers. Or he can put these items in the soft taco wraps. You can either get him some individual packets of condiments or get some little containers (rubbermaid or whatever) & put condiments in them but he'd have to keep track of the containers, bring them home to be washed & refilled.

Larabars

https://www.larabar.com

gluten-free Kind bars

https://www.kindsnacks.com/products/kind-nut-bars?order=rel&filters=[97]

Dole Fruit bowls

https://dolesunshine.com/products/fruit-bowls

 

 

 

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If you're worried about meats spoiling do this. Freeze them & put them in his pack frozen. By the time he gets around to eating them, they will have thawed. 

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Does he leave his backpack outside of the classroom?  We are in Southern California, so I get the heat.  Can he bring his lunch into the classroom?  Store in the school kitchen or in a teacher's fridge?  Surely, they should accommodate him.  

My kid has a small cooler and I load it up with three large blue ice blocks.  This year her locker is outside!  

We do chili on gluten-free noodles, leftover spaghetti, tamales, crackers with meat and cheese, yogurts, fruit and veggies. 

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Can you talk to the school about a 504 plan? In Wisconsin our kids can get 504 plans to assist kids who need extra accommodations. If your schools in Texas utilize 504s, the school is required to follow them. You can get special accommodations like daily access to a fridge and microwave. We are planning to get one in place when my celiac superhero starts 4k next year. Just a thought.

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17 hours ago, pschwab said:

Can you talk to the school about a 504 plan? In Wisconsin our kids can get 504 plans to assist kids who need extra accommodations. If your schools in Texas utilize 504s, the school is required to follow them. You can get special accommodations like daily access to a fridge and microwave. We are planning to get one in place when my celiac superhero starts 4k next year. Just a thought.

Pretty sure 504 plans are in all public schools. Here's a bit of a guide for you. https://celiac.org/celiac-disease/resources/government-benefits/school-education-benefits/

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On 8/31/2017 at 1:57 PM, cbush said:

I'm new to this, but REALLY have not been keen on the sample menus/ideas elsewhere.

So far I've done some cold salads (not lettuce) , a fruit snack, that would fit the bill with an ice pack & soft shell cooler pack_at room temp. 

1.  White beans, tomatoes, olives, olive oil.... Any veggie really & cheese if you want.

2.  Blanched broccoli, walnut, apple. 

3.  gluten-free Pasta (or potato), pesto, tomato.... Olives

Other than those 3 ingredient mixes, mostly leftovers...  Many vegetarian.

 

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