It’s back to school time, and if your child is gluten free, then packing safe and healthy lunches is probably on your mind. I’ve shared some of my gluten-free lunch box ideas before. And here are ideas from other bloggers.
Making lunch skewers (think kebabs but with cold food) can add fun to your lunch box offerings and make your kid forget about sandwiches and bread. It’s also a great way to get your kids involved in packing their own lunch (if they’re old enough to handle the pointed ends).
Below is my recipe for ham and cheese skewers, but get creative with your kids. They’ll enjoy having lots of choices. Anything that is cooked or can be eaten raw is fair game. And if your child is dairy free, omit the cheese and add something else they like. Here are a few ideas:
- bell peppers
- cherry tomatoes
- most fruit
- cooked chicken cubes
Pack the skewers in a reusable container or plastic baggie (be sure to cut pointed ends or they will poke through) and add gluten-free crackers, chips, or popcorn. I bet you won’t be hearing any complaints!
- gluten-free ham cubes (I like to use turkey ham)
- cheddar cheese cubes
- apple chunks
- lemon juice
- Toss the apple chunks in a little diluted lemon juice to keep them from browning.
- Assemble the ham, cheese, and apples on toothpicks or wooden/bamboo skewers. If using skewers, put food on half of the skewer, cut it with scissors, assemble the other half, then cut off the point.