Recipes

17 School Lunch Ideas for Every Special Diet

lunch

Ok, so you cut out peanut butter from your school lunches. And then you cut out other nuts from lunches. And now you need to send in gluten-free, low sugar, nut free, allergy sensitive baked goods for birthdays. Good grief!

We know that every kid has their own sort of eating thing–allergies, sensitivities, preferences. And so packing school lunch can get….complicated. We wanted to try and make that a little easier with a few ideas for every restrictive diet we could think of.

Don’t forget to tell us what works for your kid–we know you guys have great ideas. Post below or on our Facebook page. You can also check out our 23 school lunch ideas your kids will actually eat.

Nut-free, vegetarian lunch ideas

Apple cheddar grilled cheese from i am a food blog

Vegetarian baked samosas from Weelicious

Sweet potato mac and cheese

Catsadilla from Fork and Beans (can also be made gluten free and non-dairy)

Hungry hippo sandwiches from Two Healthy Kitchens (can also be made gluten-free and non-dairy)

Sandwich wrap kabobs from Fork and Beans (meat is optional)

Challah pizza roll-ups

Nut-free, non-dairy lunch ideas

Smashed chickpea and avocado sandwiches from Two Peas and their Pod

Mayo-free curry chicken salad from Tasting Page

Paleo pretzel dogs from A Girl Worth Saving (also gluten-free)

Rainbow rice paper rolls from The Plant Philosophy

Pesto pasta with roast chicken and cherry tomatoes from Weelicious

Roast turkey and veggie wrap from Today’s Parent 

Nut-free, gluten-free lunch ideas

Salted caramel chocolate oat bars from With Salt and Wit (Also vegan. Note: Almond butter can be replaced with sunbutter.)

Gluten-free sandwich bread from Meaningful Eats

Black bean brownie bites from Kitchen Treaty

Sunflower butter ants on a log from Babble

Shannon Sarna

Shannon Sarna is Editor of The Nosher. Born to an Italian mother who loved to bake, a Jewish father who loved to experiment, and a food chemist grandfather, loving and experimenting with diverse foods is simply in her blood. Her writing and recipes have been featured in Tablet Magazine, JTA News, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, The Jewish Week, Joy of Kosher Magazine, Vinepair, Modern Loss and Buzzfeed. She graduated from Smith College in Northampton, MA with a degree in Comparative Government and Spanish Language and Literature and lives in South Orange, NJ with her husband, daughters and rescue dogs. To see what Shannon is cooking and eating, follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

Jewish Baby Name Finder

Gender

First Letter

Submit