Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lunch Ideas (vegan, gluten-free, food allergy safe)

One of the best parts of blogging over these past several years has been meeting new people who have become friends. One of my friends, Shirley Braden from Gluten-Free Easily, recently introduced me to someone I hope will become a new friend. Sunny from And Love It Too writes a wonderful gluten-free and dairy-free blog that features lots of great recipes.

Sunny has been hosting a month-long feature of Healthy Lunchbox Ideas. I am flattered to be included among the many other fabulous contributors. I included a tip and a recipe in my post.

My tip is this: I compile a list of no-complaint lunches with my boys. This is an agreed-upon list that I feel comfortable sending, and my kids will eat. Each of these lunch entrees meets their need for lunches that not only taste good, but have an acceptable texture after sitting in a lunchbox for the morning and are cool enough to unpack and eat in front of friends without ridicule. This is a tall order with a middle schooler! 

Although I fantasize about adorable Bento box lunches as seen on Pinterest, our fare is much more straightforward. If I pack a lunch from the list (for example, hummus sandwich, sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwich, mac & cheese in a thermos, pizza, etc.) they agree to eat it and not to complain. So far, so good!

Chocolate Sunflower Spread for Lunch (vegan, gluten free, food allergy safe)
Chocolate Sunflower Spread

I don't often pack a treat, but once in a while I like to wow them. The Whole Grain Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (vegan, gluten-free and food-allergy safe) that I shared on And Love It Too do just that!

Need some No-Complaint Lunch Inspiration?

Happy Cooking!

My new book,  Super Seeds, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes.


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