It's back to school time once again! Being a mother of two, I'm quite familiar with this hectic time of year. Getting all the necessary school supplies, new school clothes, the organizing of schedules, and getting re-acquainted with the busy life during the school year can be quite the challenge. And add to all of that getting prepared for providing nutritious gluten-free lunches that your child will actually eat can be a little overwhelming, to say the least.
Gluten free sack lunches require a little creativity. Don't be afraid to send leftovers from the previous nights dinner (especially if your child really loved it!). Most schools have microwaves, but if they don't, purchase small hot/cold containers that will hold a single portion. These multi-purpose thermos' will hold soup, mac-n-cheese, hot dogs, chili, rice, leftover meat, pasta, etc.
Each year we provide a sample lunch calendar to give our readers some great ideas for sack lunches for kids. Of course, you don't have to follow this day to day, but it will certainly give you some ideas to get you off and running.
You will notice that I shamelessly promoted our Glutenfreeda's Real Cookies. These cookies are a wonderful solution for kid's lunches. They are pre-formed, gluten-free, frozen cookie dough – so all you have to do is pop a couple in the oven, either in the morning or the night before, and in 20 minutes you have fresh baked awesome cookies that taste exactly like the real thing! No scooping, no mixing, no thawing, no mess, no failures! The only problem you will have is all the other kids at school will want to trade…they really are that good.
Please also note that this calendar is meant to give you ideas. Many of the items above could actually be prepared the night before for dinner and the leftovers sent along in your child's lunch – or you can prepare many of these dishes in advance (perhaps on the weekend when you have some extra time) and freeze in preparation for lunch later in the week.
We hope your kids have a wonderful school year!