September 2, 2014
With so many great-tasting, gluten-free products on the market these days, packing a gluten-free lunch is easier than ever. The main challenge is that, unfortunately, gluten-free bread is not on the top of my list of great gluten-free products. If you ask me, store bought gluten-free bread has a long way to go and the key to packing a delicious, easily gluten free lunch box is to work around the bread.
Watch for three of my favorite gluten-free lunch ideas, none of which use gluten-free bread. Because, even if you’ve found one that you like, you’re likely to use it to make traditional sandwiches and these ideas go beyond the sandwich.
Two of my gluten-free lunch ideas use gluten-free pretzels as a carboy stand in for bread. We aren’t gluten-free in my house, but buy gluten-free pretzels because we love them so much. Our favorite brand is Snyder’s of Hanover, which have an irresistible butter flavor that I’ll choose over traditional pretzels anyway!
When packing deli meat as part of a gluten-free lunch, be sure to check the label to make sure that the meat really is gluten free. I know that sounds crazy but, unfortunately, lots of deli meat is made with fillers, some of which contain wheat products. If you stick with an all natural brand, you shouldn’t have a problem, but always check the labels to be sure.
One last note: Any lettuce will work to make my lettuce wraps, but I find Bibb lettuce works best. It’s soft, but won’t tear easily and has a mild taste that kids don’t mind. No bitterness. If you can’t find it, though, or it’s too pricey (it can be sometimes), use whatever lettuce you can get your hands on.
Note: I am not and have never worked with or am affiliated in any way with Snyder’s pretzels. I just shared them with you because they are a favorite in my house.
Need more gluten-free school lunch ideas? Make a delicious lunch bowl using rice or quinoa. Watch below to learn how and find details on One Hungry Mama for making a Mexican, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Greek, Thai or Italian-style lunch bowls. So easy and SO delicious.