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Lunchbox ideas for kids with food allergies

Dear Cooks:

I have a 5 year old who has very bad food allergies. Here is a list of things that my son can not have or things that is made with it: wheat, eggs, dairy, sea food, peanuts, tree-nuts. With me packing his lunch every day for school I’m fresh out of ideas. I was wondering if you had any new cool ideas/recipes so I can stop boring my 5 year old.

Thanks –

Mom of Kid with Allergies

Dear MOKW:

We have some ideas for your son’s lunch recommended from a mom whose son has allergies too. Corn flour tortillas are readily available and a great platform for wraps or quesadillas. Rice is also a great solution and you can buy bread and pasta made from rice rather than wheat. You can substitute for eggs when baking by using 1 tablespoon flax meal mixed with 3 tablespoons water for each egg.

Here are some suggestions for your son’s lunchbox:

Vegetable soup made with barley

corn flour quesadillas

corn flour pizzadillas

corn or rice mac n cheese made with goat cheese

brown or black bean burritos

pureed bean or squash soup

Roasted vegetables with rice stir fry

fruit leather strips


apple sauce


frozen blueberries or strawberries (thawed by lunch)


sunflower butter spread over gluten-free bread


craisins and raisins mixed with dry cereal


ham roll ups (guacarollies)


homemade crispy rice bars

Good luck!

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