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8 ideas for creating allergen-free school lunchboxes

Kids with food intolerances often miss out, but in 2023 there’s no reason they should! This selection of allergen-free lunchbox ideas (including gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free recipes) ensures there’s something for everyone.

Tips for making creative lunchboxes:

  • Consider where your child's lunch will be kept during the morning – if it's warm, bacteria will grow in the food, particularly if it contains meat and dairy products. Putting an icepack in the lunchbox will keep the food fresh and cool. Freezing a drink and putting it in the lunchbox also works well.
  • The range of specialist lunchbox snacks are greater than ever. For example, Free From Gluten Biscuits are vegan and dairy, lactose and egg free. You can also get gluten-free cakes and slices, dairy-free yoghurt pouches – the options are endless.
  • Got a picky eater? Children most certainly eat with their eyes, so make the lunch look fun by using cookie cutters to shape sandwiches, threading fruit onto skewers or perhaps including a sauce or dip.
  • Save money – and plastic – by buying products in bulk and decanting into mini containers, rather than purchasing pre-packed snack packs.
  • Make use of your freezer. Muffins and pies freeze well, as do some basic filled sandwiches; simply pop in your child's lunchbox and they'll be thawed by lunchtime.
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    Gluten-free pancetta and cheese muffins

    These pancetta and cheese muffins are free of both gluten and nuts, so they are a perfect addition to the school lunchboxes!

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Teriyaki chicken rice paper rolls

    Rice paper rolls are so simple to make, and this teriyaki chicken recipe makes for a fantastic out-of-the-box ideas for school lunches!

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Gluten-free chicken and kumara sandwiches

    These sandwiches are filled with baked kumara, baby spinach and an oh-so-tasty mixture of ricotta, mayonnaise and chicken - making lunchtime the most exciting meal of the day!

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Sushi cones

    Have some fun assembling these delicious sushi cones by Good Food. A few drops of your favourite soy sauce, some sliced pickled ginger and just a touch of wasabi and you're good to go.

    Good Food|

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    BLT and guacamole sandwiches

    These sandwiches use delicious homemade guacamole instead of butter to spread the bread, so they're perfect for anyone with a dairy allergy!

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    Gluten-free egg, bacon and parmesan pies

    Hot, savoury and tasty egg, bacon and parmesan pies make a great lunch or after-school snack. They're also great for popping in lunch boxes the following day.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Lunchbox pesto pasta salad

    This pesto pasta salad is a quick and easy solution to getting lunchboxes ready. It's a great option for anyone who is dairy- or egg-intolerant!

    Australian Table|

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    Asparagus frittata

    Make the most of summer asparagus with this quick and easy gluten-free frittata. You could also add a handful of thinly sliced swiss brown mushrooms when you cook the asparagus - the opportunities are endless!

    Australian Women's Weekly|