Lunch Ideas

Here are a few of my daughter’s favorite lunch combos that work great for a picky toddler with a sensitive tummy:

(Check out my post Food You Can Buy (GF, EF, NF, DF, SF) for pictures of some of the things listed here that I buy.)

 

LUNCH 1:

1/2 large link of Aidell’s chicken & apple sausage (or at least 4 mini links)

1 small slice of zucchini bread w/ pumpkin (cooked & mashed), mashed banana, and avocado mixed together and spread on top

A few peeled cucumber slices

 

LUNCH 2:

2 slices of Lunch meat broken in pieces

1-2 southwest hash brown patties (or kale tater tots)

Zucchini and cherry tomato slices mixed with avocado & Daiya ranch dressing

 

LUNCH 3:

Zucchini slices topped w/  homemade hummus (I use cooked chickpeas, sweet peas, and navy beans blended with canola oil, garlic, and herbs)

Turkey meat in broth (my daughter LOVES pieces of turkey in the broth with some Tony Chacheres seasoning. I just cook a turkey breast in the crock pot and then give her small pieces in a bowl with the broth and Tony’s)

1/2 slice homemade GF, SF, EF, DF, NF bread (recipe to come) spread with olive oil, sprinkled w/ Italian seasoning and garlic powder, toasted

 

LUNCH 4:

Turkey wrap

About a handful of quinoa and plantain chips mixed

A couple tablespoons or so of sliced green or black olives

 

LUNCH 5:

Fried burrito (My daughter’s favorite: heat a corn tortilla in a hot skillet for 30 seconds each side until it becomes soft, top with allergy friendly refried beans, avocado, chopped spinach, Daiya ranch dressing, fold like a burrito and fry in avocado oil on each side until crispy and browned)

Olive slices

honey roasted carrots

 

LUNCH 6:

Elk meatballs

Raw broccoli (my daughter loves it raw)

Cucumbers

Sweet potato chips

Crispy potatoes (peeled, chopped red potato tossed in avocado oil with salt and pepper, and baked until crispy)

 

Lunches are hard for me, because I’m always in a hurry, so some of these are thrown together things that my daughter just happened to really like! But these examples are basically the type of lunches that we do. My daughter’s favorite, by far, is the fried wraps. It doesn’t matter what I put in them, she loves them (especially dipped in her ranch 🙂

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Food You Can Buy (GF, EF, NF, DF, SF)

Here are a few staples that we keep in our house for snacks or quick sides, etc. that are allergen free.

 

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The quinoa puffs and veggie crisps help add grain to a limited diet, and my daughter LOVES these spicy ones!

 

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These lentil chips are a great snack because they have protein and nutrients that other chips don’t; so they are great to have on the go! The veggie strips are mostly potatoes, but still a tasty treat 🙂

 

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These sausages work really well for lunchtime, or a quick snack to take on the road. I heat them up in a bowl full of water and pull the skins off (makes it easier for a toddler to chew).  My daughter loves these. But you have to be really careful with the artichoke & garlic one. I have found SO many pieces of cartilage, or something that is really hard in EVERY link I have had so I check those very thoroughly before giving them to my daughter.

 

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I buy these sausages at Walmart. They are by far the best quality that I have found: simply meat and spices. No weird additives. And they taste really good. My daughter loves the pork!

 

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These little tater tot things are great. I just microwave them for a few seconds and then stick them in the toaster oven on foil until they get crispy.  dr. Praeger’s also has a Southwest Hashbrown option. Those are my daughter’s favorite. For her limited diet, the dietitian says she considers potatoes a grain and they are nice and high in calories, which growing kids need, so these are a great option.

 

 

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For sandwiches or just finger foods, these lunch meats work great. My daughter loves the ham. The ranch dressing is also great addition to your available condiments. It helps my daughter eat her veggies when she just doesn’t really feel like eating them. I add to her wraps and tacos also.

 

 

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This is the ONLY soup I have found that my daughter can tolerate. It is great to have around for those nights when you just don’t have time to make anything. Or if you are going out eat, you can take these along pretty easily.

 

There is not much else that I have found to buy for my daughter (rather than cook from scratch), but these few things are staples in our household!  This is not an exhausted list, but it sums up what we normally buy. I hope this is helpful!

 

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Easy Lunch for that Sensitive toddler!

I always seem to be in a hurry at lunch time for one reason or another, so anything quick and yummy AND nutritious for my daughter is always more than welcome!

If you’re looking for a quick lunch that’s fun for toddler’s try a wrap (as usual, this lunch is gluten, soy, dairy, egg, and nut free):

What you need:

1 tsp avocado oil

1 100% corn tortilla

2 slices of Lunch meat or your choice, chopped (I use Natural Choice)

2 slices cucumber, chopped

1 tbs green onions

A few leaves spinach, chopped

Dairy free ranch dressing

How I make it:

Pour the oil in a small skillet and heat on medium-high heat. Swirl the tortilla in the oil to coat it and let it cook a little on each side until it is easily bendable (about 1 minute on each side).

Remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients. I put some ranch on the bottom, then lunch meat, green onions, cucumbers, spinach, and a little more ranch on top.

Fold the tortilla and place fold side down in the skillet over medium high heat just until it cools enough to stick together (about 2-3 minutes).

And serve with a side of quinoa and plantain chips! My daughter loved being able to hold her wrap! She really enjoyed it!