I have a little secret to share with you all. ALDI has the BEST gluten free products EVER!!
No lie. The ALDI liveGfree line is some of the best tasting food I have ever had–and I can eat gluten! I am in love with their liveGfree Animal Cookies and the liveGfree Multi-Seed Gluten Free Crackers. In fact my kids said the liveGfree Animal Cookies are the best animal cookies they have ever eaten! What makes ALDI liveGfree line even better is that it is CHEAP! You will not break the bank and will be able to buy high quality foods that you can easily throw into a lunchbox. No fuss, no mess, no long prep. Just pack and go in 5 minutes or less.
5 Healthy, Easy, Inexpensive Gluten Free Lunches with ALDI
My kids love ALDI Kirkwood Never Any! Chicken Sausage–in any flavor. For this lunch, I picked up the Kirkwood Never Any! Sweet Italian Chicken Sausages. I simply cut the sausages into huge chunks and skewered onto toothpicks with chunks of Happy Farms Cheddar Cheese and sweet peppers. Totally fun and filled with protein and nutrition. I completed the lunch with grapes and liveGfree Animal Cookies. This is one lunch I would certainly pack for myself too 🙂
I was able to make 6 generous portions with these ingredients.
Who doesn’t love Nachos? I know at this house we sure do! And Clancy’s Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips are gluten-free (YAY!!!). All I do is take a jar of Simply Nature Organic Salsa and mix with a can of Dakota’s Pride Black Beans for a dip that my kiddos love and is filled with fiber, protein, and veggies. Give them a bit of the leftover Happy Farms Cheddar Cheese (that I shred) and they are beyond happy. And lucky for all of us, when the fresh produce you have purchased from ALDI is gone, they have a fabulous selection of prepackaged fruit that is ALL fruit–no sugar added. I added in a Lunch Buddies Tropical Fruit cup in 100% fruit juice.
I planned this lunch for 4 lunches, however you can add in different fruit and the dip and chips will stretch further. Or just snack on the leftovers yourself 😉
Oh my, I am in LOVE with liveGfree Mutliseed Snack Crackers. They are savory, salty and super crunchy, which I love–and so does every child I have ever served them to! Throw them in the lunch with a Happy Farms Cheese Snack Stick, fresh grapes, carrots, and mini sweet peppers. What a great lunch, perfect for little snackers!
This lunch made 6 lunches.
liveGFree Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets
Wow! These liveGfree Gluten Free Chicken nuggets are AWESOME! I personally don’t purchase many frozen meat products, due to additives and quality of ingredients. However, these nuggets meet my nutrition standards and the kids LOVE them. They call them their “special lunch” because to them nuggets are always a treat. For my kids I sent in a few liveGfree Animal Cookies, carrots, and a Lunch Buddies fruit cup (pre-cook chicken nuggets before placing them in the lunchbox. Can be served cold).
I made 6 lunches with these nuggets.
Snackers Delight (hard boiled egg, banana, sweet potato chips, Greek yogurt, animal cookies) I don’t know about you, but my kids LOVE to snack. They think snack foods are awesome! So what better way to give them a lunch they will love, then to fill it up with snack type foods? This lunch is a Happy Farms Cheese Stick, grapes, banana, hard-boiled egg, and Simply Nature Sweet Potato Chips. Wow! What a good lunch.
I planned 4 lunches with these ingredients.
So there you have 5 Gluten Free Lunches.
I made a total of 26 lunches with the ingredients I purchased. I mixed and matched the sides for different days, but with all the fresh grapes, bananas, carrots and peppers and leftover chips–I was able to have plenty of side dishes to fill up the kids!
How much did this cost me? Well first let me tell you that the average school lunch costs $2.08 according to the School Nutrition Association–and those lunches are filled with Gluten and typically are not well-balanced in nutrition. These lunches, however, are nutritious and are safe for any child avoiding gluten or suffering from Celiac disease. I bought all these groceries for a whopping $29.40
Here are my purchases:
- Kirkwood Never Any! Chicken Sausage $2.99
- Dakota’s Pride Black Beans $0.59
- Bananas–3 lb $0.96
- Mini Sweet Peppers $0.99
- Baby Carrots $0.69
- Green Grapes–2 lb $2.38
- liveGfree Gluten Free Animal Cookies $1.99
- Clancy’s Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips $1.19
- Simply Nature Sweet Potato Chips $1.99
- liveGfree Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets $4.99
- Happy Farms Cheddar Cheese $1.49
- Simply-Nature Salsa $1.99
- Happy Farms String Cheese $2.49
- liveGfree Gluten Free Multi-Seed Gluten Free Crackers $1.49
- Goldhen Large Eggs $1.69
- Lunch Buddies Fruit Cup $1.49
Total Cost: $29.40**
That breaks down to $1.13 a lunch (with leftovers to snack on.) That is a savings of $0.95 a lunch or $24.70 for the 26 lunches. That is just about enough money to buy the same ingredients again and make another 26 lunches. And this is using quick and easy GLUTEN FREE products that are nutritious!! You can’t do that anywhere but ALDI!!!
*Available while quantities last. All products may not be available in all stores. Prices subject to change.
**Note–you can not buy all these ingredients at once and expect them to last for an entire month. I made these lunches over the course of 2 weeks, using the freshest produce first. Or you can break up your purchases over the course of several weeks.
Looking for other great liveGfree ALDI products to try? Don’t let my limited list stop you! They have everything from gluten free wraps, bread, bars, to cake mixes. The options are endless–and AFFORDABLE!
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