Does your child have a nut allergy? Is your school nut-free? Feeling overwhelmed or at a loss for what to pack for lunch? Do not stress about packing lunches! I am sharing with you simple, wholesome, nut-free lunches that your child is sure to love! In fact, these options are great for adults looking for nut-free options as well!
I understand how overwhelming it can be to deal with food allergies.
Until my son was 6 years old, he was allergic to eggs, wheat, and dairy. My niece and nephew both have life-threatening food allergies.
It is scary. It is isolating. It is overwhelming.
Anyone who has a child with a nut allergy knows all too well how critical it is for a classroom to be nut-free for their child's safety. And while I don't have to worry about nut allergies for my own children, my heart goes out to any parent dealing with the fear of a severe allergy of any kind.
Thankfully, many schools are now designating a nut-free classroom or a nut-free school-wide policy to protect these children. But that does leave a lot of parents searching for nut-free lunches.
The options I am sharing today are 100% nut-free, easy to make, and that kids actually enjoy! They are perfect whether your child has a nut allergy, they want to sit next to a friend with a nut allergy at lunch, or they are in a nut-free classroom.
Peanut Free Lunch Ideas
DIY Pizza Lunchable
This is one of my kids' all-time favorite lunches. It is a copy-cat wholesome version of a Pizza Lunchable, and it is easy to make allergy-friendly.
Simply pack a mini bagel or English Muffin, along with a container of marinara sauce, or pizza sauce, pepperoni, and shredded mozzarella cheese in a lunch container for your kids to assemble their own mini pizzas at lunch. Don't forget to include a spoon so your child can spread the sauce on their pizza.
I also love to add in fresh fruit and veggies to round out the lunch.
One of my favorite ways to use up leftovers is for lunch the next day. Any time we have tacos as a family, I use the leftovers to assemble a DIY Nacho or Taco Salad lunch for my kids to enjoy at school.
Simply pack beans or taco meat with your child's favorite toppings for tacos. I love to add shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and then a package of Guacamole on the side.
Cheese and Cracker Lunchable
Another simple option is cheese and crackers. Which this is one of my favorite lazy options! Add in some fruit and veggies, and this lunch could not get any easier to make!
Mini Ham and Cheese Skewers
It has been proven that kids LOVE to eat things on sticks.
If your child can be trusted with toothpicks, a fun way to dress up a simple ham and cheese sandwich is to cut them into squares and skewer the sandwiches on toothpicks. Add honey mustard on the side for dipping if desired.
Throw in some fruit, vegetables, and animal crackers for good measure.
Turkey Club Roll-Up
This is a great lunch for my high-school son, as it is a bit more hearty. In fact, my husband loves it as well.
It is a simple Turkey Club Wrap that I pair with fruit and snap pea crisps or chips of some kind.
This is another simple option that parents often forget about. Cheese quesadillas take minutes to make, and my recipe even sneaks in a few veggies, making this lunch a BIT more wholesome!
Not just any veggie wrap though--one that is like a Cold Ranch Vegetable Pizza. This recipe for Ranch Veggie Wrap is SO SO good and gets kids, big and small, to enjoy their vegetables as their main course.
Throw in a bag of Skinny Pop and a fruit cup and lunch is packed!
Strawberry and Cream Cheese Bagel Lunch
We have tried soy butter and sunflower seed butter as peanut butter alternatives, and my kids are not fans.
But they do love cream cheese in place of peanut butter on sandwiches. Sometimes instead of a cream cheese and jelly sandwich, I will top a bagel with cream cheese and topped with sliced strawberries. It is a simple, simple lunch option that is my daughter's favorite. Paired with cucumber slices, snap pea crisps, and yogurt topped with chocolate chips, this is one lunch she asks for again and again.
More Nut-Free Options for Lunches
Still, need a few more ideas? Check these out for inspiration.
Southwestern Veggie Tostadas: Made with refried beans, cheese and topped with fresh veggies, this is like a mini Mexican Pizza. And what kid does not love pizza?
Easy Bean Burritos: I always try to have bean burritos stashed in my freezer for simple options for school lunches. It takes only minutes for me to prepare a huge batch and then I wrap individually and freeze. I can pull one or two and throw into a lunch box and by lunch, they have defrosted and are ready to eat. And of course, beans make for a delicious, wholesome nut-free vegetarian protein.
Mac and Cheese Muffins: Leftover mac and cheese turns into a handheld treat that is super easy (and fun) for little hands to eat.
Leftovers: If your kids love pasta or they love soup, why not warm it up and pack it in a thermos? Or maybe you had leftover chicken tenders--why not pack those? Never underestimate the power of leftovers!
If you have more simple nut-free lunch ideas, I would love for you to share them with us in the comments. Together we can help make simple, safe lunches for our children.