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Allergy-Friendly School Lunch Ideas: A Week of Egg-Free Alternatives

 

Check any lunch box and you will find baked goods made with egg and mayonnaise on sandwiches and salads. Avoiding eggs when your child has an egg allergy doesn't have to mean dry sandwiches. Don't pack another boring egg-free lunch until you check out our yummy ideas!

Is your child allergic to more than just egg? We have additional resources if you’re managing multiple food allergies. Ask other parents for lunch ideas on our Food and Cooking Support forum. Search our Safe Eats® Allergy-Friendly Recipes collection of almost 1,500 member-submitted recipes. And check out our Allergy-Friendly Foods collection for products made without many of the most common allergens.



Monday

Chicken salad in a pita: Chef Luca's Lunch Box Chicken Salad is a great option that uses vegan mayonnaise and leftover chicken. Can't use pita? Pack a container of chicken salad and tortilla chips for scooping it all up. No vegan mayonnaise options? Try this lettuce-wrapped Chicken Unsalad Sandwich that packs all of the chicken salad goodness inside the chicken. And it’s free of the other most common allergens, like milk, soy, wheat, gluten, peanut, tree nut, sesame, fish, and shellfish.

Pack with a cheese stick, grapes, fruit leather and milk or milk alternative.

allergy-friendly lunch: egg-free chicken salad

Photo credit: Kathryn Hankins

Tuesday

Pasta salad: Pasta salad doesn’t have to have mayonnaise. BLT Pasta Salad is a whole meal with lots of flavor in every bite. It can also be made free of milk, peanut, tree nut, sesame, soy, fish, shellfish, wheat, and gluten. Pack the lettuce and croutons separately to keep them from getting soggy. Mix it all together just before eating.

Pack with carrot sticks, cinnamon and sugar apple slices, and milk or milk alternative.

Wednesday

Quesadilla with salsa or guacamole: Toast up a safe tortilla with your favorite cheese or milk-free cheese alternative. You can add diced chicken or other meat. Allow quesadilla to cool before cutting in quarters and packing.

Pack with pepper strips, applesauce, and milk or milk alternative.

allergy-friendly lunch: quesadillas

Photo credit: Kathryn Hankins

Thursday

Banana Bread with cream cheese sandwich: Toast the banana bread a little and make sure your cream cheese or milk-free cream cheese substitute is not too cold to spread. You can cut into fun shapes using cookie cutters. Or try these Zucchini Carrot Muffins. Pack muffins along with a small container of cream cheese or milk-free alternative and a spreader.

Pack with Chef Luca's Lunch Box Carrot Salad, grapes, and milk or milk alternative.

allergy-friendly lunch: carrot salad with banana bread

Friday

Egg-Free French Toast or Egg-Free, Wheat-Free Waffle sticks with maple syrup: Use your favorite recipe and bread. Slice into sticks for easy dipping and eating. Or try these French Toast Muffins. Add some sliced ham for more protein.

Pack with Chickpea “Nuts,” mixed fruit salad, and milk or milk alternative.

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Kathy P posted:

We really don't do sandwiches here at all...

My son was loving homemade bread with sunbutter and jelly, but he hit his limits I guess. ��  At least we just have one more month of school.

Leslie in Oklahoma

9-year-old son--allergy to eggs, peanuts, some tree nuts, wheat and penicillin.  Seasonal allergies and dairy intolerance. Reactive airway disorder and eczema.

11-year-old son--seasonal allergies, cat allergy

 

thanks for the ideas!  My son announced this morning that he is tired of sandwiches.  I think I will make the quesadilla for lunch tomorrow!

Leslie in Oklahoma

9-year-old son--allergy to eggs, peanuts, some tree nuts, wheat and penicillin.  Seasonal allergies and dairy intolerance. Reactive airway disorder and eczema.

11-year-old son--seasonal allergies, cat allergy

 

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