If your child has a sesame allergy, you know sesame can be found in many common prepackaged lunch foods. But with some planning, you can have a lot of fun options for your child’s lunch. Check out our yummy ideas for a week’s worth of sesame-free lunches!
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Chicken Pasta Boats: Fill cooked and cooled pasta shells with chicken salad to create handheld Chicken Pasta Boats. You can customize the chicken salad according to your child’s preferences and allergies.
Pack with baby carrots, apple sauce or fruit, and fortified juice, milk, or milk alternative.
Lunchables®-style cold mini pizzas: Create build-your-own mini pizzas. In advance, bake Gluten-Free Flatbread or Pizza Dough into small circles (a little larger than a cracker) and make Pizza Sauce. To save time, cut a safe pre-made pizza dough with a cookie cutter and use a safe jarred pizza sauce. Pack the pizza crust circles, sauce, and your child’s favorite toppings (such as shredded cheese or milk-free “cheese” and mini pepperoni) in a bento-style lunchbox, small zip-top bags, or small containers. Don’t forget to pack a spoon for spreading the pizza sauce!
Pack with grapes, fun snacks, and fortified juice, milk, or milk alternative.
Chicken Cutlets: Cook Chicken Cutlets in advance and cut into bite-size pieces. Before packing in your child’s lunch, heat them in the microwave. Wrap in aluminum foil and place in a wide-mouth Thermos to keep them warm.
Pack with fresh veggies and dipping sauce, strawberries, and fortified juice, milk, or milk alternative.
Sesame-free hummus and veggie sandwich: Give them a lunch packed with protein and fiber using Sesame-Free Hummus and some sliced crisp vegetables on Wheat- and Gluten-Free Bread. Customize it using vegetables your child loves, such as shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers or tomatoes, or smashed avocado.
Pack with baked chips, fresh fruit, and fortified juice, milk, or milk alternative.
Turkey meatballs: Pack these Turkey Meatballs plain with cheese squares as a fun finger food. Or mix them with sauce and noodles. Preheat the meatballs, sauce, and noodles and put them all in a Thermos so they are still warm at lunchtime.
Pack with celery sticks, a fruit roll-up, and fortified juice, milk, or milk alternative.
Still Need More Allergy Friendly Lunch Ideas?
Check out our Allergy-Friendly Lunch Hacks to make packing lunches a little easier, as well as these recipes:
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- A Week of Egg-Free Lunch Ideas
- A Week of Milk-Free Lunch Idea
- A Week of Wheat-Free Alternatives for Lunch