Recipes and Tips for Kid-Friendly, Allergy-Free Lunches

After being diagnosed with celiac disease, Elizabeth Kaplan discovered that her kids had food allergies as well and founded her own gluten-free company. Here are her tips for mastering allergy-friendly school lunches. (8 Photos)

Elizabeth Kaplan on Sep 19, 2012 at 11:44AM

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Recipes and Tips for Kid-Friendly, Allergy-Free Lunches

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Plan and Prepare in Advance

As much as possible, prepare at least part of lunch the night before while you are preparing dinner. If you are making a salad for dinner, make an extra salad for your child’s lunch. If you are preparing pasta, make an extra serving and re-warm in the morning. Soups, pastas, risottos all make great lunch box options.

Wash and chop a bunch of fresh veggies and place them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Use what you need for snacks and lunches as you go. Make and freeze larger batches of items such as gluten-free granola bars and home-made gluten-free cookies.

Be sure to purchase handy lunch containers, a thermos and a large enough lunchbox to fit everything.

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