Dairy-free lunchbox ideas for kids
Struggling for delicious school lunch box ideas without the dairy? We’ve put together some tasty tips.
An allergy or intolerance to dairy can be a tricky one.
Dairy can be found in some processed foods where you least expect it; some
lollies, biscuits, crackers and even some breads.
This can make it tricky when shopping, and limiting when
you’re trying to pack an appealing lunchbox for a child with a lactose allergy
Pack your own pittas
Chop a pitta pocket in half so your child can pack it with
their favourite ingredients. It might be carrot sticks, cucumber, snow peas and
(dairy- free) hummus. Another delicious option is falafel, hummus, tomato and
Forget traditional sushi, unless your child has a
sophisticated palate. Pack nori rolls with ingredients you know your child
likes. Tinned tuna and avocado is a favourite, so is chicken and lettuce. Carrot,
cucumber and avocado works well and you could even experiment with egg. Get
creative with what you have in your fridge. Perhaps you could try brown rice
for some extra fibre.
This is a great one for the whole family, its really
easily adaptable and freezes well too. Simply whisk five eggs, add a
cup of self-raising flour and stir through until you have a smooth batter.
Grate a medium zucchini and any other vegetables you’d like to mix in. Add a
quarter of a cup of vegetable oil and a cup of lactose-free cheese (optional).
Pour into a greased dish and bake for half an hour in a moderate oven. Serve
hot or cold.
Lots of kids love spaghetti and it doesn’t need to be
drowned in cheese to be tasty. Whip up a simple tomato sauce; throw in some
vegies and a tin of tuna. Mix in some spaghetti and perhaps some lactose-free
cheese and you have a simple and delicious lunch meal served hot or cold.
Curried egg, avocado and salad sandwich or wrap
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This delicious combination is a great one for those who
can’t eat dairy. Smash some boiled eggs, add a pinch of curry powder, a dash of
mayo and some soy yogurt if it’s in the fridge. Slice or mash avocado and top
with lettuce for a rich and satisfying sambo the whole family can