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Keep it Fun with Allergy-friendly Bento Box Lunches for Back To School

Back to school means back to routine and packing lunches, ensuring that kids are safe and prepared to learn and grow together with their classmates. For parents of kids with food allergies, it’s a lot to consider. Some days, it may seem easier to fall back on trusted standards. With simplicity in mind, we created several bento-style lunch options to help keep allergy-friendly lunches fun and inspiring while introducing cool flavor combinations on regional themes.

Mediterranean Turtle Bento

Mediterranean textures and flavors are easy for kids to love with a simple and colorful combination of allergy-friendly lunch-able snacks. Combine our tangy tri-color couscous salad (recipe below) with fresh cucumber slices, tomatoes and olives, pita and Hope Hummus; plus, a few sweet juicy grapes for dessert.

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Creamy Couscous Salad

  • 3 C. Tri-Color Couscous, cooked and cooled to room temperature
  • 1/2 C. So Delicious Dairy Free Unsweetened Coconutmilk Yogurt Alternative
  • 1 Tbsp. Vegan Mayo (we used soy-free Vegenaise by Follow Your Heart)
  • 2 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast (optional for a cheesy taste)
  • ½ C. Organic Diced Peas and Carrots, thawed
  • Salad Greens
  • Salt and pepper
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt alternative, Vegenaise, nutritional yeast (if using), and salt and pepper.
  2. Toss couscous, peas and carrots with the yogurt alternative mixture. Season to taste.
  3. To serve, assemble a bed of greens and top with couscous salad.

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Thai Tiger Bento

Thai dishes often include fresh, aromatic ingredients combined to create a complex flavor experience. You may be wondering, how is that fun for kids? Check out the fun colors and textures in our Thai Veggie Rolls, made with rice paper wrappers. Kids will love the look and feel of these grab-able, dip-able snacks! Not to mention the slightly sweet, nutty flavors. Serve them with our allergy-friendly Thai Sunbutter Sauce and a side of cucumber slices, sprinkled with black sesame seeds. For an extra treat, include a handful of sweet & spicy popcorn. We love Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop. So fun!

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Thai Veggie Rolls with Sunbutter Sauce

  • ½ C. Sunbutter Spread
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. Fresh Ginger, grated
  • ½ C. So Delicious Dairy Free Unsweetened Coconutmilk Beverage
  • 8 Rice Paper Wrappers
  • 1 C. Assorted Colorful Veggies, sliced lengthwise (we used carrots, zucchini, purple cabbage and avocado),
  • ½ C. Bean Sprouts

Make the Thai Sunbutter Sauce:

  1. Blend the Sunbutter, lime juice, sesame oil, coconut aminos, vinegar, garlic and ginger until smooth.
  2. Gradually add the Coconutmilk and pulse. Add more to desired consistency.

Assemble the Wraps:

  1. Prepare the rice wraps according to package directions, using warm water in a shallow dish to reconstitute.
  2. Carefully remove the wrapper from the water and place it onto a smooth, damp surface.
  3. Place a colorful mix of veggies onto the wrap, near the center. Starting with the sides, gently fold the wrap inward and roll, holding the veggies in place as you go.
  4. Serve with a side of Thai Sunbutter Sauce for dipping

Tip: prep all of the ingredients for the rolls ahead of time and set up a station so you can work fast. Remember practice makes perfect!

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All American Bear Bento

Now that your kids have been introduced to some allergy-friendly global cuisine, here’s a bento box packed with simply prepared American classics. Everything tastes better with ranch dressing, right? Well, except cookies.

For easy dipping, quarter a soy-free, gluten-free vegan patty and tuck it in next to a few grape tomatoes. Sweet potato chips and broccoli trees are natural sides to this homestyle burger, and you know it – all of the above will go head first into the tangy ranch recipe below.

Don’t forget dessert! To finish your bear box, bake up a batch of chocolate chip buttons using gluten-free cookie dough by Eat Pastry. Be warned, you’ll want to munch every last one! Save some for the kids, okay?

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Allergy-friendly, Vegan Ranch Dressing

  1. Add the apple cider vinegar to the Coconutmilk beverage and let it stand at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together Vegenaise, garlic, herbs, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Combine with the Coconutmilk mixture.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving to allow flavors to incorporate.

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Printable Lunchbox Love Notes

Trying new things while playing it safe is the name of the game. Encourage your kids with our adorable lunchbox love notes! Click here to download and print: Front / Back

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How do you keep the fun in allergy-friendly meals for your family? We’d love to hear about the creativity you bring to weeknight meals at home and packed lunches too!

❤ The So Delicious Diary Free Team

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