6 Easy healthy, gluten free & allergen friendly recipes. Beat the back to school lunchbox battle

School is back and once again starts the battle of the lunch box!

My kids used to want their lunch box filled with packets and processed foods that are full of additives and preservatives.  (They still ask sometimes if we are at the shops together but they know that there is no way on earth I am buying that rubbish to poison their bodies!)

Below are some of the gluten free, allergen friendly foods that I make that get one child through the week. Just adjust the quantities to feed multiple children.

These are easy recipes that I hope give you some relief from the dilemma so many parents go through.

Quinoa, chia and rice milk bowl topped with sliced fruit.

Friday – soak 1-cup organic brown rice in 2 cups filtered water in the refrigerator overnight.

Saturday – drain rice and then blend with 4 cups of filtered water and a pinch of good quality sea salt. Strain through a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer.

Mix 1 cups of raw organic quinoa flakes, 2 Tbs chia seeds, 1 Tbs raw honey, ¼ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp nutmeg, ½ cup sultanas in a bowl. Add rice milk and stir. Soak in the fridge overnight.

Sunday – Spoon quinoa mix into individual sealable containers leaving room on top for the added fruit. During the week, slice or blend fresh fruits to top the quinoa cups. This can be a great ‘breakfast-on-the-run’ or go into the lunchbox for morning tea.

Fried rice bowl

Saturday – boil 1-cup organic brown rice in 2 cups filtered water. Allow to cool then refrigerator overnight.

Sunday – Slice 2 cups of vegetables (spring onion, carrot, cabbage, capsicum, mushrooms, celery for example, you can use whatever combo of vegies you like). Lightly fry the vegies, add rice and sprinkle with sesame oil and gluten free light soy sauce. Allow to cool before spooning into individual sealable containers and refrigerate.

Loaded Cold pressed juice

Sunday

1.5 kg Apples
100g Cucumber
40g Spinach
40g Cos Lettuce
40g Celery
1 lemon
1 lime
10g mint

Juice through a cold pressed juicer and bottle into 3 x 500ml sealable bottles. This juice not only tastes delicious but will give your child a huge hit of vitamins and minerals to help them get through their day.

The only other things that go into the lunch box are fresh fruits and vegetables. A really easy filler if you think that your child will need more than the Quinoa bowl for breakfast, the fried rice for lunch plus juice and fresh fruit and vegies is to add a small bowl of mashed avocado with lemon juice and pepper for dipping some carrot and celery sticks into.

Rice pudding

Tuesday – rest of the week lunch box filler prep day.

Boil 1 cup of organic brown rice with 2 cups of coconut milk. (make the coconut milk yourself buy soaking and blending 1 cup organic coconut meat with 4 cups warm water then squeezing through nut milk bag or strain through sieve)

Just before the rice is soft, add ½ cup sultanas, 1 Tbs raw honey, ¼ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp nutmeg. Allow to cool and then blend in a food processor until pudding is at the consistency that you want.

Spoon rice puddings into individual sealable containers. This can be topped with sliced fruit or blended fruit (like berries) if you want to add a bit more sweetness and flavour.

Vegan Banana Bread (this will feed more than 1 child for 2 days but good luck stopping everyone from having multiple slices…)

Wednesday

4 small overripe bananas
1.5 cups whole meal gluten free self-raising flour
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
2 tbs sunflower seeds
pinch sea salt

Preheat over to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a bread tin pan with coconut oil. Blend bananas then add oil, coconut sugar, vanilla, cinnamon & nutmeg. Fold through flour and salt. Lastly add sunflower seeds. Pour batter into greased tin and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into bread to test.

Allow to slightly cool then remove from pan. Once totally cooled to room temp, slice into serving sizes and wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate.

Cabala Cold Pressed Juice

Wednesday

1kg carrots
1 red apples
¼ beetroot
1 green apples
½ lemon
2 yellow apples

Juice through a cold pressed juicer and bottle into 2 x 500ml sealable bottles. (There may be a bit left over for you J)

This juice is fantastic for brain function and eye health, plus heaps of other beneficial properties from the fresh raw ingredients.

Again, the only other top-ups needed for the lunch box after you put in the rice pudding, and banana bread are some sliced up fruit or vegetables. Since the other 2 dishes are sweet I would be inclined to put in sliced up vegetables and some hummus dip if I think that more food will be needed. Sometimes growing pre-teens can be like bottomless pits….

I understand that not everyone has the time to make everything for his or her kid’s lunches from scratch. I have some good news. You can order these and other cold pressed juices to be delivered cold and fresh to your home and work place up to twice per week. The best thing is that the whole fresh foods listed above are the only ingredients that go into our juices. We do not use any additives or preservatives. Nothing is concentrated or re-constituted and there is no sugar added. Juzcit will soon be expanding the range of products offered to include a variety of gluten free breads, slices, rolls and pies. You can have the peace of mind of filling your children’s lunch boxes with the healthiest foods whether you do it yourself or you get Juzcit to do it for you.

Happy Juicing J

Michelle

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