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Gluten-Free Lunch Recipes for Kids

Beyond Celiac has loads of gluten-free recipes for kids, by kids. Whether you're looking for ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks and dessert, you'll find delicious options here -- all without the gluten.

Baked Corn Dogs

 A gluten-free corn dog recipe your kids are sure to love! 

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

Gluten-Free Baked Corn Dogs

Makes about 16 corn dogs.


  • 3/4 cup Oonagh’s Gluten-Free Flour Mix
  • ½ cup almond meal (or use 1 ½ cups of Oonagh’s Gluten-Free Flour Mix)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 Tbsp. gluten-free baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1 Tbsp. potato flour (optional – use potato flour for a moister cornbread)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs or ¾ cup gluten-free egg substitute 
  • 2/3 cup milk. (Can substitute with buttermilk, lactose-free milk or almond milk)
  • 1 stick of butter or butter alternative melted or ½ cup olive oil
  • 12 oz. pack of gluten-free sausage, cut into tiny dices.
  • ¼ cup cooked onion, salsa, relish or anything that would complement the corn dog.
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green of green onions or chives.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  3. Whisk egg, milk, butter or oil and vanilla together.
  4. Pour wet mix over dry mix and gently stir together.  Don’t over work the mixture.  You can use an electric mixer, but do make sure to mix in all the dry bits. The mix will look very wet so leave batter to sit for about two minutes. Stir in sausages and chives.
  5. Divide up (about ¼ cup) the mixture on greased muffin pans. 
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown but the tops are barely colored. Each oven is different so start checking at 15 minutes and cook longer than 20 minutes if necessary. Dark colored pans will brown outsides before inside is cooked through.  Keep in mind a moister gluten-free batter often takes longer to cook than regular flour batter.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 10-20 minutes before removing from pans.


Tags: Lunch, Dinner, For Kids

Cheesy Broccoli Melts

Makes 4 sandwiches.

Ingredients:Gluten-Free Cheesy Broccoli Melts

  • 8 slices of gluten-free bread
  • 8 slices of provolone cheese
  • 1 bag of frozen California vegetable blend (cauliflower, broccoli and carrots)
  • 6-8 oz. of gluten-free grilled chicken strips


1. Toast bread until crisp.

2. Follow package instructions to prepare California blend.

3. Put sandwiches together by layering one slice of bread, provolone cheese, chicken strips, veggies, provolone cheese, and finally top it with the other slice of bread. Press down and place each sandwich in the microwave for approximately 25 seconds.

Tags: Lunch, For Kids

Chicken Nuggets on a Stick


Courtesy of Enjoy Life Foods

Adapted from Garlic & Parmesan Plentils make a yummy coating for chicken, which bakes up beautifully. Add a Popsicle stick for lunchtime fun! 


  • 1 pkg. of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approximately 1.25 lbs. containing 3 breasts)
  • 1 1/2 C. of crushed Plentils Garlic & Parmesan Chips
  • 1/4 C. of Honey Mustard vinaigrette dressing
  • Optional: Popsicle sticks


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice chicken breasts horizontally in the middle, thus making your three chicken breasts into six pieces. Pat chicken dry.
  3. Place crushed Plentils into a medium to large sized bowl. Pour Honey Mustard vinaigrette dressing into a small bowl.
  4. Dip chicken first into the vinaigrette coating both sides, then roll into the crushed Plentils. Use your hands to help "pat" the crushed chips onto the chicken.
  5. Repeat until all are coated and placed on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake in the oven, without turning, for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool. Add Popsicle stick for serving.
Tags: Lunch, Dinner, For Kids

Colby Jack Cheese Quesadilla

From Cindy Gordon of Vegetarian Mamma

When it comes to eating gluten-free, we need to make sure that the food we are putting into our bodies is indeed gluten-free. When it comes to cheese, you do need to be cautious. Love deli cheese? You have to be cautious of cross contamination from the cheese slicer in the deli. If you want to be safe and not worry, you need to search out Boar’s Head Cheese.

Boar’s Head is a family owned business that started in New York City over 110 years ago. Frank Brunckhorst founded the company out of his dissatisfaction with the quality of deli meats available at the time. He set out to create a brand that focused on quality meat, and started the line of deli meats, cheeses, and condiments that we still enjoy today. Boar’s Head prides themselves as being master craftsmen in their industry, and skilled artisans in the art of meat and cheese making. They hold themselves to high standards of quality, use only the finest ingredients, and their entire product line is gluten-free.

Boar’s Head offers 25 varieties of cheese, in styles from all over the world. You can find Vermont cheddar, Danish blue cheese, Swiss cheeses, French goat cheese, and more at your local deli. Boar’s Head has 6 varieties of Gouda cheese, fresh mozzarella, and two varieties of hard Italian cheese as well.

Boar’s Head Cheese is delicious enough to eat as a stand-alone item or on your favorite sandwich. We recently created a delicious and quick lunch option that uses Boar’s Head Cheese.

Lunch time on the weekends is hectic around my house. There always seems to be something going on. We rely on Boar’s Head to provide us with delicious tasting gluten-free cheese. Our latest creation was a quesadilla.

For this quesadilla we used the Colby Jack cheese from Boar’s Head. Colby Jack is a tasty mixture of Colby and Monterey Jack cheeses. It is a semi soft cheese that is sold in many shapes. For our quesadilla, we used the Coby Jack cheese slices.

Boar's Head Colby Jack Cheese Quesadilla 


  • 1 gluten-free soft tortilla shell
  • ½ cup pinto beans, smashed
  • 2 slices of Boar’s Head Colby Jack Cheese
  • optional garnish: Sour Cream, Guacamole, Salsa, Cilantro, Green Onions


  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, warm the soft tortilla shell.
  2. Place one slice of Boar’s Head Colby Jack cheese on half of the tortilla.
  3. Next, layer the smashed beans on top of the cheese slice.
  4. Place the remaining Colby Jack cheese slice on top of the smashed beans.
  5. Fold the tortilla in half. Warm each side to a golden brown or until the cheese melts.
  6. Garnish with your favorite extras such as sour cream, guacamole, salsa, cilantro or green onions.


Boar’s Head Cheese is a great option for my family. We love that the cheese slices come in resealable containers. This works out very well for my family. The cheese stays fresh and protected in the containers.

Check out the full selection on their website, you’re sure to find your favorite.

Guest Author, Cindy Gordon, is the owner and writer behind  Cindy shares recipes that are gluten-free and vegetarian on her site.  Her site also shares insight to her gluten-free travel experiences and provides tips on where to safely travel while gluten-free.

Tags: Lunch, Dinner, Vegetarian, For Kids

Deluxe Low Sodium Roast Beef Lettuce Wrap

Boar's Head Logo

Courtesy of Boar's Head Brand

Gluten-Free Lettuc Wrap


  • 3 large Romaine lettuce leaves

  • 4 slices Boar’s Head Deluxe Low Sodium Roast Beef

  • 2 slices Boar’s Head Lacey Swiss Cheese

  • 3 tomatoes, sliced

  • 2 Tbsp. Boar’s Head Deli Dressing


  1. Lay lettuce leaves on a flat, clean work surface onto sandwich paper.  Layer the tomatoes, followed by the Deluxe Low Sodium Roast Beef onto the lettuce leaves.

  2. Spread the Deli Dressing onto the Deluxe Low Sodium Roast Beef. Place the Lacey Swiss Cheese on top of the Deluxe Low Sodium Roast Beef. Roll the lettuce leaves as a wrap inside of sandwich paper. Cut in half if desired and serve.

Tags: Lunch, For Kids

Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery



Courtesy of Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery and Justin Cucci, Root Down chef and owner



Tomato Jam
(makes 20 servings)

  • 3½ pounds roma tomatoes , large dice
  • 1 small onion brulee, chopped
  • ½ cup brown sugargluten-free grilled cheese
  • 1&½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 each lemon

Grilled Cheese

  • Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery Multigrain Sandwich Bread
  • Sliced cheese (choose your favorite!)


1. Put all ingredients in a 2-quart pot. Bring to a gentle boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until thickened into a jam-like consistency, about 3 hours. Keep an eye on the pot to make sure the jam does not burn.

2. Combine a heaping tablespoon of the jam with around 3 slices of cheese and two slices of bread in a buttered pan to cook the final grilled cheese sandwich.

Tags: Lunch, Vegetarian, For Kids

Grilled Ham, Apple and Raisin Bread Sandwich

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Courtesy of  Three Bakers 

Ingredients:Grilled Ham and Apple Raisin Sandwich

  • 2 slices Three Bakers Raisin Bread Oil or butter for spreading
  • 2 to 3 slices thinly sliced gluten-free deli ham
  • 4 thin slices of a cooking apple, such as Granny Smith or Harlson Thinly sliced Colby jack or cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. apple butter, optional


  1. Oil or butter the outside of two slices of Three Bakers Raisin Bread. Layer with ham, apple slices and cheese. If desired, spread apple butter on the inside of the bread slices before cooking for added sweetness and spice.
  2. In a small skillet over medium heat, grill sandwich on both sides until bread is toasted and cheese is melted. Enjoy!
Tags: Lunch, For Kids

Mini Quiches

 Courtesy of Crunchmaster

Gluten-Free Mini Quiches

Makes 24 mini quiches


  • 1 ¼ cups finely crushed Crunchmaster® Rosemary & Olive Oil Multi-Seed Crackers
  • Gluten-free non-stick cooking spray
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. grated fresh nutmeg
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • Oils & Vinegars
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 – 10 ounce package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 roasted red pepper, cut into 48 small slivers
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a min muffin pan (24 tins) with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the cracker crumbs and melted butter. Divide crumb mixture among the prepared mini muffin cups and press down firmly. Bake for 7 – 8 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil and add the chopped onion. Cook the onions until very soft and starting to brown, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Squeeze all the liquid out of the spinach, add to the onions along with the salt, pepper and nutmeg and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Divide the mixture evenly on the cracker crumbs. Divide the shredded cheese on top of the spinach mixture.
  4. Whisk the eggs and milk together and spoon into the muffin cups; do not fill all the way. Top with the roasted red pepper slivers and bake until set and browned, about 20 minutes.
Tags: Breakfast, Lunch, Appetizers/Snacks, Vegetarian, For Kids, Thanksgiving, Holiday

Ovengold Turkey Salad

Courtesy of Boar's Head



Slow-roasted Ovengold Turkey Breast and fresh-chopped vegetables make this gluten-free salad as refreshing as it is unforgettable.


  • 1 lb Ovengold® Roasted Turkey Breast, diced 1/4 in. thick
  • ¼ cup Red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups Celery, diced 1/4 in. thick
  • 1 tsp Garlic relish
  • 1 tsp Black pepper, to taste
  • 8 cups Mixed greens
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar, for drizzling


  1. On a clean work surface, dice turkey into ¼ inch cubes.
  2. Combine turkey, onion and celery into medium mixing bowl with relish and golden raisins.
  3. Sprinkle black pepper over ingredients and add the mayonnaise to the bowl, folding together with a spoon.
  4. Separate mixed greens to 4 bowls and top greens with a scoop of the turkey salad.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, as desired.
Tags: Lunch, Dinner, Appetizers/Snacks, For Kids

Peanut Butter Banana Rollups

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Courtesy of Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery

Peanut Butter Banana Rollups


  • 1 Rudi’s Plain Gluten-Free Tortilla
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter or your favorite nut butter
  • 1 Banana


  1. Spread peanut butter onto tortilla, leaving room around the sides and at the top of the tortilla.
  2. Slice banana and place slices on top of peanut butter, again leaving room around the top and sides.
  3. Starting from the bottom, roll the tortilla up, tucking in the sides as you go.
  4. Slice down the middle

Variations: Add fresh apple slices, a drizzle of honey or your favorite fruit spread.

For more family friendly gluten-free recipes, see Rudi's Gluten-Free Recipe Box.

Tags: Lunch, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, For Kids

Pepchetor Sandwiches


  • Brown Rice Tortillas
  • Cream Cheese
  • Pepperonis


1. Fold one tortilla in half, then into quarters.

2. Spread cream cheese on 2 of the quarters and place pepperonis on top of the cream cheese.  

3. Place plain tortilla quarters on top. Viola! You have your sandwiches.

Tags: Lunch, For Kids

Rudi's Open-Faced Sweet Sandwich

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Courtesy of Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery

Rudi's Open-Faced Sweet Sandwich


  • 1 slice Rudi’s Gluten-Free Original Bread
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1/4 apple, thinly sliced
  • Honey


  1. Take a slice of bread from the freezer and pop it in the toaster.
  2. Once heated and warm, spread on peanut butter. Then layer with the thinly sliced apples and a light drizzle of honey.
Tags: Lunch, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, For Kids

Rudi's Pocket Pies

Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery logo


Courtesy of Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery and Terra Fox


Serves 4



  • 1 cup Rudi's Gluten-Free bread crumbs (approx. 3 slices of bread)
  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary (optional)Rudi's Gluten-Free Pocket Pies
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cups filtered water


  • 2 - 5oz. canned chicken
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • pinch of dried parsley
  • pinch of ground turmeric (for color)
  • salt & pepper to taste


Pocket process

1. Preheat a flat-top, non-stick griddle to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium bowl, combine Rudi's crumbs, tapioca starch, potato starch, and all dried spices. Mix with a spoon.  Add olive oil and water and stir thoroughly until well mixed and all clumps have been broken. The batter will be very watery. Pour a heaping 3/4 cup of batter onto griddle like you are making a pancake. You may have to take your spoon to spread to form circle. Cook for 30-45 seconds and flip. Then, cook for 10 minutes until very crispy and browned.

*Note: you are only cooking one side thoroughly because the cooked side will be on the inside of the pouch and the par-cooked side will be the outside of the pocket. By leaving the outside of the pouch uncooked, this allows you to clamp the edges together to form the pouch. Once baked, the outside cooks through.

3. Remove pocket shell from griddle to cooling rack and repeat until you've made 4 round pockets, about 7" wide each.

*Note: Place fully cooked, crispy side down on cooling rack. If you place the uncooked side down, it will stick to the rack.

Filling process

1. Heat saucepan over medium heat, then add carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper to taste and saute vegetables together until softened or al dente.

*Note: You will want to use a lid to speed up the cooking process and add small amounts of water while cooking to keep the vegetables from sticking.

2. Once vegetables are softened, add both cans of chicken with its juices and the thyme, parsley and ground turmeric. Continue cooking on medium heat for 3 minutes. Turn off heat, add peas and mix well.

Pocket Assembly    

1. Cover 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. 

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

3. Place pockets, uncooked side down on parchment paper, then divide the chicken filling among the four pockets. Fold one side of pocket over to resemble a half moon, then take a fork and press firmly around edges to bind the pocket. Don't be afraid to be firm when pressing. Repeat on all pockets.

4. Bake for 25 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks for 5 minutes before cutting open and eating. Enjoy!

For more family friendly gluten-free recipes, see Rudi's Gluten-Free Recipe Box.

Tags: Lunch, For Kids


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