Back-to-school season is here! If you’re already sending your kid off to school with the same old sandwich, check this ultimate list of nut-free lunches you can feel good about packing up.
Even picky eaters will love the cauliflower tots and Paleo calzones – and they won’t even know about the hidden veggies.
So grab those lunchboxes and get ready to fill them with hot dogs, pizza and, of course, a sweet treat or two!
Coconut Oil Fat Bombs
Pop-in-your-mouth delicious, these candied coconut bombs are exploding with flavor. Raw honey, dark chocolate, and vanilla bean powder join together for a delectable treat your kids will love.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Coconut Oil Fat Bombs
Low Carb Eggplant Pizzas
Let’s face it: cafeteria pizza is a nightmare. It’s greasy, loaded with carbs, and lacks any real nutritional value. Luckily, we found a veggie-packed alternative full of Italian flavor and easy to make! Simply bake bite-sized eggplant rounds, spoon on some meaty tomato sauce, and sprinkle your favorite Paleo toppings on top.
Recipe: Oatmeal with a Fork | Low Carb Eggplant Pizzas
Sweet Potato Chips
Salty and crispy, sweet potato chips are a must-have with Paleo wraps or sandwiches. They’re easy to make and carry more nutritional value than bagged chips.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Sweet Potato Chips
Yeast-Free Paleo Pretzel Dogs
These delicious, handheld snacks pair perfectly with Paleo mustard or ketchup and make great alternatives to conventional corn dogs. Try adding bacon to keep things fresh!
Recipe: Back Porch Paleo | Yeast-Free Paleo Pretzel Dogs
Coconut-Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Dijon Dip
A sweet coconut-flake crust keeps these oven-baked chicken fingers crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The Dijon dip is an added bonus!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Coconut-Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Dijon Dip
Paleo Italian Sub Roll-Up
Recipe: Primal Bites | Paleo Italian Sub Roll-Up
Light, Healthy Chow Mein Made with Zucchini Noodles
Calling all noodle lovers! This recipe combines sweet and tangy zoodles with shredded carrots, green cabbage, and toasted sesame oil for a healthy spin on a takeout classic.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Light, Healthy Chow Mein Made with Zucchini Noodles
Low Carb Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Chicken adobo tucked in crisp lettuce with chipotle-lime seasoning is the ultimate go-to recipe for lunch. It’s quick, easy, and can be made in large batches for packable lunches throughout the week. Try making it with pulled pork, too!
Recipe: Paleo Grubs | Low Carb Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Teriyaki Meatball Bowl with Cauliflower Rice and Veggies
Yum! This teriyaki meatball bowl is bursting with flavor. Its sauce includes raw honey and ginger powder drizzled on top of seasoned meatballs and veggies. It’s a sweet and tangy bowl kids will gobble up in no time.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Teriyaki Meatball Bowl with Cauliflower Rice and Veggies
California Turkey and Bacon Lettuce Wraps with Basil-Mayo
Similar to a BLT sandwich, this California turkey-bacon lettuce wrap is stuffed with creamy ripe avocados and a zesty basil-mayo. Make sure to use Paleo-approved mayonnaise – we like this recipe!
Recipe: Iowa Girl Eats | California Turkey and Bacon Lettuce Wraps with Basil-Mayo
Spicy Honey “Soy” Chicken Skewers
Who doesn’t love meat on a stick? These 6-ingredient skewers are easy to make – just marinate the chicken, skewer and grill for 3-6 minutes, then package it for tomorrow’s lunch. Your kid’s will love the sweet honey flavor!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Spicy Honey “Soy” Chicken Skewers
Stuff these calzones with whatever you heart desires – like mushrooms, spinach, meat or tomatoes. Batch cook these on Sunday for a quick grab-n-go lunch box convenience all week long!
Recipe: A Girl Worth Saving | Paleo Calzone
Grain-Free Rosemary Garlic Flatbread
Fill this herb-infused flatbread with all the fixins to make a BLT, or fill it with tuna and lettuce. The possibilities are truly endless!
Recipe: Savory Lotus | Grain-Free Rosemary Garlic Flatbread
Sweet Potato Bacon Burger Bites with Maple Chipotle
Your kids are gonna love these sweet potato bacon bites. Their miniature size makes them easy to eat, and the maple chipotle ketchup is both Paleo-friendly and finger-licking good!
Recipe: Paleo Running Momma | Sweet Potato Bacon Burger Bites with Maple Chipotle
Easy Cauliflower Tater Tots
This cauliflower tater tot recipe is the master of disguise. Its crispy, golden coating looks just like a regular tater tot, and Paleo ketchup makes it a dip-able delight.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Easy Cauliflower Tater Tots
Healthy Curly Fries
Grab your spiralizer and get cookin’! This recipe takes on greasy French fries by offering a healthy ribbon-style alternative your kids will love – especially when dipped in our homemade Paleo ketchup. Prep it the night before for a crispy snack your kids will enjoy the next day.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Healthy Curly Fries
Applesauce Fruit Leather
A classic lunchbox favorite, this applesauce fruit leather is the perfect sweet treat for children of all ages. Mix diced apples with cinnamon for a homemade fruit roll-up your kids will enjoy unravelling.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Applesauce Fruit Leather
Get ready to revolutionize lunch with these Paleo-friendly pita pockets. You can stuff them with savory meats, tender greens, and plenty of other healthy extras – think spicy peppers or juicy tomatoes. It’s perfectly portable and low-carb!
Recipe: He Won’t Know It’s Paleo | Pita Pockets
Tortilla-Free Steak Wraps
Ditch the tortilla and wrap your child’s veggies with steak instead! Customize these toothpick-secured wraps with any vegetable combination your child prefers.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Tortilla-Free Steak Wraps
These eggplant sliders are stuffed with all-natural beef patties and topped with a generous serving of homemade tomato sauce. Your kids will be begging to bring it for lunch every day!
Recipe: Popular Paleo | Eggplant Sliders
Mexican Stuffed Peppers
Are your kids obsessed with tacos? Then they’ll love these peppers stuffed with seasoned beef. Pack up additional toppings, like guacamole and pico de gallo, for a fun taco kit your kids can assemble in the cafeteria.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Mexican Stuffed Peppers
Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks
A true fan-favorite, these buffalo chicken celery sticks make for yummy lunchtime snacks. Made with shredded chicken slathered in hot sauce, this wingless lunch serves up a fresh serving of celery without any heavy ranch. Swap out conventional mayo for a Paleo version to keep things light.
Recipe: ManTitlement | Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks
Herb Garlic Crackers (Better Than Wheat Thins)
Here’s a quick and easy recipe for yummy snacking! Add these gluten-free crackers to any lunch box for a fun savory treat.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Gluten-Free Herb Garlic Crackers
Paleo Dim Sum – Shumai
Yes, you can have dim sum for lunch! This simple and savory recipe uses small cabbage leaves as portable cups to be filled with delicious Cantonese flavored pork. Bonus: There’s a dumpling dipping sauce!
Recipe: I Heart Umami | Paleo Dim Sum – Shumai
Turmeric Gummies with Maple Syrup
Lunch isn’t complete without something sweet to snack on. Pack these turmeric gummies in your child’s lunchbox for a candied treat they can’t resist. It’s loaded with plenty of antioxidants and helps strengthen immune systems – great for guarding against flu season.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Turmeric Gummies with Maple Syrup
Paleo Mushroom Ravioli + Cream Sauce
Here’s a great recipe perfect for any day of the year. This mushroom ravioli uses cassava flour for dough, mushrooms for filling, and coconut milk for a creamy white sauce you can drizzle on top. It has a subtle way of hinting at cheese, without using any dairy. They’re truly melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
Recipe: Predominantly Paleo | Paleo Mushroom Ravioli + Cream Sauce
Bacon Chicken Bake Recipe
Who doesn’t love a fully loaded hot pocket? Stuffed with juicy chicken, crispy bacon, and creamy mushrooms, this portable meal is way better than the frozen kind.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Bacon Chicken Bake Recipe
Mini Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
Who says meatloaf is only for dinner? Now you can include it in your child’s lunchbox as a miniature-sized meal wrapped in bacon! Use a muffin tin to make multiple servings and package them up for easy meal-prepping throughout the week.
Recipe: Real Simple Good | Mini Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
Asian-Style Cabbage Wraps
Your kids are going to love these crunchy, portable cabbage wraps filled with ground turkey and shredded carrots. It’ll be the envy of schoolyard lunches, while sneaking in plenty of healthy veggies!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Asian-Style Cabbage Wraps
Easy Flourless Fudge Brownie Bites
No lunchbox is complete without a bite-sized brownie. These chocolatey fudge brownie bites will be devoured in no time!
Recipe: Paleo Running Momma | Easy Flourless Fudge Brownie Bites
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