9 Nut-Free Lunch Ideas
If you're trying to avoid peanuts because of allergies, other health reasons, or school restrictions, it may seem like lunch options are limited. Taking the traditional PB&J out of the rotation doesn't have to limit your lunching. Check out the following 12 nut-free meal options, and be sure to check out this great grouping of nut-free snacks to round out your meal-planning.
Keep in mind that individual items may have peanuts or other tree nuts within their ingredient lists and proceed with medical caution for any allergies. Always consult your doctor about ingredients as well.
A Case for Chicken Quesadillas
Lunch With a Hearty Salad
A salad can be filling and full of super ingredients; take, for example, this Kale, Quinoa and Avocado Salad. It's a vibrant lunch option full of veggies and grain, with a flavorful dressing and crumbles of feta cheese. Recipe creator Stephanie Ford suggests steaming the kale first to take out some of the bitterness. Reviewers mention subbing in spinach. Whatever base you use, this is a great salad to prep in advance for the week.
A Super BLT for a Super Lunch
The classic BLT gets a "new twist on an old favorite" in Lisabeth's version of the familiar favorite. This Super BLT features a secret ingredient: guacamole. She suggests serving it with crunchy potato chips for textural contrast. These homemade potato chips are super timesavers; you make them in your microwave!
Dip Into This Meaty Sandwich
What goes with a French Dip sandwich? Lunchtime! You'll be so pleased with yourself when you bite into a French Dip Sandwich, and even more pleased when you remember that you used your slow cooker to do the prep work. How savvy of you! Save some of the beef's juice to dip the sandwich (and some French fries!) in, and finish up with a brownie with no nuts but all the yummm factor.
Fruity Curry Chicken Salad Is Always a Winner
Hungry for chicken salad a lunch time? The Fruity Curry Chicken Salad fits the bill with curry and fruit combining for a sweet and savory flavor balance. Omit the pecans to have a nut-free version; this chicken salad is flavor-packed without them. Recipe creator Karen L. Baker suggests this works great on "a croissant or in a honey pita." She suggests eating the day after prep to let the flavors "mingle, giving a fuller flavor." Try this salad on bread or in scoops with crackers.
An American Gyro at Lunch
Lunchtime food options that pack well and offer up flavor is a bonus. This American Gyro recipe features lots of spices, ground beef, and lamb with no nuts. Recipe creator Chef John suggests making the protein "ahead of time and heating it when you make your gyros." He also reminds you to not forget the tzatziki sauce for on the side. Add some basmati rice and a citrusy slice of cake and you've got an exceptional lunch.
Throw a Midday Sandwich Party!
There's no rule that says lunch time can't be party time! Adding Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches to your lunch rotation, as well as your party planning, makes a lunch hour feel more special. Make up batches of creamy macaroni and cheese and some chocolate chip cookies and you've got a party in your lunch bag.
Any Lunch Can Be A BBQ Lunch
When you think of summer, smoked BBQ pork cooked certainly comes to mind. Add some of those summer memories to lunch time with these flavor-filled BBQ Pork for Sandwiches. Recipe creator France C. loves the accompanying bean option because, "you don't even have to presoak the beans. These are even better the next day, and they freeze well, too."
Tip: Pack the pork separately from your bread to keep it from getting soggy.
Wrap Up a California Club
Recipe creator BethAnne923 first made her California Club Chicken Wraps to replicate her corporate office's wrap station saying she "got hooked so I watched closely and finally made my own version at home." She shares the spicy and creamy option as a great at-home or work lunch option. Add some hummus and pita chips to complete the California cuisine creation.