Friday, May 10, 2013

Lunch Made Easy: Allergy Free School Lunchboxes + Crockpot Sloppy Joe Recipe!

This week was another hodge-podge week of delicious allergy free school lunches for my Little Miss!

Some non-sandwich ideas, simple flowers of SunButter nut free spread, allergy friendly muffins, and leftovers

Make sure to read through to the bottom of this post to also get our yummy Crockpot Sloppy Joe recipe. You'll love it - trust me - and nothing is better than using your slowcooker and coming home to a meal done at night!

The cold seems to have finally passed and we've had lots of rain here lately. The good news is the grass is green, the flowers are blooming and it's time to enjoy the outdoors again!

We kept is sweet and simple on Monday making flower shaped sandwiches on Udi's gluten, nut, soy, & dairy free bread with SunButter allergy free spread and jelly.
She also has baby carrots and watermelon cut out into flower shapes packed in our EasyLunchboxes Brights container. 

Use Ener-g brand bread to keep this lunch egg free, as well.

A fun non-sandwich idea is to pack an allergy free muffin for lunch. Here we have a Kinnikinnick brand blueberry muffin. They are gluten, wheat, peanut, tree nut, and dairy free. Use King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Muffin Mix which is Top 8 Free to keep it entirely allergy free. 

Also packed are turkey roll-ups, strawberries, a side salad with carrots, and an apple-banana sauce pouch by GoGo Squeez.

Our Target just got in stock Perdue Brand Gluten Free chicken strips. We usually make our own, but wanted to give these a try and it's always nice to have quick-fix items on hand for last minute meals!

Also packed in a Mini Dipper is Annie's Organic Ketchup, veggie chips, pears, and carrot & zucchini curls made with our carrot curler tool. I love fun kitchen tools like this!

I love getting Little Miss involved in her lunch making and helping pick out the items. She picked out the goodies for this lunch and decorated her Udi's gluten, dairy, nut, & soy free bagel to make this smiley pizza face! Use non-dairy rice or soy cheese to keep this lunch entirely dairy free. You can also use an Ener-g brand bun in lieu of this bagel to also keep it egg free

She also has packed sweet peppers, turkey roll-ups, and apple slices. We use apple juice to keep them from browning. 

I love cooking in my crockpot. 
I also love a good sloppy joe!
So making them for dinner is always a hit in my house. Little Miss especially loves when she gets the leftovers!

First the lunch: Little Miss has an Udi's gluten, nut, soy, and dairy free bun, celery & carrot sticks, watermelon dices, and in a silicone cup is her leftover sloppy joe. I packed it in a silicone cup so she could heat it in their classroom microwave if she wanted before scooping it into her bun to enjoy. 

Now the recipe: Easy-peasey!

Crockpot Sloppy Joes
  • 2 lbs. of ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced red or green sweet peppers
  • 3 Tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of  chili powder
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons of gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1/3 cup of water
  1. In a skillet on your stovetop, brown the ground beef or turkey then drain the grease.
  2. While it's cooking being putting all other ingredients into your slow cooker and mix well. 
  3. Add meat to pot and stir together with other ingredients.
  4. Cook on low for approximately 6 hours. We have cooked ours on low up to 9 before and it's still delicious!




  1. They all look delicious! I especially love the pizza face Little Miss made :)

  2. Do you have any good meal ideas for someone who is allergic to:
    Milk,egg, all nuts, all seafood, wheat(gluten), peas, tomato, corn, and garlic?
    I CAN use soy products, and corn oil and corn syrup are low risk.

    Thank you!(:
    Feel free to email me back if you think of some things @

  3. Sorry, I forgot to mention sesame as an allergen as well.

  4. My wife recently bought some lunch boxes for the three kids, and she chose those that has a few storage spaces for various viands. The kids absolutely loved it especially when my wife made some bento boxes for them. Some of the food creations were just very creative that my kids thought it was too good to be true to eat these.


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