I made this list of 9 Paleo lunches ideas because my son is on a Paleo diet and believe me – I know how hard it is. Sometimes kids are picky eaters. Whether they are or not, if they are on a Paleo diet, finding something the kids or – even adults – will eat for lunch could be a real hard task.
Sometimes my kids will eat leftovers or I prepare something the night before. That isn’t always possible either.
I don’t know if you are struggling with ideas of how your kids can carry their lunch to school or not. I sure did for a long time. I thought that other people might be struggling too. I made this list and I got some great ideas for my own son’s lunches. I used to really struggle with how my children could actually bring the food to school. Then I ran across these lunch box containers and they make it so much easier for me.
I can mix and match the different containers and I love how there are Blue Ice packs that fit the various sizes of containers. It makes it so much easier and it gives me a lot more options of what foods I can put in their lunch boxes. I know not all of these lunches can be taken to school, but most of them can. I also thought you might need ideas for the summer and weekends.
I hope these recipes help make your life more simple and easier for you to make your Paleo Kids Lunches.
You may also like these recipes:
1. Paleo Mac and Cheese – My Natural Family
Cauliflower – Butter – Yellow Squash – Carrot – Onion – Coconut Milk – Real Salt – Garlic Powder – Ground Mustard – Egg Yolk
This mac and cheese is a big hit in our house. My kids beg for it and it doesn’t even have any pasta or cheese in it. The carrot gives it the cheesy color and the cauliflower give it the texture and illusion of pasta. You really think you’re eating mac and cheese but this is WAY healthier.
2. Pretzel Dogs – A Girl Worth Saving
Franks – Soft Pretzel Recipe – Ghee – Real Salt – Apple Cider Vinegar – Tapioca Flour – Baking Soda – Baking Powder – Coconut Flour – Egg – Butter
These are like pigs in a blanket but the dough is made with a pretzel dough recipe. So actually you have a 2 for one-er here. You get a homemade pretzel recipe and a pretzel dog recipe. Which is actually just the pretzel dough wrapped around a frank. I bet you thought you couldn’t buy Paleo franks either didn’t you. I love U.S. Wellness Meats, they have all the good stuff and I buy a lot of my meat from them. I made the link for the pretzel recipe easy to find but I also included in the ingredients in the ingredient list above.
3. Cauliflower Pizza Bites – Wicked Spatula
Cauliflower – Eggs – Olive Oil – Italian Seasoning – Onion Powder – Garlic Powder – Red Pepper Flakes – Choice of Meats – Pepperoni – Beef – Sausage – Bacon or Ham – Choice of Veggies – Bell Peppers – Onion – Olives – Spinach
If you read the ingredient list you will realize that these pizza bites are very customizable. They are sort of like a cauliflower pizza crust but these bites are a lot more fun. You could also call them a pizza muffin if you wanted to. They hold together nicely so they work easily to put in a lunch box too. You can choose your kids favorite fillings. Some favorites are black olives, pepperoni, and green peppers.
4. Corn Dog Muffins – Jays Baking Me Crazy
Organic Hot Dogs or Franks – Almond Flour – Coconut Flour – Ghee – Coconut Oil – Honey – Almond Milk – Eggs – Real Salt – Baking Soda
For some reason, these look really good to me. I love cornbread but since I can’t eat it anymore I really miss it. A really funny story. My grandma used to make pancakes and take an uncooked hot dog and cut into slices and put the slices of hot dog on top of the pancake. She would do this while the pancakes were cooking on the first side.
Then when she turned them over the hot dog slices were cooked enough to the pancake dough they would stay in place. Then we’d have a hot dog infused pancake. They were really good. I guess it was her way of getting some protein into use for breakfast. The muffins remind me a lot of my grandmother’s hot dog pancakes.
5. Pesto Chicken Salad Tortilla Pinwheels – Paleo Crumbs
This is a quick way to make lunch if you already have the tortillas and homemade mayo made ahead. You could already have the chicken cooked ahead too. I like to cook my chicken in an Instant Pot, it’s so easy. I put it in the pot frozen, no water nothing, just the chicken.
I cook it for 10 minutes on poultry and it’s done. Then I can shred it or use it any way I like. A lot of the time I cook up a bunch and freeze it. When I need it I just defrost it in the microwave for a minute and it’s ready to go. Since you can buy the Pesto too this is really easy.
6. Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets – The Natural Nurturer
Chicken Breast – Egg – Almond Meal – Nutritional Yeast – Paprika – Real Salt – Garlic Powder – Black Pepper
Kids love chicken nuggets whether they are hot or cold. These are breaded with an almond meal spice mixture then baked in the oven. They’re so easy to make your kids could make their own lunch. Serve with some fresh fruits and veggies and you have a perfectly delicious easy lunch for you and your kids.
7. Corn Dogs – Deliciously Organic
Organic Hot Dogs – Beef Tallow – Cashews – Almond Flour – Coconut Flour – Gelatin – Real Salt – Baking Soda – Eggs – Butter – Apple Cider Vinegar
Long gone are the days when I ate corn dogs. But, corn dogs are a finger food and kids always love their finger foods. Carrie has some tips when making these. She says to use the hotdogs at room temperature, put them on really sturdy sticks, and heat the tallow to 350 degrees.
You might need a thermometer. She says that they brown quickly because of the almond flour. She says to fry them to the right color for your liking and then finish cooking them in the oven. You can leave them in the oven for an hour so they could be made a little bit ahead if you’re if that’s more convenient.
8. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs – Wicked Spatula
Chicken Breast – Egg – Almond Meal – Green Pepper – Green Onions – Onion Powder – Garlic Powder – Real Salt – Buffalo Sauce – Organic Ranch Dressing
It seems to me that the hardest meal to prepare when you’re on a Paleo diet is lunch. I don’t care who it’s for adults or kids. If you’re like me you really want something you can whip up fast or something that’s already made. But, you still need it to be nourishing and quick. These can be made ahead and either packed into a lunch box or kept in the refrigerator for later. These meatballs will satisfy your cravings for something with buffalo sauce but without having to deal with the mess of wings.
9. Crazy Clown Eggs – Nom Nom Paleo
Eggs – Carrots – Cucumber – Green Olives – Cherry Tomatoes – Ham – Homemade Mayo Toothpicks
I think these are just the cutest little egg clowns. The only problem is I’m not sure I’m up for getting out all of the ingredients and putting them together for lunch for my kids. I think maybe I’d do it on a weekend or for a special occasion like a birthday though. The truth is I think a lot of people aren’t as lazy as me and might make these for their kids all the time.