Coming up with school lunch ideas can be challenging in general, but extra challenging when you need to come up with gluten-free lunch ideas! Having easy gluten free lunch ideas to pack is especially important if your school cafeteria does not accommodate your child’s specific gluten-free needs (not to mention adding in the complexity of needing nut-free, dairy-free, or vegan lunches).

Sure, there are certain foods that still taste good when it goes cold but most of the time, hot food still gives the best taste and eating experience. And after a bunch of long morning classes, your kids may want to have a tasty and relaxing hot meal for their lunch. With that said, here are 10 hot food school lunch ideas you can pre-made and pack in a thermos or stainless-steel lunch box.

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10. Peanut Chicken Wrap Recipe

 

These easy, chicken wraps with peanut sauce are such an simple and healthy lunch recipe, but they’re delicious any time of day. Soft flour tortillas are filled with seasoned chicken, crunchy coleslaw and peanuts with a slightly spicy, homemade sauce.

Feel free to swap store bought sauce to make them even easier. Makes 6 chicken wraps.

Peanut Chicken Wrap Recipe

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9. Cheddar Bacon Biscuits

 

Do you want more energy in the morning? Do you want to feel full until lunchtime? These cheesy cheddar bacon biscuits will do the job. They are “Bulletproof” and are versatile enough to be made gluten, dairy and egg free, along with paleo and keto. They are great for yourself, or perfect for when you have overnight guests. Especially when your guests show up with “unusual dietary restrictions.” Problem solved!

These biscuits are so quick and easy to make. You can mix up the ingredients in only a few minutes and then bake for about 25 minutes in the oven. The best part – you can freeze them and quickly reheat them in the oven or microwave. I microwave mine for 30-45 seconds and that’s it. Perfect for a delicious and filling breakfast to go for your hectic week.

Cheddar Bacon Biscuits – Gluten, Dairy, Egg Free, Paleo and Keto

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8. Peanut Butter And Jelly Crumb Muffins

 

They’re breakfast. A snack. Lunch! Second lunch. Middle of the night munchie. They’re soft and delicious and filled with preserves and topped with the crumbliest crumb in the universe.

Maybe I’m spending too much time with a certain little love muffin because I’m calling everything a love muffin but these… these really are love muffins.

Peanut Butter And Jelly Crumb Muffins

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7. One Pot Sausage And Veggie Pasta

 

I’m a fan of one pot dinners. I’ve always made it very clear that I hate washing up. Never more so than right now. It seems like there are an extraordinary amount of dishes and cups and glasses and bowls at the end of the day. So this one pot sausage and veggie pasta is here to save you from washing up!

What sausages work best? Any! If you have a plain sausage for this you might want to add some herbs to the pasta, but generally speaking, I end up buying „gourmet“ sausages, and all of them will work just fine in this dish.

One Pot Sausage And Veggie Pasta

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6. Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

 

No matter if you’re meal prepping or looking for a quick dinner for yourself or the family, these air fryer Turkey Meatballs are the perfect answer. They’re seasoned just right, and pair well with all your favorite sauces, and they’re a quick fix in your air fryer!

Ready in about 20 minutes, these air-fryer-to-table tasty turkey meatballs are a quick fix everyone will love. They’re moist, tender, and the perfect pick for spaghetti and meatballs, to add to a sub, or to top with your favorite sauce. Hungry?

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

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5. Homemade Air Fryer Pizza Rolls

 

Homemade air fryer pizza rolls are an easy to make snack or midday meal that both kids and adults will love! You can make these rolls up in less than a half hour and freeze them for later or store them in the refrigerator. Who needs delivery or frozen food when you can have tasty homemade pizza snacks so fast?

What are pizza rolls? Pizza rolls are a convenient and tasty way to enjoy pizza at home, school, or work. They are simply sauce, cheese, and toppings rolled in a small section of dough.

Homemade Air Fryer Pizza Rolls

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4. Pasta e Ceci; a.k.a., Pasta and Chickpeas or Healthy Spaghettios

 

Looking for a delicious one-pot 30-minute vegetarian dinner your whole family will love? Pasta e Ceci; a.k.a., the classic Roman recipe for hearty pasta and chickpeas are the modern day healthy Spaghettios. And OH MY GOSH, they are good!

In addition to being totally adorable, this recipe is the perfect school dinner because it can be made in about 30 minutes all in one pot, is vegetarian but still full of good protein from the addition of chickpeas, and kids LOVE it. Seriously, our girls absolutely gobbled this easy school dinner up.

Pasta e Ceci; a.k.a., Pasta and Chickpeas or Healthy Spaghettios

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3. Mandarin Chicken Stir-fry with Green Beans

 

This Mandarin Chicken Stir-Fry is an easy go-to weeknight dinner, and leftovers can easily be repurposed in a Thermos for stress-free lunch the next day.

Who doesn’t love a recipe you can make once and eat twice? Stir-fry is such a simple meal to make on even the busiest of weeknights. All you need is a favorite protein, veggies, and the right sauce. We love ours over brown rice (and those 90-second rice pouches are a live saver!)

Mandarin Chicken Stir-fry with Green Beans

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2. Baked Feta Pasta + Instant Pot Baked Feta Pasta

 

5 ingredient Baked Feta Pasta is a viral sensation! Creamy feta cheese and cherry tomatoes are seasoned with olive oil and baked into a simple yet elegant sauce that is bursting with flavor. You’ll love this quick and easy pasta recipe. Plus, you get an Instant Pot Baked Feta Pasta too.

If you’ve seen the viral TikTok video of the Baked Feta Pasta, you are probably wondering if it’s worth the hype. It totally is, but the only real way to find out is to make it yourself!

Baked Feta Pasta + Instant Pot Baked Feta Pasta

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1. Easy Instant Pot Stuffed Shells

 

Easy Instant Pot Stuffed Shells make the best comfort dinner recipe! It’s a one pot magic of jumbo pasta shells, tangy tomato sauce, healthy vegetable filling and cheesy goodness.

Plus you will be happy to see that this hearty school dinner recipe that can be done without much mess and very few dishes to clean.

Easy Instant Pot Stuffed Shells

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