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25 Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas & Quick Chocolate Pudding (Paleo, Grain-Free)

by Deliciously Organic on August 20, 2013

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The kids started school this week, so we’ve been brainstorming ideas for school lunches. Now that my girls are older, they typed up a list for me (very helpful!). Our rule is that they have to take at least one vegetable each day and we limit sweets to once or twice a week. They’re happy with this rule and it’s worked well for our family.

Back-to-School Lunch Ideas via DeliciouslyOrganic.net #paleo #grainfree

Here are some lunch items we will be packing this year:

To Serve Room Temperature:
Prosciutto Wrapped Mini Frittata Muffins via Nom Nom Paleo
Blueberry or Pumpkin Muffins
Homemade Sausage Patties with dipping sauce
Grilled Zucchini Rolls via Cookin Canuck
Lemon Chia Seed Muffins via Slim Palate
Wraps with meat, veg and raw cheese using these Grain-Free Coconut Wraps

Cold:
Whole Yogurt with Berries, Seeds and Nuts
Deviled Eggs via Simply Recipes
Oven-Fried Chicken Drumsticks via Nourished Kitchen
Chopped Waldorf Salad
Organic, Grass-Fed Hot Dogs

To Pack in an Insulated Thermos:
“Tortilla” Soup
Chicken and “Rice” Casserole
Cheesy Green Hummus via Weelicious (I like to serve these with seed crackers)
Coconut, Berry and Spinach Smoothie
Chicken Salad
Cream of Vegetable Soup via Cultured Food Life
Pumpkin Pie Shake
Lentil, Carrot and Kale Soup

For the Occasional Sweet:
Coconut Cake (I prepare this without the lemon curd or whipped cream for a great sweet and nutritious cake)
Grain-Free Graham Crackers
No-Bake Grain-Free Chocolate Cookies
Apple Pie Balls via Paleo Parents
Coconut Panna Cotta (Pour the warm liquid into portable containers so they are cold and ready to go in the morning.)
Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

For more ideas, check out my previous posts on Back-to-School Lunches.

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And what about the containers, bottles and bags to put everything in? Here’s a list of my favorite eco-friendly lunch containers:

Life Factory Water Bottles

Stainless Steel Small Containers

Stainless Steel Insulated Thermos (this is the best for anything hot or cold!)

Lunchbot Stainless Steel Divided Container 

Insulated Lunch Bag

Din Din Stainless Steel Fork and Spoon Set

Glass Lock Lunch Cube Set

Hydroflask Insulated Beverage Container

Quick Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding via www.DeliciouslyOrganic.net

Pudding cups are a fun dessert, but often loaded with processed ingredients, preservatives and additives. Homemade chocolate pudding can be made in about 15 minutes, stored in the fridge and spooned into a portable container for chocolaty lunch-time treat.

Quick Chocolate Pudding

Serving Size: Serves 4

Quick Chocolate Pudding

If you'd like to use dairy for this recipe, then omit the coconut milk and substitute with 3/4 cup whole milk and 3/4 cup heavy cream. Adapted from Nigella Express.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 
1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • 
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons boiling water

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces dairy-free dark chocolate, broken into pieces (I used Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips)

Instructions

Pour the coconut milk into a small saucepan and heat over medium-low until just steaming.

While the milk is heating, whisk the maple syrup, arrowroot, cocoa powder, and boiling water together in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the egg yolks, one at a time, followed by the heated milk mixture. Continue to whisk mixture until it turns very thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate is melted and thoroughly combined. Pour the pudding into 4 small bowls (or portable containers if you'd like to pack these for lunch). Cool for 10 minutes and serve. Or, refrigerate for up to 4 days and serve cold.

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Jill August 20, 2013 at 8:54 am

Looks yummy. Can you use almond milk as a sub for coconut milk? Thanks.

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Deliciously Organic August 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

Yes, but I would use a thick, homemade almond milk so that the pudding thickens properly.

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Jules August 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

Is there something I can substitute for the Arrowroot powder to make these GAPS friendly? Thank you :)

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Deliciously Organic August 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

You could add an extra yolk or two to thicken up the pudding in place of the arrowroot. From my understanding, chocolate isn’t allowed on the Gaps diet, so that might be something to look into. :)

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Jules August 22, 2013 at 10:01 am

You’re right, thank you :) We were cleared by our GAPS practitioner to have it in the form of raw cocoa powder very occasionally so I was going to see how this turned out by omitting the dark chocolate pieces. I saw below that you don’t the recipe will work out this way, so we’ll just patiently wait to have this treat down the road.

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Karen August 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm

YUM! Do you have a recipe for dairy free Vanilla pudding or tapioca? Hubs favorites!

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Deliciously Organic August 21, 2013 at 6:21 am

I haven’t developed one, but I would look at the pudding recipes over at http://www.CooksIllustrated.com. Substitute arrowroot for any cornstarch and coconut milk for all of the milk/cream and you should be good to go! :)

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Kelly @ The Nourishing Home August 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

YUMMY! This looks wonderful! Thanks so much for the delicious ideas for healthy lunches! Blessings, Kelly

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Maria Tan August 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Can I use cocoa powder instead of chocolate?

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Deliciously Organic August 21, 2013 at 6:20 am

The chocolate can’t be replaced for cocoa powder in this recipe.

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Erin August 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

This might sound like a stupid question but are the eggs cooked in the end? I have always wondered this when making pudding. Thanks!

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Deliciously Organic August 20, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Yes, the eggs are cooked. :)

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Erika August 20, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Those lunches sound yummy for adults, too :)

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Cookin Canuck August 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm

My kids would be so excited to find that chocolate pudding in their lunches! And what a fantastic list of lunch ideas. Thanks so much for including my zucchini rolls, Carrie.

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Mindy August 21, 2013 at 6:57 am

Is there a substitute for arrowroot powder? Not even sure what that is….

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suem September 30, 2013 at 6:10 am

Most people use arrow root powder that cant eat corn (corn starch). Arrowroot is a thickener.. I use it for thickening soups, stews, gravies, sauces, etc.

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Nichole August 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

My daughter cannot have eggs. Do you think an egg replacer would work instead of egg yolks? Or do you have another suggestion? Thank you!

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Deliciously Organic August 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I haven’t tested it, but I would try ground up chia seeds. I would make the entire recipe, (sans eggs) let it cool for about 15 minutes, and then stir in 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds. Chill in the fridge. I hope that helps!

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Mindy August 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Just curious if you could use a quality gelatin in place of the arrowroot powder? I have Great Lakes Gelatin. Thanks!

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Stephanie August 28, 2013 at 9:52 pm

awesome lunch ideas! I don’t have kids, but will definitely be making these for me and my hubs in the near future.

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Mindy August 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I am definitely making this for school! I have seen some recipes that use gelatin and I was curious if it can be used in exchange for the arrowroot? I have gelatin from a grass fed source.

Thanks!

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Deliciously Organic September 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

I think the gelatin would lend too gummy of a texture for this recipe. I love using gelatin, but I don’t think it’s the best fit for this recipe.

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The Healthy Apple September 29, 2013 at 8:57 am

Love this Carrie! Your posts always make me smile. Can’t wait to try this pudding. Miss you~ xoxox

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Deliciously Organic September 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

Thank you! Miss you too! :)

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