Healthy Vegan and Vegetarian School Lunch: Recipes and Ideas

4 Easy Back-to-School Nutrition Tips for Children

Lunch box fruit salad

As you prepare your kids for the school year ahead, what to pack for lunch and snacks for your little darlings is a top priority. If your child is a fussy eater, deciding on good food options can be more difficult. You know your little one needs his or her daily nutrition, but how do you ensure that they don’t turn up their noses at healthy choices? Preparing or at least planning nourishing meals for the morning and lunchtime meals in advance cuts down on last-minute hassles and poor choices. Here are are a few ways to ensure that your children are happy with the meals that start their day, as well as the foods you send with them. more→


Sandwiches and Wraps—Easy Ideas for Vegans and Vegetarians

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Here are lots of tasty options to explore for portable sandwich recipes and ideas, great for school lunches for vegetarian and vegan kids and teens, as well as adults who are tired of pricey restaurant lunches and need some fresh brown bag options. There are several varieties of tasty, high-protein spreads here on VegKitchen. Spread them on whole-grain breads, stuff them into pita, or make wraps with them. Use some shredded lettuce or sprouts to add color and crunch. Shown above, Hummus, Cucumber, and Avocado Wrap; photo by Lori Maffei.  more→


Dreena Burton’s Plant-Powered Lunchbox Solutions

"momelet" vegan omelet by dreena burton

This post is excerpted from Dreena Burton’s Plant-Powered Kitchen. For the entire article, with lots more tips and photos, go to Vegan Children at School and Packing Plant-Powered Lunches. Here are some great ideas for lunch meals you can prepare for your children. more→


Fruitful Flavors for the Lunch Box

Berry varieties

Here are some tips for getting more fruits into your child’s lunch box —and getting them eaten! Unfortunately, the season for the abundant array of summer fruits doesn’t coincide with the fall, winter, and spring school schedule. Sure, more fruits than ever before are available year-round due to importing, but they tend to be expensive and quite honestly, just don’t taste as good as fruit in season. more→


School Lunch in a Bento Box: Fun and Earth-Friendly

bento box lunch kitHow I wish these contemporary bento boxes were available when my sons were growing up! I stood there in the kitchen at 6:30 a.m. every school day for 14 years, packing healthy, but for the most part boring lunches. My sons were vegetarian until ages 10 and 12, then vegan, and never wanted to buy lunch at school. They would have loved these Laptop Lunch kits, I’m sure, and I would have loved using them. more→


Leftover Heaven: Ideas for School and Brown Bag Lunches

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

If you need fresh ideas for making healthy school lunches for older vegetarian or vegan kids or teens with open minds and even more open palates, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re looking for fare for grown-up tastes beyond sandwiches, these ideas are for you. Admittedly, your first-grader may not relish this style of lunch fare (for him or her, see Vegetarian and Vegan School Lunch Recipes and Tips) but your high schooler—or you—might find these ideas appealing. more→


Making Lunch? Make it Nutritious! Make it Waste-Free!

Lunch box pasta 2

If you’re like us, you start the school year with enthusiastic plans to send your kids to school with lunches that are nutritious, affordable, and easy to make. You promise that you’ll plan ahead. You’ll put more effort into it. You’ll cut out the junk. But somehow mid-year finds us settled once again into our old lunch-making routine, frustrated and in search of fresh ideas. But do not despair…making fresh lunches may not be as difficult as you think. Try some of these ideas:


Healthy School Lunch Recipes and Tips (Vegetarian, Vegan, and Everyone Else!)

Lunch box pasta salad

The key to successful school lunches is variety. Finding healthy school lunch recipes and ideas for vegan and vegetarian kids adds to the challenge. Here you’ll find lots, along with links to other VegKitchen posts on creating easy, tasty school lunches. Many of the recipes and tips in this article have been adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.* more→