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.

During the week, it pays to make dinner with leftovers for lunch in mind. Here are a handful of recipes for keeping warm in a thermos, and another handful for packing into flat containers to be enjoyed at room temperature. Don’t stop here! Very likely, whatever you enjoy for dinner, will be just as welcome for lunch if packed and presented well. For even more ideas along these lines, see Vegan Dinner Recipes.

For the thermos:

Easy hot bean dip

For the container:

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Healthy school lunches cover newIf you like the idea of having your school lunch info in one neat package, you might enjoy VegKitchen’s affordable, 47-page pdf e-book, Healthy School Lunches: Recipes and Ideas. This little e-book’s recipes and ideas (more than 50 in total) will make the task of making school lunch for kids who are vegetarian or vegan a bit easier and even more fun. The recipes here will also be useful for those following dairy-free diets due to allergy or intolerance. For more information, go to Healthy School Lunches: Recipes and Ideas.

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Leftovers also make perfect components of bento box lunches. See School Lunch in a Bento Box: Fun, Colorful, and Earth-Friendly. As always, variety is the key to enjoying portable lunches, and keeping them healthy and affordable.

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5 comments on “Leftover Heaven: Ideas for School and Brown Bag Lunches

  1. Ashley

    how would you make a school lunch in a brown paper bag with plastic baggies without it getting bad before you eat it?

  2. Nava Post author

    Ashley, I’m not sure I understand your question; the suggestions given here would go in a thermos or other type of container rather than plastic baggies. Not sure if that clarifies, but if not, please comment again.

  3. Destiny

    I am 13 and just starting to be a Vegetarian, what are some good Sandwhich ideas? I don’t like tomatoes, or avacado. But I am open to all other things!

  4. Nava Post author

    Destiny, good for you for starting down the veg path! Here are a couple of articles for you with school lunch ideas. The first one lists a few with avocado and tomatoes, but there are lots of other ideas as well:

    http://www.vegkitchen.com/kid-friendly-recipes/vegan-sandwiches-and-wraps-no-recipe-required/

    http://www.vegkitchen.com/front-page/school-lunch-recipes/

    And you might enjoy this for a different kind of lunch: http://www.vegkitchen.com/kid-friendly-recipes/healthy-school-lunch/school-lunch-in-a-bento-box-fun-colorful-and-earth-friendly/

    Good luck and here’s to great veg lunches –

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