11 Vegan School Lunch Ideas For Your Kids
These quick and easy Vegan School Lunch Ideas are ideal for high school, college, and the workplace. On: the: go lunch box meals that are healthy and filling.
I've designed 11 school lunch boxes with everything you'll need to get through your classes!
Going to school with these babies will undoubtedly be a lot more enjoyable!
1. Enchilada Soup
- Olive oil: 3 tablespoons
- Garlic cloves, minced: 2
- Onion, chopped: 1 medium
- Chilli powder: 3 tablespoons
- Dried oregano: 1 teaspoon
- Cumin: 1 teaspoon
- Coarse salt: ½ teaspoon
- Smoked paprika: ½ teaspoon
- Vegetable or chicken broth
- Cans of pinto beans rinsed and drained: 2 @ 15 ounce
- Bag of corn: 12 ounce
- Fire-roasted tomatoes: 28 ounces
Toppings: Avocado, shredded cheddar, green onions, fresh pico de gallo.
- Heat the oil in a big 5-quart pot over medium-high heat.
- Sauté the chopped onion and garlic until the onion is transparent and soft.
- Chilli powder, oregano, cumin, salt, and paprika are used to the season;
- Cook for 3 minutes or until the mixture is aromatic.
- Add the broth, pinto beans, corn, and crushed tomatoes after that.
- Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce to low heat and cook for 20 minutes, occasionally stirring to blend.
- To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top with your preferred toppings.
- Keep any leftover soup refrigerated in an airtight container.
- Reheat the required amount of soup in the microwave or on the stovetop until piping hot before packing for lunch. Fill a thermos container halfway with the mixture and seal it.
2. Falafel Stuffed Flatbreads
Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 10 mins | Servings: 12-15
- Dry chickpeas: ½ cup (375g) soaked overnight or
- Canned chickpeas: 1 cup (240g)
- Cumin: 2 teaspoons (14 g)
- Coriander: ½ teaspoon (1 g)
- Garlic cloves minced: 1–2
- Parsley sprig, minced: 1
- Small onion, chopped fine: 1
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice: ½ tablespoon (45 ml)
- Breadcrumbs: 3 tablespoons
- Vegetable oil to pan fry
- Drain and rinse chickpeas soaked overnight or chickpeas that have been canned.
- Mix chickpeas with remaining ingredients in a food processor until excellent thick paste forms.
- Form dough into little balls the size of a large walnut with damp palms. Form 12 inch patties by pressing down. Add a few extra breadcrumbs if the mixture is too sticky. Add a tablespoon or two of water if it's too dry.
- Pan: fry falafels for 3: 4 minutes on each side in an oiled pot over medium: high heat or until sides are golden. Remove falafel to a dish lined with paper towels and wipe excess oil with more paper towels.
- On a level surface, put lettuce and tomatoes on flatbread. 1: 2 falafels on top Close flatbread and drizzle with tzatziki sauce.
3. Hummus Veggie Club Sandwich
Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 5 mins | Servings: 2
- Whole-wheat sandwich bread: 3 slices
- Greek hummus: 2 tablespoons (30 g)
- Steak tomato, sliced thin: ½ medium
- Vegan provolone: 2 slices (40 g)
- Pesto: 1 tablespoon (15 g)
- Place all three pieces of bread on a flat surface. One slice of bread should have 1 tablespoon of hummus spread on it.
- Half of the tomato slices and one slice of provolone go on top.
- Spread half of the pesto on the second slice of bread and close the sandwich with pesto side down.
- Top the sandwich with the leftover pesto, remaining tomato pieces, and provolone.
- On the remaining bread piece, spread one tablespoon of hummus. Close the sandwich by flipping the hummus side down.
4. Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 10 mins | Servings: 2
- Thick sandwich bread: 4 slices
- Vegan butter, for grilling: 1 tablespoon
- Vegan cheddar cheese: 4 slices
- Granny Smith apple, cored, halved and thinly sliced: 1 small
- On a level surface, place the sliced bread. Flip each slice over and butter the other side.
- Place a slice of cheese on each side that hasn't been buttered.
- On two pieces, layer the apple slices.
- Assemble the sandwiches, ensuring that the buttered sides face out. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, greased.
- Grill each sandwich for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until browned and the cheese has started to melt. Flip the sandwich and cook for another minute or two on the other side until golden and crispy and the cheese is melted.
- Serve right away, or wait until the sandwich has cooled to room temperature before putting it in a lunchbox.
5. Healthy Vegan Bean Burrito
Prep Time: 7 mins | Cook Time: 8 mins | Servings: 2
- Large tortillas: 2
- Salsa (80 g): 3 oz. (80 g)
- Cooked kidney or black beans (80 g): ½ cup (80 g)
- Green onion, finely chopped: ½
- Brown rice, cooked: 3 tablespoons
- Avocado, sliced: ½
- Corn kernels: 2 teaspoon
- Leaves lettuce, shredded: 2
- Fresh tomato, chopped: ½
- Red bell pepper, sliced (20 g): 3 tablespoons (20 g)
- Salt, pepper & cayenne to taste.
- Mash the beans and salsa together with a fork in a small bowl. It's okay if some beans keep their texture if you don't overdo it.
- Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Mix until everything is well blended.
- Half of the cooked rice, bean mixture, corn, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and bell pepper go into each tortilla.
- Make sure your burritos aren't overstuffed so you can roll them!
- Close both ends by folding in the sides and rolling them tightly. Rep with the remaining burrito.
- Place them both seam side down in a frying pan and cook for 3-5 minutes over medium: high heat, until brown and crispy.
- Grill for another 3 minutes after flipping using a spatula. Cut it in half and eat it!
6. Vegetable Loaded Sushi Doughnuts
Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins | Servings: 2
- Sushi rice: 250 g (8.8oz)
- Water: 330 ml (1.4 cups)
- Wine vinegar: 2 tablespoons
- Maple syrup: 2 tablespoons
- Mirin: 1 tablespoon
- Mixed frozen veggies: 150 g (5.3oz)
- Sushi rice should be washed and soaked in water for 15 minutes.
- Then take to a pot with the water, bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and cover the rice for another 15 minutes before allowing it to cool entirely.
- Combine the rice wine vinegar, maple syrup, and mirin in a small basin.
- Stir in 3 tablespoons of the sauce mixture to the rice until everything is well incorporated. If desired, the extra sauce can be added. After that, steam the vegetables according to the package directions and set them to cool. Before combining the vegetables with the rice, drain any extra liquid.
7. Eggplant And Bean Vegan Sausage Rolls
Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 50 mins | Servings: 16
- Eggplant: 1 large
- Cannellini beans drained and rinsed: 1 can
- Garlic cloves peeled: 2
- Onion chopped into chunks: 1 medium
- Flat: leaf parsley: ½ cup
- Chilli flakes (optional): 1 teaspoon
- Puff pastry: 2 sheets
- Nut milk: 1 tablespoon
- Sesame seeds: 1 tablespoon
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350F)
- The eggplant should be washed and sliced into small, uniformly sized cubes (about 1 inch). Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper and place on a sheet pan. Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until tender and golden brown, in a preheated oven. Allow cooling after removing from the oven. Combine the beans, garlic, onion, parsley, and chili flakes in a food processor. Pulse until everything is finely chopped. Scrape down the sides with a spatula to make sure everything is combined.
- Pulse in the cooked eggplant until smooth mainly but still lumpy. You don't want it to be too liquidy—season with salt and pepper.
- Cut each puff pastry sheet in half to make a total of four sheets. Scoop the bean mixture lengthwise onto the puff pastry sheet; I generally use 3-4 spoonfuls. Roll the sheets up tightly to keep the mixture within. Cut each roll into four pieces with a sharp knife, punch two small holes in the top, brush with milk (or lightly beaten egg if not vegan), and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Place the sausage rolls on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and the crust is crisp.
8. Healthy Vegan Pizza Rolls
Prep time: 45 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins | Servings: 16
Ingredients For The Whole Wheat Crust
- Whole wheat flour (180 g): 1½ cups (180 g)
- Dry active yeast: 1 tablespoon
- Salt: ½ teaspoon
- Warm water: ½ cup
Ingredients For The Veggie Filling
- Bell pepper, chopped: ½
- Carrot, chopped: 1
- Zucchini, chopped: 1 medium
- Onion, diced: ½
- Garlic, minced: 2
- Tomato paste (84 g): 3 oz (84 g)
- Oregano: 2 teaspoon
- Basil: 2 teaspoon
- Paprika: 2 teaspoon
- Cayenne pepper: ½ teaspoon
- Salt: 1 teaspoon
- Almond Ricotta
Make The Whole Wheat Dough
- Mix the flour, yeast, and salt with a spoon in a large mixing bowl. Now, slowly drizzle warm water over the dry ingredients while thoroughly mixing everything together. Make sure the ball is slightly sticky, and adjust the water or flour as needed.
- Knead the dough for 3: 5 minutes on a floured surface before shaping it into a ball. While making your veggie filling, cover the bowl and dough with a towel and set aside to rest for 30 minutes in a warm location.
Make the Veggie Filling
- Place the vegetables for your filling in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Sauté the vegetables with a splash of water or vegetarian broth until slightly soft.
- Combine the sautéed vegetables, tomato paste, and seasonings in a blender jar. Blend until the sauce for your pizza pinwheels is smooth and spreadable. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).
Make The Pizza Rolls
- Place the whole wheat dough on a floured surface after removing it from the bowl. Knead it once again, adding more flour if necessary until it no longer sticks together.
- Work your way to a ½-inch thick rectangle, roughly 12 by 10 inches, with a rolling pin.
- Cover the dough with your vegetable filling, leaving a 12: inch border around the edges. Make sure your dough isn't too wet, or you won't be able to make the pinwheels. This implies that if you have too much filling for your dough, you may save some for another recipe by leaving some in the jar.
- Begin rolling the dough into a large roll, then cut it into 8-12 slices using a very sharp knife. Place the rolls close to each other on a nonstick baking mat or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Keep an eye on the rolls because they can easily break.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake the pizza buns for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove the rolls from the oven and set them aside to cool slightly before serving warm. If desired, top with homemade almond ricotta or another vegan cheese.
- Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
9. Mini Chickpea Flour Frittatas
Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 35 mins | Yield: 12
- Chickpea flour: ¾ cups
- Nutritional yeast, optional: ¼ cup
- Baking powder: 1 teaspoon
- Garlic powder: 1 teaspoon
- Dried basil: 1 teaspoon
- Mineral salt or black salt: ¾ teaspoon
- Water: 2 cups
- Corn (frozen, fresh, or canned): 1 cup
- Red bell pepper (1 cup), finely diced: 1 large
- Jalapeno, finely diced: 1
- Onion or medium shallot, finely diced: ¼
- A handful of baby kale or spinach, roughly chopped:
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't have a nonstick muffin tin, lightly butter it (see instructions) or use muffin liners.
- In a large mixing basin, combine the chickpea flour, optional nutritional yeast, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, and basil. Whisk in the water (the batter will be runny, which is expected). Mix the corn, bell pepper, jalapeño, onion, and baby greens.
- Scoop the batter into the muffin tin with a ¼ measuring cup, filling all 12 holes. Add a sprinkling of chives on top.
- Place on the center rack of the oven and bake for 35–45 minutes (depending on the veggies used). If a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, frittatas are ready.
- If the middle is soggy after 35 minutes of frying, let them cool, and they will tighten up nicely.
- Remove the frittatas from the oven, flip them onto a cooling rack, and set them aside to cool.
10. Vegan BLT
Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 25 mins | Servings: 4
- Tomatoes: 3
- Lettuce or Spinach: 1 Head
- Vegan Mayo
Ingredients For The BLT Tempeh Bacon
- Tempeh: 8 oz.
- Liquid Smoke: 2 Teaspoon
- Soy Sauce: 1/3 Cup
- Maple Syrup: 2 Tablespoon
- Neutral Oil: 2 Tablespoon
- Apple Cider Vinegar: 1 Teaspoon
- Smoked Paprika: 1 Teaspoon
- Garlic Powder: ½ Teaspoon
- Onion Powder: ½ Teaspoon
- Pepper: ¼ Teaspoon
- In a large mixing bowl, combine liquid smoke, soy sauce, maple syrup, oil, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, garlic, onion, and pepper. Place tempeh inside, cut into ¼: ½ inch strips, and carefully stir to coat evenly.
- Allow for 20-30 minutes of marinating time, flipping occasionally—Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place tempeh strips on a parchment: lined baking pan, ensuring they are not touching. Half of the remaining smokey maple mixture should be poured over the tempeh.
- Bake for 15 minutes, turn the tempeh and spread the remaining smokey maple mixture over the top. Cook for another 10 minutes. Toasted bread with tomato, lettuce or spinach, vegan mayo, and tempeh bacon.
11. White Bean Salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes | Servings: 4
Ingredients For The White Bean Salad
- Cooked white beans: ½ cup
- Diced cucumber: ½ cups
- Diced red bell pepper: ¼ cup
- Green onions sliced: 2
- Fresh chopped parsley: 2 tablespoons
Ingredients For The Tangy Dairy-Free Yogurt Dressing
- Dairy-free unsweetened yogurt: ¼ cup
- Juice of lemon: ½
- Dijon mustard: 1 teaspoon
- Salt/pepper to taste
Ingredients For The Pita Sandwich
- Red leaf lettuce or your favorite salad greens: 4 big leaves
- Pita pockets gluten-free: 4
- In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the White Bean Salad. Remove from the equation.
- In a small dish, combine all Tangy Dairy: Free Yogurt Dressing ingredients.
- Mix the dressing thoroughly with the white bean salad.
- Tuck 1 lettuce leaf into each pita pocket and fill with equal amounts of the white bean salad if serving as a pita sandwich.
I hope your kids will love these vegan lunch items. Try these delicious items and tell us which one your kids like most.
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