7 Vegetarian School Lunch Box Ideas for Kids

pita pizza, vegetarian lunch

Inside Out Pita Pizza

Leftover pizza (especially the kind loaded with veggies) is a great lunch option. But just as easy are pita pizzas.  We like the idea of making them into pizza pockets to minimize mess. Spread tomato sauce on the inside and then add whatever cheese, veggies, or other toppings you like. Bake in the oven until cheese melts or microwave until heated through. Choosing a whole wheat or sprouted wheat option for the pita bread is a great way to make sure kids get maximum fiber benefits . You can also make the pita pizza the more traditional way by simply topping the pita bread with sauce and other goodies before heating. As long as your kid is okay with cold pizza, these transport perfectly in a lunch box.

quesadillas, vegetarian lunch

Quesadillas

Quesadillas are an easy, satisfying vegetarian option. I love it as a mom because the cheesiness (we are addicted to Daiya vegan cheese at our house) is also a great disguise for anything else that I want to sneak in there. Currently, I’ve been spreading a protein-packed, mild black bean hummus on the interior sides of the tortilla before adding the cheese. Or stuff the quesadilla with some ground veggie meat, slices of avocado, chopped tomatoes, even a spinach puree. Top with salsa or provide some for dipping on the side.

BBQ pasta salad, vegetarian lunch

Pasta Salad

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the barbecues have to stop. This BBQ pasta salad is tasty and filling and can be endlessly varied to include different types of beans, baked tofu or tempeh, or other veggies. Best of all, it tastes delicious whether heated or chilled.

To make 2-3 servings, boil 1 cup of pasta, such as mini shells or wagon wheel-shaped, until al dente. Meanwhile, mix together 2 Tbsp ketchup, 1 1/2 Tbsp mustard, 1 Tbsp mild-tasting oil, 3/4 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp molasses, and 1/2 tsp cumin. In a pinch, you can also substitute prepared BBQ sauce. While pasta is still warm, add ½ cup of pinto beans, ¼ cup chopped red pepper, and 1 shredded carrot. Spoon a few tablespoons of the BBQ sauce over mixture and mix, adding more sauce as necessary. Pasta salads are a great option for a lunch that can be made earlier in the week and then munched on for a few days afterward.

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2 Responses to “7 Vegetarian School Lunch Box Ideas for Kids”

  1. shopencan says:

    I love these ideas for lunches but it always drives me nuts when dishes are displayed beautifully on plates, dishes etc. The reality is tupperwares, with all ingredients mixed together. And that makes a difference for how kids feel about the food they eat!!n Same dsih, different appearance = less interest from the kids.

  2. Julie Seguss says:

    Not to worry — pack these lunches in little containers like the ones that come with Kids Konserve kits or Wean Cubes, a segmented box like Planet Box or a bento box style. See some ideas here: http://bit.ly/oAjcL3

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