10 Plant-Based Back to School Lunch Ideas for Kids

10 Plant-Based Back to School Lunch Ideas for Kids

Looking for new and quick school lunch ideas for your kids? These plant-based back to school lunch ideas will give you confidence in sending your kids with a healthy and well-rounded meal that they'll want to finish. And the best part is they're all easy to make and will add great variety to the week!

1. Sandwich Wrap Kabobs 

veggie kabobs

[Source: Fork and Beans]

Deconstructed sandwiches make easy lunches. Cutting and sliding are the only required steps for this recipe. Add a hummus cup for a veggie dip. 

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2. Bean Burrito Wraps

bean burrito wrap vegetarian gastronomy

[Source: Vegetarian Gastronomy]

Tortillas, beans, spinach, and vegan cheese are the only ingredients needed for this high-protein lunch. Add bell peppers or onions as optional add-ins and pair with a side of fruit and granola bar for this simple and delicious lunch. 

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3. Lunchbox Pasta Salad

lunchbox pasta salad

[Source: Forks and Beans]

This pasta salad is packed with fresh veggies and topped with a light drizzle of olive oil or your child's favorite dressing. This recipe can be easily prepared the night before and makes a great alternative to the standard sandwich lunch. 

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4. Mini Artichoke Burgers

artichoke burgers the green loot

[Source: The Green Loot]

Mix up your child's lunches through the week with these mini artichoke burgers. The ingredients are simple. All you need are mini hamburger buns, marinated artichoke hearts, vegan cheese slices, a tomato, lettuce, and hummus. Pair with a side of fruit and dark chocolate as a treat.

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5. Peanut Butter Banana Rollups 

peanut butter banana rollups veggie fun kitchen

[Source: Veggie Fun Kitchen]

Who doesn't love a good peanut butter sandwich? Look for nut butters with low sugar and oils and swap jelly for a fresh banana. Sun butter makes a great alternative to peanut butter if your child has a peanut allergy. Add granola for extra flavor and crunch. 

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6. Mini Pita Hummus Veggie Pockets

pita hummus veggie pocket veg gastronomy

[Source: Vegetarian Gastronomy]

This simple recipe combines spinach, cucumbers, red bell peppers, and hummus, all stuffed into mini whole wheat pita pockets. An easy way to ensure your kids get their veggies!

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7. Inside Out Veggie Sushi

veggie sushi momables

[Source: One Meal a Day for the Planet]

Making sushi may seem daunting, but not with this recipe. This inside out veggie sushi is easy to make and is packed with sweet potatoes and asparagus spears.   

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8. Cooked Vegan Sausages

cooked vegan sausage

[Source: Tinned Tomatoes]

Cooked vegan sausages paired with small sides of veggies and fruit make great and tasty school lunches. Easy to prepare and well-balanced with many food groups.

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9. Broccoli Tater Tots

broccoli tater tots

[Source: Momables]

Let's be honest...broccoli isn't usually on the top of a kids' list of favorite foods. But these broccoli tots are a sneaky and easy way to get them to eat more vegetables. The broccoli is mixed with russet potatoes, parmesan cheese, and a small amount of Italian seasoning to create yummy flavors without much prep work.

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10. Mini Taco Bowls with Black Beans

mini taco bowl momables

[Source: Momables]

These mini taco bowls are a sure win for great school lunch. Load with black beans, guacamole, salsa, green onions, and other favorite toppings. Pairs well with a side of celery and strawberries.

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