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These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

8 Vegetarian School Lunch Ideas

All of us have our own dietary preferences. Some may be avoiding gluten, while others steer clear of meat or dairy. No matter what, we all want to give our children the most nutritious lunches and meals possible so that they can grow stronger every day.

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These school lunches ideas are perfect for vegetarian families or even those who want to go meatless every now and then. These lunches are packed with nutrition to keep your kids feeling satisfied all day! Did I mention how delicious these recipes are? Your kids will love them. It’s always fun for them to open up their lunchbox and find a delicious meal!

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Here are 8 vegetarian school lunch ideas to help your lunch packing routine go a little smoother!

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

1. Hummus Veggie Club

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

A healthier twist on a club sandwich, this hummus veggie club will be sure to satisfy everyone! Creamy hummus replaces mayo and packs lots of flavor. Stack on any veggies you want and use whatever bread your family enjoys.

2. Enchilada Soup

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

This perfectly spiced enchilada soup makes the best thermos lunches. It’s perfect for upcoming cooler temperatures when all you want is a warm bowl of soup. Send your kids their favorite toppings, such as cheese, avocado, and pico de gallo. Make sure to use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth!

3. Easy Creamy Mac & Cheese

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

This macaroni is just as easy as the boxed version, but with way simpler ingredients, so you can feel better about feeding it to your kids! Add extra nutrition by added vegetables such as broccoli or peas. Every kid loves mac and cheese, and I know your children would love to open up a thermos of this for lunch!

4. Falafel Stuffed Flatbread with Tzatziki Sauce

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

If your family loves Mediterranean food, then this recipe is for you! Crispy falafel is stuffed in a flatbread with veggies to make a satisfying lunch to please both kids and parents alike. Chickpeas contain lots of nutritious protein and fiber, and flavor!

5. Apple and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

With apple season currently happening this fall, this sandwich is a great way to use up all those delicious, juicy apples! It’s a spin on the classic grilled cheese sandwich with the added nutrition of fruit–win! Your kids might even love this version better than the original. Easy and satisfying!

6. Broccoli Tater Tots

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

Get some veggies into your kids’ diets without them even knowing! These broccoli nuggets are crispy and cheesy, an irresistible combination. They make an easy-packing lunch or great grab-and-go snack. Pair them with some fruit and nuts in a lunchbox, and you’ve got a super nutritious vegetarian lunch!

7. Black Bean Mini Taco Cups

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

Since regular tacos can sometimes be too messy for lunch boxes, these mini black bean taco cups are the solution! They’re easy to prep ahead and pack and are easily customizable to your family’s favorite topping! Try cheese, salsa, and even lettuce.

8. Hearty Vegetable Soup

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

There’s nothing like a big, comforting bowl of vegetable soup to warm you up on a cool day. This soup can easily be made for dinner and then used for thermos lunches as leftovers! Make sure to use vegetable broth to keep it vegetarian. Feel free to use any vegetables you have on hand!

We hope you enjoyed our round-up of vegetarian school lunch ideas. Check out our other lunch ideas for easy packing!

3 We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

6 School Lunch Ideas to Sneak in Veggies

Almost every parent has been there–trying to get our child to just try a piece of broccoli or a carrot. Sometimes it seems impossible, but we keep trying because we want to feed our kids the most nutritious foods that will help them grow strong and healthy.

Let MOMables help you out at meal time, even if you have a picky eater who won’t even touch a vegetable. Grab a free week of meals to make your life a little easier!

Sometimes the easiest way for us to get our kids to eat vegetables is to sneak them into their food slowly. At first they won’t even know they’re in there, so when you tell them that there are hidden veggies in their food, they’ll be a little more open to the idea of vegetables.

Here’s 6 delicious school lunch ideas that will help you get some veggies in your kids’ diets!

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We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

1. Broccoli Nuggets

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

Crispy, full of flavor, and perfect for dipping…these nuggets are just like the ones your kids already love, plus they have veggies! Your kids will probably think it’s cool that the nuggets are green and won’t even realize it’s actually vegetables. These are perfect for packing in lunch boxes!

2. Homemade Veggie Mac and Cheese

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

Take a family meal staple and put a healthier twist on it! This mac and cheese has hidden pureed carrots, giving it that bright orange color and slight sweetness. Your kids will love this creamy pasta, and you’ll love that they’re getting in lots of nutrients. Simply pack in a thermos the night before, and you’re good to go!

3. Carrot Zucchini Mini Quiches

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

Mini quiches are the ultimate lunch for easy packing and transport, and these delicious carrot and zucchini bites are no exception! They’re cheesy and packed with veggies–it’s a win-win. You could even make these for breakfast and use the leftovers for lunch for a two-in-one meal.

4. Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

This chicken and broccoli alfredo makes the perfect weeknight skillet meal, which makes even better leftovers for lunch the next day. Creamy pasta and chicken plus crunchy broccoli will make this recipe a family-favorite. Your kids won’t think twice about eating the veggies in this dish!

5. Zucchini Parmesan Waffles

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

You can’t go wrong with waffles for any meal. With these cheesy waffles with hidden veggies, you definitely can’t go wrong. As with the mini quiches, you can even make these for breakfast and make extra to throw in your children’s lunch boxes.

6. Crustless Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche Muffins

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

If you ever find yourself with leftover veggies (probably from your child’s plate at dinner), this is the perfect recipe for you. These cheesy quiche muffins can use up that leftover broccoli and cheese before they go bad. No one will know just how much nutrition is packed into these little quiches!

We hope you enjoyed these school lunch ideas to help you get your kids to eat more veggies. Be sure to keep checking MOMables.com for more tips and tricks to make meal time easier!

Having a child with a gluten allergy doesn't mean boring school lunches! These 7 gluten free lunch ideas are simple, delicious, and allergy-friendly.

7 Gluten Free Lunch Ideas for School

Packing lunch for a child with a gluten allergy can be frustrating and discouraging…but not anymore! Here at MOMables, we understand food allergies (trust me, two of my kids have them), and we want to help you find tasty, nutritious meals your kids will love. They won’t even miss the traditional ingredients they may be allergic too!

We even have a grain free meal plan complete with lunches and family meals! Check out our free sample meal plan just for you.

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Avoiding gluten might mean checking every label of every food product you buy, but once you get used to living with a food allergy, you’ll start to figure out quickly what’s safe and what’s not. Add these 7 gluten free lunch ideas to your school lunch rotation to make packing allergy-friendly lunches a breeze!

Having a child with a gluten allergy doesn't mean boring school lunches! These 7 gluten free lunch ideas are simple, delicious, and allergy-friendly.

1. Easy Grain-Free Blender Sandwich Bread

Easy Grain-Free Blender Sandwich Bread - MOMables.com - 7 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas for School

Sandwiches don’t always have to be boring–sometimes you just need a classic! Now you can enjoy a traditional sandwich even with a gluten allergy. This easy blender bread goes great with savory toppings like turkey and hummus or sweeter choices like almond butter and jelly.

 

2. Crustless Broccoli Cheddar Quiche Muffins

Crustless Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche Muffins - MOMables.com - 7 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas for School

Your kids definitely won’t complain about eating their green veggies in these delicious, cheesy quiche muffins. These make a great two-for-one meal: make quiche for dinner the night before and use the leftovers to make some “muffins,” or cook them for breakfast and pack the extra in your kids’ lunchboxes. They freeze great, too!

 

3. Grain-Free Wraps

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Everyone loves a good wrap, and now your kids can enjoy them for lunch even if they can’t have regular wheat wraps. Prep your lunches for the week ahead of time by making a whole batch of wraps with whatever your family likes inside. If you can make pancakes, you can make these easy wraps!

 

4. Quinoa Mac & Cheese

Quinoa Mac & Cheese - MOMables.com - 7 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas for School

Give traditional mac & cheese a makeover by using superfood quinoa! It’s a complete protein, easy to cook, and naturally gluten-free. This mac & cheese loses none of the traditional flavor, but adds a sneaky serving of veggies! Leftovers go great in a thermos for the next day’s lunch. Your kids will thank you!

 

5. Gluten- & Egg-Free Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Gluten- & Egg-Free Mini Chicken Pot Pies - MOMables.com - 7 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas for School

Chicken pot pie is a classic comfort food, but it can be a definite food to avoid if you or your child has a gluten allergy! With these mini chicken pot pies that are both gluten and egg free, the whole family can enjoy these hearty little bites of chicken and vegetables. Pack the extra in a container for lunch the next day and you’re good to go!

 

6. Zucchini Parmesan WafflesZucchini Parmesan Waffles - MOMables.com - 7 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas for SchoolWho said waffles were just for breakfast and had to be slathered with maple syrup? (Even though that sounds delicious!) These cheesy waffles are another great way to get sneaky veggies into your kids’ diets. You can even watch this short video to see exactly how to make these zucchini waffles!

 

7. Broccoli Nuggets

Broccoli Nuggets - MOMables.com - 7 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas for SchoolWe obviously love to find creative ways to sneak veggies into our kids’ meals here at MOMables! Your kids won’t even remember that these nuggets are green because they’ll be enjoying how cheesy and delicious they are. This is an easy recipe to prep ahead of time and pack in containers for the week.

Keep checking back at MOMables.com for more back to school school lunch tips, and don’t forget to check out our free sample meal plan to make meal time just a little easier for you and your family.

1 Use these easy dinner recipes for some delicious leftovers for your family! These school lunch ideas will make packing a breeze--no extra cooking required.

8 School Lunch Ideas from Easy Dinner Leftovers

You’ve seen pictures online of the cute school lunches with fruit cut like flowers and sandwiches in shapes of animals. You think, who has time for that?? But don’t worry! Packing lunch is a breeze with these easy weeknight dinner recipes that turn into delicious leftovers for school the next day; all you have to do is pack the thermoses and you’re good to go!

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Do you need more weeknight dinner ideas that make great lunch leftovers? Get a sample meal plan here and don’t think twice about what to cook again.

 

These recipes are kind of like a two-for-one: cook once and get two meals. Win! What’s best is that all these meals are just delicious the next day as they were for dinner.

Use these easy dinner recipes for some delicious leftovers for your family! These school lunch ideas will make packing a breeze--no extra cooking required.

Forget the sandwiches and enjoy these easy school lunch ideas from the leftovers you’ll have after making these delicious dinners!

1. Hearty Vegetable Soup

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This soup is a great way to pack all the veggies your kids need in one meal without all the unnecessary ingredients you’ll find in canned soup! This recipe is so easy to make for dinner and even easier to pack for lunch. Just put some in a thermos and you’re good to go!

2. Spaghetti Carbonara

Easy spaghetti carbonara recipe every kid will love! This dinner recipe is great for a thermos leftover lunch!

 

Don’t be intimidated by this spaghetti carbonara; it’s actually really simple! Kids won’t be able to resist the cheesy spaghetti or bacon, so this is a great dish to add to your dinner rotation. It’s great for the next day’s lunch packed in a thermos (unless your family gobbles it all up for dinner!)

3. Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

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This creamy chicken and broccoli alfredo is made in one skillet and is an awesome way to get your kids to eat their green veggies! A perfect blend of noodles, chicken, cheese, and broccoli, this recipe is one you’ll definitely want to have on hand for quick weeknight meals and easy school lunch leftovers.

4. Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken and Pasta Skillet Meal

Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken and Pasta Skillet Meal - MOMables.com

Another easy skillet meal that makes fantastic thermos lunches for school the next day! Your family will think you spent hours cooking this delicious sun dried tomato chicken dish, but it all comes together in under an hour. Kids will love to open their thermos at lunch and find this creamy pasta!

5. Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup 

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A creamy, hearty baked potato soup that requires almost no effort? It’s a winner in my book–and yours too, I’m sure! Simply throw all your ingredients in the slow cooker and let the magic happen. A dinner that cooks itself and makes great thermos lunches for school is a dinner I can love!

 

6. Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna

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This easy dinner requires just one skillet (less dirty dishes!) and makes delicious leftovers for you and your kids. You get the same savory, cheesy flavors of lasagna without the hours of preparation and baking. Simply place the leftovers in a thermos for the next day and you won’t even have to think about what to pack for lunch!

7. Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

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Crockpot meals are ideal for busy families who may not always have time to cook dinner every night. All you have to do is throw everything in and let it cook; it’s as simple as that. Pair the easiness of a slow cooker meal with a classic like chicken noodle soup and you have a dinner the whole family will have seconds (or thirds) of. Your kids will love to open their lunchbox the next day and find a thermos full of this yummy soup!

8. Jambalaya Pasta Salad

Jambalaya Pasta Salad - LauraFuentes.com

Put some spice into your lunch-packing routine with this Creole Jambalaya Pasta Salad! It’s filling, packed with veggies, and has just a kick of Cajun spice, but feel free to adjust it to your family’s preferences. Enjoy this New Orleans-inspired dish for dinner and pack cold leftovers for lunch the next day.

Keep checking in here at MOMables.com for more back-to-school tips and ideas and check out our sample meal plan to make dinner a little easier for you and your family!

14 healthy lunchboxes by MOMables.com filled with a fresh sandwich, veggies, fruit, some bunnies.

Fresh and Healthy School Lunches are “IN”

Making a healthy lunch that’s exciting for kids to eat every day can be a challenge. I often get emails from parents letting me know that their kids think veggies are not that fun to eat, that they are tired of making the same foods all the time, and they need a little inspiration!

healthy lunchboxes by MOMables.com filled with a fresh sandwich, veggies, fruit, some bunnies.

This back to school, I’ve teamed up with Annie’s, Applegate, Rudi’s Organic Bakery & Honest Kids bring parents new lunch packing inspiration and simple solutions for building better lunch boxes.

Now in its third year, RockTheLunchBox.com offers simple tools for sharing & grabbing lunch ideas, digital coupons for your favorite products, printable lunchbox notes to stay connected to little ones throughout the day, and fun activities to get your kids excited about real food.

Rock the Lunch Box’s mission is to inspire parents and kids to make better food choices through food education and fun. Isn’t that what we all try to teach our kids as well? What I love is that they also support FoodCorps, a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy.

As you can see, the ingredients in this lunch are all fresh. Granted, that might be a lot of food for a little one, but this definitely is a lunch our teenager will devour! All I do is adjust portions accordingly.

Packing wholesome lunches is an easy task when you have lots of ideas for inspiration and fun tools to make kids happy every time they open the lunchbox. RockTheLunchBox has really cute (free) printable notes you can insert inside the lunch bag and let your little ones know that they are special.

Back to packing the food inside the lunchbox. I typically pack everything the night before, when the kitchen is a mess. I clear an area on my counter and bring out all my ingredients. Once everything is on the counter, I make an assembly line of ingredients and lunchboxes. I make the sandwiches, add fruit, veggies, a treat(my 3 year old loves Annie’s bunnies) and a drink.

building a lunchbox on the counter is easy with fresh ingredients

This week, my daughter has swimming in the afternoons, so even though she won’t finish all her fruit or bunnies at lunch, she can save leftovers for later. Another lunchbox tip is to take the Honest Kids pouch and freeze it. I stick it in the lunchbox as an ice pack and then she enjoys it for after practice.

For more lunch tips, inspiration, coupons and ideas, head over to RockTheLunchbox.com
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