It can be easy to get stuck in a rut of pre-packaged, store-bought snacks and boring sandwiches for school lunches.
But with just a little planning, you can fill your kids' lunchboxes with healthy and delicious meals, that they'll actually want to eat!
I've pulled together this list of 35+ vegetarian school lunch ideas, and it's a great place to start with that school lunch planning.
P.S. And if you're looking for even more tasty lunch ideas, go check out my new e-book Healthy Plant-Based School Lunches. It's loaded with all my favorite tips for making meatless school lunches that the kids will love!
Vegetarian School Lunch Ideas
This list of 35+ vegetarian school lunch ideas is a great place to start for filling your kids' lunchboxes with healthy and delicious meals!
You can make these Grilled Vegan Bahn Mi Sandwiches in the morning and wrap them in tin foil for later or send them in a container for lunch! These sandwiches are full of flavor and very healthy. They are made with delicious marinated vegetables and a nutty peanut spread.
Pear and sharp cheddar are a delightful combination, and they certainly don’t disappoint in this recipe. Your littles will love the ooey-gooey melted cheese over the sweet, soft pear in this Pear and Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
These delicious Roasted Red Pepper and Mozzarella Sandwiches are a creative way to use up your bell peppers. Wrap them up in tinfoil or serve them a container. Your littles will be excited to find so much melted cheese and tasty roasted red pepper inside a crusty ciabatta bun!
A new take on a childs’ favorite grilled cheese, this delicious sandwich is smooth, gooey and full of flavor. These Maple Sage Apple and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are quick to put together and quite scrumptious!
This vegetarian school lunch is super healthy and packed with nutrients and vitamins. Delicious sweet, caramelized onions come together with smoky black beans in these Kale and Sweet Potato Quesadillas.
This salad will be a refreshing delight when your littles open up their lunch boxes! Juicy, colorful, and filled with antioxidants, this Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad with Blueberries is a delicious lunch idea. It combines ingredients like blueberries, mozzarella cheese, and cherry tomatoes to create the perfect mix of sweet and tangy in the salad.
This gorgeously colored Bell Pepper and Corn Pasta Salad is sure to be a favorite of your littles! Juicy, sweet, and slightly tangy, this pasta salad is loaded with freshly chopped vegetables. As a result, this salad is vibrant and hearty.
This Creamy Vegetarian Macaroni Salad is buttery smooth. And it will help you sneak more vegetables into your littles' diets! Small chopped bell pepper is hidden in between the macaroni noodles along with carrots, tomatoes, and green onion.
Feed your littles some savory plant-based protein in these delicious wraps! Tangy sauerkraut peeps through in each bite, making these Tempeh Reuben Wraps an absolute treat!
This Artichoke Hummus Dip is a delightful treat paired with carrot sticks or tortilla chips! This hummus is rich, smooth, and full of flavor.
This recipe provides a delicious way to get your little ones to enjoy cauliflower! This Vegetarian Firecracker Cauliflower is baked and healthy. The cauliflower florets become crispy and extra tasty with the homemade chili sauce. This dish is packed with flavor and is sure to become a lunchtime favorite!
You'll have to make this recipe ahead of time, but it's worth it! In the morning, simply warm up this Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese and toss it into a Thermos to keep it warm until lunchtime. This mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. It has a delicious crumble topping and is super cheesy!
You probably don’t want to make this dish in the morning! Lucky for you, this recipe is great for meal prepping ahead of time. This Smoked Cheddar Mac & Cheese with Baked BBQ Tofu is absolutely delicious. Heat it up and put it in a Thermos so your littles can enjoy it still warm for lunch. Cheesy and full of sharp cheddar and barbequed tofu, this lunch is exquisite!
A delicious, vibrant, nutritious salad will greet your littles when they open their lunch kit to this recipe! This Grilled Strawberry and Cucumber Salad is juicy and packed with flavor.
Prepare a batch of these tasty bites to send throughout the week in your littles’ lunches. A tiny, bite-sized source of fibre and protein, these Chocolate Pomegranate Granola Bites will be a favorite for sure.
This recipe is a delicious meatless take on buffalo wings, and I'm betting your littles are going to adore it! These tofu wings have a spicy, smoky flavor soothed by the creamy, rich ranch dip. These Buffalo Tofu Wings with Creamy Ranch Dip would be a delightful afternoon snack to pack!
Send your littles potato chips guilt-free with this recipe! These chips are baked to perfection and the perfect combination of salty with a tip of spice. Baked Sriracha Potato Chips are addictive, so be ready for your littles to ask for them day after day!
These delicious Garlic Rosemary Baked Sweet Potato Chips are light and crispy with the perfect crunch and addicting taste. Ready in just thirty minutes, these chips are super easy to make!
When you make these Apple, Cinnamon, and Quinoa Muffin Top Cookies, you can pack them for lunch and know they are healthy and nutritious for your littles to eat! These cookies resemble a fluffy muffin top and pack a punch of flavor—flavors of apple and cinnamon dance around with each bite.
These energy bites are a combination of almond butter, pumpkin puree, raisins, chia seeds, and more. They are super healthy and filling, making these Vegan Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites a delightful snack to send in your littles’ lunches.
Ditch the store-bought granola bars for this recipe. These Vegan Salted Caramel Granola Bars are egg-free and made with healthy, wholesome ingredients such as dates, chopped almonds and chia seeds. This recipe makes a high-protein snack that will delight littles everywhere!
This Sneaky Green Apple Fruit Leather is a delicious recipe that will increase your littles' fruit consumption. It does take some time to prepare, so make sure to meal prep it over the weekend. Even with the longer prep time, this tasty fruit leather is an excellent, healthy snack!
Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these nuggets mimic the texture of chicken but eliminate the need to consume meat. These Vegan Chicken Nuggets are made from cauliflower and are freezer-friendly. Send them with your littles’ favorite dipping sauce, and this will be their favorite lunch!
This Mediterranean Kidney Bean Salad is a refreshing salad to send in your littles' lunch bag. Kidney beans are a super-food loaded with iron and potassium. This recipe makes a bright, colorful, luscious salad!
Coated in bread crumbs, this Fried Halloumi will be devoured during lunch. This dish is perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside. Pack these tasty fries with freshly chopped vegetables and your littles' favorite dipping sauce.
This no-bake recipe comes together with only six ingredients. These Vegan Peanut Butter Cups are a delicious addition to your little lunch. Velvety smooth and absolutely decadent, these peanut butter cups are mouthwatering! They are made with simple, wholesome ingredients and can be easily customized.
These Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins are healthy, gluten-free, and come together with just a few simple ingredients. Tasty muffins like these make a wonderful snack in a childs’ lunch kit!
Enjoy flavors like tahini, peanut butter, and dark chocolate chips when you prepare this recipe. Send a couple of these One-Bowl Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies in your littles' lunch to brighten their day. This recipe requires only one bowl and twenty-five minutes to make!
Light, fluffy, and bursting with blueberries, these Vegan Blueberry Muffins are an excellent choice to pack in a lunch bag. They are made with wholesome ingredients and have an excellent crumble topping!
This Vegetarian Thai Pizza is loaded with healthy, nutritious ingredients. Topped with bright vegetables and made with a perfect blend of spices, this pizza is sure to be a lunch favorite!
These tasty Sweet Potato Stacks with Crispy Sage Leaves are a refreshing snack. Light and flavorful, these sweet potato stacks are easy to pack in a lunch and can be sealed in a container.
These Crispy Baked Coconut Onion Rings with Sweet Chili Sauce are a great entrée for a child's lunch. Baked to crispy perfectness, these onion rings have a subtle coconut taste that pairs perfectly with sweet chili sauce.
This Roasted Broccoli & Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza is vibrant and packed with nutrients. Topped with roasted broccoli and sweet sun-dried tomatoes, this pizza is quick to prepare—and healthy!
This Creamy Meatless Tomato Egg Noodles dish is effortless and can be tossed together quickly. Warm it in the morning and dump it into a Thermos so it stays warm until lunch. Creamy, rich, and packed with delicious flavor, these egg noodles are also meatless!
This Asian-inspired soup is creamy and loaded with flavor. Made with mushrooms, tofu, and brown sugar, this Vegan Coconut-Lime Tofu Soup is a beautiful mix of sweet and savory.
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