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Vegan Lunchbox Ideas for Back-to-School

Whether you eat exclusively vegan or are just trying to pack a healthier lunch, it’s sometimes tricky to come up with fresh ideas. From mains and snacks to desserts, here’s a round-up of vegan recipes sure to keep you or your kids happily well-fed throughout the day.


  • Mini Falafel Pita Bites 1 of 12
    Mini Falafel Pita Bites
    Mini falafel are simple to make from scratch, and delicious to eat - tuck them into mini pitas and pack in a resealable container. They're just as good as-is, without the pita, but with tzatziki for dipping!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Sundried Tomato & Roasted Garlic (or Roasted Red Pepper) Hummus 2 of 12
    Sundried Tomato & Roasted Garlic (or Roasted Red Pepper) Hummus
    The beauty of hummus -- besides being easy to make, inexpensive and good for you -- is its versatility. Add leftover roasted veggies, green peas, sun dried tomatoes, roasted garlic.. whatever you and the kids like! Pack with pitas and carrot sticks and you're good to go!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Glaze 3 of 12
    Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Glaze
    Eat them warm for breakfast, then wrap up the leftovers to pack in lunch boxes -- what better way to start a chilly fall morning?
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Cheesy Panini 4 of 12
    Cheesy Panini
    Vegan cheese makes it easy to make a gooey panini -- this version is made with flavorful olive tapenade. Cold cheese panini is like a filled bread - just as good once it has cooled down!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Chocolate Cupcakes 5 of 12
    Chocolate Cupcakes
    Every lunchbox needs a little treat... these vegan chocolate cupcakes fit the bill! Scrap the peanut butter frosting if your kids go to a nut-free school. Plain cupcakes are less messy to pack, too!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • 3 Bean Vegan Chili 6 of 12
    3 Bean Vegan Chili
    If your kids are able to heat their lunches at school, chili is perfect for cool fall days -- and gets better in the fridge, so you can simmer a pot and dip into it all week long.
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • A Mixed Bag 7 of 12
    A Mixed Bag
    At home, my son loves having a "platter" -- a striped plate that I place random items on -- everything from sliced fruit and cheese to raisins or crackers. The same can fill a lunchbox -- vegan nibbles you have around the house will allow kids to graze through lunch hour!
    Family Kitchen has some ideas!
  • Crispy Buffalo Nuggets 8 of 12
    Crispy Buffalo Nuggets
    Made with vegan sausage and crispy Panko crumbs, these bite-sized goodies are easy to pack -- and easy to eat!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Peanut Butter & Banana Chocolate Chunk Cookies 9 of 12
    Peanut Butter & Banana Chocolate Chunk Cookies
    These egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free cookies get their sweetness from ripe bananas. If your child attends a peanut-free school, swap another nut or seed butter for the peanut butter.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Wheatberry Salad with Chickpeas and Feta 10 of 12
    Wheatberry Salad with Chickpeas and Feta
    Grainy salads are perfect for toting to school or the office without going soggy, and the beans-grains combo makes an inexpensive complete protein. Ditch the feta or go for a vegan variety.
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Cold Sesame Noodles 11 of 12
    Cold Sesame Noodles
    Cold sesame noodles make the perfect lunch -- add carrots, peppers, cucumber, pea pods -= whatever you have on hand or your kids like!
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls 12 of 12
    Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls
    Rice paper rolls are infinitely versatile and perfectly portable -- and delicious served cold or at room temperature! If you like, pack along a small container of peanut or other dipping sauce.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!

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