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If you’re stuck in a peanut butter and jelly rut, it’s time to shake up the lunch box!

 

Sometimes it’s hard enough to send your kid out the door with everything they need, and a delicious and healthy lunch seems nearly impossible. That’s where these 29 easy and healthy vegetarian lunch ideas for kids come in!

Whether your kid is vegetarian or you just don’t want to worry about spoiling meat, try packing any of the amazing vegetarian school lunches below. I’ve found 29 inspiring vegetarian lunch ideas that will get your kids excited about lunch — and veggies!

Tuck a few thoughtful notes in with those veggies. Our printable lunchbox notes are so easy to use, and just picturing that big smile that will light up their face at lunchtime makes it so worth it! Click here to download and print them out for free!

1. Pasta Fried Rice

A fun twist on fried rice, this lunchbox friendly recipe is actually made with orzo instead of rice. You can prep a big batch of it early in the week and let your kids make their own lunches!

Simple to make, chock full of veggies, and vegetarian to boot, this recipe is guaranteed to make school lunch something your littles look forward to.

Yield: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

• 1 cup orzo pasta
• 1/2 cup frozen edamame
• 1/2 cup frozen corn
• 1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots
• 1 egg, scrambled (optional)
• 4 green onions, finely sliced
• 2/3 cup Asian or sesame dressing

Directions

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add orzo, cooking for 12 minutes.
2. Add edamame, corn, peas, and carrots. cook 2-3 minutes more, or until pasta is tender. Transfer to a colander and drain.
3. Place pasta in a large serving bowl. Add scrambled egg, green onions, and sesame dressing. Stir until well mixed.
4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Quick note: Did you know egg is still a big part of a vegetarian diet? While it’s easy to simply leave out the scrambled egg in this recipe if you want, you won’t be missing out on any veggies if your child also loves eggs!

2. Speedy Bunny Bento

Pack an insulated container with mini veggie meatballs and include a dipping sauce in a small container on the side. Rice or this yummy Lime Orzo Pasta and carrot sticks go perfectly with this non-traditional lunch idea from Bento Zen.

3. Happy Hummus Wraps

Tuck some baby kale and carrots in a tortilla with hummus for a yummy and healthy vegetarian wrap. There’s little prep with store-bought hummus and a bag of pre-washed baby kale. See how it’s done at Lunchbox Ninja!

4. Yogurt Yum Yum

Send your child to school with a yogurt buffet for lunch. Let them choose their favorite yogurt flavor, pack it in an insulated container to keep it cold, and serve with a side of granola and cut fruit. Check out this fun idea at Kids Activities Blog!

5. Silly Skewers

Caprese tortellini skewers are a fun and tasty way to serve lunch. Thread precooked tortellini on skewers with grape tomatoes and mozzarella cubes for a meal your kids will love. Check it out at Design Improvised!

 

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