Vegetarian Lunch Ideas for Kids

Both of my son’s daughters would prefer a salad over a hamburger on any given day, but recently one of my granddaughters has decided that she doesn’t want to eat meat. This change in her eating habits made me realize that I had fallen into a bit of a rut when it comes to the kid’s lunches… a sandwich, bag of chips, a piece of fruit… you get the picture. I’ve had to become more creative and seek out vegetarian lunch ideas for the kids from places like Pinterest and kid’s cookbooks, and have come up with some pretty delicious and healthy ideas.

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas for Kids

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas for Kids

Cheese Quesadilla has fast become a lunchtime favorite of ours,and takes no more time to make than a typical sandwich. All you need are two tortillas, about 1/2 cup of grated Cheddar cheese, and cooking spray. I try to keep things colorful and healthy by adding foods like cherry tomatoes, olives, and zucchini flowers to the lunchbox.

To make the zucchini flowers, simply slice the zucchini into 1/4 inch pieces. Use a small flower shaped cutter to cut out shapes.

For school lunch I’ll add to the above a carton of shelf safe milk, and something like applesauce.

Zucchini Flowers - Vegetarian Lunch Ideas for Kids

Here are some more vegetarian lunchbox ideas for kids:

hard boiled eggs
peanut butter sandwiches made with graham crackers
baked tofu
beans or bean salad
bean burrito

cheese cubes
cottage cheese
string cheese

apple slices
melon chunks
dried fruit

sliced cucumber
carrot sticks
bell pepper strips
sugar snap peas
celery sticks

For the pickiest of eaters, there is always a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! What suggestions do you have for children who don’t eat meat? I’d love to hear them!

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  1. Mel says

    Cute idea. I must say that it’s nice to read about children who actually eat their vegetables when it’s so hard to convince them so!

  2. says

    Love it! The only meat my kids eat by choice are hotdogs and bacon (I know, right?).

    We eat a lot of orzo – great for hot or cold salads – quinoa, and other grains mixed with their favorite veggies. Usually with a simple sauce like lemon or teriyaki.

  3. says

    I just started back to work last week, so I have to pack my lunch now. I like your list, because it gives me ideas for my lunch.

    I’m going to print it and put it on my frig. Thanks!

  4. says

    I’m pretty sure my son could eat cheese quesadillas every single day! And he also really likes almond butter and jelly sandwiches. I’m thinking of maybe trying a pb&j type thing on celery instead of on bread to try to get him to eat more veggies.

  5. maddie K says

    What a great list of ideas and I gotta tell ya I really like that you used a cookie cutter to make the cucumber look adorable.

  6. Lisa R says

    I love the cookie cutter idea. @ out of my 3 kids had no problems eating their veggies but the other one, nothing could convince or trick him

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  7. Ttrockwood says

    Trader joe’s “meatless balls” (sold frozen) are an awesome high protein choice, perfect to dip in marinara sauce. We also make a chickpea salad kind like tuna salad and use for wraps, and cuties are a favorite right now

  8. says

    I am a vegetarian, so I appreciate you posting this. I’m always looking for inspiration too. I like your suggestions–especially the zucchini flowers. Thanks!

  9. Jo-Ann Brightman says

    I like the zucchini cut-outs, but I would put them on a bed or the outer pieces starightened out either like stems or grass

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