9 Practical Vegan Lunch Box Ideas

Vegan Lunch Box Ideas? Read on for 9 Practical ones and help your kids eat well while preserving the environment and saving the animals.

Practical Vegan Lunch Box Ideas

A number of the world’s population have adopted veganism. Their reasons vary, from concerns about their health, protecting the environment, and not harming the animals.

As it mentions in ParentalQuestions, diet is an important part of the growth for children of all ages. And the importance of vegetables for our health is huge!

Even after taking all animal foods off the table, including eggs, milk, cheese, and honey, sometimes this may leave you worried about what you will include in your kids’ lunch box. Kids’ meals should never be bland.

It’s tricky to prepare a lunch that will excite them to eat. One trick that we use is to pick up a Play Kitchen. This gives your little one the opportunity to play and cook alongside you and helps ease them into the concept of veganism.

Without further ado, let’s jump into the top 9 vegan lunch box ideas that are easy to prepare and interestingly tasty.

9 Practical Vegan Lunch Box Ideas

  1. Vegan Tofu Burgers

All kids get excited with burgers. Tofu burgers are quick and easy to make. Additionally, wheat germ, diced onion, and green onion garlic powder provide good nutrition to fuel kids’ bodies. You should definitely try out this recipe.

  1. Vegan Fried Rice

This meal will ravish your kid’s Chinese food craving. The vegan fried rice recipe is light and so tasty. Its ingredients are easy to get and will only take you less than 20 minutes to prepare. Kids can enjoy this meal alongside vegan spring rolls.

  1. Vegan Lunch Box Sandwiches!

Sandwiches have never been a boring lunch option. You can easily create any classic sandwich kids will love. 

The trick is never to make them too soggy and always let the young ones choose their vegan fillings. Always vary the sandwiches. Occasionally use wraps, bagels, and rolls in place of bread.

The chickpea-kale spread sandwich will get your kid anxious for lunchtime. It’s advisable to include a snack in their lunchbox. Fruits are a perfect combination alongside sandwiches.

  1. Thai Broccoli Salad + Peanut Dressing

Gather all the ingredients for this healthy gluten-free meal. For the peanut dressing, blend all the ingredients and add 3 tablespoons of water. The dressing shouldn’t be thick. 

Prepare the broccoli by boiling for approximately 3 minutes till they turn to a bright green. Stir the water and add shredded cabbage, scallions cilantro to the ready broccoli in a clean jar. 

Easy-peasy right? This super healthy and delicious broccoli salad can fit into your kids’ lunch schedule with the right ingredients.

  1. Spicy-Vegan Oaxacan Bowl

This Mexican-styled meal will definitely become your kid’s favorite meal. Top it with crunchy cabbage slaw, avocado toasted chipotle, and they will love it even more.

  1. Vegan Corn Chowder

The aroma of soup is always enticing. Vegan corn chowder soup will easily become your kid’s and home favorite soup. With veggies and few spices, you will have a delicious creamy texture the kids can pair with anything for lunch.

  1. Kale Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is definitely one of the most nutritious foods. These two superfoods will leave your kids energized and satisfied. The salad in the quinoa makes it solid enough to be a complete meal.

  1. ‘’Noodle It Up!’’

If your kids love noodles, you are in luck because there are many vegan options for you. 

Noodles are so easy to prepare, especially on a tight schedule. Garlic sesame noodles and Jade noodles are so versatile, loaded with lots of veggies, and useful.

  1. Zucchini Soup

This one has more calories than the time it takes to be ready. In less than 30 minutes, this sweet-scented soup loaded with healthy veggies will be ready. Serve zucchini soup with some crusty bread, and your kid will have a complete lunch.

Bonus Idea: Crunchy Baked Granola Bars

These are the flawless bars kids should have in their lunchboxes. They are a healthy dessert kind of meal but can work as a snack during lunch. They are easy to bake, needing only less than 10 ingredients

Focus on meals that kids will have no trouble finishing and what they like the most. Packing a treat and funny notes in the lunch box will always motivate kids to finish their meals. Having many choices will just work out for you. The above 9 vegan lunch box ideas, and a bonus recipe, should keep the ball rolling for you.

Check out how to properly prepare vegetables and some of our other vegan recipes.

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Tofurky Roast

Happy Thanksgiving! Did you know that it is possible to celebrate this special holiday without animal cruelty? Check out this amazing Tofurky roast recipe 😍 🌱 Read below for ingredients and directions! ✨

Tofurky Roast

Ingredients

1 Tofurky Roast, thawed in fridge for 24 hours

For The Baste

  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1.5 teaspoons each of fresh chopped thyme, oregano, sage, and rosemary (for dried herbs, use ½ teaspoon each or sub with 2 teaspoons dried poultry or Italian seasoning – rubbed not ground)

Vegetables (Optional)

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1-2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 6-10 Creamer potatoes, halved

For The Gravy (Optional)

  • Tofurky “drippings”
  • 3 tablespoons (35 grams) flour
  • 2 cups (500 ml) vegetable broth

Instructions

Tofurky Roast and Vegetables

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Use a knife or scissors to carefully cut off one of the end clips. Run the thawed Tofurky Roast under warm water as you loosen and remove the plastic.

2. Prepare the baste in a small bowl. Mix together olive oil, soy sauce, maple syrup, minced garlic, and herbs.

3. If cooking vegetables, toss them with 3 tablespoons of baste. Arrange vegetables in your baking dish. Put a piece of parchment paper in the center of your baking dish. Add the Tofurky Roast and cover with half of the baste.

4. Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil.

5. Cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Check for doneness at 1 hour. Once the vegetables are nearly tender and the Tofurky is golden-brown, pour the remaining baste over the Tofurky and cook, uncovered, for an additional 10-15 minutes. Cook until the vegetables are tender and the Tofurky Roast reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C).

6. Use a very sharp or serrated knife to thinly slice the Tofurky Roast for serving.

Tofurky Gravy

1. Heat the Tofurky “drippings” in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, make a roux by whisking in 3 tablespoons of flour. Add a splash of the vegetable broth if the roux is too thick to stir. Cook, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in the vegetable broth, slowly and gradually, to prevent lumps.

2. Simmer until your desired consistency is reached (the gravy will thicken slightly as it cools.) Taste and adjust the consistency and seasoning using vegetable broth, water, salt, and pepper.

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Sweet and Sour Tofu

Check out this amazing Sweet and Sour Tofu Recipe! 🌱 💚 Thanks, @jessicainthekitchen for sharing this delicious recipe idea. Read below for ingredients and directions!⁠

Ingredients

Crispy Tofu

  • 1 16 ounce block of firm or extra firm tofu pressed, and torn into 1 to 2 inch pieces*
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce gluten free if needed, or liquid aminos or tamari
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup oil for frying

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sugar I use cane sugar, you can use brown or any granulated
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vinegar preferably rice or white
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce gluten free if needed, or liquid aminos or tamari
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped/cubed pineapple
  • 1/2 medium red onion chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds for garnish
  • Chopped scallion for garnish

Directions

Crispy Tofu

1. In a medium-sized bowl place the pressed and torn tofu pieces. Add the soy sauce and toss to coat. Add in the garlic powder, sea salt, ground black pepper and cornstarch and toss to thoroughly combine, ensuring all the tofu pieces are covered with the seasonings and the cornstarch.

2. Heat a pan or wok over medium-high heat, and add the oil. When hot, add the tofu and toss to crisp up on all sides until the tofu is cooked and crisped on all sides, about 5 to 8 minutes. Feel free to do this in batches if desired. Remove tofu pieces and set aside.

Sweet and Sour Sauce + Putting it All Together

1. In the same pan, lower the heat to over medium-high heat, and add in the onions, pineapples and bell peppers.

2. Saute until the onions are translucent and the pineapples are slightly browned, about 5 minutes

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, ketchup, vinegar, water, soy sauce, and garlic powder for the sweet and sour sauce and stir together until fully combined.

4. Pour in the sauce over the veggies. Add back in the crisped up tofu, and stir to combine. Bring to a slight boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened up. Taste test and add more sugar or soy sauce if you desire. Remove from heat until needed.

5. Remove from heat and top with sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Serve your sweet and sour tofu and enjoy!

Tofu Tikka Masala prepared in the slow cooker

Tofu Tikka Masala is arguably one of the most loved vegan dishes there is! Check out this amazing option, the Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala! 😍💚 Read bellow for ingredients and directions! 🌱

Tofu Tikka Masala

Tofu Tikka Masala Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package extra firm Nasoya tofu, drained and ½ inch cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced gold potatoes* (from about 2-3 medium gold potatoes)
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can lite coconut milk (can also use full fat coconut milk)
  • ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more if you like things a little spicier
  • ½ teaspoon saltfreshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • Fresh chopped cilantro, for garnishing

Tofu Tikka Masala Instructions:

1. In a large slower, add garlic, diced onion, sliced carrots, cauliflower florets, diced potatoes, tomato sauce, coconut milk, maple syrup, fresh ginger, garam masala, cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Stir to combine. Add in tofu cubes, and give a gentle stir. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.

2. Before you are ready to serve, stir in the frozen peas and allow to cook
uncovered for 5-10 more minutes. Serve with as is with a side of naan bread, or with brown rice or quinoa. If you are not vegan, I suggest serving with yogurt! Garnish with cilantro before serving. Serves 4-6.

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