Packing a lunch box for a picky eater is no easy task and I’m always on the look out for vegetarian lunch box ideas for kids. Last month my seven year old started in Year 3 at school – which means for us in the UK no more free hot school dinners. We could have paid for him to have a cooked meal at school and believe me I was sorely tempted. He lobbied hard for a packed lunch though and I decided in the end to use it as an opportunity to get him to try some new things.
And it’s worked – so far. He hasn’t always come home with an empty lunchbox but whenever he starts to moan about something I offer to pay for him to have school dinners and he soon goes quiet. You can see what I’ve been putting in my son’s lunch box over on my Instagram feed.
I do find though that I’m often scrabbling around for inspiration. I try to have a think on Sunday evening about what I’m going to put in his lunches for the rest of the week but sometimes I draw a big old blank. How am I meant to put together a healthy lunchbox for a child who doesn’t eat any fruit and vegetables?
In addition he doesn’t like many sandwich fillings – cheese, cream cheese or hummus are all ruled out so sandwich options are limited to marmite, jam or honey. And I’m really determined not to give him jam sandwiches for lunch!
Our school is nut free so that rules out some of the other things he likes. I have given him sunflower butter in a sandwich, which he said was ok but he didn’t love. He’s also had veggie chicken slices a couple of times which he likes. But on the whole I think that sandwiches aren’t the best lunch option for us.
If you’re like me and after some new lunch box inspiration I hope you’ll find some ideas here that you love.
Here are 20 of the best nut free vegetarian lunch box ideas I could find:
Delicious savoury crackers that taste like pizza. These have to be a winner surely?
These are one of my toddler’s all-time favourite lunches.
I’m yet to find any recipe that will convince my picky eater to try broccoli. Perhaps this could be the one.
Hummus and dips are a great idea for a packed lunch – and if you can add an extra portion of veg even better.
Easily adapted to use seasonal veg.
Feta cheese pies were a surprise hit with my cheese-hating son recently. This recipe might need a bit of adapting for ingredients that are easy to get outside Greece but one I’m planning on trying soon.
This would be a bold one to try on my picky eater but I know loads of kids who love sushi
A good hidden veg recipe to try for reluctant vegetable eaters.
Served in a roll, with pitta or just on their own, these falafels are perfect for lunchboxes.
A great one for adding some protein into a vegetarian lunchbox.
Always a hit with my kiddos.
Layer upon layer of veggie goodness
If you have a vegetable lover then these would be perfect for a lunchbox!
Couldn’t be easier to make and totally delicious
Perfect for combatting those after-lunch sugar cravings.
Naturally sweet and packed full of veggies. My kind of recipe.
These are one of my favourite lunchbox fillers. They need just four ingredients, all of them healthy and take just 15 minutes or so to make.
Some schools can be funny about cakes in lunch boxes (not my kids’ school – it sounds like anything goes!). These ones are lower in sugar and packed full of fruit.
Look like a treat, taste like a treat yet are packed full of goodness
I make one big batch of smoothies on the weekend and freeze them in our Nom Nom Kids pouches*. They’ve defrosted by lunchtime and have the added advantage of acting as an ice pack!
What do you pack in your kids’ lunch box? Let me know in the comments below.
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