Vegetarian Lunch Ideas & Lunch Box Planner

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Did you know that I’m a vegetarian? I don’t talk about it a lot, but it’s true! My husband and I have both been vegetarians for over two years now. It wasn’t a big adjustment for us (we didn’t have enough money to buy meat very often anyway), but sometimes we have to get creative with lunch. So, if you’re looking to cut down on your family’s meat intake, and get organized for the school year, you’re going to love today’s post! I’ve got some super simple (and yummy) vegetarian lunch ideas and a cute, printable lunch box planner!

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

The thing with a lot of vegetarian meals, you’ll find, is that they often take a lot of time to prepare and include a lot of ingredients you’ve never heard of (or maybe I’m just not cultured enough). This can be great to experiment with a big meal for dinner, but when it comes to breakfast and lunch, in my house, we are all about quick! Who has time to make a four-course breakfast or lunch (especially during the school year)? That’s why I love Quaker products like Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Life Cereal, and Quaker Chewy Bars!

You can find Quaker Chewy Dips Chocolate Chip Bars in the breakfast isle at Walmart, along with Quaker Instant Oatmeal and Life Cereal.

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

Packing lunch boxes can be tricky—kids can be quite picky (heck I’m picky and I’m an adult). So, I’ve compiled a list of main courses and sides so that you can mix and match to make sure everyone gets something they like.

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas


  • Peanutbutter & Banna Sandwich
  • Bean Burrito
  • Bagel with Cream Cheese
  • Peanutbutter & Jelly Sandwich
  • Egg Salad Sandwich
  • English Muffin Pizza
  • Salad with Cheese and Olives
  • Veggie Nuggets
  • Cheese Quesadilla
  • Baked Sweet Potato


  • Granola Bars (particularly Quaker Chewy Dips Chocolate Chip Bars—yum!)
  • Fruit slices
  • Vegetables
  • Yogurt
  • Pudding
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Trail Mix
  • Granola
  • Yogurt Covered Raisins
  • Pretzels
  • Pasta Salad

And, to help you plan your shopping list and organize these lunch ideas, I’ve designed this fun lunch box planner.

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas


Like this design? Download the matching lunch box notes too!

Whether you’re a vegetarian yourself, a family trying to cut back on meat intake, or simply trying to save some money on groceries, now you’ve got some new ideas up your sleeve to pack some [simple] yummy lunches! What products do you turn to for quick, easy, vegetarian-friendly lunches?

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Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

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7 Comments on Vegetarian Lunch Ideas & Lunch Box Planner

  1. Carolyn West
    July 24, 2015 at 6:10 pm (8 years ago)

    The worst part for me about my kids going back to school is having to come up with ideas for lunches, so I’m so excited when I can find someone who compiles a list for me. Thank you! Great ideas. #client

    • Mandee
      July 27, 2015 at 11:40 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Carolyn!! I know, I can barely come up with ideas for my own lunches half the time, haha.

  2. Denise/DIY Crush
    July 31, 2015 at 5:43 pm (8 years ago)

    So helpful!! Just pinned it. Thank you for offering this printable!

    • Mandee
      August 2, 2015 at 11:37 pm (8 years ago)

      Your so welcome Denise! So glad you like it. 🙂

  3. Lou Lou Girls
    August 3, 2015 at 1:26 pm (8 years ago)

    I absolutely love this! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for bringing such a masterpiece to our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  4. Kelly B.
    August 9, 2015 at 4:02 pm (7 years ago)

    This is too cute! I definitely need to start planning out my meals, it would make life SO much easier!

    • Mandee
      August 10, 2015 at 10:50 am (7 years ago)

      Thanks Kelly! Yeah, it’s hard to stay organized, but it definitely pays off!


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