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e108 09-27-2005 05:57 PM

My first child was homeschooled through high school so I didn't have this problem.

My second wanted to go to public school and is in the 10th grade. He is committed to being vegetarian, but is having a hard time at lunch. I will be the first to admit that he is a bit pickey, having been home for lunch all his life. He has to bring his lunch (the cafeteria has nothing but ice-burg lettuce salads) but is really getting tired of eating peanut butter and jelly. He doesn't like the vegan 'meats' that, says they taste terrible. But he doesn't want to look like he is eating anything wierd. Does anyone have any lunch ideas for teens?

Poppy 09-27-2005 06:35 PM

How about black bean dip or hummus on a tortilla, with lettuce and tomato? Take a thermos of soup and crackers. Take cold soba noodles with sesame oil and red pepper flakes. How about tortilla chips and salsa - add some beans and you have cold nachos. Some of these may look weird, but perhaps he'll start a trend - or better yet, get a reputation as the cool veggie guy with the interesting lunch!

rainbow_clouds 09-27-2005 11:04 PM

soup, burritos, dinner leftovers, fresh or canned fruit, fresh veggies, yogert (or soy yogert), crackers, vegan chilli, whole wheat bagel, etc.

SquarePeg 09-28-2005 09:10 AM

If you want to feel completely outclassed but strangely inspired at the same time check out these lunches. They're amazing and scary at the same time.

P.S. - I know they're packed for a younger child - but there are still some good ideas here.

ilovemydragon 10-08-2005 09:26 AM

Egg salad (if he is lacto ovo), BLT (with fakin' bacon of course), soy chik'n salad, pasta salad, cheese sandwich.

oriecat 10-08-2005 11:00 AM

VeganLunchBox is awesome! It inspires me for my own lunches!

thebelovedtree 10-08-2005 03:12 PM

Originally Posted by MrsKey View Post

If you want to feel completely outclassed but strangely inspired at the same time check out these lunches. They're amazing and scary at the same time.

P.S. - I know they're packed for a younger child - but there are still some good ideas here.

I'm 19 years old and I want that lady to pack me lunch she can even call me little shmoo if she wants to.

In high school I took lots of veggie/hummus wraps, soups, and leftover dinner. See if one of the teachers has a microwave they would let him use to heat things up, I always managed to have a hot lunch in school

misq17 10-08-2005 03:35 PM

I'm in tenth grade also and I make my lunch in the mornings in under 5 minutes usually (unless I take leftovers). For lunch, I eat a lot of leftover rice with veggies, and pasta, it doesn't have to be warm. Dry cereal is easy too. Fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, salad/fruit salad, potatoes, "chicken" patties.

If I like something hot, I take it one day cold and see if it's any good since I have no access to a microwave. Either thinking out of the usual lunch or leftovers really are the key to variety. I ate a peanut butter sandwich for lunch every day for 9 years, but eventually I just got really sick of it and I barely eat PB anymore.

Morna 10-22-2005 10:35 PM

Look in the sandwitches/burgers recipe section. One of my favorites is the mock tuna salad. Basically all you do is make it with garbanzo beans instead of tuna.

karenM 10-23-2005 01:52 AM

Rice or pasta salads are easy to fix and transport. Around here, sushi rolls are really popular too. The school cafeteria may have hot water available if he wants to bring one of those insant soup-in-a-cup things.

Stuff with dip: Crackers with a cream cheese or non-dairy spread (like hummous or nut butter or tofu salad or fruit-spread). Apple wedges with nut butter. Carrot or celery sticks with homemade or store-bought dip. Tortilla chips with salsa, guacamole and/or bean dip. You could even layer the dips and add chopped tomatoes and sliced green onions for a 5-layer dip.

If you can buy or make pizza dough, you can make calzones stuffed with your favorite veggies/mushrooms/legumes/sauce (cheese optional). No containers or utensils needed.

SquarePeg 10-23-2005 08:34 AM

There's also a pretty good book called The Vegetarian Lunchbasket that has some pretty good ideas.

FreshTart 10-23-2005 11:13 AM

M and J typically eat vegetarian lunches. We try to make them "fit in" with the other kids as best we can, due to an "incident" last year.

Two things that look "normal" and they have often are:

~hummus sandwich (lettuce, tomato, sprouts, cheese, and a good spread of hummus. In a sandwich, it looks like tuna)

~chili potato (baked potato with leftover chili)

Libellula 10-23-2005 11:30 PM

i pack food for university, and i like packing pitas with various fillings, right now i'm partial to hummus and veggies.. or filling it with pasta sauce and veggies and baking till crispy.. no cheese for me though, i'm vegan.. i know someone who in high school would fill pita bread with cheese and toast it, kinda like a quesadilla..

pasta salads, baked potato, homemade sweetpotato fries, tabouli, granola bars and yogurt, cereal and juice-box soymilk, silk alive! drinks, whole grain bagels with various spreads - vegan cream cheese blended w/salsa is yummy, also with jam!... leftover cold pasta...

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