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I'm looking for some really good ideas for packing school lunches for a transitioning vegetarian nine year old. I've run through all my great ideas.
 

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Wait...why isn't the school offering veg meals? Are they operating with a methodology from the Dark Ages i.e., 1950? Confront them at once!
 

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Are you kidding? I’ve never even heard of such a thing. Even the public schools don’t offer that. State legislature just made huge cuts in the meal reimbursement program too so I doubt it's changing anytime soon. Where I live they haven’t gotten over the 1950's. It’s a capital offense to vote Democrat and Dick Cheney is a local hero. It's 'family friendly' <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Mac,<br>
OK, Plan B...You should first ask yourself if the boy is transitioned enough to forgo meat substitutes in lunch; otherwise it's a whole different cuisine...
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Mackenzie</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2877908"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I'm looking for some really good ideas for packing school lunches for a transitioning vegetarian nine year old. I've run through all my great ideas.</div>
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how much time are you planning on spending? i assume it's cold lunches only??<br>
i did a quick search and this <a href="http://disposableaardvarksinc.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">bento blog</a> could have good ideas for you. it's vegan but it should be easy to adapt to vegetarian lunches<br>
i don't really know what constitutes kid friendly food so my suggestions may be off. i hope they'll at least give you ideas.<br>
you could make quinoa and add different vegetables, prepared tofu, meat substitutes (if they taste good cold), some sort of dressing or sauce he likes. same idea for pasta products.<br>
you could make dipping items with a dipping sauce. concept wise i mean something like <a href="http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2007/06/baked-spinach-kofta-with-cucumber.html" target="_blank">this</a> but you'd have use whatever recipes your kid will like.<br>
i like to make wraps for myself for lunch a lot but i don't know how well the idea of a wrap will work with a child. you can put just about anything in there as long as it won't make a soggy mess in the end<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>P. S. Bey</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2877990"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Mac,<br>
Wait...why isn't the school offering veg meals? Are they operating with a methodology from the Dark Ages i.e., 1950? Confront them at once!</div>
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what?
 

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I was actually thinking about this today. If trying to simulate an omni packed lunch so the kid doesn't feel left out, then sandwiches (cheese, salad, pb&j), crisps, fruit, a snack bar and juice. Nobody would really even notice that it was a veg*n lunch with things like that in. You could also add things like a dip (such as hummus or salsa) with veggie sticks and breadsticks. I had breadsticks & hummus today and it reminded me of a healthier (and tastier) version of dairylea dunkers.
 

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Yes, veg bento blogs are AWESOME!<br><br><a href="http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Vegan Lunch Box</a> is one (has cookbooks that go along with it too...)<br><br>
Check out <a href="http://vegetarianlunchbox.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Vegetarian Lunch Box</a> too.<br><br>
Do a quick google search and I'm sure you'll find more too.<br><br>
There are some non-veg ones that are good too... They show cute ways to put food together to gets kinds excited about healthy lunches. I won't link to any omnivore blogs here, but you can find 'em pretty easily. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Semicharmed</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2879496"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Yes, veg bento blogs are AWESOME!<br><br><a href="http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Vegan Lunch Box</a> is one (has cookbooks that go along with it too...)<br><br>
Check out <a href="http://vegetarianlunchbox.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Vegetarian Lunch Box</a> too.<br><br>
Do a quick google search and I'm sure you'll find more too.<br><br>
There are some non-veg ones that are good too... They show cute ways to put food together to gets kinds excited about healthy lunches. <b>I won't link to any omnivore blogs here, but you can find 'em pretty easily.</b> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I emphisized what I wanted to respond to. My response is, that's probably for the best not to put omnivore blogs in a veg*an messageboard.
 

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I find that my kids will eat anything if I cut it into cute shapes. I got some Hello Kitty shapes off eBay and they go nuts.
 
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