Social distancing means a LOT of family time! While this is great for child development, it can be a little overwhelming for everyone. Not only are you all adjusting to a new routine, you may be trying to homeschool WHILE working from home.
And if your kids are usually provided lunch at school, making lunch may seem like another monkey wrench in your already busy day. We're here to help you hurdle this hump with 5 quick and easy kid-friendly vegan lunch ideas for quarantine. Each recipe here takes very little time to prepare, is healthy, and can be made gluten free!
(Note: we know a lot of families rely on school lunch programs to feed their children during the day. If you're worried about feeding your kids right now, please check out these resources.)
Pro Tip: If you have the time, have your child help with the lunch-making process! Involving them in the process can help them be more excited to eat healthy, plus it totally counts as a homeschool activity!
1 can of chickpeas, slightly mashed
2 ribs of celery, chopped
1 mashed avocado
½ a lemon, squeezed
2 teaspoons of dill
Mix ingredients together and serve over a bed of greens, in a wrap, or on a sandwich. Optional: Add sprouts
1 sweet potato
Prick a sweet potato multiple times then pop in the microwave until soft (about 4-5 minutes for small sweet potato; 6-8 minutes for a larger one). Split open and drizzle with tahini.
MamaSezz Original Sandwich Thins (or whole grain or GF bread)
All natural peanut butter
¼ cup of Raisins
Toast a slice of bread, and smear with all-natural peanut butter. Top with sliced bananas, raisins, and dust with peanut butter.
1 cup of Black Beans
1 cup of corn
Green onion, chopped
Microwave potato until soft. Top with ½ a cup of black beans, ½ a cup of frozen corn and microwave. Sprinkle with spices and top with green onion.
MamaSezz Everything Bagel Thins (or whole grain or gluten free bread)
1 cucumber, sliced
Smear hummus on the bread, and top with a thick layer of cucumber slices. Dust with sea salt and pepper.
Raw veggies dipped in hummus or oil-free dressing
Ants on a log
Peanut butter smeared apple
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By Caroline DiNicola Fawley
Caroline is a plant-based chef, recipe designer, and whole food plant-based nutrition educator, with a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies