100 VEGETARIAN LUNCH BOX IDEAS FOR KIDS (ALL AGES) WITH TEN LUNCH BOX DESSERTS/AFTER SCHOOL SNACK

100 Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas for Kids ( all ages)  with Ten Lunch Box Desserts / After school snack :

             All LUNCH BOX RECIPES I shared taste good at Room temperature. I pack One Pot Meal in Lunch Box . So kids can finish their Lunch , Fruit or Dessert in given time . with Preparation time – 15 Minutes Day Before and Cooking time – 15 minutes ( Morning) . You don’t need to think what to PACK for KIDS LUNCH BOX for next 3 months ( 100 days) without repeating. With every day INGREDIENTS from your Pantry. With 5 main Ingredients

TEN LUNCH BOX DESSERTS/AFTER SCHOOL SNACK. Most of the recipes I shared doesn’t need Cooking .

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1. 5 Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas for Kids ( all ages) with Dessert ( Daliya Cracked Wheat ) 

DESSERT FOR THE WEEK ;

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  1. CABBAGE BALLS with DATES TAMARIND CHUTNEY. 5 Ingredients recipe . Prepare  Day before and refrigerate . Mix everything in the Morning  and Cook in paniyaram Pan . It takes 5 minutes to cook 10 Cabbage balls . 

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2. GREEN RICEwith Beans Salad and Plain Yogurt( Curd) . Yogurt is the perfect combination for Green rice. Easy way to feed lot of Greens for Kids . I shared two spice powders to add at the end . Choose one and try . it takes 15 minutes to prepare the Lunch Box as I do preparation Day before . 

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3. BARLEY SALAD with ORANGE HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING. Try this over the weekend before packing into Lunch Box. My kids say it taste like soft Pasta. Mix everything with dressing and pack  with Dessert and fruit .

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4. RASAM VADA prepared with LENTILS and lots of CORIANDER. Easy to prepare and taste good Warm or at Room temperature. 5 main ingredients. Shallow fried with minimum Oil . You can pack with Simple LIME RASAM . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/Rasam 

5. CAULIFLOWER CORN RICE with HOMEMADE MASALA POWDER and VEGETABLE RAITA. If you are looking for new recipe to pack for Lunch Box with Cauliflower here is the Simple recipe prepared with few ingredients with Cooking time – 15 minutes ( Morning) and preparation time – 15 minutes day before . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/Cauliflower

FOR MORE LUNCH BOX IDEAS :

2.  5 VEGETARIAN LUNCH BOX IDEAS FOR KIDS (ALL AGES )with Dessert EGGLESS WHOLE WHEAT APPLE CAKE 

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3. 5 VEGETARIAN LUNCH BOX IDEAS FOR KIDS ( ALL AGES) WITH DESSERT – RAISIN LADOO

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4. 5 VEGETARIAN LUNCH BOX IDEAS FOR KIDS ( ALL AGES) with DESSERT MIXED NUTS AND SEEDS LADOO .

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 5. TEN HEALTHY IDLI RECIPES ( STEAMED RECIPES) to pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX. 

Some are Instant . Just mix the INGREDIENTS  and steam for 13 minutes. Some recipes need SOAKING ( 3 TO 4 hours) , GRINDING ( 5 minutes in a regular Blender) and FERMENT overnight . FERMENTATION helps in PROTEIN DIGESTION and IDLI will be Soft and Fluffy . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/08/04/Ten Healthy Idli recipes

6. TEN LUNCH BOX IDEAS WITH DIFFERENT GRAINS . One Pot Meal with Preparation time – 15 minutes Day Before and Cooking time- 15 minutes ( Morning) 

 

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7. Ten Poha ( Flattened Rice ) ( Brown rice Poha or Red rice poha or White rice Poha ) recipes to pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX.

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8. TEN TODDLER FRIENDLY SELF FEEDING PANCAKES and PATTIES . You can pack for Kids Lunch Box too. Everyday Ingredients ( 5 main ingredients) . Mix the ingredients and prepare patties or Pancakes. Preparation time – 15 minutes ( Day Before) Cooking time – 15 minutes ( Morning) 

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GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLE RICE WITH BEANS SALAD AND YOGURT – KIDS LUNCH BOX

Green Leafy Vegetable rice with Beans salad and Yogurt – Kids Lunch Box 

Easy way to feed Greens for whole family . You can use Whole Box of Greens for this recipe.

         I’m thinking what to pack something different for Kids Lunch Box. Saw two Boxes of Greens  and other Green Leafy vegetables in refrigerator that I bought over the weekend. Now and then I prepare this Green rice with different grains( like Poha( Flattened rice, Cracked wheat ( daliya) , Barley , Quinoa,Pasta  and Rice). This time thought I will share my version of Green rice. My kids like any rice recipe if I  pack with yogurt(curd) . I sneak in some Beans and grated or chopped veggies for one pot meal.  I added Homemade Tangy spice powder at the end or store bought Powder. Both taste good. I do some preparation night before like cooking grains , roasting and grinding spices and preparing Green chutney . Then it will take very less time to prepare Lunch Box in the morning . Pack with plain Yogurt( curd) . Good Combination with Green rice.  I even packed Beans salad along with fruit.

After reading the Health Benefits of Cinnamon I’m adding when ever I cook rice or Sprinkle Cinnamon powder at the end. A study by the U.S . Agricultural Research service noted that Cinnamon’s to help those suffering from Type 2 diabetes reduce blood sugar levels and aid in processing insulin. 2 spoons contain high levels of manganese , fiber, potassium and Calcium . It is also considered a strong antioxidant . Helps in  prevention of Blood clots and also acts as an anti – inflammatory . Seasoning foods that are high in carbohydrates with cinnamon helps reduce the impact those foods on blood sugar levels . Source : HM 

                      Here is the simple Green rice recipe with preparation of chutney and spice Powder. 

Pack for Kids Lunch Box with Yogurt (Curd) and Beans salad 

INGREDIENTS:

1. Spinach – 3/4 th Box Coriander , Mint and Fenugreek Leaves ( Methi)

2. Cooked Rice  ( BASMATI RICE ) – 1 cup raw 

                  or Quinoa or Cracked wheat or Barley or Poha ( flattened rice ) – 2 cups ( raw – 1 cup)

3. Onion – Medium ( thinly sliced)

4. Garlic – 3 cloves

5. Green chillies – 2

6. Oil – 2  tbsp and Ghee – 1 tbsp

7. Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp

8. Tangy spice powder – Roast handful of Mixed nuts , 10 peanuts , 2 tbsp Sesame seeds , 1 tbsp Cumin seeds, 1 tbsp Coriander seeds , 2 red chillies . Cool and grind with Mango powder or Tamarind into fine powder. 

                            or 3 tbsp PULIGORE POWDER ( add according to your taste)

9. Water – 2 cups

10 . Whole Garam Masala – 5 cloves, 3 cardamom , small piece of cinnamon and Bay leaf.

11. Salt and turmeric – 1/4 th tbsp

METHOD:

1. Soak rice for Half hour ( or other grains) . Wash and transfer to Rice Cooker and  add 2 cups of water , little Salt , 1 tbsp Oil , Cloves , Cinnamon , Cardamom and Bay leaf. When done cooking cool the rice ( refrigerate) before preparing the green rice or Spinach rice.

2. Heat 1/2 tbsp Oil in a Pan and add 3/4 th Box of Spinach, Fenu greek Leaves ,Coriander and Mint Leaves  . Season with salt and turmeric .  Add green chillies . Uncover and cook till spinach and other greens wilts. Cool and grind with 3 cloves Garlic and little salt .

3. Heat 1 tbsp Oil and add cumin seeds followed by sliced Onions. When Onions are brown add Green  puree and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in between to avoid burning.

4. Add cooked and cooled rice. Mix gently .

5. Add tangy spice powder or Puligore powder .Add 1 tbsp Ghee and mix gently . Taste for salt and spices and add accordingly.

PANEER MASALA POHA (FLATTENED RICE ) WITH RED RICE POHA AND RED KIDNEY BEANS- KIDS LUNCH BOX

Paneer Masala Poha ( Flattened rice)  – Kids Lunch Box  

 

Paneer Masala Poha is simple and tasty Lunch Box recipe you can prepare in less time ( cooking time –  Less than 15 minutes ) . I prepared with Red rice Poha. You can choose Poha of your choice. Kid friendly recipe and not spicy . Paneer is every body’ s favorite. Thought why not add to the Poha . I shared one more Paneer poha recipe prepared with lot of vegetables . This time the main vegetable is Tomato . I  cooked tomato for couple of minutes in Microwave. Cool and peel the skin . So the tomato will cook fast and blend with spices and Poha. It taste good warm or at room temperature. Here is the Simple recipe with few Ingredients.

Pack for Kids Lunch Box as it is One pot meal : 

Recipe for 3 . Preparation time – 10 minutes and Cooking time – 10 minutes 

INGREDIENTS: 

1. Red rice poha ( falttened rice) or Poha of your choice – 1 Measuring Cup ( Wash 3 to 4 times) and drain out all water. 

2. Cooked Red Kidney Beans ( Rajma) – 1 cup

3. Paneer cubes – 24 ( Pan fry with 1/2 tbsp Oil) and Season with Spices .

4. Onion – Medium ( Chopped finely) , Green chillies – 2 ( Mild spicy ) chopped , Garlic and Ginger paste – 1 tbsp

5. Tomatoes – 2 (  Finely chopped) ( Cook in microwave for couple of minutes. Cool and peel the skin and chop) 

6. Rasam Powder or Sambar powder or red chilli powder, Coriander and Cumin powder – 1/2 to 1 tbsp and Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 tbsp 

7. Oil – 2 tbsp

8. Curry leaves and Finely chopped Corainder and Mint leaves

9. Salt to taste

10 . Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp 

METHOD :

1. Heat 1 tbsp Oil in a pan and add Cumin seeds followed by finely chopped Onions. Season with salt and turmeric Powder . Once Onions are light brown add Ginger and Garlic paste. Fry for couple of minutes.

2. Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook until soft . Once tomatoes are soft add Spices ( Red chilli powder , Coriander and Cumin Powder and Garam Masala ) . Add One more tbsp Oil . Mix well .

4. Taste the Sauce . Add cooked Rajma ( red kidney beans) and washed Poha ( Flattened rice) . Mix gently .

5. Taste and add accordinly . Add finely chopped Coriander and Mint leaves and Chopped Green chillies . Serve  or Pack with Pan fried Paneer. 

CABBAGE BALLS – NOT DEEP FRIED FOR BREAKFAST/KIDS LUNCHBOX

Cabbage Balls – Not Deep Fried for Breakfast/ Kids Lunch BOX 

Pack for Kids Lunch Box with Ketchup or Dates Tamarind Chutney 

This weekend when I went for Grocery shopping I bought Paniyaram Pan ( Yes too late to buy.) By seeing so many Healthy recipes using this pan ( Which needs very little Oil ) I thought , need to try some recipes for Breakfast and Lunch Box. I don’t know the brand I bought will work or not. So want to try some easy  recipe. Took Cabbage as main ingredient as my kids are not interested in eating it as a Curry with Phulka .   Thought I would hide them along with other vegetables. I cooked  Grated Cabbage ( Bought a Grater too along with Paniyaram pan , I had small one.) and other vegetabes for couple of minutes in microwave . Cool and add other Ingredients and spices. After we finish eating for Yesterday’s Lunch ( Labor Day holiday and Kids are at Home. I try new recipes for Holidays and for weekend Lunch ) I saved couple of them to try for Breakfast. I warmed for a Minute and they said that it is really tasty . So all you have to do is cook the night before and just warm for a minute and serve for Breakfast or pack for Lunch Box . or ALTERNATIVELY prepare Balls and refrigerate and fry in Paniyaram pan freshly . It takes only 5 minutes to prepare BREAKFAST /KIDS LUNCH BOX . So you can Serve Or Pack fresh CAABAGE BALLS. Here is the Simple recipe with 5 Ingredients and spices.

Recipe for 10 to 12  .                  Preparation time: 15 Minutes Cooking time : 5 Minutes 

NOTE : You can prepare night before and refrigerate. Warm for 30 seconds and cook in Paniyaram pan or store all ingredients in a  Box and refrigerate. Mix everything in the morning and cook. It takes only 5 minutes to cook. 

INGREDIENTS : 

One cup – Measuring cup 

1. Grated Cabbage – 2 cups 

2. Grated Carrots , Very finely chopped Vegetables of your choice 

3. Cooked and Mashed Green peas – 1 cup

4. Boiled and Mashed potato – 1 cup

5.  Semolina  – 1/2 cup or Oats ( will try with Oats and update)

6. Salt

7. Curry Powder – 1/2 to 1 tbsp

8. Green  chilli paste , Grated Ginger and Grated Garlic – 2 tbsp

9. Oil – 1 tbsp

10 . Finely chopped Coriander Leaves 

METHOD :

1. Cook grated Cabbage , Grated Carrot and Finely chopped Vegetables for 2 minutes .

2. To this add mashed Potato , Mashed green peas , Oats or Sooji , Salt, Curry powder, Green chilli paste , Ginger and Garlic and Finely chopped Coriander.

3. Mix well . Taste for salt and Spices and add accordingly . Divide into 10 equal portions and shape like Balls. Grease each Ball with little Oil .

4. Heat Paniyaram  pan on Medium/ Medium High heat. Place each ball in the cavity and cook for few seconds on four sides . Rotate the Balls with stick gently. If needed pour few drops of Oil on each ball . 

5. When Light brown on all sides transfer to plate. Cool and pack in Lunch Box with Ketchup or Dates and Tamarind Chutney .

5 VEGETARIAN LUNCH BOX IDEAS FOR KIDS( ALL AGES) WITH DESSERT – NO COOKING LADOO(MIXED NUTS AND SEEDS LADOO)

5 Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas forKids ( all ages) with Mixed Nuts and seeds  Ladoo as After school snack /Lunch Box Dessert . The Lunch Box recipes I shared taste good at room temperature and takes 15 minutes Cooking time in the morning with Preparation time – 15 minutes ( Day Before). Pack for Lunch Box and you will be happy to see their empty Lunch Box.

Instead of packing separate Carbohydrates , Protein and Vegetables I cooked them as one Pot meal so they can finish their Lunch , Dessert and Fruit in given time. These Lunches keep them full till they are back home. All the Lunch Boxes I shared are everyday food they eat at home. 

15 VEGETARIAN LUNCH BOX IDEAS . CHECK for the recipe link at the end of the post.

Dessert – NO COOKING LADOO ( MIXED NUTS AND SEEDS)

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1. BLACK CHICKPEA PATTIES. Prepare day before as shown in the picture and refrigerate. In the morning mix everything and Pan fry the Patties. Pack with Ketchup or Dates Tamarind Chutney , Fruit , Crackers and Mixed nuts and seeds Ladoo.

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2. PANEER MASALA POHA WITH RED RICE POHA AND  RED KIDNEY BEANS .  It is ONE POT MEAL and Simple recipe with 5 main Ingredients. Cook Beans and Chop Vegetables  day before and it will take less time to prepare Lunch Box in the morning. Kids are going to like combination of Ingredients I used in this recipe and taste good at room temperature. PACKED with Cake cookies , Muruku and Fruit .

 

3. INSTANT SEMOLINA URAD DAL PAKORA. They are tasty and I guarantee Kids are going to bring their empty Lunch Box. You can grind the batter night before and refrigerate. Mix with Vegetables in the morning before you Pan fry or shallow fry or in Appam Pan . No need of any dip . They taste good on their own . It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare 2 Lunch Boxes and they taste good at room temperature. PACKED with Peanut Ladoo , Crackers and Banana.

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4. CAULIFLOWER POPCORN with STEAMED RICE and MANGO MOONG DAL RASAM . Kids will like these crispy Cauliflower popcorn (Pan fried) . Do the preparation day before and it will take less than 10 minutes to pan fry the popcorn . PACKED with Mango moong dal rasam , Fruit and Crackers .

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5. GRAB AND GO LUNCH BOX

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For more Lunch Box ideas :

5 Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas for Kids(all ages) with Dessert/After school snack 

 

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GRAB AND GO LUNCH BOX

GRAB AND GO LUNCH BOX – Mint Nuts Spread for Sandwich  

Today’s Lunch Box I’m sharing was liked by my Kids and Zero pressure for me in the Morning. This Lunch Box with Dessert is filling till Dinner time .Sometimes we need to take a break from Lengthy cooking. I prepared this Mint nuts spread  for sandwich  to pack for Kids Lunch Box. My daughter goes very early to school, so I need to pack Lunch which takes less time or Zero time . I  prepared the spread night before and packed in the Lunch Box and refrigerated along with sliced tomato and Whole wheat Bread . Morning just pack the Box in the Lunch Bag. I let my kids prepare Sandwiches over the weekend so it is easy for them in the School to spread the Chutney and place the Tomato slices. It is easy for moms to pack Lunch Box without cooking in the Morning. These sandwiches taste good at room temperature. Here is the simple recipe for Mint nuts spread . 

Pack the MINT NUTS spread with Whole wheat Bread and Tomato slices  in the Lunch Box and refrigerate .  Fruit and Ladoo .Grab and go Lunch Box .

DESSERT : MIXED NUTS AND SEEDS LADOO – NO COOKING LADOO . I prepared 40 over the weekend to pack for Lunch Box or After school snack . Simple and tasty Dessert which doesn’t need Cooking . Just Grinding and Binding Ladoo’s . They stay good for more than 2 weeks.

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Preparation and cooking time – 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS :

1. Mint – One bunch or 2 measuring cups Leaves

2. Tomatoes – 3 ( Chopped)

3. Green chillies – 2 ( Mild spicy or zero spicy)

4. Nuts and spices to roast and Grind – Roast handful of mixed Nuts , 2 tbsp Sesame seeds , 1 tbsp Cumin seeds , 1 tbsp Coriander seeds and 2 red chillies

5. Oi1 – 2 tbsp

6. salt and Turmeric – 1/4 th tbsp

7. Garlic – 4 cloves crushed Onions – Chopped ( 1/2 cup ) ( Optional)

8. Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp 

METHOD : 

1. Heat 1 tbsp Oil and fry Green chillies followed by Mint . Once Mint is cooked add tomatoes and cook until soft. Cool .

2. Grind the roasted nuts and Spices .

3. Add cooked mint and tomatoes . Grind coarsely . Transfer to a Bowl .

4. Add chopped Onions and squeeze juice of lime. Mix well . Check for salt and spices and add accordingly .

5. Heat 1 tbsp Oil and add crushed Garlic and Cumin seeds . Add this Garlic Oil to the chutney and mix well.

                   PACK for Kids Lunch Box as a spread for Sandwich .