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This Elementary School in India Just Went 100 Percent Plant-Based!


We are always so inspired when news of the rising popularity of plant-based food comes our way, which is why we’re so excited to share that a German school in India decided to go 100 percent plant-based!

The German International School in Chennai, India, used to serve its students all kinds of traditional meaty dishes, such as chicken, beef, and fish, but recently converted its menu over to be free of all animal products after they began opening their doors to abandoned and injured animals.

As Thomas A Pallushek, an advisor for international schools, told India Times: “It became tough to eat mutton with a pet goat on the lawns nearby. We felt it was ethically not right. We wanted to reduce the human impact on the environment and eating less meat is the simplest way.

“The menu ranges from cucumber avocado toast, zucchini bread, and Homemade Applesauce, to ratatouille (learn how to make your own), flavored rice with dal, pumpkin spice muffins, and fruit smoothies.”

Not only is the school now 100 percent vegan, but it actually goes to great lengths to make its own plant-based meat products, and produce its very own vegan cheese from cashews. Additionally, it bakes its own vegan bread and tries to incorporate protein-rich plant-based foods, such as quinoa, lentils, seitan, beans, and hemp seeds into its menu rotation.

“We are a non-vegetarian family. At home, I can’t get her to eat vegetables. But in school, she is eating a variety of vegetables and also other grains such as ragi and barley, and getting wholesome nutrition,” Neha Banerjee, the mother of a 9-year-old student at the school, told India Times.

Kid-Friendly Vegan Meals

If you’re interested in learning more about some kid-friendly vegan recipes, our Food Monster App is brimming with inspiration for you.

These gluten-free Carrot Coin Dosas by Srividhya Manikandan are very transportable and a good snack.

A dosa is a crêpe-like dish popular in southern India and other parts of Asia. This recipe is for lunch box-friendly dosai around the size of coins (hence the name). Carrots, red chili, and cilantro are added to the dosa batter for added flavor and texture. This dish is great for packing up and taking on the go, but it is also amazingly tasty with some chutney.

These gluten-free and Mini Peanut Butter and Jelly Pop Tarts by Annie McGee are classic and cute.

Make tiny, adorable DIY pop-tarts with only a handful of ingredients! The pastry layers of these pop tarts are made with oats and peanut butter and are each filled with a delicious, no-mess jelly filling made from frozen blueberries and dates. If you are feeling extra DIY-happy, break out some cookie cutters and make adorable animal-shaped toppings.

This Green Bean Casserole Pizza by Natalie Slater is a filling and veggie-forward entree.

If you decide to bring this to a party, just remember that you can prepare the topping and crust ahead of time, but should wait to assemble them until guests arrive, or until you’re at your final cooking destination.

For more inspiration, read up on 25 Recipes You Can Feel Good About Giving Your Kids and then explore these Nutritious Plant-Based Meals Every Kid Will Love.

We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Lead image source: artem evdokimov/Shutterstock

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