It’s getting to be that time of year again, when everyone is getting ready to head back to school for the fall. Getting back into the swing of that routine can be difficult, and a big part of it is food! During the school year, you have to plan and back your meals ahead of time, so we searched far and wide across our Food Monster App to find easy packable meals to make going back to school a breeze.
Breakfast on the go, tasty sandwiches, packable pastas, quick and energizing snacks and more: We’ve got everything you need to ace your meals this semester. Let’s get packing!
1. Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
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Starting with the most important meal of the day, this Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie by Clémence Moulaert checks off so many boxes. Firstly, it captures the flavors of the classic school lunch: A PB&J sandwich! Also, smoothies are great for when you’re running a little late for class and need something to take with you on the go. Quick, easy, filling and nutritious, this smoothie recipe will be your new best friend.
2. Overnight Oats With Raspberries and Tahini
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These Overnight Oats with Raspberry and Tahini by Danielle Joy are another good option to grab and go, especially cause you prep them the night before. Just throw some toppings on in the morning, and you’ve got breakfast. The high protein content in the tahini will keep you feeling full and satisfied until lunchtime!
3. Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Hummus Wraps
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For lunch, these Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Hummus Wraps by Tracey Tytko would be tasty and nutritious! Roast the sweet potato and cauliflower ahead of time, and then put them all together in the morning before school for a filling lunch that is easy to eat.
4. Easy and Quick Broccoli Stir Fry
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This Quick and Easy Broccoli Stir Fry by Jodi Burke makes awesome leftovers for lunch the next day, and takes no time at all to throw together when you get home after all your classes and clubs. If you save some overnight, the ingredients marinate even more, so make sure you make some extra! This is some easy meal prep that will ensure a great lunch.
5. Protein-Packed Chickpea and Kale Caesar Salad
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Salads are always a great bet for lunch, and you can have them so many different ways with a wide variety of toppings so they never get boring! This Protein-Packed Chickpea and Kale Caesar Salad by Ally McLaughlin is high in protein and nutrient-dense, so it will keep you going all day long.
6. White Bean ‘Tuna’ Salad with Veggies
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A vegan take on a lunchbox staple, these White Bean ‘Tuna’ sandwiches by Anya Kassoff and Masha Davydova are made from white beans and have all the best flavor components of the classic, plus added flair from cucumber and basil. Red onion, pickles, sunflower seeds, herbs, and a plant-based mayonnaise-like sauce make this dish taste remarkably close to tuna salad, especially when served as a sandwich. This tasty meal is perfect for lunch on the go!
7. Meal Prep Smoky Mac and Cheese
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Make a large batch of this indulgent Meal Prep Smoky Mac and Cheese by Melanie Sorrentino on Sunday and enjoy it all week long! Along with the creamy shells and cheddar cheese sauce, the dish has savory seitan for some added protein and broccoli to ensure you get your greens. Not only is this recipe quick and easy, but cheap too! Each serving costs just $2.25 to make.
8. Buffalo Chickpea Pita Pockets With Creamy Avocado
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Not only are these Buffalo Chickpea Pita Pockets by Nicole McTaggart delicious, they’re downright easy to make. Chickpeas are tossed with a spicy Buffalo sauce and then stuffed in a pita pocket with kale and cucumber. A creamy avocado-lime dressing tops it all off. Try changing up the veggies in this recipe based on what you have on hand. Easy to make and easy to eat, these may just be your go-to quick lunch!
9. 10-Minute Buddha Bowl With Creamy Cashew Sauce
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This 10-Minute Buddha Bowl with Creamy Cashew Sauce by Nikki and Zuzana is a lunch that will get you through your mid-week slump! It’s packed with nutrients to keep you energized, and the bright flavors will perk you up. The fact that it’s easy to make is a bonus: You could even prep it the night before so you’re ready to go in the morning (or so you can get some extra sleep)!
10. Freezable Buffalo Chickpea Taquitos
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These Freezable Buffalo Chickpea Taquitos by Jenn Sebestyen are not only delicious, they’re a lifesaver if you have a microwave (looking at you, college vegans)! Make a huge batch ahead of time, and warm them up whenever you want a snack or a quick lunch! These will be your new best friend.
11. Creamy Turmeric Butternut Squash Soup
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As it starts to get cold in the school year, soup is always a great thing to put in a heat-saving container and take with you for a comforting and warm lunch. This simple Creamy Turmeric and Butternut Squash Soup by Silvia Ribas is easy to make, but full of nutritious ingredients to nourish your body and give you plenty of energy.
12. 10-Minute Broccoli and Almond Parmesan Pasta
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We all know that when you’re in school, your budget can be tight and your spare time to cook complex meals can be unavailable. This quick and easy 10-Minute Broccoli and Almond Parmesan Pasta by Danya Dhanak has simple ingredients that won’t break the bank, is easy to either make for dinner after a long day and have leftovers, prep ahead of time to pack for lunches, or even spend 10 minutes making in the morning to pack for later. Everyone will be impressed with a seemingly fancy meal!
13. Activated Energy Mix
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Sometimes even when you pack a nutritious lunch, you can find yourself hungry or with low energy during the afternoon. Especially if you’re involved in clubs or other activities after school, you may need a pick-me-up to keep you going for the rest of the day. That’s where this Activated Energy Mix by Kelly Fielding comes in. This great tasting and energy sustaining mix is a great item to snack on between classes, after school, or at any time when you’re feeling like you need a little something extra.
14. Raw Ginger Energy Bites
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These Raw Ginger Energy Bites by Koko Brill are another great thing to throw in your bag for a snack. It’s important to always have snacks on hand in case you get hungry, because unlike during the summer, during the school year you can’t just go out and buy or grab something to eat every time you get hungry. If you make these, you’ll always have something packed with energy-boosting nutrients to munch on! Almonds, cashews, dates, chia seeds and ginger will provide you with everything you need to beat the inevitable afternoon crash.
15. Energency Protein Bars
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Whether you’re a student athlete looking for a protein boost, a little behind on sleep from late night homework, or just in need of some energy in a pinch, these Energency Protein Bars by Taralynn McNitt say it all in the name: They’re the perfect fix for energy in an emergency! Keep them stashed in your bag so they’re only an arm’s reach away.
With these on-the-go breakfast options, quick and easy but delicious lunch and dinner fixes, and a couple of snacks to have at the ready, you’ll be ready to take on the back-to-school season with all the challenges it offers. For more ideas, try 15 Easy Vegan School Lunch Recipes That Are Perfect for Your Kids! We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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