There is no better time to be raising a vegan family. No matter where you shop it seems like every grocery store is carrying a great selection of plant-based options, from snacks to pre-packaged meals. Trader Joe’s is one of those amazing places where you can buy loads of veggie based items that are affordable to feed the whole family.
Whether or not you are raising kids on a vegan diet, this list of easy to grab and go and easy to cook food that will speed up your lunch packing process. This means less time in the kitchen and a smoother send off to school or work:
1. Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Who doesn’t want pizza for lunch? This cauliflower crust is not only an awesome gluten-free option but an easy “prep the night before” item to throw into a lunchbox the next day.
2. Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds
This awesome cheesy goodness can be used for pizza (maybe with the cauliflower crust), to make grilled cheese or in tacos. An easy item to add to any lunch you are making for your kids.
3. Organic Tempeh
Tempeh is an amazing way to add a dose of good protein to any meal. It can be thinly sliced and used in a sandwich, chopped and added to a stir-fry, or marinated and grilled as part of a meal (with a side of veggies and potatoes). Treat it as you would chicken and cook away.
4. Chickenless Crispy Tenders
These “chicken” tenders are the bomb.com. Seriously, what kid doesn’t like to have chicken tenders in their lunchbox. Pair this item with a side of fruit, veggies and your child has a filling complete meal on their hands.
5. Black Bean + Corn Enchiladas
We all face those days where making food from scratch is just not going to happen. When you are in a bind, having some of these enchiladas on hand will save the day. Heat them up in the morning and pack them in a thermos so they stay warm until lunch.
6. Meatless Meatballs
Spaghetti and meatballs. Meatball sandwich. Meatballs with marinara. All amazing lunch options that are even easier to make with this pre-made dish.
7. Japanese Style Fried Rice
Long-gone are the days where sandwiches are the only thing to pack for school. Add a twist to lunch with some fried rice.
8. Soy Chorizo
Even the biggest meat eaters are fans of “soyrizo.” You can add it to lasagna, in a burrito, or even sautéed veggies. The meal ideas are endless.
9. Chickenless Mandarin Orange Morsels
Mandarin orange morsels are the perfect item to pair with the fried rice mentioned above. This easy dinner item reheats so well it makes great leftovers for lunch.
10. Organic Baked Tofu
Tofu is another great option to treat as you would chicken (or tempeh). Trader Joe’s carries pre-marinated and pressed tofu that makes your job even easier.
11. Beefless Ground Beef
Everyone needs some good ground protein! Stuff peppers, add to a burrito, mix with veggies. This ground beef is so yummy to add to almost any dish to take on the go.
12. Tofurky Deli Slices and Sausage
Sometimes you just need to pack a sandwich. The Tofurky options at Trader Joe’s are a great way to make a classic lunch.
13. Thai Vegetable Gyoza
For some Asian inspired lunch options try this tasty gyoza dish. You can pair it easily with fruit, veggies or even the fried rice previously listed.
14. Fully Cooked Falafel
Mix up your kid's lunch with some Mediterranian inspired meals! This fully cooked falafel is great solo or in a pita with hummus and veggies.
15. Coconut Milk Yogurt
Sometimes breakfast has to happen on the go. The Trader Joe’s coconut milk yogurt is the perfect “grab and go” morning meal. You can also pack it with fruit, to add as a snack later in the day, or before afternoon activities.
16. Peanut Butter Protein Granola
Who doesn’t love peanut butter! This high protein granola is something you can add to the coconut yogurt listed above, or pack in a small snack bag as a crunchy and filling treat for later in the afternoon.
17. Brownie Crisps
As much as we may like the idea of sending kids to school with homemade baked good, it’s not always a realistic option. The brownie crisps are a fun take on a soft brownie that will satisfy any chocolate craving but with a surprising crunch.
18. Trader Joe’s Popcorn With Herbs and Spices
Looking for a salty alternative to satisfy your kids afternoon cravings? This popcorn is it.
19. Fruit Jellies
These fruit jellies are like a cleaner version of gummy bears. They are a great alternative to eating any chewy gummy candy.
20. Salted Corn Nuts
Corn nuts have been around forever, and these jumbo sized corn nuts do not disappoint. They are a great afternoon salty snack.
21. Vegan Cream Cheese
Yes, you can still enjoy your bagels with cream cheese! Trader Joe’s has a fantastic cream cheese you can use as a spread or in recipes.
22. Cinnamon Apple Snack Sticks
Some kids might just have more of a sweet tooth than a salty one. These cinnamon apple sticks are a great alternative to curve your kid’s sweet treat cravings.
23. Organic Animal Crackers
Cute animal crackers never go out of style. They are fun, tasty and a fun dessert to close any homemade lunch.
24. Trader Joe’s Hummus
Garbanzo beans are full of awesome fiber and protein, making them extremely filling. It is great to spread in a sandwich or eat with veggies and crackers.
25. 12 Grain Mini Snack Crackers
These crackers are a healthier version of a Ritz cracker. Super easy to pack in a baggie, they can be dipped in the hummus mentioned above.
26. Fruit Leather
The modern-day fruit roll-up but much better. Fruit leather offers a healthy sweet and chewy snack experience.
27. Roasted Coconut Chips
A perfect sweet and salty combo, these coconut chips are literally just made of coconut and pairs well with almost anything lunch.
28. Inner Peas Chips
This crunchy snack does not taste like peas, but it is a yummy alternative to traditional potato chips. You get the crunch and the salt but with added fiber plus protein.
29. Mini Cinnamon Sugar Churros
Do I even need to explain why this is is so amazing? Having a churro as a snack in school would have been my dream come true.
30. Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats
You can’t go wrong with a classic, and Rice Krispy treats are the ultimate sweet treat. The Trader Joe’s version bumps up the nutrition with brown rice!