- [Jennifer] Hey, guys, welcome to The Family Fudge.
I'm Jennifer and in today's video,
I'm going to be sharing four simply delicious
school lunch ideas that are all plant-based.
I have been getting so many requests
to share both meat free and dairy free lunches recently
and today I am super excited to share four easy options.
If you have a lunch request to send in,
best way you can do that is by using the link
in the description box below and now, without further ado,
let's get on to these super fresh lunch ideas.
Okay, guys, so with this lunch and all of the lunches today
I'm making this with kids and teens in mind
but these could definitely be made for people of all ages
but you'll probably need to modify the quantity
in each lunchbox.
So for lunch idea number one, I'm going to start by making
some ultra delicious peanut butter protein balls.
Now, I know there are a ton of different recipes
for protein balls or energy balls
as they're sometimes called but I really like this recipe
because number one, I can make them in less than 10 minutes
and number two, this recipe doesn't call
for any unusual or hard to find ingredients.
Now, I will go ahead and put a link to this recipe
in the description box below if you wanna make 'em yourself
but basically, this is just a mixture of peanut butter.
Of course, you could substitute almond butter
or even Wowbutter if you have a nut allergy.
To this, I'm going to be adding just a little bit of honey.
This is gonna add the perfect amount of sweetness
but it's also nice and sticky
so it's gonna help keep these protein balls together.
Next, I'm gonna be adding in some vanilla extract.
Seriously, you guys, when these are done,
they almost taste like cookie dough.
They are that good.
Next, I'm adding in some rolled oats
and I just happen to be using some gluten free oats today
but you can use any kind that you have
and then this next part is optional
but I also like to add just a handful or two
of chocolate chips and you guys,
if you're looking for a dairy free chocolate chip,
I recommend these ones.
Their brand is called Enjoy Life.
Now, these do tend to be a little bit more expensive
than regular chocolate chips.
Like I said, these are dairy free
and I can usually find these at Target.
So now, last but not least,
I'm also gonna add about two tablespoons of water
then I'm going to stir it all together.
Now, if your dough is looking a little bit dry,
you could go ahead and add just a little bit more water
and if it's looking too wet, you can go ahead and add
a little bit more of the rolled oats.
Basically, you want these to be moist enough
that they will form a ball
but you don't want them to be too wet either
otherwise they might be a sticky mess.
So now to form these protein balls,
I'm going to use my cookie scoop here
to scoop out about a one inch ball
and then once I have these all portioned out,
I am gonna go ahead and just roll them in my hands
just like this.
Now, this recipe will make about 24 of these little balls
and I like to keep all the extra balls in the fridge.
In this back section of the lunchbox,
I'm going to add some of these cucumber carrot slices.
Now, I know I've shared exactly
how I make these quite a lot on this channel
but basically, if you're new,
I make several slices of cucumber
and several slices of carrot
then using a small vegetable cutter,
I'll punch out the center of all of the slices
and then I swap out the centers.
This is really easy to do.
It doesn't take a lot of time at all.
These just add a really cool design to the lunchbox
and it's a great way to encourage kids to eat more veggies.
Now, to go along with these veggies,
I am also gonna be adding in a little bit of ranch dip
but instead of using my regular ranch recipe,
I'm going to use some of this store-bought
High Omega Vegan Ranch
and I'm pouring this directly
into the center of the lunchbox.
This center section is perfect
for things like sauces or dips.
Now, to go along with this,
I'm also adding in a handful of fresh raspberries
and since this lunch doesn't really require
a fork or a spoon, I am gonna go ahead
and add in one of these cute little reusable food picks.
My kids love to use these to pick up their food.
So they are cute but they're also functional
and now for this last section,
I'm going to fill it up with some fresh blueberries.
I accidentally got a few blueberries
into their ranch section
which definitely does not sound delicious to me
so now I'm gonna go ahead and fish these out
and now I'm going to finish off the blueberry section
with another cute reusable food pick
and then there you have it, guys.
This is a super fresh and tasty lunch
I know my kids will love but honestly,
I would love this lunch too.
It is so good especially those protein balls.
You guys should definitely give those a try.
For this next lunch, I am breaking out my OmieBox.
That's the one with the built-in thermos
because this one is going to be a hot lunch
and you guys, to make this lunch super quick and easy
to throw together in the morning,
I'm going to be taking some help from the store.
These meatless meatballs.
Now, these ones happen to be from Aldi
and they are honestly very tasty.
Also at Aldi, I was able to find this meatless
ground plant protein.
So if you wanted to,
you definitely could make your own meatballs from scratch.
So these meatless meatballs
are actually already fully cooked but they are frozen
so I'm gonna go ahead and just heat these up
and to go along with them, I'm also going to boil up
some of this whole wheat thin spaghetti
then I'm gonna top both of those
with a good amount of spaghetti sauce.
So this is kind of like classic spaghetti and meatballs
with a plant-based twist.
So as you guys can see, this whole wheat spaghetti
is ready to be drained.
I found that it is a lot easier
to actually take the uncooked spaghetti noodles
and break them in half
before I get them into the pot of water.
That way, when they're done cooking
and I go to put these noodles in the lunchbox,
they fit a lot better
and it's actually easier for my kids to eat as well.
So now that I have the noodles and the sauce in here,
I'm gonna top it off with a few of the meatless meatballs
and then usually I like to add a little bit
of Parmesan cheese on top but I'm gonna go ahead
and use some of this vegan mozzarella instead
and I'm just going to sprinkle a little bit right on top.
Now, in the back section of the lunchbox,
I'm going to add a different combination
of cucumber and carrots.
Today, for this lunch, the cucumber slices are cut
and for the carrots I'm just adding in whole baby carrot
and to make these look interesting in the lunchbox,
I'm just going to alternate these in a really fun pattern.
You guys know what they say
about eating with your eyes first?
So even though these are just veggies,
I wanna make them look as appetizing as possible.
Now, I'm going to scooch these veggies over
just a little bit so that I have enough room
for some of this vegan ranch dip.
This little container only holds about one teaspoon
so it's not very much at all
and I'll have just enough room to add this in on the side.
Next, I'm adding in some cherry tomatoes.
Now, I am definitely making this lunch
with my son Jackson in mind
'cause he loves cherry tomatoes but my girls don't.
So for their lunches, I would put something else
and now to dress these up just a bit, I'm also gonna add in
some of these reusable food picks in here.
These picks definitely tend to be
more on the decorative side
and now in this back section
I'm gonna go ahead and fill it up
with some of these potato lentil curls.
I get these at Trader Joe's.
They are also dairy free
so they're perfect for this lunch
and I think they look really fun.
Now, I'm gonna finish off this lunch
with a little box of organic apples juice.
I'll make sure to add a fork on the side
for the spaghetti and meatballs and there you have it, guys.
Okay, guys, now for this next lunch,
I'm going to start by making the main course first
and this time I'm making my version of a rainbow wrap
which is definitely gonna make this lunch
the most colorful of the bunch.
To make these rainbow wraps,
I'm going to start by preparing all my veggies.
Today, I'm using carrots.
To get these nice and thin,
I'm very carefully using my mandoline slicer.
This just makes the perfect little matchstick carrots.
For the red color, I'm going to be using
some very thinly sliced sweet red bell pepper
and for the yellow, I'm using a yellow sweet bell pepper.
Again, I thinly slice these as well.
For this wrap, I'm not actually adding anything that's blue.
I'm just going to skip that color.
For the purple color, I'm going to be using some very,
very thinly sliced purple onion.
Now, I know a lot of you guys are probably saying
but what about the green?
Well, for the green, I'm actually gonna be using
two different things and the first is a green tortilla.
Now, these ones are dairy free
so that's perfect for this lunch
and the reason that this tortilla is green
is because it's actually a spinach and herb tortilla.
So to this tortilla, I'm going to start by adding
a good layer of hummus.
Now, to make this quick and easy,
I'm just using some store-bought hummus
but definitely you could make your own if you have the time.
Of course, hummus has a lot of good
plant-based protein in it
but my kids just like it because it tastes good.
So once I have this all spread out,
it's time to add some color.
First, I'm gonna add in the thinly sliced red pepper
followed by the carrots.
Next, I'm adding in the yellow bell pepper.
This is looking so good already.
For the secondary green color,
I'm also adding in just a few leaves of baby spinach
and then like I said, for the purple color,
I'm just adding a few slices of the purple onion.
So now I'm going to very carefully try to roll this up
as tightly as I can and then if you wanted to,
you could just cut this in half
and add it to the lunchbox as is
but I'm gonna go ahead and cut it
into about three or four pieces
and to make sure that these pieces don't unravel
in the lunchbox, I am gonna secure each one
with a little reusable food pick and check it out, you guys.
I just love that rainbow color inside
but it's also packed with so much fresh flavor as well.
So it looks like I'm going to be able to fit about three
of these pieces into the lunchbox just like that
and then in this back section,
I'm going to be adding something
I know my daughter Lily will love
and these are kind of like orange smiles.
Just a little bit smaller.
This is basically just a navel orange
that I first sliced into rings and then sliced into wedges.
So now that I have this back section filled up,
I'm going to fill this next section with some celery sticks
and I've cut these nice and small
so that they would fit perfectly in here
and then you guys probably guessed what's coming next.
Fill up this little dip section
with more of the vegan ranch
but you also could fill up this section
with peanut butter or almond butter.
That would go really well with these celery sticks too
and then last but not least,
I'm gonna fill up this last section
with some good old pretzels.
These little square ones just fit perfectly
and there you have it, guys.
I think that this lunch turned out so beautiful.
It's almost like a work of art.
Okay, guys, next up, I have a lunch idea
that could be served either hot or at room temperature
and for this lunch, I'm going to be making
a dairy free version of one of my kids' favorite foods
which is pizza.
Now, for these little pizzas,
instead of using regular dough,
I am gonna go ahead and use some of these Bagel Skinnys.
Now, these ones came from Aldi
but you can basically find the exact same thing
at regular stores.
They're just called bagel thins instead.
So essentially, this makes two pieces of pizza.
So now, for these mini pizzas,
of course I'm going to start by adding some pasta sauce.
This is actually the leftover pasta sauce
from the spaghetti that I made earlier.
So I'm gonna go ahead and spread that out
and now I'm gonna top these off
with some more of the vegan mozzarella cheese
and now instead of adding pepperoni
to the top of these pizzas,
I went ahead and cut out some sweet bell peppers
in some really fun shapes.
These are actually leftover peppers
from the rainbow wrap I made earlier
and now I'm gonna go ahead and stick these in the oven
for just about five to seven minutes
or until the cheese is nice and melted
and speaking of nice and melted cheese,
look at these, you guys.
This vegan mozzarella cheese melted beautifully.
It really does look like regular cheese.
It's slightly browned on top.
The bagels themselves are crispy on the edges.
These look delicious.
So now I'm gonna go ahead and add these into the lunchbox
and then move on to the back section.
In this back section, I'm going to add
some of these little itty bitty Mandarin oranges.
These seriously are some of the tiniest
Mandarin oranges I've ever seen
and I think I can fit probably three
of these little tiny oranges into the lunch
because they're just that small.
Now, moving on to the front section,
I'm gonna go ahead and fill this up with some edamame.
My kids love this stuff and then finally,
for this back section, I'm going to fill it up
with some of these multigrain tortilla chips.
Now, I got these ones at Aldi.
These chips are gluten free, they're dairy free.
You can pretty much find these chips
just about everywhere these days.
They are such a tasty snack but to go along with them,
I'm also gonna be adding in just a little bit of guacamole.
These little individual cups are perfect
for throwing into lunches.
Okay, guys, I hope this gave you some new ideas
on lunches you can make.
Whether you eat plant-based or not,
these lunches are super easy and delicious
but you guys let me know in the comments down below
what your favorite plant-based lunch is
because I'm always looking for new lunches to try.
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