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#1 of 16 Old 11-23-2009, 11:32 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Next Monday I am cooking lunch for my kids home school co-op. what should I make that is kid friendly and easy to transport for 22 children? (must be vegetarian) I was thinking maybe veggie pot pies or a yummy veggie Shepards pie I make (from the book HOW IT ALL VEGAN), but I would like more ideas as this will be a monthly thing. TIA.

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Oh my, this is so uncreative, but how about pasta and sauce?

Or sandwiches with cheese and veggies?

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Veggie shepards pie sounds tasty.

Veggie garbanzo salad (like tuna salad, but with chopped garbanzo beans) with bread or pita, cheese, lettuce, tomato is pretty well-liked and could work.

Pasta salad with beans (like a taco-pasta salad) is good too.

So would something like a baked spaghetti or ravioli.
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I was going to suggest some kind of pasts dish too. RAvioli is a fun thing for kids though it would be more work to make and probably pricey to buy ready made.

Maybe stuffed shells? That would be a good way to do a one dish thing that you can prepare in advance and use some veggies. I made some with a buttenut squash cream that was SO good, also good filling for lasagna or manicotti.
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I love garbanzo bean salad! haven't had it in awhile..

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How old are the kids? Are they still at the age when they love to dip things? If so, maybe lots of cut up fruit and veggies with hummus, yogurt dip, salsa, etc. Could also make veggie sandwiches with hummus.

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Quinoa and Black beans! I haven't met a kiddo who didn't like it yet... http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quinoa-...ns/Detail.aspx
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how well do you know these kids? are they from vegetarian families? Honestly we are vegan (or trying) and my kids would not eat most of what has been mentioned on this thread.

My first recomendation would be to keep it simple.

pasta and sauce are always good.

Tacos with toppies and canned or fresh fruit
veggie sloppy joes with carrot sticks and pickles
frito pie (chilli, fritos and cheese if cheese is cool with you) with fruit or veggie sticks on the side.
(fantastic foods has great inexspensive mixes for all of the above but you could easily make any of them with tomatoes, tvp and seasonings.)

sandwhich rolls are a good way to move beyond pbandj and still have a sandwhich. also because of the way they are made you can disguise all kinds of things in there spread some cream cheese, avacado, baconaise (vegetarian but with a nice bacon flavor) or hummus and sprinkle veggies and mabey a little fakey bakey for flavor (not if you use the baconaise). roll, slice into wheeles. plan 3-4 wheels per kid. serve with chips and fruit.

tomatoe soup and grilled cheese if you do cheese. really any veggie soup and garlic bread or crackers. throw in some fruit for good measure.

if you really want to go out you can make egg rolls and fried rice. egg rolls are so easy to make and you can stuff them with sheap ingredients like cabbage, carrots, broccoli and garlic. add some soy sauce and ginger for flavor. provide lots of sweet and sour sauce for dipping. fried rice can be done according to any recipe and just omit the egg.

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The kids in my homeschool group would eat what has been suggested. So would my dd. [She LOVES garbanzo bean salad/mock tuna salad.]
I'm just throwing that out there.

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I am going with veggie pot pies (3) and a fruit salad.
(The meal must be vegetarian but not vegan.)


I will be keeping an eye out here as it's a once a month thing!

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ages 5-12ish (+ also includes 3 adults).

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How old are the kids? Are they still at the age when they love to dip things? If so, maybe lots of cut up fruit and veggies with hummus, yogurt dip, salsa, etc. Could also make veggie sandwiches with hummus.

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lilyka- eggrolls and veggie fried rice are a great idea and SOOO easy! (Another thing I haven't made in awhile!) I think I will do that next time!

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-Lasagna
-chili
-pizza(doesn't matter if it cools..everyone loves cold pizza ) or english muffin mini pizzas
-kabobs-tofu or fake meat kabobs, veggie kabobs, fruit kabobs
-burritos
-make your own tacos(you just shred the cheese/cut the veg and they can add whatever to the tortilla and refried beans)
-pad thai-omit the peanuts if allergies
-mac and cheese
-noodles w peanut sauce
-hummus/white bean dip and pitas
- tvp sloppy joes
-vegetable soup w alphabet noodles
-vegetable maki w edamame for protein
-baked beans
-grilled cheese
-cabbage rolls
-baked potato bar-you could bake the potatoes in advance in aluminum foil to help keep them warm then the kids can add toppings like beans, salsa, sour cream, chives whatever
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oh my gash! Baked potatoes!!!! yes, defintiely a hit here. especially if cheese is ok. but even without they are an all time favorite. even before we were vegetarians.

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Mac and cheese (from scratch, of course) is the most kid-friendly easy vegetarian dish I can think of.

Also pizza, "chicken' nuggets, cheese quiche (or other veggies), quesidillas or nachos (just bring warm beans and toppings).
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the potpie/veggie cobbler was a hit!

unfortunately there were only 15 so I had 1 1/2 pans left (I had made 3)

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