Grab-and-Go Vegan Lunches That Busy Teachers Need

We get it—teachers are busy people, and sometimes you don’t have time to prep even the simplest of recipes for lunch the next day. On those days, it’s grab-and-go meals to the rescue!

Thankfully, both frozen and shelf-stable vegan meals are available in virtually every grocery store. Most of the products on this list can be found at national chains, such as Target, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and other major grocery retailers. And don’t forget to look for even more frozen and shelf-stable vegan lunches at your local health-food stores.

Check out these fully vegan microwavable and ready-to-eat meals that you can toss into your bag on your way out the door in a pinch:

Gardein Sliders and Pocket Meals

Amy’s Non-Dairy Burritos

Amy’s Frozen Entrées (Read the labels to see which varieties are vegan.)

Amy’s Organic Soups and Chilies (Read the labels to see which varieties are vegan.)

Tofurky Pockets

Annie Chun’s Udon Soup Bowl

Sweet Earth Burritos (Read the labels to see which varieties are vegan.)

Sweet Earth Artisan Bowls (Read the labels to see which varieties are vegan.)

Yves Kale & Quinoa Bites

Dr. McDougall’s Soups

Trader Joe’s Organic Superfood Pilaf

Trader Joe’s Black Bean & Corn Enchilada

Trader Joe’s Vegan Tikka Masala

Trader Joe’s Japanese Style Fried Rice


Trader Joe’s Penne Arrabbiata


Trader Joe’s Indian Fare Punjab Eggplant


Simply Asia Sesame Teriyaki and Spicy Kung Pao Noodle Bowls

Kashi Black Bean Mango Frozen Entrée

Tasty Bite Channa Masala

Hormel Vegetarian Chili

Pacific Soups (Check the labels to see which ones are vegan.)

Ajinomoto Vegetable Yakisoba

Don Lee Farms Organic Superfoods Veggie Bowl

Have more than three minutes to spare to make your lunch? 😉 Check out these delicious vegan lunch recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less!

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