I have always thought that whether you are vegan or not, lunch must be nutritious, filling, and meatless – something that fills you up with vital vitamins, minerals, and hydration to help you stay focused until the end of the work day, rather than make you sleepy and lazy!
Plus, if you are eating lunch at the workplace, it must bring you pleasure to the eye AND the taste buds – because who doesn’t need an hour of pure enjoyment in-between workweek tasks?
These tasty suggestions tick all the boxes for the perfect vegan lunch, and I think they are so good you’ll want to have the same for dinner (think of all this time you’ll be saving!).
Here are 15 delicious vegan lunches, ideal for brown-bagging to work!
Spice up your quinoa salad routine with a Mexican tempeh quinoa salad. At only 350 calories and 17 grams of protein, this filling vegan salad is a winner.
4. Vegan Chickpea Soup
You’re in luck: this addictive, creamy vegan chickpea soup comes together with staples you probably already have in your kitchen and tastes even better the next day once flavours have had time to meld.
5. Spicy Sweet Potato Salad
This spicy sweet potato salad is meant to be a side, but it works well on its own as a hearty lunch. High-fibre sweet potatoes and a spicy red-pepper dressing (plus an extra jalepeño kick) mean this vegan recipe is anything but boring.
6. Vegan “Chicken” Salad
If you’re in need of a filling, creative vegan lunch that comes together fast, it doesn’t get any better than this mayo-less vegan chickpea and avocado salad.
7. Cold Soba Salad With Ginger Peanut Dressing
You’ll want to make a big batch of this soba noodle salad with ginger peanut dressing for dinner; the leftovers will make an even tastier lunch! Creamy, tangy, and with a kick, this will become one of your favourite vegan lunch options.
If you’re going low carb and vegan, this spaghetti squash pad thai is just for you. Since roasting a spaghetti squash takes a bit of time, have this tasty dish for dinner and make sure you make enough for lunch tomorrow.
10. Vegan Mac and Cheese
If you’re craving a cheesy classic (without the dairy, of course), try this vegan mac and cheese. Nutritional yeast and Earth Balance butter make this vegan version a still-delicious take on meals from yesteryear.
11. Chickpea and Hijiki Salad Sandwich
Reminiscent of tuna salad, this vegan chickpea and hijiki salad sandwich from Vegan With a Vengeance contains chickpeas mashed with carrots, apple cider vinegar, vegan mayo, and other tuna salad staples. If you can’t find hijiki, try using another type of seaweed instead.
12. Vegan Banh Mi
The lemongrass, soy sauce, and garlic-marinated tofu in this Vietnamese sandwich are so flavourful that you won’t miss the meat.
13. Asian Sesame Buckwheat Salad
If you’re not getting enough fibre in your diet, buckwheat groats are an ideal addition to your lunch rotation. This vegan buckwheat salad recipe includes tempeh bacon and an Asian sesame dressing for even more flavour.
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