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« on: October 06, 2007 06:25:05 PM »

I'm trying to make the transition from veg to vegan and would love some advice on what to bring for lunches.   They must be cheap, which means no soy cheese or faux meats.   I'm not a fan of sandwiches since they never seem appetizing after 5 hours and I rarely have leftovers.  I realize this rules out a lot, which  is why I'm asking for some ideas.

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2007 09:21:13 PM »

I find that it's really hard to make a separate lunch -- I'm rarely that motivated -- so I try and "plan" leftovers.  And if you rarely have leftovers because you don't like them, there are a lot of vegan foods that freeze well.  That way, you can have your leftovers in a week or two -- or later -- rather than the next day.  Chili and veggie pot pie and a lot of soups are great frozen and reheated.  Curried veggies are even better a day or two after they're made, and a lot of pasta sauces keep well too.  (Pesto is my favorite, and you can also freeze it in ice cube trays for later use.)  And here is my recipe for microwave applesauce.  I've recommended it about a million times, but it really makes for a great dessert, especially when it's cold outside. 

Also, I take salad a lot more often now that I have a nifty container to put it in: http://www.fit-fresh.com/products.html.  (I've also seen them for sale at Bed Bath and Beyond if you're in the US.)  Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2007 02:00:39 AM »

I like to make hearty salads - you could chuck cold roasted veges in there, beans, nuts, raw veges you need to use up, or make a pasta salad. You can never go wrong with soup in a thermos. On the side I take something like carrot sticks and hummus, fresh fruit or mixtures of dried fruit and nuts. Oh and muffins and baked goods are pretty excellent for lunch.

Have you seen veganlunchbox.com? She makes delicious lunches for her son, it's really inspiring.
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2007 02:01:29 AM »

I forgot - falafel wraps! They are cheap as chips when you make the falafel yourself.
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Charrr
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2007 03:32:12 AM »

Hummus and pita bread or make vegetable pizza and take slices. Couscous and roast/grilled vegetables or salads with couscous based around beand and chickpeas. I take cold pasta with tomato sauce and chickpeas or tvp too. All of these are pretty cheap to make.
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2007 12:20:18 PM »

I second VeganLunchBox.com

Also, a lot of sandwiches can be taken separately, so there isn't quite as much of the soggy-bread factor. When I was lacto-ovo, I'd often take tomato, lettuce, mozzarella and a sub bun in different containers and assemble them once I got to lunch, and it worked out pretty well.
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Bela-Kiss
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2007 07:43:04 AM »

I think peanut butter and an apple can go a long way.
Im hypoglycemic and Have to eat lunch so usually I have that with some other stuff...
my gf loves to  eat triscuits with strawberry jelly..Ive never tried it....Do triscuits have anything in them?
neither one of us are veg or vegan but we dont eat much meat....ever.
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