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Topic: SUPER FAST + EASY Vegetarian Lunches to pack for school  (Read 28857 times)
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« Reply #60 on: September 09, 2005 04:45:21 PM »

I keep thinking about being vegan but I do love cheese.  I buy organic cheese, does that count? so at least they are happy cows. 
The vegan philosophy is basically that animals are not ours to use for our own purposes.  A cows milk is for her calf like our mothers milk is for us.   Organic standards (as I understand it) for milk cows require access to the out doors as well as prohibiting the use of pestisides on the cow's food and among other things.  You can research that more if you want.  Organic milk may be part of your transition toward veganism.  Organic or not, the calf is taken from his/her mother who is eventually slaughtered for meat.  For your health, if you are going to eat anything, organic is always a good choice.
      It's good to know so many people are seriously considering the effect our every day choices have on animals, the earth and our health, what we consume every day with our money or our mouth has an effect on others, so we do our best do make the most compassionate choices.  Do what feels best to you. 
« Reply #61 on: September 09, 2005 06:08:26 PM »

I know leftover burgers are already on the list, but I have a great recipe for chickpea and lentil burgers if anyones interested.

And all these idea's are great

 I'd love the recipe, if you don't mind. My partner loves black bean burgers but I want to try something different. thanks!

Mmm I'd also love your recipe. The only burgers I make now are black bean, they're really yummy I could live off them, so I'd love to try another variation. I've also wanted to try lentils in something, but I haven't found a recipe.
Here's my black bean burger recipe if anyone's interested:

1 cup black beans
4-5 baby carrots or the equivilant to that with a real carrot (lol I use baby carrots when I make these)
3/4 cup salsa (I use 1/2 cup of a spicier salsa with corn and black beans in it, and 1/4 cup of a mild salsa)
1/4 cup bell pepper (red, yellow, green, orange all are good)
1/4 cup onion
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1/4 tsp black pepper
chili powder to taste

Steam carrots in the microwave then put in a medium bowl with the beans. Mash together. Add salsa, pepper, onion and mix. Then add flour, bread crumbs and spices and mix. Form into four patties and bake on a cookie sheet for 15-16 mins at 425*. Serve on a whole grain bun with salsa, tomato and lettuce. Melt cheese on top if desired. Yum!

I double this recipe all the time so I have super simple lunches/dinners throughout the week. They also taste delicious cold. 

thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Smiley My mom made them for dinner a few nights ago and they were wonderfully yummy! A new favorite for me.


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« Reply #62 on: September 11, 2005 12:43:42 PM »

I often take my lunch to work and don't have a microwave either.  I purchased a Japanese lunch jar on ebay and it is great at keeping food warm.

The one I bought is similiar to this:

It has three sections--the bottom is designed for miso soup, the middle is for the entree and the top is for rice.  It comes in handy if you have leftovers, but want to bring more than one hot item for lunch.  Mine came in a blue carrying case with a set of chopsticks in a case.  I often put a broth type soup in the bottom (it does help keep the whole jar hot to have a "boiling hot" soup in the bottom section), stir-fry, vege chile, vege-lasagna, peanut noodles with tofu, etc. in the middle and then rice, noodles or maybe a side vege in the top section.

Just a thought if you want a "hot" lunch!

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« Reply #63 on: September 18, 2005 02:29:21 PM »

I've have recently started making a box of couscous during the evening and mixing it with a can of beans, any kind that suits your fancy, and an olive oil vinaigrette dressing, but really you could come up with many ways to spice it up. Then I measure out 1 1/2 c of the couscous/bean mixture and chop some veggies and put them all in the same container and microwave it when I get to school. Last week I used carrots and tomatoes and this week I am trying broccoli and peppers. I like that I can make a box of couscous and get it to last a few days, so I don't have to worry about lunch for awhile.

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« Reply #64 on: September 19, 2005 12:46:12 AM »

One of my favorites:

Bagel with cream cheese, slice of tomato (sprinkled with salt and pepper) and sprouts. Yummiest lunch ever.

« Reply #65 on: September 28, 2005 06:05:35 PM »

Hey guys, I gave the black bean burger recipe to my friend, but it turns out she hates beans, is there any alternative?

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« Reply #66 on: September 28, 2005 06:41:20 PM »

Check out this link!  This women, J. Schmoo is amazing.  She packs her son the best vegan lunch ever and then posts pics on her blog.  She also provides some of the recipes.  I'm constantly looking at the site everyday.  Keep it up all you veggies and new vegan.  I'm so proud of you all.  You're awesome!


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« Reply #67 on: September 28, 2005 07:02:44 PM »

JSchmoo has some fantastic-looking food, but I'm still trying to get over the fact that she TAKES PICTURES OF ALL THE LUNCHES SHE PACKS FOR HER CHILD and then she REVIEWS THEM!  Whoa.

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« Reply #68 on: September 29, 2005 03:28:33 AM »

I NEED the recipe for JSchmoo's Barley & Poppy Seed leaves filled with Roasted autumn veggies!!!

Also, Bigmouth... If you carry around nuts & raisins - and love Trader Joes - have you discovered their amazing assortment of trail mixes? OMG they're fantastic and there are so many varieties to choose from. Three of my faves so far are: Anti-oxident mix, with dried cranberries, dried blueberries and nuts, the Just Cashews, almonds and Cranberries mix, and the Savory, Sweet & Tart mix - with nuts, cranberries, white raisins and milk chocolate, white chocolate and peanut butter chips - YUM!

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« Reply #69 on: September 29, 2005 07:27:42 AM »

Yeah, I have fun shopping the trail mixes!  I liked Chocolate Cranberry Love.  The taste AND the name!  I try to buy the ones without hydrogenated oils, but sometimes I just can't resist some that do--they're all so tempting!

Speaking of TJ's... I feel like an old lady when I shop there, because I almost always buy prunes! Cheesy  They have non-sorbate prunes that aren't sticky and goopy like the ones that have preservatives (e.g., the major brands, as I found out when I bought them somewhere else once--yuck!).  I actually really like them.

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