Vegan Lunch Ideas

Vegan Lunch Ideas

lunchI would like some ideas for portable vegan lunches. I seem to be getting bored and eating the same things for lunch daily. Any new ideas would sure be appreciated. I carry my lunch in a little igloo with an ice pack.


We are creatures of habit and people tend to eat the same things over and over. Since I don’t know what you are stuck on eating, I can make the following general suggestions: Sandwiches on good quality bread. Find stone ground whole wheat breads or grain breads. If wheat is a concern for you, there are many wheat free breads on the market. 

Here are some ideas to help you plan more interesting lunches for on the go eating.

  • A variety of spreads, store bought or homemade: humus, tahini-miso spread, tofu cottage cheese, tahini-onion spread. Tempeh or tofu cheeses.
  • Make your own homemade tofu spread (cheese) or buy the vegan cheese at your natural foods market.
  • Left over grain dishes served room temperature or cold. Add finely chopped vegetables such as carrot, celery and scallion for crunch.
  • Vegetables – Fresh vegetables, cleaned and cut. Vegetables steamed, roasted or baked. These can be dipped in the above spreads.
  • Steamed greens are a great easy quick addition to a meal.
  • Boiled soybeans, the new rave! edamame.

You must be commended for carrying your own lunch. And since you carry your lunch, I assume you are into preparing the foods you eat. I recommended you read a few cookbooks to learn how you can utilize left over foods to create an interesting lunch as well learn a few new recipes. Also, it doesn’t hurt to buy store bought products at your local natural foods store or deli counter to give you a quick start on putting together a more varied lunchtime special.

Ann Gentry

Author: Ann Gentry

Ann Gentry is a chef, restaurateur, food educator and visionary. She opened Real Food Daily in Los Angeles 1993, a totally vegan and organic restaurant that has since spawned another in West Hollywood. Please visit Real Food Daily to find out more about this truly unique restaurant and to learn more about Ann Gentry.

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