32 Vegan Lunches You Can Take to Work
Whether you follow the “”vegan before 6 p.m.”” routine| you’re taking a Beyoncu00e9-like vegan challenge| or you’re animal free through and through| it seems like more and more of us have tried a vegan diet. While going vegan may take a bit more thought and effort than an unrestricted diet| with a little preplanning u2014 like checking ingredients in store-bought breads and stocking up on vegan pantry essentials u2014 you can still enjoy delicious| exciting meals no matter what time of day. To start your workweek| we’ve found 32 tasty and creative vegan lunches that are perfect for brown-bagging to work. Click through for the recipes!
| Veggie Sandwich
Nothing is as satisfying as a perfectly prepared veggie sandwich. This basic hummus veggie sandwich recipe will be a brown-bag favorite.
| Tabbouleh Quinoa Salad
Need a refreshing midday break? This tabbouleh-inspired quinoa and tomato cucumber salad won’t weigh you down.
| Sweet Potato Mason Jar Salad
Mason jar salads are perfect for lunch; they keep well and stay fresh| even when you pack them all at once for the week. This sweet potato mason jar salad is full of flavor and protein.
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| Mexican Tempeh Quinoa Salad
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.
| Sweet Potato Quinoa Patty
After frying up these spicy sweet potato quinoa burger patties| store them in an airtight container in your fridge; you can use the patties as protein-packed toppings for a salad or make a deliciously satisfying burger that will be the envy of your co-workers.
| 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 flavors have had time to meld.
| Pea Soup
Make a hearty split pea soup sans the ham using this vegan split pea soup recipe| or go for a raw cold pea soup that you can whip up in your blender. Either way| both are better options than bringing a sodium-laden can of soup to work!
| Spicy Sweet Potato Salad
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| Butternut Squash Lentil Soup
If you’ve got a slow cooker| making this vegan butternut squash lentil soup will be a breeze. This recipe makes eight servings| so you can make enough for dinner| lunch| and then some.
| 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.
| Vegan Pasta Salad
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| 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 favorite vegan lunch options.
| Cumin-Spiced Lentil and Quinoa Stew
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| Colorful Cabbage Salad
An avocado-topped colorful veggie salad will be something to look forward to when it’s time for lunch. This detox cabbage and carrot salad comes with a tangy tahini dressing that will satisfy taste buds.
| Cauliflower “”Rice”” Stir-Fry
Don’t become victim to that late-afternoon| post-takeout slump. This paleo-friendly cauliflower “”rice”” stir-fry recipe satisfies your greasiest cravings with fresh produce atop “”rice”” made from cauliflower.
| Asparagus Quinoa Salad
There are a million ways to make a quinoa salad| but this asparagus chard quinoa salad recipe shines with the use of fresh| detoxifying produce and a light vinaigrette. Filling| but not too heavy u2014 perfect for your next office lunch.
| Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
If you’re going low carb and vegan| this Cook a Whole Spaghetti Squash in a Crockpot
| Vegan Chickpea Curry
Change up your midday meal with a light curry that you can make (and eat) the night before. This zucchini chickpea tomato curry recipe will have you excited for leftovers for lunch.
| Vegan Mac and Cheese
If you’re craving a cheesy American 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.
| Avocado Pasta
Whether it’s last night’s leftovers or a quick batch you throw together the night before| this creamy avocado pasta will be the perfect vegan meal come midday.
| 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.
| Vegan Spring Rolls
Spring rolls are another veggie-filled meal that is supereasy to make. Nutritious fresh vegetables like carrots| cucumbers| and lettuce are the stars| so grab your rice paper and check out 5 High-Protein| Vegan-Friendly Breakfasts
| Vegan Banh Mi
The lemongrass| soy sauce| and garlic-marinated tofu in this Vietnamese sandwich are so flavorful that you won’t miss the meat.
| Asian Sesame Buckwheat Salad
If you’re not getting enough fiber 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 flavor.
| Edamame Patu00e9 California Rolls
Have some fun with your lunch with these edamame patu00e9 California rolls. Once you get a hang of rolling| making sushi is a cinch| and a few of these rolls served alongside a salad will keep you full and full of energy.
| Thai Curry Burrito
This recipe has it all u2014 Thai green curry flavors| appetite-suppressing chickpeas| and a dollop of soy yogurt| all wrapped up in an easy-to-eat burrito package. Get the Vegan Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito
| Egg(less) Salad
In one version| press and bake the tofu before crumbling into a mixture spiked with maple syrup| cumin| coriander| and soy sauce. Or try our more traditional “”egg”” salad recipe here. Both would be delicious over a bed of greens or in a sandwich!
| Indian-Spiced Veggie Burgers
No boring veggie patties here! Make a batch of these Indian-spiced vegan and gluten-free curry quinoa burgers for dinner and save a patty for the next day’s lunch.
| Garlic Toast With Mashed Avocado and Salsa Verde Spread
In this recipe| toasted bread rubbed with garlic gets topped with a creamy and subtly spicy mix of avocado (smashed with oil and salt) and ready-made salsa verde.
| Vegan Caesar Salad
No eggs or anchovies here! Instead| this vegan Caesar salad dressing uses flaxseeds| walnuts| dijon mustard| and fresh lemon juice.
| Tahini Salad
Can’t get enough of chickpeas? This hearty vegan tahini salad will keep you full and energized for the rest of the workday.
| Millet Lentil Tomato Salad
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