On busy days, you need lunch stat. And preferably that lunch isn’t going to make you long for a three-hour snooze session when you get back to work. If you’re following a vegan diet, or simply want to pack a bunch of vegetables into your mid-day meal, one of these simple, easy-to-make vegan lunches will do the trick. From hearty chopped salads packed with satisfying chickpeas to a zesty quinoa salad, these plant-powered recipes are ones you can make ahead for on-the-go days when you need something to nourish you.
A vegan meal that takes less than 30 minutes to whip up and makes a week’s worth of portions? Yes, please. You’ll wake up excited to bring this curried broccoli salad to work or wherever you may go (it’s also a great side dish to bring to a potluck.) A heap of spices and a satisfying tahini dressing provide all the flavor while chickpeas pack the protein and an assortment of raw veggies serves up fiber to keep you satisfied.
Don’t fret — we didn’t add an actual egg recipe to a vegan recipe roundup. This “egg” salad starts out as a 3-ounce block of super firm tofu. Simply crumble the tofu into a bowl with diced onions and celery, eggless mayonnaise, and a super savory salt called kala namak (also called black salt), and your vegan egg salad is complete in five minutes. Sandwich it between two slices of your favorite bread and stash it in the lunch bag for a grab-and-go midday meal.
When your bowl contains most of the rainbow, you know it’s going to be good. Featuring purple, red, yellow, and green, these vegan taco bowls pack quite a nutritional wallop. Plus, they’re easy to make and they keep well in the refrigerator, so you’ll have taco bowls for days.
In a matter of minutes, black beans, corn, quinoa, and tomatoes mesh together for a whirlwind of fresh flavors and stellar textures. Toss it all in a light dressing of olive oil, lime juice,and sea salt for a first-rate boxed lunch.
Okay, so these may not be the easiest things to toss in a lunchbox and take to work, but you can always eat the filling sans lettuce if you aren’t able to set up shop to shovel the tempeh into wraps. Rich in protein and fiber, you can also wrap your teriyaki tempeh up in tortillas, serve over rice, or alongside steamed veggies.