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Vegan Lunch Ideas

Updated on September 14, 2013

Easy Lunch Recipes For a Healthy Vegan Lunchbox

It's great to live the Vegan Lifestyle. The food is delicious and your creativity in the kitchen is challenged in a pleasant way. At home it's no problem to prepare a healthy lunch. But the average canteen at work doesn't sell healthy Vegan lunches or snacks. So the only thing you can do is take your own food with you.

To give your creativity a boost I have some great Vegan lunch ideas for you! I provide you with very easy recipes you can prepare before leaving for work and take along in your lunchbox. Make your co-workers jealous! Maybe you inspire them to eat healthier!

How does a 100% Vegan Indian Lunch Salad with Pappadums sound to you? Or what about Veggie Lettuce wraps? Cool Vegan sandwiches? Are you hungry yet? Then let's go!

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Credits for the intro photo belong to thefigtreeblog

You Need a Lunchbox!

EasyLunchboxes Insulated Lunch Box Cooler Bag, Black
EasyLunchboxes Insulated Lunch Box Cooler Bag, Black

This is the coolest Cooler Bag I've ever seen. If you're a Vegan and bring your own lunches you need this. Especially when you take stuff with you like salads, etc. that need to stay cool.

 
ECOlunchbox Three-in-One Stainless Steel Food Container Set
ECOlunchbox Three-in-One Stainless Steel Food Container Set

Lunchboxes in ECO style, for those who concern about our environment.

 
Pappadums
Pappadums

Pappadums are delicious crispy Indian pancakes made of Lentil Flour. You can buy them ready made or make them yourself. It's easy!

  • Cook time: 1 hour 15 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
  • Yields: 4 Pappadums

Ingredients

  • Blender/Food Processor
  • Oven
  • Baking Tray
  • Baking Paper (optional)
  • 2 cups of Organic Lentil Flour
  • 1/4 Tablespoon minced Cumin
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • Pinch of Garlic (optional)
  • Little bit of water

Instructions

  1. -Put the Lentil Flour, Cumin, Sea Salt, Pepper and Garlic in your blender/food processor.
  2. -Mix it all together adding drops of water till you got a smooth dough (don't use too much water!)
  3. -Knead the dough in 4 small balls
  4. -Roll out the dough balls on a baking tray (you can use baking paper to prevent the dough from sticking to the tray)
  5. -Bake the rolled out doughs in the oven at 100°C for 1 hour.
  6. Done!
  7. You need Pappadums for the Indian Lunch Salad below!
  8. You can eat your Pappadums as a separate snack too! Top them with delicious Hummus! Click here for 5 great recipes!
Cast your vote for Homemade Pappadums

Lentil Flour for Your Pappadums

5lb. Organic, Sprouted Lentil Flour
5lb. Organic, Sprouted Lentil Flour

To make Pappadums yourself you need Lentil Flour. This product is 100% organic!

 

Pappadums the Indian way...

Did you know that....

In India people dry the dough by laying the rolled out dough in the sun for 2 days?

Thank God we have ovens to do this job in only 1 hour!

Vegan Indian Lunch Salad
Vegan Indian Lunch Salad

Mouthwatering Raw Indian Lunch Salad - Served With Pappadums

This lunch salad is delicious and so easy to make. I use Pappadums for it. See above for the homemade recipe or order your ready made Pappadums online (you find the link below this recipe).

  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 1 Yummie Lunch Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 Pappadums
  • Rinsed Lettuce
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/2 peeled Cucumber
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1 small Spring Onion
  • 1 Pickle
  • 2 Tablespoons Tahini
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Powdered Curry
  • 1 Tablespoon Raw Honey
  • A small pinch of Cayenne Pepper or Chili Powder
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. -Put the Pappadums in your lunchbox
  2. -Rinse and Chop the Lettuce
  3. -Spread Lettuce over the Pappadums
  4. -Slice the Tomato, Pickle, Cucumber, Avocado and Spring Onion and put on top of the Lettuce
  5. Finishing Touch: Make a yummy dressing:
  6. -Stir the Tahini, Sea Salt, Powdered Curry, Cayenne Pepper or Chili Powder, Lemon Juice and Raw Honey
  7. -Spread your fresh and delicious dressing over the salad
  8. Enjoy your mouthwatering lunch!

Buy Your Ready Made Pappadums!

In the recipe above (mouthwatering Raw Indian Lunch Salad) I use Pappadums. You can make Pappadums yourself, but maybe you haven't got the time to do this. No problem! You can buy them online. 100% Vegan and very yummy!

Lijjat Papad, Cumin (Jeera), 7.06-Ounce Pack (Pack of 20)
Lijjat Papad, Cumin (Jeera), 7.06-Ounce Pack (Pack of 20)

Pappadums with Cumin, yummy!Customer review on Amazon:"I have eaten Lijjat papad since my childhood in Mumbai and i know the taste and texture of Lijjat pappad. These papads did taste and even look like the real ones."

 

More Easy Vegan Lunch Ideas

Vegan Lunch Wraps
Vegan Lunch Wraps

Vegan Lunch Wraps Made Easy - Jealous Co-Workers During Lunchtime Guaranteed!

Do you love wraps but not the unhealthy stuff they sell in the cafeteria at work? Try these very healthy and tasty Lettuce Wraps anyone can make. Quick and easy!

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: 3 Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

  • 1 Frying Pan
  • 100 -200 grams of fresh Tofu
  • 1 Avocado
  • 4 big Roman Lettuce Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon ground Turmeric
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Garlic
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Curry Powder
  • A Pinch of Fresh Coriander
  • 1 -2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • Wooden Skewers

Instructions

  1. -Rinse the Roman Lettuce leaves and put on a plate
  2. -Slice thin pieces of Avocado and spread over the Roman Lettuce Leaves
  3. -Dice the Tofu into small cubes
  4. -Chop a pinch of fresh Coriander
  5. -Put 1-2 tablespoons of Olive Oil in a Wok and warm it up on low fire
  6. -Mix the Turmeric, Garlic, Sea Salt and Curry Powder and add to the warm oil: Rinse well!
  7. -Add the diced Tofu to the seasoning and stir fry for 2-3 minutes
  8. -Add the chopped fresh Coriander just before turning of the fire
  9. -Spread the fried Tofu over the Lettuce leaves
  10. -Roll the Lettuce leaves carefully and stick them together using wooden skewers
  11. Add to your Lunchbox and make your colleagues jealous during Lunchtime!
Spelt Bread is the best!
Spelt Bread is the best!

Vegan Sandwich with Sunflower Seeds Spread and Sun dried Tomatoes

For delicious sandwiches I recommend Spelt Bread because it is very healthy and it fills your stomach much better than cheaper bread! Of course it's up to you what kind of bread you use!

The total time is longer because you have to soak the Sunflower Seeds, so don't let this scare you of! You can relax in front of the TV while waiting till you're ready to continue!

  • Cook time: 4 hours 10 min
  • Ready in: 4 hours 10 min
  • Yields: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of Spelt Bread
  • 200 grams of Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 -2 Tablespoon(s) of Tahin
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Fresh Basil
  • 4 Tablespoons of Sun dried Tomatoes
  • 1 Teaspoon of Fresh Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon of ground Turmeric
  • a Pinch of Sea Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. -Soak the Sunflower Seeds in water for 3-4 hours
  2. -When done soaking put 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan
  3. -Add the soaked Sunflower Seeds, Garlic, Turmeric, Sea Salt and Pepper to the pan and roast for 2 minutes
  4. -Put the roasted mix in your food processor/blender together with 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil, the Tahin and the Basil
  5. -When your mix is creamy spread it on a roasted sandwich
  6. -Put the sundried tomatoes on top of your spread
  7. Enjoy your sandwich!

A Compact Blender With Great Power!

Hamilton Beach 51101B Personal Blender with Travel Lid, Black
Hamilton Beach 51101B Personal Blender with Travel Lid, Black

This compact blender is perfect for people who have little space. You can easily use it for blending your Hummus ingredients, make your smoothies, mix sauce ingredients, etc. The blending jar is portable, make a healthy shake and take along with you on your way to work/school, etc.!

 

Red Lentils Hummus for Your Sandwich

Red Lentils Hummus
Red Lentils Hummus

For this lovely Hummus spread you need the following ingredients:

-1/2 cup of red Lentils

-1 big cup of water

- 2 roasted paprikas

-1 teaspoon ground Cumin

-1/2 Teaspoon ground Turmeric

-A pinch of Salt

-A pinch of Chili Powder

-2 Tablespoons of Tahini

-2 cloves of Garlic

Directions:

-Bring the Lentils to boil.

-Lower the fire and add the ground Cumin, ground Turmeric and the Sea Salt.

-Let it boil for about 20 minutes. Don't forget to stir every once in a while.

-Turn of the gas and let the Lentil mix cool down for about 10 minutes

-Put the Lentil mix together with all other ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix!

-Your Red Lentils Hummus is ready. Put in the refrigerator for an hour.

Spread the Red Lentils Hummus over your sandwich(es).

Tip: Top with a slice of tomato, Cucumber and/or some Lettuce Leaves, yummy!

Great Toaster for All Your Sandwich Needs!

T-fal 874600 Classic Avante 2-Slice Toaster with Bagel Function, Black
T-fal 874600 Classic Avante 2-Slice Toaster with Bagel Function, Black

Toasts up to 2 slices of bread at the same time. You can even toast Bagels if you like to! Great quality for a very cheap price!

 
Eggplant Sandwich
Eggplant Sandwich

Roasted Eggplant Hummus Sandwich

As a spread I use Hummus instead of butter. There are many different recipes for Hummus. I wrote an article about it. Click here for 5 delicious Vegan Hummus Recipes

Photo Credit

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 2 Eggplant Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • Basic Hummus
  • 2 slices of Spelt Bread
  • 1 Eggplant
  • 2 large Tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of Fresh Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon of Fresh Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 4 large Lettuce Leaves
  • a pinch of Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. -Cut 6 slices of the Eggplant
  2. -Add Olive Oil in a frying pan
  3. -Roast the Eggplant slices for about 5 minutes
  4. -Toast 4 slices of Spelt Bread and put 2 slices in your lunchbox
  5. -Spread the Hummus over the slices
  6. -Put 2 Lettuce Leaves per slice of bread on top of the Hummus
  7. -Divide the Eggplant slices on top of it
  8. -Cut tomatoes in slices and put on top of the Eggplant slices
  9. -Divide the garlic over the tomatoes
  10. -Top with the Basil, Sea Salt and Black Pepper
  11. -Add the 2 slices of toasted bread you've got left on top of it
  12. Enjoy your sandwich!

Do You Have Easy Vegan Lunch Suggestions? Questions? - I love to hear from you!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @Lorelei Cohen: Yes you can use Lentil Flour for salty recipes. Wouldn't use it for cakes or so, unless it's a salty cake of course. It's a great substitute for regular flour, but you must like the taste of course. I do!

      Pappadums are great by the way, I am almost sure you'll love them. You can top them with whatever you like!

      Thanks for your kind comment and questions, I hope you got the answer you were hoping for! Let me know when you want to know more!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I have never heard of lentil flour before. Can you use it in recipes to substitute regular flour as that is an option I would sure like to try if it would work? Pappadums are something I also had not heard of before. You really caught my attention on this recipe.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @Susan Zutautas: Thank you so much Susan! I hope you'll enjoy them! Let me know!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @ColettaTeske: Thank you so much Coletta, I especially recommend the Indian Salad, it is soooo good!

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      ColettaTeske 4 years ago

      Wonderful recipes! Thank you! I've been looking for something new to add to our lunches. You've given me lots of great ideas. Sounds all so yummy!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm not vegan but I do enjoy many vegan recipes and look forward to trying yours. They all sound delicious!