Are you guilty of skipping lunch?
A lot of us lead busy lives, whether at school or work. We’re either guilty of skipping lunch or getting something unhealthy in a rush.
Where I go to school, there are almost no healthy vegan options for lunch. So if I don’t take lunch to school then… as we say in Jamaica: “Dawg nyam mi suppa” (Literal translation: Dog will eat your supper, Meaning: You’ll face the (usually bad) consequences).
To avoid this, I almost always meal prep my lunch on Sundays for the whole week. Meal prepping is one thing I do to make staying vegan much easier. (I wrote a post about being vegan in college here.)
I thought I’d share some easy vegan lunch recipes with you guys. These are easy to meal prep but if you’re someone who has time to cook and eat right after, they’re perfect for you too!
All photo credits go to the bloggers who originally posted these recipes.
These wraps are easy to make and you only need 8 ingredients! If you’re not a fan of coconut, you could use any wrap you want to. And the best thing is: It only takes 5 minutes! It’s a great option for an easy vegan lunch.
I actually eat this pretty often. It’s one of my staple vegan lunches. I usually meal prep it at the beginning of the week along with rice and cooked vegetables. Curries are my absolute favourite… I feel like I’d eat curried everything (well, maybe not everything…).
The great thing about lentils is that dry lentils don’t take long to cook at all! You can have this meal ready in just 20 minutes! I urge you to try it out.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who hates all the washing up they have to do after cooking. The easiest way to solve that? Put everything in one pot! Knowing I only have to use one pot is extra incentive for cooking up a quick meal like this one.
The nutritional yeast or ‘nooch’ is what gives this recipe its cheesy taste. You can alter the ‘cheese’ sauce by adding your preferred seasonings, depending on how you like your pasta sauce.
This is definitely an easy vegan lunch to try when you’re strapped for time.
Yes, yet another lentil recipe… because I love lentils. I haven’t made this recipe before but it seems incredibly warming, comforting and delicious. It probably would be hard for me to get my hands on squash where I live, so if I were to try this, I’d likely use pumpkin.
5. Vegan Buddha Bowl from Eating Well
I love buddha bowls because I find they’re so simple to organise and very delicious. Chickpeas are my favourite thing to eat in buddha bowls, so I recommend you try this recipe out. It’s very simple and there’s not too much cooking involved.
You only have to prepare the sweet potatoes and quinoa and then assemble the bowl. Adding the tahini sauce really brings the dish together, but if you don’t have tahini, you can just use your favourite sauce!
I remember trying a peanut noodle recipe once. It was very adventurous and I thought it would turn out awful, but it was pretty good! If you think this is a weird combo, I urge you to give it a try! Don’t knock it until you try it.
It’s really simple to prepare and you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand if you don’t have the ones this specific recipe calls for.
Okay, I’ll admit, I’ve never actually tried tempeh before. If you don’t know what tempeh is, it’s fermented soy beans (or any other bean, as I’ve seen chickpea tempeh and black bean tempeh in my supermarket). It’s an excellent source of protein but I can’t speak to the taste as I’ve never had it before. But I’m pretty sure roasted tempeh would rock! Roasted veggies are great too, as roasting really brings out their flavour and makes them taste sweeter. Make sure to put this straightforward, easy vegan lunch on your list of recipes to try!
8. One Pan Mexican Quinoa from Vegan Heaven
I remember the first time I tried this recipe and fell in love! For one, I was happy that I could do everything in one pot. But mostly, I was just so pleased that it turned out so delicious! I didn’t have any avocados on hand to add to this recipe, but it didn’t detract from the dish. This Mexican-inspired dish is perfect for when you’re craving something Mexican and it’s really easy to make too.
Admittedly, I’ve never tried a sandwich as vegan. I’ve had burgers, yes, but sandwiches? I haven’t ventured so far yet.
But I think I’ve found the recipe I’d love to try when I do decide to make a vegan sandwich! You can use vegan mayo or tahini for this recipe, and don’t forget the secret garlic sauce!
10. Vegan ‘BLT’ Sandwich from Minimalist Baker
This is another great sandwich recipe! I’ve never had a BLT (Bacon Lettuce Tomato) sandwich before as a non-vegan. I despised tomatoes and even though I loved bacon, I didn’t think it was worth it to suffer through having to eat tomatoes and lettuce (LOL!).
This recipe is pretty simple and the most complex thing it calls for is ‘eggplant bacon‘, which you’d have to prepare beforehand.
This is technically another buddha bowl. It’s packed with protein and flavour and just a little crunch (recipe calls for macadamia nuts but you can use your favourite).
The tofu is simple to prepare but still delicious and well seasoned. You can marinade your tofu beforehand for extra flavour. Then, just toss the tofu in coconut flour and your favourite spices before you pan fry it.
If you want, you can add your favourite sauce, too!
Veggie wraps are another thing I haven’t tried just yet. But I’ve heard that veggies + hummus = the perfect combo! This could be a light refreshing lunch, not requiring much time at all. It’s also pretty convenient to grab and go, so you can travel with it and have it any time. You can use any variation of veggies you’d like if you don’t have exactly what the recipe asks for. Use your favourites!
I absolutely adore bean burritos. But I’ve never tried them with sweet potatoes before. Burritos are also pretty easy to travel with and have anywhere. This burrito seems heavenly because it has an amazing combo of spice, creaminess and sweetness. I definitely see this burrito in my future!
14. Sweet and Sour Tofu from Simple Vegan Blog
I’m not the biggest fan of tofu but I have always loved sweet and sour anything! I made a variation of this in the pat, it was sweet chili tofu. It was amazing! If you’re not really a fan of tofu, then you have to try sweet and sour tofu, it will change your life (not literally but you know what I mean). You won’t miss Chinese takeout!
This one takes the cake. It’s mac and cheese… and it’s made in the microwave. I don’t think it gets easier than that! Carrot puree and nutritional yeast are what help to make this vegan mac and cheese ‘cheesy’.
It’s ridiculously simple and perfect for college students. This could be an easy dorm room lunch or dinner. And the great thing is that no expensive nuts like cashews are required for the cheese sauce!
And that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed these 15 easy vegan lunch recipes. If you’re a college student like me or just someone who’s short on time in general, then I really hope you found something you’d love to try.
If you try any of these, be sure to let me know in the comments below! Also, if you have any suggestions for easy vegan recipes, please share them in the comments below so we can all benefit!
Until next time,