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Lunch is both a popular and awful-for-us meal at the workplace. In the middle of the day, it is so easy to grab whatever greasy nonsense is sold down the street and scarf it down hunched over our desk.
This is bad for your wallet, bad for your body, and bad for the environment. It’s also bad for your job. Eating an unhealthy meal is one way to ruin your productivity.
There are plenty of ways to eat a healthy diet at the workplace. Homemade vegan food is the best and most delicious. So next time try a vegan lunch!
Why Go Vegan?
Before looking at these recipes, it’s important to see why it’s a good idea to go vegan. Simply put, following a fully vegan diet (or even taking a small step like Meatless Mondays) can make you healthy and save the world.
30 percent of the world’s land mass is used for raising food-based animals. And when you consider the carbon emissions caused by animal protein, it’s clear that going vegan could save up to fifty percent more carbon emissions than driving a Prius.
On top of that, most people are eating a diet that is far too high in fats and far too low in fiber and protein. You can fix this by eating a vegan diet.
Make the right choices for yourself and the environment. Follow the diet that modern humans need with these seven vegan lunch recipes.
Simple Vegan Lunch: Vegan Sushi
To a lot of people “vegan sushi” sounds like an oxymoron. But actually, good sushi isn’t about the fish.
When it comes to sushi, rice is the most important thing. One dish that makes that pretty clear is this amazing vegan sushi recipe.
To make this amazing vegan lunch, you should start by making short grain (preferably sushi) rice. Boil it for 30 minutes, until soft.
Meanwhile, you’ll need to slice an avocado, half a cucumber, and a red bell pepper. Wrap the rice and veggies up in a nori seaweed wrap, slice it into pieces, and stick it in the fridge until it’s cold.
You also will want a dipping sauce with your sushi. Combine 8 tablespoons of soy sauce with four teaspoons of wasabi.
If you want to make it easier to roll up the sushi roll, you should use a bamboo mat. This is particularly true if you’re a beginner to making sushi.
Soba and Tofu In Ginger Broth
There are certain foods that vegans eat a lot of. This isn’t because the vegan diet is limited (in fact, you’ll probably taste more amazing and varied foods than ever on this diet.) Instead, it’s because these foods are just so delicious!
Soba noodles are one of these foods. Made from buckwheat, they come with higher amounts of protein than other noodles and taste great both warm and cold. When it comes to using soba noodles at lunch, this recipe is one of our favorites.
Start with the amazing ginger broth. To make it, you’ll need dried shitake mushrooms, smashed garlic cloves, and an inch of peeled and sliced ginger.
Mix it with nutritional yeast, scallions, sesame oil, soy sauce, and water. Boil and strain it.
Cook the soba noodles with snow peas, shitake mushrooms, olive oil, bok choy, and tofu. Garnish it with red chili.
This is a perfect vegan lunch to make a bunch of and bring with you over the course of a week. Being such a healthy meal (it’s packed with protein, vitamins, and fiber,) it can be perfect for eating multiple days in a row guilt free.
If you’re looking for a tasty vegan lunch that delivers something a bit different than what you’re used to, then our soba and tofu in ginger broth is completely worth trying out.
Mason Jar Spinach Salad
When people complain about the idea of vegan lunch, they often say they don’t want to eat salad. For meat eaters, this makes some sense.
They see salad as something they have to eat on the side of their meal. Because of that, they’ve never experienced just how delicious a good salad can be.
This mason jar spinach salad is an incredibly tasty vegan lunch that’s made to be portable. This could be your “everyday” lunch. Just put it in a jar the day before and enjoy it on your way to work.
This is incredibly easy to make. You start by putting a half a cup of chopped radishes on the bottom of the jar.
You want to stack this salad from wettest to dryest. So after the radishes are put on the bottom, put a finely chopped small celery in the salad. Top that with some finely chopped baby spinach.
Top the whole thing with chopped scallions and cashews.
This is an incredibly healthy and easy to carry vegan lunch. It’s also delicious. So don’t complain, Instead, be excited to eat a salad.
Cashew, Pineapple, and Tempeh Fried Rice
Everybody loves fried rice. But next time you want to eat it, you don’t need to call for greasy Chinese takeout. Instead, you can make a delicious version at home.
If you want something that’s both filling and tropical, both healthy and comforting, then you need to try this cashew, pineapple, and tempeh fried rice.
This vegan lunch can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours, meaning it isn’t an all-week dish, but it can be made in advance of your workday.
Use brown rice for the rice. This has the benefit of adding fiber and protein to your dish. But the most important part about this recipe is the stir-fry itself.
Combine a grated carrot, onions, green peas, and tempeh. Use soy sauce, orange juice, and sesame oil in the stir-fry, and top it all off with cashews.
Once you bring the rice and stir-fry together, pop it in the fridge and enjoy it at work. Overall, this recipe is a perfect lunch!
Baby Spinach, Blueberry, and Wheatgrass Smoothie
If you prefer a big breakfast and a smaller lunch, then a smoothie can be a perfect way to enjoy the middle of your day. By having something light a nutrient-packed, you can be sure to feel full without feeling bloated.
Our baby spinach, blueberry, and wheatgrass smoothie is an easy recipe that really packs a punch. As long as you have a good blender, we guarantee that you’ll absolutely love this sweet, fruity, and nutritious recipe.
Combine one cup of baby spinach with an apple, a large banana, a cup of blueberries, and wheatgrass powder. Throw it in the blender along with some water and ice to make something delicious and nutritious for your vegan lunch.
Smoothies are also a lot of fun. They’re the adult version of milkshakes, even better that they’re healthy! So try this recipe out.
Vegan Mini Calzones
Who doesn’t love calzones? Nobody!
Well, the human body probably doesn’t. The calzones you get at a pizzeria are filled with unhealthy cheeses and meats. Those high levels of sodium and fat are anything but good for the way you feel.
Luckily, there are vegan and healthy alternatives. Our mini calzones are a perfectly healthy vegan lunch. While you get the delicious dough on the outside, the inside is filled with tofu and Mediterranean vegetables.
In fact, this isn’t just healthier than pizzeria calzones, it’s also a lot better for you. When you eat vegan mini calzones, you’re tasting the earth. And it tastes great.
Our favorite way to eat this is as a Friday treat. There’s no better way to celebrate being halfway through the last day of the week!
Get the recipe here.
Moroccan Vegetable Stew
This is the perfect leftover vegan lunch. Because as good as the fresh stew is, it seems to taste even better the next day.
On top of that, this recipe doesn’t call for an incredibly long cooking time. Whereas a lot of stews take hours to make, you can have this one in less than thirty minutes if you plan your prep well enough.
This is the perfect stew. It’s a sweet and earthy hot food that will make you feel full without making you need a nap. This is a wonderful winter lunch, so get the recipe and make it.
More Vegan Recipes
Eating a vegan lunch will make you far healthier and more productive at work. And as you can see from these recipes, it’s delicious and not hard to do!
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