Save time, save the stress of queuing at your fave Belfast vegan hotspot, and most importantly save money, with these simple DIY vegan lunchbox ideas that compliment a busy foodie lifestyle.
Useful tip: If you are actually using a lunchbox to store your veggie lunch then make sure its click and seal, I once jogged to work with a backpack filled with lunchboxes only to realise halfway to work that they had all fallen out and a seagull was eating my lunch on Annadale Embankment…
M&S have an awesome new range of spinach and beetroot wraps that hold packed fillings together like an experienced boojum burrito roller. Why not give them a go with a few simple fillings liiiiike…
Houmous & roast veggies - whatever you have in the fridge, chopped up, in the oven & wrapped with a dollop of your fave houmous
Roasted kale, falafel & veganaise - add a bit of nutritional yeast to the roasted kale for a little extra something something
Harissa spiced chickpeas & smashed avocado - chickpeas are my cupboard staple and they should be yours too!
Couscous salad bowl
Couscous is a super quick, super cheap, super versatile grain and an easy to way to pack a lot of veggies into your 60 minute lunchbox - getting you well on your way to exceeding the recommended 5 portions of veggies per day.
Heres a few simple ideas you may enjoy:
Couscous, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, chickpeas and vegan pesto
Couscous, spinach and grated carrot, topped with roasted almonds and an agave and lemon dressing
Couscous with fried garlic, soy broccoli, and topped with pine nuts
Perhaps the easiest way to batch cook your plant based lunches is to make a big pot of soup and store its contents to last a few days. You can carry your portions to work in a trusty lunchbox to heat later, or invest in a quality flask so that your lunch can be ready to go in minimal time as you race back to work after your lunchtime yoga at Flow studio.
Here are a few simple ideas you may enjoy:
Sweet potato and peanut butter - I’M SERIOUS! Try it!
Roast tomato, carrot and orzo pasta
Butternut squash, and kale topped with roasted chick peas
An old fave - The Sandwich
Sometimes theres nothing better than a simple sandwich!
They’re ready in seconds, easy to prepare and hugely comforting. Personally I absolutely love bread (my fave is Burgen Soya & Linseed) and (allergies aside) I’ve never fully understood why people are so fearful of eating it. Pack it full of veggies and munch in I say!
Here are a few simple sandwich ideas you may enjoy:
Tahini, grated carrot, and avocado
Vegan cheese, chutney and spinach
Roast red pepper, harissa and scrambled tofu