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#1 Old 08-11-2015, 09:27 PM
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My omni partner wants me to pack vegan lunches for him to take to work

The other day my partner and I were talking about animals, food, and health, and he very sheepishly asked if I would start packing his lunches. He's expressed interest in eating more vegetarian meals before in an effort to be healthier and save money. I feel like a big part of the reason he didn't follow through was because he hates to cook, and I eat a lot of "weird vegan food" like seaweed snacks, freeze dried edamame, and tempeh straight from the package, which I understand might be intimidating to someone who hasn't been raised on health food. He's become a lot more adventurous with different cuisines, but he still follows the SAD for the most part. He doesn't eat eggs and is very lactose intolerant, so essentially he's asking me to pack him healthy, vegan lunches. I'm elated that he's willing to give up meat for another meal (breakfast is almost always vegetarian for him) but I can't think of anything that would be pleasing to someone used to Burger King and Taco Bell. Any advice?
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#2 Old 08-11-2015, 09:35 PM
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Hi Eternal,

That's cool that your partner would like to try some new foods. If he likes burger and tacos, maybe he'd like burgers made with store-bought veggie patties. He'll want them greasy, so you could fry the patties in oil in a pan, then put them in a container separate from the rest of the burger - he can heat up the patties at work. This might work with tacos, too. If he likes spaghetti, that's an easy one, too. It doesn't sound like he'll want tempeh and seaweed, at least not now.


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#3 Old 08-12-2015, 02:46 AM
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Peanut butter and banana/organic or homemade jelly always works. My husband never gets tired of those. He also likes chickpea salad sandwiches or macaroni salad with chickpeas/celery/onion/vegan mayo. The macaroni salad can be made in a huge batch and stored in the refrigerator and packed for work several times. It tastes better cold anyway. Another one is to make potato salad ahead. My husband LOVES anything potato. I make it the old fashioned way for him, with vegan mayo (he likes Just Mayo better than egg based mayo), mustard, vinegar, potatoes, onion, salt/pepper etc.

I second the veggie burgers also. And Amy's makes frozen burritos and other ready made vegan meals, though that can get expensive. I sometimes make a huge batch of my own homemade veggie burgers and freeze them for easy meals later. I also like to make my own energy bars and freeze those for future use. My husband and I enjoy those when out on the trail. I use this formula:

Hummus and crackers is another one. I can even get my SAD junk food husband to eat a garden salad if I use hummus or a thai peanut sauce as the dressing and throw in some seeds, raisins, chickpeas and other hardy items along with veggies and leafy greens.

He also likes canned Chow Mein vegetables and chickpeas or cubed tempeh over rice (though for him it has to be white rice...sighs) with an Asian sauce (molasses, soy sauce, ginger, rice vinegar, water). He used to hate tofu but he likes it if I cube up some extra firm tofu and saute it with red pepper, snowpeas, onion, broccoli, raisins, a little oil, and have this over rice or couscous with a peanut thai sauce. The key is always the sauce.

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#4 Old 08-18-2015, 12:49 PM
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Sounds like your lifestyle is going to change his...congrats.
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