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Summer is coming to an end soon, which means back to school (ugh!) for many of us. And school means lunchtime (yay!). And lunch times means...lunch.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know about y'all, but I have a hard time coming up with a variety of stuff to bring as my lunch. I usually have to resort to processed, packaged nastiness (trust me, eating "Uncrustables" for weeks on end is <i>not</i> fun).<br><br><br><br>
It's difficult to find many things that fits the criteria of a good lunch:<br><br><br><br><b>> Veg*n</b> (Well, I suppose thats a given...)<br><br><b>> [strike]Semi[/strike] [strike]Kinda[/strike] Vaguely Nutritious</b> (Oh, who am I kidding?)<br><br><b>> Best Served Cold</b><br><br><b>> Quick and Easy to Prepare</b><br><br><b>> TASTY!!!</b><br><br><br><br>
So, you crazy kids, what do you pack in your lunchboxes?
 

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Well, seeing as there was NOTHING at home that is lunch time material (no bread, EEP!) I found some spaghetti in the fridge last night. Anyone with braces knows that spaghetti and braces DO NOT mix, but it was like 11 last night and today was my first day, and they sell nothing vegan at school...except french fries...So I made my own spaghetti sauce by crumbling a Boca burge in tomato sauce and putting loads of mushroom in. Needless to say, it did not look pretty, and if you are all teenagers you know that questionable looking food draws a lot of comments...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/"><br><br>
So...err, don't eat spaghetti at school, especially if you have braces...<br><br>
My best bet is PB and J sandwiches (or any variation) or a sandwhich with soy cheese and "ham"...Maybe some kind of wrap or burrito for variety...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/chef.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":chef:">
 

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leftovers... almost allways :ick: Anyone ever seen laptop lunches? they allways look so good, but you'd need better containers than i own to make them.<br><br><br><br>
I have no lunch containers -_+ my mother keeps tossing random lids..... but not their matching containers... not to mention it takes a hour to find a lid for anything!!! IF IT EVEN HAS ONE!! GAH!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veryangry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":grr:"><br><br><br><br>
need better lunch ideas.....
 

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Blarg! Seems like you guys got the same problems. We as well, have very little food making fodder, and no one can go to the store because my mother hurt her foot and my dad's sick. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"><br><br><br><br>
I'll try and kick-off some ideas:<br><br><br><ul><li>These <a href="http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7472" target="_blank">Kids Choice Yummy Peanut Noodles</a> I found on VegWeb seem tasty, although they would take some preparation.<br><br><br></li>
<li>I just got my hands on some nutritional yeast, and I'm kinda wanting to try a <a href="http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=9559" target="_blank">Mustard and nutritional yeast Sandwich</a>. (I love mustard!)<br><br><br></li>
<li>I recently went to an Italian restaraunt that served baked garlic to smear on bread instead of butter (It was very good), and I've been trying to think of a way to work it into a lunch some how.<br><br><br></li>
<li>Another idea is some sort of dipping sticks and sauce. Tofu and teryaki? Pancake and syrup? Potato wedges and "steak" sauce? Strawberries/Cherries and Choclate soy pudding? Carrots and ...?<br></li>
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Any random ideas you guys have?
 

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plain veggies and salad dressing, yumy dip<br><br>
pretzle and mustard<br><br>
fruit and soy yogurt<br><br>
i have soo many dip recipies i've never made.. i wonder if i enjoy dip or not.. Hmmmm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"><br><br>
Oh you could use that baked/roasted garlic as a dip for your veggies or bread like iteams
 

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plain veggies and salad dressing, yumy dip<br><br>
pretzle and mustard<br><br>
fruit and soy yogurt<br><br>
i have soo many dip recipies i've never made.. i wonder if i enjoy dip or not.. Hmmmm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"><br><br>
Oh you could use that baked/roasted garlic as a dip for your veggies or bread like iteams</div>
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Pretzles and Mustard... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"><br><br><br><br>
I want to try pita pockets of some sort, but my pita bread always gets ripped when I try and stuff it. Do I just not know how to work it right? (It didn't come with an owner's manual!)<br><br><br><br>
EDIT: Can't forget the classic peanut butter and apples...maybe jazzed up a bit with dried fruit or cinammon?
 

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Pretzles and Mustard... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"><br><br><br><br>
I want to try pita pockets of some sort, but my pita bread always gets ripped when I try and stuff it. Do I just not know how to work it right? (It didn't come with an owner's manual!)<br><br><br><br>
EDIT: Can't forget the classic peanut butter and apples...maybe jazzed up a bit with dried fruit or cinammon?</div>
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Some brands of pita are just prone to ripping. Make sure you open in gently, and if it rips a little, just wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.<br><br><br><br>
I mostly take PB sandwiches, leftovers, salad, rice/steamed veggies, ramen (cook it at home and eat it cold), fruit, veggies, and pretzels.
 

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Some brands of pita are just prone to ripping. Make sure you open in gently, and if it rips a little, just wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.<br><br><br><br>
I mostly take PB sandwiches, leftovers, salad, rice/steamed veggies, ramen (cook it at home and eat it cold), fruit, veggies, and pretzels.</div>
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Oh, ok. I thought I was just Pita-incompatible.<br><br><br><br>
Do you eat the ramen noodles plain?<br><br><br><br>
I've been trying to think of other easy, cold sauces (see the peanut noodles above) to put on noodles.
 

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Oh, ok. I thought I was just Pita-incompatible.<br><br><br><br>
Do you eat the ramen noodles plain?<br><br><br><br>
I've been trying to think of other easy, cold sauces (see the peanut noodles above) to put on noodles.</div>
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I either eat them plain with some salt (i toss them with a little olive oil so that they don't make one sticky mess) or I use the flavor packets. I can get vegan ramen noodles at my Indian grocery store. You can make your own flavors of ramen noodles by just mixing spices in with the water while you cook the noodles. I don't mind bringing weird looking lunches but I hate having weird smelling lunches so I usually stick to safe food.<br><br><br><br>
Oh, btw, I find that nutritional yeast has a <i>very</i> strong smell, so you might want to check that out and see if you agree.
 

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I started a thread like this on craftster last year, so here's a whole list of ideas:<br><br>
Sandwiches:<br><br>
*PBJ<br><br>
*Peanutbutter and banana<br><br>
*Cheez sandwiches<br><br>
*Hummus sandwich<br><br>
*Tofu Sandwiches<br><br>
*Tofu Dill salad sammich (Vegan with a Vengeance)<br><br>
*Chickpea salad sammich(VwaV)<br><br><br><br>
Wraps/Other than sandwich entrees:<br><br>
*Cheez and veggie wraps<br><br>
*Sweet Potato Burritos<br><br>
*Veggie spring rolls<br><br>
*Refried beans with onion, salsa vegs, put on a wrap<br><br>
*Hummus wraps<br><br>
*chili<br><br>
*nachos with salsa, beans, refried beans, cheezy sauce<br><br><br><br>
Pita bread:<br><br>
*Pita veggie sandwiches<br><br>
*Pita wedges and hummus<br><br>
*Mashed chickpeas or any other bean with sauteed veggies<br><br>
*Peanut butter and banana pita<br><br>
*Peanut butter and melted blueberries pita<br><br>
*Broccoli slaw salad with mayo (or vegenaise or other salad dressing) grapes and sunflower seeds in a pita<br><br><br><br>
"Left-Overs" (either left from another meal, or prepared the night before):<br><br>
*Black bean burgers (recipe pg 3)<br><br>
*Pasta with sauce and veggies<br><br>
*Pasta Salad<br><br>
*Rice<br><br>
*Rice with pasta sauce and veggies<br><br>
*Rice and fruit salad<br><br>
*Quinoa<br><br>
*Veggie Lasagna<br><br>
*Pizza<br><br>
*Tofu<br><br>
*Falafel<br><br><br><br>
Baked Goods:<br><br>
*Bread<br><br>
*Muffins<br><br>
*Bagel with peanubutter/cream cheese/etc<br><br>
*English muffins<br><br>
*cookies<br><br>
*brownies<br><br>
*raw oatmeal bars made with dates<br><br><br><br>
Salads:<br><br>
*Spinach/lettuce with veggies, fruit, cheese, tofu, etc.<br><br>
*Bean salads<br><br>
*Salad with a hard boiled egg and black bean burger on top<br><br><br><br>
Fruit/Vegs/Sides:<br><br>
*Asparagus in foil<br><br>
*Sweet Potato<br><br>
*Corn on the Cob (tastes yummy cold!)<br><br>
*Pickles!<br><br>
*Beans: chick peas, kidney, pinto, black, etc.<br><br>
*Fruit salad/piece of fruit (banana, apple (w/ peanut butter), watermelon, grapes, blueberries, strawberrys, blackberries, raspberries, canteloupe, honeydew, pineapple, mango, peach, plum, nectarine, orange, clementine, pear, kiwi, apricot, cherries)<br><br>
*Edamame<br><br>
*Cucumbers/other vegs with hummus<br><br>
*Nuts, almonds, walnuts, peanuts,<br><br><br><br>
Thermos:<br><br>
*Cereal and milk/soymilk<br><br>
*Baked beans<br><br>
-Soups:<br><br>
*Black Bean<br><br>
*Gazpacho<br><br><br><br>
Packaged Stuff:<br><br>
*Soy chips<br><br>
*crackers<br><br>
*Yogurt (or soy yogurt)<br><br>
*Portable pudding<br><br>
*Luna Bars, other protein/snack bars<br><br>
*juice<br><br>
*Soymilk drinkboxes<br><br><br><br>
I mostly brought leftovers last year. I don't like to bring pitas, they just fall apart and I make a mess.<br><br>
I really got into cooking this summer and baked a lot of awesome stuff. I don't want school to start, ugh!
 

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Oh, btw, I find that nutritional yeast has a <i>very</i> strong smell, so you might want to check that out and see if you agree.</div>
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Indeed! But I find the smell quite delicious. (Until it heats up, for some reason it smell nasty).<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Oh my, so many ideas. Thank you.<br><br><br><br>
Has anyone tried V8 juice? Is it any good?
 

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I can only stomach V8 on random days..... in general i think i don't like it... or was it i did like it.... :s i cannot remeber...<br><br><br><br>
Sometimes i love it other times i hate it, since i haven't drank it in over a year today i am unsure which mood i'm in <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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I think V8 has some sort of beef by-product in it. Someone else put it on that list I posted, so I should take it off just to be sure, I don't want to mislead anyone! Sorry.
 

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<span>hmmm it would depend on the kind of tofu sandwhich, fried tofu sandwhich involves frying tofu, in batter and then dieing of an oh so glorious heart attack... mmm greasy.... :drools: i am not a good person for healthy lunches.....<br><br><br><br>
Currently i am digging into my candy from my desk</span>
 

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I'm vegan and I normally something like sandwich (somedays just a normal filling, if I'm feeling hungry or I'm staying longer I'll take a tofu sandwich), fruit bars, fruit, pasta, saladm (fruit or veg), a wrap, and loads of other stuff. And sometimes a packet of crisps, but I hardly eat them.<br><br><br><br>
I make tofu sandwiches by frying tofu mostly plain, just with a bit of salt and black pepper, then putting it in a sandwich with a bit of lettuce. It's very much like an egg sandwich in texture, which is why I have it, I used to love egg sandwiches so I quickly found a replacement <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
I'm in the process of harrassing my school canteen for vegan options, they don't even have good LO vegetarian ones. Useless lot. And rude. And don't seem to understand that it's not ok to stick a meat covered spoon into a veg meal.
 

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<span style="color:#FFA500;">^^^^^ Cafes suck :sad: they have no edible food, they had soymilk but then stoped selling it. I'm going to have to get some more involement in changing that place, seems like a waste on my last year there tho :p oh well, it'll give me something to occupy the year with besides homework</span>
 

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Hmm, I have another month left... but I'm already thinking about this. I see nobody's mentioned <a href="http://www.veganlunchbox.blogspot.com" target="_blank">The Vegan Lunchbox Blog</a> yet. Excellent ideas there. She's writing a cookbook that she hopes to have out for the Fall, and I'm buying it without a doubt.<br><br>
I have a plastic container with a dip container built in... I like to slice apples, splash on a little lemon juice to keep them un-brown, and fill the middle with natural pb. I also make pita bread sandwiches [I heart Sandwich Pockets- comes in whole wheat and tend not to rip] with peanut butter and apple slices. Hummus, chickpea "Tuna" salad, and Baba Ganouj are also good.<br><br>
I have a "Juice Box Container," which yes, is really made for three year olds, but is the perfect size for soymilk or juice and is reusable.
 

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i need a new juice container.... hmm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:">
 

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I dug out a thermos yesturday, and I'm excited to use that for soups, hot foods and vegan hot chocolate in the cold months!<br><br><br><br>
Let's see, good lunch box food:<br><br>
-Carrots<br><br>
-Tofurkey sandwiches<br><br>
-juice<br><br>
-soymilk<br><br>
-water<br><br>
-apple<br><br>
-soy cheese<br><br>
-snackin' food for during the day (chips, drie cerial, pretsals (sp?) etc)<br><br>
-a container of soy milk and a seperate container of cerial- mix and enjoy!<br><br>
-nuts nuts nuts<br><br>
-hummus!<br><br>
-cookies (who am I kidden? Healthy food? Are you crazy!?!)<br><br>
-Oriental Ramen Noodles, dried<br><br>
-muffins, sweet bread etc.<br><br>
-home made pastries that'll make others drool (hehe, make 'em jelouse of your vegan lunch!)<br><br>
-trail mix<br><br>
-granola bars<br><br>
-salad (pack the dressing seperate)<br><br>
-"egg" tofu (there's this flavoring, but I can't remember the name. You mix it with cold tofu and veganase, you eat the dish cold, it's really good)<br><br>
-peanut butter crackers<br><br>
-plane crackers<br><br>
-*trying to remember name... not coming to me* that stuff that you put in water for a few hours, it's a grainy dish??<br><br>
-soda (oh, come on! You know that otherwise you'll be trying to find change for a 5 so that you can get one from the machine! What!?! is that just me?)<br><br><br><br>
Can you tell that this'll be my 3d year packin' veg lunches!? I'm excited about lunch time at school, it has always been fun to pull about my veg lunches.<br><br><br><br><b><span style="color:#FF0000;">Warning:</span></b> Do not make that dumb mistake where you think a banana will last safely until lunch. You've tried it before and you know that it never works!
 
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