I don't know if you are veggie or vegan, but this is one of my all time favorite lunch time eats. I store it in the fridge at work, but it should do all right in an insulated lunch container.
Martha Stewart's Chickpea Salad
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
1/4 cup chick peas - rinsed and drained
1/2 cup feta cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
Basically you just mix all the ingrediants together in a bowl and eat. There is an actual recipe for this, but I didn't have it in front of me so you might want to play with the measurements according to your tastes. I usually add a lot more cherry tomatoes and chickpeas to make it a full meal. It goes well with a few slices of crusty whole grain bread. Enjoy!
I have been taking little hummus packs to work lately. Athenos makes a "hummus traveler," like a lunchable. It has a little thing of hummus (original or other flavors are available) on one side and little pieces of pita, for dipping, on the other side! It is super convenient and not too pricey for me.
How about leftovers? Pasta sauce is easy to pack, or just cook some pasta the night before. Sandwiches using faux meats or tofu, storebought or your own. Even soups are good and easy if you buy the instant kind, ramen style or cup, boxed. Bean salads are easy, just dump different kinds of beans in a container add a dressing or olive oil and vinegar, salt, some onions and tomatoes. How about cold rice salads, using leftover rice? Potato salads? Mixed veggies, fresh, raw, cooked, frozen, tossed in a favorite dressing or sauce, bottled or homemade. Veggie burgers are good. You can make a recipe and freeze them for grabbing whenever. I would cook stuff and freeze in lunch-size portions, or do the same with your nightly leftovers to create a freezer full of variety to choose from. Casserole-type dishes usually freeze really well too.
Potatoes are easy. I like sweet potatoes. Burritos and wraps are good and pack well.
Various dips are great too and they aren't boring. You can make different types. Take different breads, chips, crackers, tortillas, lavash, etc. to scoop and eat.
And how about varying those PB&J's? How about Tahini Butter and jelly? Or Almond, pumkin seed, Macadamia butter? Vary the preserves too or apple sauce, pumpkin butter, etc.
When I was in high school I used to pack a lot... one of my fave lunches was a veggie eggroll and a cheesestick (string cheese). You can buy veggie eggrolls in the frozen section at the store. I would heat them up in the oven before school then wrap it in foil and take it with me.
Fake pepperoni travels well too. Crackers, fake pepperoni, and cheese (if you're not vegan) plus an apple or banana or fruit cup is a filling lunch for me.
try cinnamon swirl bread with cashew butter! that's my packed lunch for tomorrow, so i don't actually know how this tastes, but i guess it's a spiced up version of pb&j? eh, i don't know. i'll see tomorrow
Broccoli slaw mixed with a little nayonaise, stuffed in a mini whole wheat pita that was slathered with hummus inside, and then throw a few slices of tomato in there. This is a VERY refreshing and yummy sandwich.
I also love tempeh salad sandwiches, and tofu salad sandwiches for lunch
Broccoli salad (w/ grapes and sunflower seeds) might work out well. You could take a container of that and maybe a bagel or something. I have a recipe somewhere if your interested. Hummus is always yummy though. Wraps are a good idea as well.
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