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I am wondering what types of foods do you eat on the go at fast food restaurants, or what do you make as quick breakfast, lunches and dinners. Most the recipes I have read all look like they take forever to make. I really only have a few minutes in the morning and at lunch to prep. Dinner time I am tired and not really wanting to cook for hours.<br><br>
So, what do you make when you are lazy, limited on time or on the go?
 

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I never eat at fast food restaurants.<br><br>
Breakfast - Bagel with peanut butter, cereal, fruit, Clif bar, Greek yoghurt and granola<br>
Lunch - sandwich, make a salad earlier in the week (I like doing baked cubed tofu with broccoli slaw-you can use homemade dressing, or storebought) that you can take out and munch on. Pasta salad is good, too.<br>
Dinner - stir fries (if you use rice noodles, those cook up fast, also you can use the bagged vegetables that are already cut up), pasta, stews (again, make a big batch when you have time, then reheat as needed), tacos
 

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Breakfast is usually soymilk with rolled oats (uncooked), ground flax and dried cranberries or raisens and spices<br>
Lunch usually soup, chili, sandwich or wrap with mashed beans and veggies, salad, veggies with grains<br>
Dinner is often what lunch is based on. Curries, casseroles, stews, beanburgers<br><br>
You should check out the food porn and recipe section.
 

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Breakfast options (I usually choose one or two): Nutrigrain bar, greek yogurt (high protein), applesauce, some kind of fruit, toast, bagel, cereal, egg, cottage cheese, oatmeal, granola...<br>
Lunch: Sandwich (either soy lunch "meat" or an omelet sandwich), grilled cheese sandwich, salad (premade, with fruit/nuts/cheese/olives), Gardein chick'n wings w/ hot sauce, greek yogurt, fruit, sandwich wrap (protein source like eggs or soy in a pita), Oriental flavor of Ramen noodles, Lean Cuisine cheese ravioli or lasagna, PB&J<br>
Dinner: A lot of the same stuff as lunch, chili or something premade, maybe use a crock pot, veggie burgers, grilled veggies, steamed veggies, instant brown rice, pizza, egg dish...
 

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I like freezer meals. They make things much easier. I can make a huge batch of soup or something that freezes well and freeze them into meal sized portions for latter use. Its a great idea for lunches and dinners when you are lazy.<br><br>
Oatmeal is awsome for breakfast. Its healthy easy to make and cheap.<br><br>
Bugers are easy to make as well. Get a few fake patties or make them in advance and freeze them etc.<br><br>
Toasted cheese sandwiches are good if you dont have anything else as they arent that healthy.<br><br>
If your ultra lazy then look into the ready made freezer meals Quorn has some really good ones but they are expensive and not as good in my opinion.
 

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I go on a lot of roadtrips, so I've had a lot of vegetarian fast food. One important thing to remember is, if the person making your food is not vegetarian, they will not be considerate of cross contamination with meat. I've gone to a drive thru and specifically asked if there was meat or meat product in any of the things I was ordering....When I got home, I had to make myself something to eat because there was bacon in 2 out of 3 of my veggies.<br><br>
Taco Bell - you can get any food item made with beans instead of meat.<br>
Burger King - has a veggie burger, but it can be pretty gross<br>
Canadian A&W - awesome veggie burger (I haven't found a veggie burger in the A&W's in the states, but you might get lucky)<br>
Chipotle, Qdoba, Taco del Mar - all of them have vegetarian burritos<br>
Chick-fil-a - I usually get a variety of side dishes here, and they make me very happy. I love their carrot salad.<br>
Subway - They have a veggie sandwhich or wrap, but I generally go there for breakfast sandwhiches.<br>
Quiznos - They also have a vegetarian sub<br>
Pita Pit - Great wraps, lots of vegetarian options<br>
WhichWich - They have the best vegetarian sandwiches of the bunch<br>
Jack in the Box - I like their southwest chicken salad without chicken.<br><br>
I think the most important thing is to do your research and make sure there aren't hidden animal products in the food. Like Mcdonalds hid for years that there was meat in their fry oil.....so I just don't go to Mcdonalds. And I know some Tex Mex restaurants (like On The Border) use animal products in their refried beans. I think OTB also uses it in their regular rice come to think of it......regardless, I usually prefer a sit in restaurant because then if there is a mistake in my food, I can easily return it. I also think the waiters are trained in the food that they're serving a little more. But those are my tips if you are in a situation where you have to eat fast food.
 

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Fast food restaurants with vegetarian-friendly options include: Taco Bell, sub sandwich places like Subway, Jersey Mike's, Jimmy Johns, and Quizno's, casual tex-mex like Moe's, Chipotle, and Qdoba, bagel cafes like Brueggers and Einstein Bros, pizzerias, Panera Bread, Burger King (many locations have a veggieburger and their fries are vegetarian).<br><br>
Quick vegetarian breakfasts: bagel, cereal, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, fruit, yogurt.<br>
Quick vegetarian lunches/dinners: peanut butter and jelly sandwich, frozen meals (consider the brand Amy's, which makes all vegetarian entrees), frozen veggieburger, pasta, macaroni and cheese, rice and beans.
 

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I got a great book from the library yesterday called The new students veggie cookbook. Loads of easy, quick and cheap recipes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Noodles are made with eggs, so vegetarians eat them but not vegans.
 

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Noodles are made with eggs, so vegetarians eat them but not vegans.</div>
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Whoaaaaa....<br><br>
Most dried pastas are only durum wheat semolina (just flour) and water. Maybe added vitamins and minerals.<br>
I buy Barilla whole grain mostly it seems, but in general I've found more are vegan than not. I'm speaking of linguine, spaghetti, lasagna, macaroni types- not egg noodles, of course! The whole grains seem to have egg or dairy more than white, and lasagna more than others.<br>
Soda (buckwheat) rice noodles, bean thread noodles- in general should be vegan. And Top Ramen oriental flavor! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
Like anything else, you have to check.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>jennyface</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2992452"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I never eat at fast food restaurants.<br><br>
Breakfast - Bagel with peanut butter, cereal, fruit, Clif bar, Greek yoghurt and granola<br>
Lunch - sandwich, make a salad earlier in the week (I like doing baked cubed tofu with broccoli slaw-you can use homemade dressing, or storebought) that you can take out and munch on. Pasta salad is good, too.<br>
Dinner - stir fries (if you use rice noodles, those cook up fast, also you can use the bagged vegetables that are already cut up), pasta, stews (again, make a big batch when you have time, then reheat as needed), tacos</div>
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Thanks for the advice. Bagel and peanut butter on a whole grain bagel sounds good and fast... thanks. Cereal is way too sugary for me, clif bars are made with soy and as a male I have major concerns over adding soy into my diet. Not sure what greek yogurt is, I will have to look that up. What type of sandwiches are you referring to? Stir fry may be an idea, but it will take some time to cook, aslo most stir frys are made with soy sauce which is high in sodium which causes lots of bloating and weight gain so I try to avoid that. I have been eating brown rice pasta, which is actually a lot tastier than regular pasta. I have never been a fan of soup and stews but maybe its something to revisit. What kind of tacos are you making?<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Breakfast is usually soymilk with rolled oats (uncooked), ground flax and dried cranberries or raisens and spices<br>
Lunch usually soup, chili, sandwich or wrap with mashed beans and veggies, salad, veggies with grains<br>
Dinner is often what lunch is based on. Curries, casseroles, stews, beanburgers<br><br>
You should check out the food porn and recipe section.</div>
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Do you know if almond milk will work with rolled oats? Ive never tried almond milk but I want to see what it tastes like the next time I go shopping. Anyony have any specific brands of almond milk they like?<br><br>
Are you putting mashed beans in the sandwich? I dont how you make a sandwich without egg, tuna or some form of deli meat...<br><br>
How do you make a beanburger?<br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>CindyLennyCleo</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2992765"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Breakfast options (I usually choose one or two): Nutrigrain bar, greek yogurt (high protein), applesauce, some kind of fruit, toast, bagel, cereal, egg, cottage cheese, oatmeal, granola...<br>
Lunch: Sandwich (either soy lunch "meat" or an omelet sandwich), grilled cheese sandwich, salad (premade, with fruit/nuts/cheese/olives), Gardein chick'n wings w/ hot sauce, greek yogurt, fruit, sandwich wrap (protein source like eggs or soy in a pita), Oriental flavor of Ramen noodles, Lean Cuisine cheese ravioli or lasagna, PB&J<br>
Dinner: A lot of the same stuff as lunch, chili or something premade, maybe use a crock pot, veggie burgers, grilled veggies, steamed veggies, instant brown rice, pizza, egg dish...</div>
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nutrigrain bar is manufacturered, I would be more interested in more natural options. greek yogurt I have no idea what that is I need to research that... applesauce is blah and cereal is too sugary... toast (mmm cinammon toast just came to mind!), egg, cottage cheese, oatmeal and granola... all great ideas thanks<br><br>
omelet sandwich sounds good, love grilled chese, PB&J, maybe a healthiest noodle option and mmm lasagna! garden checkn wings??? whats up with meat named food for vegetarians... this makes no sense... lol<br><br>
so a meat free chili? that might be something, especially on top of corn bread! damn thats more of treat than a healthier option =(<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I like freezer meals. They make things much easier. I can make a huge batch of soup or something that freezes well and freeze them into meal sized portions for latter use. Its a great idea for lunches and dinners when you are lazy.<br><br>
Oatmeal is awsome for breakfast. Its healthy easy to make and cheap.<br><br>
Bugers are easy to make as well. Get a few fake patties or make them in advance and freeze them etc.<br><br>
Toasted cheese sandwiches are good if you dont have anything else as they arent that healthy.<br><br>
If your ultra lazy then look into the ready made freezer meals Quorn has some really good ones but they are expensive and not as good in my opinion.</div>
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I want to stay in the lazy yet healthy option... I will have to look into quorn and possible try one of these veggie burgers, but from what ive heard, they taste terrible<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>phatrabbit</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2993228"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I go on a lot of roadtrips, so I've had a lot of vegetarian fast food. One important thing to remember is, if the person making your food is not vegetarian, they will not be considerate of cross contamination with meat. I've gone to a drive thru and specifically asked if there was meat or meat product in any of the things I was ordering....When I got home, I had to make myself something to eat because there was bacon in 2 out of 3 of my veggies.<br><br>
Taco Bell - you can get any food item made with beans instead of meat.<br>
Burger King - has a veggie burger, but it can be pretty gross<br>
Canadian A&W - awesome veggie burger (I haven't found a veggie burger in the A&W's in the states, but you might get lucky)<br>
Chipotle, Qdoba, Taco del Mar - all of them have vegetarian burritos<br>
Chick-fil-a - I usually get a variety of side dishes here, and they make me very happy. I love their carrot salad.<br>
Subway - They have a veggie sandwhich or wrap, but I generally go there for breakfast sandwhiches.<br>
Quiznos - They also have a vegetarian sub<br>
Pita Pit - Great wraps, lots of vegetarian options<br>
WhichWich - They have the best vegetarian sandwiches of the bunch<br>
Jack in the Box - I like their southwest chicken salad without chicken.<br><br>
I think the most important thing is to do your research and make sure there aren't hidden animal products in the food. Like Mcdonalds hid for years that there was meat in their fry oil.....so I just don't go to Mcdonalds. And I know some Tex Mex restaurants (like On The Border) use animal products in their refried beans. I think OTB also uses it in their regular rice come to think of it......regardless, I usually prefer a sit in restaurant because then if there is a mistake in my food, I can easily return it. I also think the waiters are trained in the food that they're serving a little more. But those are my tips if you are in a situation where you have to eat fast food.</div>
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awww damn! no more bacon! I completely forget that was a meat =(<br><br>
OK now we are talking fast good... awesome<br><br>
ok taco bell is a good option, I can do that. I will have to try the BK veggie burger and see how it tastes. LOOOOVVVEEE Chipotle, but I think its the meat that tastes so damn good! I will give the veggie bowl or burrito and see how that goes. Lol vegetarian chick-fil-a... I dont eat there much anyway so I can probably cut that out completely. What breakfast sandwiches are you getting from subway? Not sure if there is a pita pita near me, never heard of that, same for whichwich.<br><br>
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Fast food restaurants with vegetarian-friendly options include: Taco Bell, sub sandwich places like Subway, Jersey Mike's, Jimmy Johns, and Quizno's, casual tex-mex like Moe's, Chipotle, and Qdoba, bagel cafes like Brueggers and Einstein Bros, pizzerias, Panera Bread, Burger King (many locations have a veggieburger and their fries are vegetarian).<br><br>
Quick vegetarian breakfasts: bagel, cereal, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, fruit, yogurt.<br>
Quick vegetarian lunches/dinners: peanut butter and jelly sandwich, frozen meals (consider the brand Amy's, which makes all vegetarian entrees), frozen veggieburger, pasta, macaroni and cheese, rice and beans.</div>
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I like all your quick vegetarian ideas here... these all have always been more of a treat than a meal, or something to eat in between meal... its interesting to see these transform into actual meals.<br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I got a great book from the library yesterday called The new students veggie cookbook. Loads of easy, quick and cheap recipes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I will check that out... thanks!<br><br>
Care to share any favs that you found in there?<br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I Never really of thought of this, is noodles veg?</div>
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regular noodles I think is made with eggs, especially the cheap stuff<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>phatrabbit</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2993906"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Noodles are made with eggs, so vegetarians eat them but not vegans.</div>
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yeah i would agree on this one<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Whoaaaaa....<br><br>
Most dried pastas are only durum wheat semolina (just flour) and water. Maybe added vitamins and minerals.<br>
I buy Barilla whole grain mostly it seems, but in general I've found more are vegan than not. I'm speaking of linguine, spaghetti, lasagna, macaroni types- not egg noodles, of course! The whole grains seem to have egg or dairy more than white, and lasagna more than others.<br>
Soda (buckwheat) rice noodles, bean thread noodles- in general should be vegan. And Top Ramen oriental flavor! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
Like anything else, you have to check.</div>
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so top ramen is not an egg noodle? I am going to have to look into that<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for everyone's ideas! Please keep them coming, they are very helpful and insightful as to what vegetarians and vegans are eating for quick meals.<br><br>
thanks
 

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I recommend this book just for you:<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPerfectly-Contended-Meat-Eater-Guide-Vegetarianism%2Fdp%2F0826410820" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Perfectly-Cont.../dp/0826410820</a><br>
Not for recipes, but insight into the realm of vegetarianism, without being too serious, or preachy. Order it from your library.<br><br>
You can take any canned bean (always drain and rinse canned beans) and mash them with exactly what you'd use for tuna or egg salad. My favorite is garbanzos (chickpeas). Mash with fork, add pickle relish, chopped onion, celery-what you like- and mayo, veganaisse if you like. It costs more, but really good! Some fat free mayos are vegan. I like to add Old Bay seasoning.<br>
There are so many ways to make a veggie burger. Theres even a whole cookbook about it (can't remember).I've played with different amounts of beans, grains, oatmeal and wheat gluten.<br>
This is a good bet- 1 cup beans (white, kidney, pinto something soft) 1 cup quick oats or process rolled oats in processor first, put in food processor with some onion and seasoning. I add wheat gluten to help get more texture but you can also add whole wheat flour till it holds shape. I cook them in a cast iron (my favorite pan), When you get the knack of proportions you can play with all kinds of grains and shredded veggies and lentils.<br><br>
Ramen noodles as far as I know, are almost always vegan, it's the seasoning packet that would contain meat broth. I keep Top Ramen oriental on hand because it's the only one I know is vegan. Always been my comfort food!--You might like miso, it's healthier, some contain dashi which is fish, but most I've seen don't.
 

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You can take any canned bean (always drain and rinse canned beans) and mash them with exactly what you'd use for tuna or egg salad. My favorite is garbanzos (chickpeas). Mash with fork, add pickle relish, chopped onion, celery-what you like- and mayo, veganaisse if you like. It costs more, but really good! Some fat free mayos are vegan. I like to add Old Bay seasoning.</div>
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I eat this for lunch all the time. Delicious. Other lunch things I eat regularly: salads of all kinds. One of my favorites has quinoa, arugula, tomatoes, red onion, olive oil, and balsamic. Also bean salads & pasta salads. Easy to pack up in tupperware and take on the go. I just make a big batch on Sundays.<br><br>
For breakfast, usually an english muffin with smart balance & jam or nutella.<br><br>
For dinner, we usually cook, so it varies. Roasted veggies, stir-fry, soups, baked casserole type things, big salads, sandwiches, etc.<br><br>
Fast food: Subway has a good veg sub, and Quiznos does also. Quiznos has guac on it, which is awesome. Also, taco bell will do in a pinch, because you can get whatever you want with just beans on it.
 

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Just a quick note. Veggie burgers are actually pretty darn good. You should try them for yourself before taking someone else's opinion. There are lots of brands out there & so far I haven't found any I don't like. Boca, Amy's, California Kitchen, Burger King .... Also most people load up with lettuce/onion/pickles/cheese/mustard/ketchup on a burger anyway, so you don't actually taste the meat or faux meat anyway.
 
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