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Our school has absolutely nothing filling (salad even comes with meat) to eat for lunch for vegetarians. Likewise, I'm a lacto ovo vegetarian, and I'm looking for quick things I could make to take for lunch without having to bust an arm and a leg to find the ingredients for (stuff I could find in a grocery or health food store). And help would be <b>much</b> appreciated. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I am a boring person, I used to take a bagel with cruchy peanut butter or a grilled cheese sandwich. Along with it, I had fresh veggies, such as carrots or broccoli. Sometimes cold home-made french fries (I am strange, okay? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">) all with low-fat ranch. Then for dessert, I usually had a chocolate no-bake cookie.<br><br><br><br>
Granted, this was all before I became vegan and before I started homeschooling.
 

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Carrying a ziplock bag of trail mix (just mix any combination of nuts, seeds, and dried friut) can get you out of many messes.<br><br>
Sandwiches cut into small, bite-size pieces, so you can just pop 'em into your mouth as you go. Fillings can be meat analogs, cheese/soy cheese, nut butter, guacamole--pretty much anything.<br><br>
Luna bars are good, though they can get a bit pricey.<br><br>
Pasta salads are good cold.<br><br>
Fruit.<br><br>
Soymilk-in-a-box; boxed juices.<br><br><br><br>
Hope this helps.
 

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Power bars are great for 'on-the-go', but as a lunch substitute they're a bit lacking. Have you considered brown-bagging it? Or getting a cool ALF lunchbox and being the envy of your peers?
 

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My favorite lately has been tempeh salad pitas. I make a batch of the tempeh salad on the weekend and it lasts me all week. You could do the same with chickpeas for a chickpea salad sandwhich. Here's what I do:<br><br><br><br>
Steam a pack of tempeh for 20 minutes. Let it cool and then crumble into a bowl. Add 1/3-1/2 cup of soy mayo. Add a few tsp. of mustard. Chop pickle, celery, onion or whatever you want and add it. Put in about a table spoon of soy sauce and a table spoon or two of nutritional yeast. Chill.<br><br><br><br>
I love this stuff!<br><br><br><br>
Some other ideas:<br><br>
soy deli slices in a whole wheat pita.<br><br>
falafels and cucumbers in a pita.<br><br>
peanut butter pita.<br><br>
Really you can put just about anything in a pita and it's really portable.<br><br><br><br>
I also make a spread with pinto beans, chick peas, black eyed peas, or what ever. Just throw them in the food processor with lemon juice, garlic, and whatever spice you like. This keeps in the fridge and is wonderful to take for lunches with raw veggies, tortilla chips, or pita.
 

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Well I seriously don't go anywhere.<br><br><br><br>
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but if I'm going to someone's house (which rarely happens) and I need to take food, "Pete's Tofu-to-go" is really good, and not *too* pricey at Trader Joe's. It's $3 for two servings, and it comes with sauce. The Sesame Ginger is reeeaaaalllyy good. I've had the lemon as well, it's ok. Here's the site:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.petestofu.com/petes_products/tofu_to_go.htm" target="_blank">http://www.petestofu.com/petes_products/tofu_to_go.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
I've always eaten it baked/microwaved though...it might be kinda gross cold.<br><br><br><br>
Tuno salad is super good as well, but you'd have to make it in advance and have it ready (so in my case, if I randomly need to leave for a long amount of time, I wouldn't be able to make it in time). I think I'll post the recipe for that (new thread).
 

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I've seen lots of portable foods in the grocery stores...<br><br>
packets of pita and hummus, veggie burritos, wraps, packets of sushi-type veggie/california rolls. also st ives makes these things for kids that are a packet with stuff in it like crackers, soy cheese, soy lunch"meat", a granola bar, etc.<br><br>
buying all this packaged stuff gets kinda expensive sometimes, but the convenience is worth it.
 

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My school actually has a few decent vegan foods to eat but that would be a lot of money to spend so since im cheap and lazy I just zip lock a p/b sandwich and it works fine. Fills me up and is not messy and easy to carry in my bag. I like the trail mix idea tho. Mmmm.
 

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I'm really into taboule...I buy it pre-made at my local supermarket but you can make it on your own--I buy Casbah brand. All you do is add tomatoes and olive oil. With soy feta(Or real) on a whole wheat pita or Triscuits, it's de-lish. Fruit is also a really good choice and I love the pre-made veggie sushi, but it can get pricey. Sometimes I pack Soy ham and soy cheese sandwiches on 5-grain bread with Glenny's Soy crips--OMG! those things are to die for Yum Yum. The only soy cheese I can down is Tofutti brand American or Mozzarella. It's really great, smells and tastes just like the real thing. Hope this helps!
 

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You could put hot soup, stew, chili, or macaroni and cheese (or any hot food) into a thermos and bring it with you. Bring a little side salad or some veggies to snack on and some fruit and you've got lunch.
 

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i allways bring lunch to work. some things that work REALLY well for me are hummus, tabouli and falafel. sometimes all together, other times one or the other is made up a bit more. the hummus i spread in pitas mostly, with some marinated veggies, a dash of some sort of vinegar and a sprinkle of some herb. tabouli is eaten as is, falafel again is eaten mostly with pita. i also LOOOVE raw tahini (ground up sesame seeds). i have a nice reciped for a tahini sauce, which is essential with any of the above foods! i i buy the hummus, tabouli and falafel pre-mixed and dry. very quick to make, and spruce up with some fresh produce.<br><br><br><br>
another favorite is pan fried tortillas with vegan sour cream, homemade guac (very simple and declicious), chopped romain or sprouts (grow my own), and salsa. i sometimes use store bought, but lately i've taken to making my own. a real simple one is, onions, green pepers, and tomatoes, all cut up as fine as possible. add not too much white vinegar and fresh squeezed lime juice (think of adding dressing to a salad, you don't want to drown the salad), fresh ground black peper and salt to taste, and here is the secret! 1-2 crushed dried chilpolte pepers....oh they are wonderfull!<br><br><br><br>
i allways also bring some sort of raw veggie as well as tea.<br><br><br><br>
as for snacks, i bring along stuff like soy nuts, dried figs, raisins, & pistachios, i've been meaning to make my own granola bars, as the ones i like at the store are expensive enough to make me not really feel like i need them.<br><br><br><br>
ziplock bags are of the devil, there is absolutely no reason to use them in my opinion. i love my tupperware! the real stuff. it is expensive and worth it new, but you can find lots of old school perfectly useable tupperware at thrift shops and garage sales for cheap.
 
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