There are loads of heat and eat meals....Lean Cuisine and the like, that are vegetarian (I'm not sure there are vegan ones). Amy's makes some micro meals too, and can be found in lots of larger supermarkets.
For purely veg options, there's quite a bit... mac & cheese, chilli, curry, chinese and a few others usually come in microwavable forms.<br><br>
Alternatively, you could try taking old takeaway containers or microwavable tupperware filled with meals you have prepared at home.
Annie Chun's has a number of instant asian noodle bowls that are vegan. I quite enjoy the Udon Noodle Soup or Spicy Peanut for a quick lunch at work.<br><br>
And yes, Amy's brand. My favorite is the nondairy vegetable pot pie.
SuperTarget carries a bunch of 'heat-n-eat' microwaveable food in their Asian grocery aisle. Look for a shelf of Indian dishes. Also have other cuisines, check (especially Thai) for shrimp and fish though. Since it's not frozen food it's a little easier to deal with. Some of the meals come with rice, some don't. I often just go without, but they are much more of a meal if you pour them over rice. They're inexpensive compared to frozen ($3 vs. $4-$5)<br><br>
But frozen-wise, I should put a word in for Tandoor Chef's Kofta Curry. They're a little pricier (~$5), but a 3 part meal and very tasty. You get channa dal (chickpeas in a mildly spicy sauce), rice, and kofta (think squashballs) in a tomato sauce. I keep at least one package on hand at all times <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="">
In a pinch, I've gone by reg grocery stores (even Walmart) and bought a vegan Amy's frozen dinner for about $3. I can add a burrito for another $2.<br><br>
I can swing by the produce section and buy a packet of sugar snap peas, a banana, an apple, an avocado, and a broccoli crown rather affordably. I've munched on those at my desk at work as well.<br><br>
In a super pinch, I'll make ramen noodles in a cup using hot water from the coffee maker.<br><br>
Mostly, for my work meals, I'll spend a day cooking in my kitchen, and prepare lots of plates that I can reheat in the microwave. Sometimes, I'll cook up a week's worth, and sometimes I'll make a month's worth and freeze most of the plates. These meals usually cover more food groups.<br><br>
This week I can't cook because I lost my days off and I'm out of meals... my job counterpart (works when I'm off) is in the hospital and one of us has to be there. I'll be vegan fast-fooding it for the next six days:<br><br>
Taco Bell: Fresco Bean Burrito and Fresco Potato Soft Taco<br>
Subway: Veggie Delight<br>
Yuki Hibachi (local Japanese grill): vegetarian sushi and grilled veggies<br>
Ruby Tuesday: Veggie Mini's and salad bar (on a day I can take a longer lunch break to get the food and eat at my desk)<br>
Walmart: see items I listed above<br>
Lamb's Bread (local vegan restaurant): Get a meal to go the day before, and microwave it the next day.
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SurferGirl</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2917515"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Kashi....try the Mayan Bake<br>
Shoping at Target.....try their house brand tamales and burritos. They come in packages of about six, making them barely over a dollar each.</div>
Ooooh! The Mayan bake is good! Its what got me started on eating plantains! (Slice them, roll them in pancake batter, and fry!)<br><br>
I never knew that about Target brand mexi-stuffs. I'll have to check those out!
I am a fan of Uncle Ben's microwavable rice in a bag. I nuke a bag of the whole grain brown rice and then add whatever I have laying around - beans, tomatoes, avocado, raisins (sounds weird, but I love it), chick peas, etc. I pair this with either a salad or a whole grain roll and it makes a nice meal.
Hazelnut has some great ideas!<br><br>
Here are some of my ideas:<br>
- Baked potato with canned beans or canned vegan chili on top and a side of steamed veggies. This is all easily cooked in a microwave, and some microwaves even have a setting for baked potatoes to take the guess work out of it.<br>
- Veggie qusadillas using corn or whole wheat tortillas, salsa, and daiya vegan cheese. Eat with a side salad.<br>
- Canned vegan soups can be heated in a microwave.<br>
- Obvisouly, reheat leftovers. Whatever you make/have for dinner, just make sure there's some extra and save it for the next day's lunch.<br>
- A bowl of instant miso soup with a side of steamed edamame is pretty damn healthy. Add in some fresh fruit for dessert.<br><br>
Also, check out <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%2FPETAs-Vegan-College-Cookbook-Delicious%2Fdp%2F1402218850" target="_blank">PETA's Vegan College Cookbook</a> because the only cooking device the book uses is a microwave.
I don't know if you have a Whole Foods near you, but one of mine has a veg*n section with all sorts of prepared meals, from lasagna to gyros, plus mixed green salads, macaroni and potato salads.<br><br>
If you're really pressed for time, you can swing by any grocery store and grab some whole fruits and some of those little packages/tins of nuts or even a small brick of cheese.
I have to agree with the Amy's meals and burritos suggestion as well as some of the Kashi's. Of course, homemade leftovers are always a good choice. As for me... I just pack a jelly sandwich and some fruit and a granola bar or trail mix for my lunch at work. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="">
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