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These past 2 semesters of college I've been taking online courses due to transportation difficulty, but this semester I am finally able to go back to the campus. I'll have to double check my schedule, but I believe for 3 days of the week I am there from 6AM to 8 or 9PM. All day! It's a small campus, and is surrounded by your typical fast food burger places, which I don't even want to step in to try to find something vegan friendly. Not to mention, that would get expensive very fast. They have a small lunch room on campus where they sell very limited things, but I've only been in there once to take advantage of the air conditioner, and so I have no idea if they cater to special diets. I'll look into what they have when the semester starts. For the most part I'll have to take snacks and a lunch with me to eat between courses, but I'm short on ideas. I've got a few ideas like dried fruit and nuts, but I'd like lots of options for variety. Any suggestions? I'm vegan with no known allergies.
 

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You could try spicy roasted chickpeas/lentils or black bean burgers. Those are my go-to foods when I have to take something with me. The burgers are especially good since they're pretty filling. Sandwiches of any sort and chips are kind of boring but are super easy. I'd probably end up eating a lot of those if I had take food three times a week.
 

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Oh wow, black bean burgers are such a great idea, and I'm sure they would be super filling, so that I'm not zoning out by the afternoon!<br>
Do you have any specific chip recommendations that you enjoy? Other than the obvious cheese flavored chips out there, I've read that sometimes chips have beef and chicken flavoring hidden in their ingredients. I don't think I've had anything, but corn tortilla chips in the past year.<br>
Thank you~
 

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<a href="http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/2005_09_01_archive.html" target="_blank">http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/20...1_archive.html</a><br><br>
There are 100s of vegan lunch ideas on that blog, with recipes and pictures! Although a lot of the lunches are for the blogger's school aged child many would be just as yummy for anyone!
 

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You'll just have to check labels on chips. I mostly eat plain potato or corn chips, which is super easy since almost all of those are vegan. Aside from those, I'll occasionally buy whatever "healthy" or "weird" chip is on sale at the time. If you see a company that has flavors like jalapeño/okra/pine nut, it's a good bet that at least <i>some</i> of their chips will be vegan.
 

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I love packing my lunch - you always know exactly what's in it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I'm a hummus freak. It's better eaten earlier in the day since it hasn't been out of refrigeration too long, but I like to carry a little tupperware container of it and use it to dip pretzels or carrot/pepper/celery sticks. Peanut butter on celery sticks is great too. You can also make a pita, bagel or bread sandwich by loading it with hummus and veggies like cucumbers, red onion, bell pepper rings, raw spinach, etc. It's good and the hummus helps it stick with you.<br><br>
A salad loaded with beans is great too. For some healthy fat, drizzle it with olive oil and vinegar, chop in some of an avocado or sprinkle a handful of nuts. You can also create something similar with brown rice instead of greens - it's great with chickpeas, diced apple, onion and some olive oil for dressing.<br><br>
Nuts and dried fruit are good snack ideas. Also, fresh fruit like an apple is great with some peanut butter, and you can't mess up with some good old fashioned corn chips - most I've seen are vegan. How about some granola or vegan food bars, like Larabars?<br><br>
There's always soup and pasta. I wouldn't eat those things cold, personally, but maybe you would or know of a place on campus where you can heat up food?
 

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check this out.....it's a really good resource. you can save the pdf. <a href="http://www.onefrugalfoodie.com/downloads/Smart_School_Time_Recipes.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.onefrugalfoodie.com/downl...me_Recipes.pdf</a><br>
here's the bento box thread from here for some ideas, and how to make it look appetizing. <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/showthread.php?122565-Bento-boxes&highlight=bento+boxes" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/sh...ht=bento+boxes</a>
 

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Thanks for the suggestions everyone!<br><br>
lucky_charm: Thank you for the link! School aged children lunch recipes are probably great for me. I'm going to be too tired from school to make anything real elaborate on a regular basis.<br><br>
Marek: Couldn't agree more! I've got a PB obsession! I'm sure I'll be taking it as lunch quite frequently.<br><br>
Jinkies: Thank you for the info. I'll keep my eyes open next time I'm in the store, which might be today as I'm nearly out of fresh fruits and veggies.<br><br>
YellowRose: I love hummus too! I normally buy it already made, but about a week ago my mother and I experimented with making our own, and it came out great, plus you can make it whatever flavor you want. I'm just worried about how a salad will hold up for hours. I recently packed one when I went to an all day charity event, but by the time lunch rolled around it was wilted. Maybe I just need to try some different types of leafy veggies. Rice sounds like a good option that will keep me energized! I love seasoned rice and peas!<br><br>
Granola is something I was thinking about last night. I love making my own granola, but due to the heat I haven't gotten around to making it in awhile. That will be a good snack during breaks. Are all Larabars vegan? I always stop and look at all the bars in the store, but I'm never sure which ones are vegan, so I just move along. Do you have any favorite flavors? I think I saw an apple one that sounded nice.<br><br>
Photojess: My PDF viewer is being a pain in the bum at the moment, so I'll have to check out that after I fix it. Bento boxes are so fascinating to me, but I don't know if I'd ever have the energy to make them. The thread has some good ideas, so thank you for sharing!
 

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When I was at sixth form, I ate pasta salads, cous-cous salads, soup in a thermos, or left over curry with naan bread. I don't really like sandwhiches and rolls, although sometimes I choked down hummus or peanut butter rolls.<br><br>
For pasta/cous-cous salad ideas I always look at what they sell in the supermarket for ideas (and check the ingrediants and just re-create it). Sundried tomato sauce with roast vegetables is great, pesto (you can buy vegan ones, or make your own) with pine nuts, asparagus and rocket is another great one.
 

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I do believe all Larabars are vegan. Not all Luna bars are though....I think it was the Luna Protein bar that has whey in it...be sure to read the labels
 
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