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Ok, out of the blue yesterday my hubby said he was willing to go vegan if I could come up with easily portable lunches for him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:"><br><br>
So help! I do have a recipe for tempeh tuna salad that he liked. He was so so on hummus. Mainly he takes lunch meats because they're quick to put together and don't need heating. He works construction so it's a brown bag lunch all the way. He does have a thermos but he prefers lunches that don't require heating.<br><br>
Today, at the family cookout, he opted for gardenburgers on his own even though there was more meat there than ever! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"> I'm totally shocked but trying to act really chill about it. He swore he'd never change and I really did believe him. I was reading Diet for a new world and I read some of the health stats to him from eating meat and dairy and it seemed to really affect him. I'm trying to stay not pushy but I could use some really awesome ideas. Nothing that would sound "weird" to your average omni, just really easy and simple tasty lunches.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":help:"><br><br>
Many thanks to everyone who can suggest something!<br><br>
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Mary this has been posted on several threads, but this site may help you get some ideas. It's a fun blog <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/</a>
 

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Congrats! Good on YOU, Mary!<br><br><br><br>
I have lots of ideas I'll share but first I want to know if he is picky like your children are (like will he eat stir-fry at room temperature etc.).<br><br><br><br>
My Sweetie takes 'dinner' foods to lunch as often as there are leftovers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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Mary this has been posted on several threads, but this site may help you get some ideas. It's a fun blog <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/</a></div>
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Yeah I've checked it out but he's really big on just having sandwiches. I guess, I'm looking for creative sandwich ideas. He doesn't really like the fake meats either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/"><br><br>
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Mary this has been posted on several threads, but this site may help you get some ideas. It's a fun blog <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/</a></div>
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That *is* a fun blog but her servings don't seem to be enough for a toddler, let alone a grown man <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
My Sweetie could eat 6 of those, no problem (and he'd be hungry an hour later).<br><br><br><br>
Also, unless one is a stay at home mom of only 1 child (with a supportive husband) I don't see how anyone could spend the time purchasing, decorating, cutting, arranging etc. like she does. More power to her though, bless her heart!
 

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i say simplicity... replace lunch meats with stuff thats roasted or breaded so it's filling...<br><br><br><br>
like lettuce, tomato, avocado, black beans and salsa in a wrap, or a grilled portobello with roasted red peppers and spinach with olive spread, breaded eggplant with sundried tomatoes...<br><br><br><br>
roasting and grilling give veggies a "meatier" texture.<br><br><br><br>
and congrats!
 

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Have you looked at the Magic Loaf recipe generator on veganlunchbox?<br><br><br><br>
You can choose the ingrediets you like and can find in your area. I've made two of them and the leftovers make great sandwiches (especially with organic ketchup). I find I do better with this if I make it in an 8 inch square pan rather than a loaf pan.<br><br><br><br>
How about seitan? It is expensive to buy and the quality can be so so. I make it (it is really easy) using the recipe from Vegetarian Family Cookbook. I enjoy cutting it in strips, and sauteeing it in a little earth balance and soy sauce...delicious. It is great with some salad items in a pita.<br><br><br><br>
Don't forget wraps. I think they are even better when you make them the night before and then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. When you go to eat them, you only have to unwrap part way to start eating them, and because they have been in the fridge overnight, they hold together better.<br><br><br><br>
My sister-in-law puts whatever is leftover from the night before between two slices of bread and calls it a sandwich. I have been known to put last nights stir-fry or lomein in a whole wheat tortilla and eat it cold the next day, but that is just me.<br><br><br><br>
Now here is one for you: My grandma (she is no longer with us) would never eat a cold meatloaf sandwich (one of my favorite omni favorites), but she loved a cold mashed potato sandwich!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:">
 

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He's not fussy. He's even less fussy than I am. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br>
Sometimes he takes leftover dinners but most of the time he doesn't really want to heat anything and put it in his thermos which is why he relies on sandwiches. If I'm up when he's getting ready, it's usually because the kids are up and I'm keeping them out from under his feet. He leaves the house at 6:30! I'm usually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sleeping.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sleep:"> then!<br><br>
The roasted veggies and the meatloaf are good ideas. Usually meatloaves don't make it to leftovers around here. He likes Boca chick'n patty sandwiches too but I have to find a vegan form of ranch for him to use.<br><br>
I was so surprised yesterday seeing the gardenburgers on his plate. He didn't even eat any of his moms potato salad and opted for the macaroni salad I made with soy mayo! Could be he just didn't feel like having two salads but we'll see! He'll probably never be fully vegan (dietary) but if he really does give it up except for maybe when he goes out someplace and it's easier to eat vegetarian, I think it's a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">!<br><br>
This week I'm going to try to buy completely vegan except the milk for the kids. I'm beginning to believe it's not necessary for them to drink the one glass a day BUT they really want it and I can not get them interested in any alternative milks (not that I blame them, I don't like them either).<br><br>
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Congrats on the hubby!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:"><br><br><br><br>
Check out <a href="http://vegweb.com" target="_blank">http://vegweb.com</a> I use this site to find the majority of my recipes. They have a sandwich section, check it out!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:">
 

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I just had a sandwich today with hummus, cucumber, and sunflower seeds. Leftover breaded eggplant or falafel works good as a starter to a sandwich too. Just add your choice of veggies. Or peanut butter and kiwi, strawberries, or jelly.
 
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