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i work at a college where the vegan food such as the salad bar, is so expensive. i sometimes don't want just a slad anyway. i am not always in the mood for vegan deli ype slices cause bread makes me feel too full (not on atkins, just eat bread about every other day, so if you have ideas that include bread, post them too). i don't want to lug huge containers, as i have to lug art supplies to work all the time. any ideas? please let me know what you bring to work, and any vegan quick snack ideas too. there is a candy/snack machine and i don't want to resport to that even if they do have a few things i can eat. so what's quick, easy, tasty, and nutritious? one more thing, i don't have always have access to store food in a fridge till lunch, but my lunch is 11:30. should i still carry one of those frozen ice packs, and use a n insulated bag even though i have no real meat or dairy? thanks to all who post!
 

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I bring a vegan lunch almost everyday to school. My beautiful Fiancee PoesÃ*a sends them with me. I will go back through our menus (yes she makes menus up) and give you a few ideas over the next day or so. i am very busy lately so if I do not post by monday I forgot... PM me a reminder. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I bring a lunch to work everyday. I use an insulated lunch box and put the frozen ice thingies in it, which work quite nice. I do have access to a microwave, so if you don't please forgive me for the suggestions below that need one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I usually pack a mid-morning snack & something for lunch. Having trouble with the snacks lately. Anyway, here's my list-<br><br><br><br>
peanut butter & jelly<br><br>
hummus & veggie wrap<br><br>
frozen dinners (like Amy's)<br><br>
hummus & veggies<br><br>
trail mix (I make my own w/nuts & dried fruit)<br><br>
protein smoothies (carry along in a little covered cup)<br><br>
soup<br><br>
any leftovers from the night before, especially spaghetti!<br><br>
salads- pasta, veggie
 

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I carry an insulated bag to work (without an ice pack). Usually I just bring last night's leftovers, but here are a few things you can make up specifically:<br><br><br><br>
Hummus and bit of salad with some pita (easy, always good, and doesn't require immediate refrigeration)<br><br><br><br>
Burritos made up of broccoli, potato chunks, mushrooms, and zucchini sauteed in a bit of stock with Bragg's, onion and garlic powder, and a bit of dried oregano. Top it with hot sauce, roll it up in a whole wheat tortilla, and it's good warm or room temp.<br><br><br><br>
Tofu eggless-salad with pita and lettuce. (pita's nice because it's less bulky and filling than risen bread)<br><br><br><br>
Fruit, a slab of cornbread, and some carrot sticks.<br><br><br><br>
Celery and peanut butter with an apple.<br><br><br><br>
People wig out about refrigeration because we're kind of conditioned to be ultra conscious about food contamination, but if you don't eat meat, eggs or dairy this is much less of an issue. Even before I got an insulated bag, I used to bring my lunch to work in a paper sack and I never refrigerated it (arrive at 7 a.m. eat at 11:30 or 12:00). No problem.
 

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I pack a vegan lunch every day for work. A lot of times I just bring a bunch of snacks (nuts, fritos, apples, etc,) sometimes I make a PB&J, etc. Today I dumped 1/2 a can of blackeyed peas in with 1/2 a can of corn, and some rice. Voila! Done. Doesn't have to be refridgerated or reheated to be good either. I can't stress leftovers enough, either.
 

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hey these are all great ideas! the bread u mention are all less filling too! i can't wait to see what else people come up with. thanks so much!
 

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I like to take flat bread, spread some homemade hummus on it, and fill it with all kinds of veggies like portabello's, cukes, 'matos, sprouts, peppers, etc. Just about any veggie will do. Sometimes I throw in soy nuts or pine nuts just to mix it up a bit. I usually have an exotic piece of fruit too. I've really been into champagne mangos lately. And the braeburn apples are out now..mmmm!
 

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I often eat soy yogurt, vegetables and hummus, pasta, fresh fruit, black bean salad, dried fruits and nuts, ... whatever I can grab quickly and run out the door with! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Since you're not big on bread.. You might make some chickpea salad (chickpeas, veganaise, relish, celery, or whatever you please) and pack a bag of crackers. That should give a nice healthy carbohydrate boost without the "full" puffiness of bread.<br><br><br><br>
My fastest "Oh crud I need to pack lunch" lunch is to grab some hummus (I have a cute little half-cup tupperware container for this purpose), a slice or two of pita bread and whatever random vegetables need eating.<br><br><br><br>
You might pick up some tortillas as well. They tend to be less filling. Roll up some leftover chili, other beans, hummus, heck even peanut butter and banana.<br><br><br><br>
Soy yogurt can be pretty versatile too. Grab some dried fruit, nuts, granola, or other cereal and pour it on in.
 

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I always bring food to work, and I have an insulated bad with ice pack.<br><br><br><br>
Mostly what I tend to bring, is whatever I made and froze. It may not always be vegan, but usually is, since I do not do dairy or meat of any kind.<br><br><br><br>
I make soups constantly, and maybe have a small piece of bread with olive oil sprinkled on it.<br><br><br><br>
I am also a salad person, I have small containers I put the dressing in, and the salad in a sealed bowl.<br><br><br><br>
Casseroles, and soups have been my big thing cause I can make them in my crock pot, and freeze for later.<br><br><br><br>
I tend to make in bulk for a couple days, so I can heat up easy the rest of the week.<br><br><br><br>
I also made a falafel pita sandwich and brought it to work.
 

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I just made a yummy tofu salad- I combined ingredients from a few different recipes i've seen:<br><br>
1 tub firm tofu drained and mashed<br><br>
1/3 cup grated carrots<br><br>
chopped onion<br><br>
tablespoon or two of relish<br><br>
few tbs of canola mayo<br><br>
few shakes of dill weed<br><br>
s&P<br><br><br><br>
mix it all up adjust seasoning to taste, stuff into pita wrap or bread with lettuce and tomato
 

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CharityAJO, your remark about "whatever random vegetables need eating." was right on the mark for me! lol, usually I'll buy veggies at the store, get all excited and then , because of the summer heat & Humidity, eventually their mush . The other day, I made a sandwich that used up an entire tomato and loads of lettuce because I didn't want them to go bad on me! now, i just go to the store more frequently and buy smaller amounts of veggies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
(sorry, kinda off topic an ramblin')
 

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Michael, do they have lunch time at your school? If so, you really should eat. If you're not eating because people make fun of your veg*nism, don't worry about it. Bring foods that look like what the other kids eat, such as sandwiches w/ veggie "meats", crackers( I like the TLC 7 grain crackers), and a fruit and/or cut up vegetables. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Not eating lunch is a bad thing.
 
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