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7 Vegan Work Lunch Recipes for Veganuary and Beyond

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Introduction

Are you looking to expand your vegan food repertoire this Veganuary? Or perhaps you're just trying to mix things up when it comes to meal prepping your work lunches. Look no further - we have 7 delicious and satisfying vegan work lunch recipes that are so good, you'd never miss the meat! Our easy-to-follow recipes combine whole grains, fresh vegetables and a selection of legumes which will provide enough energy for even the busiest of days.

With an ever increasing number of people taking on veganism, more information is being shared about the lifestyle and its possible benefits to our health and the planet. One question that often arises for vegans is ‘what should I eat for lunch?’ If you’re finding yourself unsure what a balanced or tasty meal might be, look no further!

Whether you are an experienced vegan, or someone looking to take their first steps into plant based living, this offers invaluable insight in vegan nutrition and helps make plant-based eating accessible and enjoyable. With easy-to-follow recipes, reliable resources, and helpful tips from experienced vegans, transitioning to a fully plant-based diet has never been easier. In this post we are going to share easy vegan recipes that are delicious and good for you too. So get ready to explore some exciting new options and indulgent treats - all without any of animal products.

1. Spicy Black Bean Taquitos

These vegan taquitos are packed with flavor and perfect for a quick and easy lunch. They can be baked or fried for a crispy texture. Serve with guacamole or sour cream for dipping.

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees: The first step to making these delicious taquitos is to preheat your oven to 375 degrees. This will ensure that your taquitos are nice and crispy when they come out of the oven.
  • In a large skillet, heat up 1 tablespoon of oil: Next, you'll want to heat up 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet. This will help to cook the taquitos evenly and prevent them from sticking to the pan.
  • Add the diced onion and cook for 5 minutes: Once the oil is heated, add the diced onion and cook for 5 minutes. This will give the onion a chance to soften up and become more flavorful.
  • Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute: After the onion has cooked for 5 minutes, add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. This will help to bring out the flavor of the garlic and make it more fragrant.
  • Add the black beans and cook for 5 minutes: Now it's time to add the black beans! Cook them for 5 minutes, or until they are heated through.
  • Add the spices and cook for an additional minute: To give these taquitos some extra flavor, add the spices and cook for an additional minute. This will help them to be nice and flavorful when they're done cooking.
  • Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes: Once everything is cooked, remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. This will help to prevent the tortillas from breaking when you roll them up.
  • Assemble the taquitos by placing 1-2 tablespoons of filling in each tortilla: Now it's time to assemble the taquitos! Place 1-2 tablespoons of filling in each tortilla, then roll them up tightly.
  • Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes: Place the taquitos on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they are crispy and golden brown. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!


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2. Vegan Lentil Soup

This hearty vegan lentil soup is perfect for a winter lunch, it's sure to warm you up on a cold day. Serve with crusty bread for dipping.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups green lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions:

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, carrot, and celery and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the cumin and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the lentils and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, salt, and black pepper and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the parsley and serve.

3. Vegan Minestrone Soup

This classic Italian soup is made with a variety of vegetables, including tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, and beans. It's hearty and filling, yet still light enough for a work lunch. Serve with some grated Parmesan cheese on top.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, garlic, carrot, celery, and zucchini, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the vegetable broth, kidney beans, cannellini beans, crushed tomatoes, and spinach leaves.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot with some crusty bread on the side.
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4. Vegan Chili

This vegan chili is made with kidney beans, diced tomatoes, onions, and spices. It's thick, hearty, and perfect for a cold day. Serve with some shredded cheese on top and some chopped green onions.

  • Start by heating up a pot on medium heat and adding in a tablespoon of oil.
  • Once the pot is hot, add in your diced onion and cook until translucent.
  • Next, add in your diced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Now it's time to add in your spices. We recommend adding in chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and a touch of salt and pepper. Give everything a good stir and cook for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Now it's time to add in your chopped vegetables. We like to use a mix of bell peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand.
  • Cook the vegetables for 5-7 minutes or until they start to soften.
  • Now it's time to add in your canned tomatoes and black beans (rinsed and drained).
  • Give everything a good stir and bring the chili to a simmer.
  • Let the chili simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked to your liking.
  • Serve the chili with your favorite toppings (sour cream, cheese, green onions, etc.) and enjoy!

5. Vegan Black Bean Burger

This vegan black bean burger is packed with protein and makes a great work lunch. Serve on a whole wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and your favorite condiments.

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.

ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro

Instructions:

  • Pulse the ingredients in the food processor until they are combined but still have some texture.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in 1/2 cup of cooked rice.
  • Shape the mixture into 4 patties and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until the burgers are firm and slightly golden brown.
  • Serve on whole wheat buns with your favorite toppings.

6. Falafel Wrap

This falafel wrap is perfect for a quick and easy work lunch. Made with chickpeas, spices, and herbs, they are crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Serve in a whole wheat tortilla with lettuce, tomato, onion, and tahini sauce.

Instructions:

  • Start by heating the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the chickpeas and cook for 5 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Add the spices and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  • Transfer to a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  • Shape into small balls or patties.
  • Fry in hot oil for 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve in a warm pita bread with tahini sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions

7. Thai Curry Noodles

These Thai curry noodles are made with rice noodles, vegetables, and a homemade curry sauce. They're quick and easy to make, yet still packed with flavor. Serve with some chopped peanuts on top for extra crunch

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 can (14 ounces) coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 pound cooked noodles
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions:

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onion, garlic, and ginger, and cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add bell peppers and curry paste, and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk, soy sauce, honey, and sriracha sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add cooked noodles and cilantro leaves, and stir to combine. Serve immediately.
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Conclusion

Lunchtime doesn't have to be boring with these quick and easy recipes! From vegan black bean burgers to Thai curry noodles, you'll never run out of delicious lunch options. Don't forget serve your favorite toppings and condiments for extra flavor and crunch.These easy and delicious lunch recipes are sure to make your workdays more enjoyable.Choose from the above recipes or use them as inspiration .

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