Hi there - I am new to flirting - loving it - however, am a bit stumped about what to make for lunch - I pretty much need to eat something hand-held that does not need to be refrigerated. Sometimes I am able to bring in soup,etc, and heat it up, but more often than not, lunch needs to be something sandwich-like. What do you eat for lunch? thanks!!! J
a real easy sandwich that Alicia suggests and I have tried twice now is the vegan ruben. I use sourdough rye bread spread with mustard and vegan thousand island dressing, saurkraut that you have squeezed the liquid from and mashed avocado. Toast the bread first. It is so gooooddd!
I second the rice and beans. They can probably sit in your bag all morning and still taste good.
I love tofu pups on a whole wheat hot dog bun with a squirt of yellow mustard. That is my go to quickie lunch.
If you're worried about things needing to be cold, think about investing in a cooler-type lunch bag that you can throw some cold packs into. Or freeze a bottle of water (only fill the bottle 2/3 way, or it will burst as the water expands as it freezes) and use that as the cold source. By the time lunch rolls around it'll be melted enough to drink and your lunch will be cold.
a rice salad, just some brown rice, throw in some corn, pumpkin seeds, butternut squash or sweet potatoes (cubed and cooked of course) soybeans, and anything else you want, even thin sliced kale, celery, onions... toss with a sweet vinaigrette, just some balsamic vinegar a little evoo and a touch of agave/or brown rice syrup. it's a full meal, can sit out and be eaten cold, warm or at room temperature. you can add beans too, really anything you have in the fridge. maybe a sourdough roll on the side
Have you tried making a TLT (Tempeh, Lettuce, and tomato)? It's one of my favorite sandwiches. You Need: Tempeh bacon (either buy the smoky tempeh flavor or make your own ***recipe at bottom), 2 pieces of bread, veganaisse on the bread, sliced tomato, salad greens (I love arugala and watercress), and some optional avocado slices for added flair. *****Tempeh Bacon (recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance): Combine 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 1/3 cup apple cider (NOT vinegar, REGULAR apple cider haha), 1 teaspoon tomato paste or 3 tsp ketschup, 2 cloves crushed garlic, and 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup in a shallow bowl. You can add 1/4 tsp "liquid smoke," but I would never use that for anything else so I don't buy it, and I don't think the recipe needs it. Cut the tempeh into thin strips (less than 1/4 inch thick) lengthwise and let it marinate for an hour to overnight, turning occasionally to make sure everything gets coated. Then, fry it up in some oil and you have tempeh bacon! If you do these steps, you'll have easy bacon for a few days. For a super quick cheat: Cut tempeh into thin strips. Heat some oil in a frying pan and put it in. Drizzle each strip with a few drops soy sauce, a bit of agave or maple syrup, a little pepper, also, cider if it's available. Cook until nicely browned on both sides. This isn't exactly bacon, but it's quick and goes well in the sandwich. Very filling, and it feels decadent!
haha just thought of something...You could also buy "Smart bacon" and just use that instead of making your own tempeh bacon, especially if you are in a super rush! If you use smart bacon, you should be done preparing the sandwich in less than 5 minutes!
if it has to be on bread, pita, or tortilla and handheld, then these are great: -toona in a pita with lettuce, tomato, onion, etc. -white beans or garbanzo beans in tomato sauce in a pita with a smear of cashew cheeze -hummus and veg -lots of pesto sauce, tomato, spinach or arugala, cashew cheeze, and other veg like zucchini slices.