Are you tired of eating the same old thing for lunch every day?
Are you vegan or trying to eat more plant-based meals?
If so, you're in luck! In this blog post, we will share seven time-saving tips for packing delicious vegan lunches before a busy day. Whether you're short on time or just looking for some new ideas, let Herbi offer a few pointers!
1. Meal prep in batches with freezer-friendly food
One of the best ways to save time and money on cooking is to make meals ahead of time and freeze them. This way, you can just pull out a meal when you're short on time and don't feel like cooking. With a little bit of planning, you can make a couple of weeks' worth of meals in just one day. Cooking a big batch of soup or chilli will go a long way in saving you time during a busy work week. These can be easily frozen in individual portions and then reheated by popping them into the microwave.
Another idea is to make a big pot of healthy brown rice, quinoa, or black beans and freeze it in smaller bags. Then, when you're ready to make a quick stir-fry or curry, you can just thaw out the rice and add some healthy vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, and tofu. This way, you cut down on your meal prep time and manage to eat a freshly prepared healthy lunch.
2. Use leftovers from dinners
Another great healthy lunch idea that can save you time is to use leftovers from last night’s dinner to create a midday meal. With proper planning, this does not have to be a bland meal by any meals. For example, if you made a vegan lasagna for dinner, you can quickly whip up a perfect blend of side salad with lettuce and green beans. Now you have a healthy lunch that won’t leave you bloated and sleepy. Or, if you made potatoes and salad last night, put them into pita bread with some hummus and vegan feta cheese - now you are all prepped for a healthy lunch for the next day.
Leftovers not your thing? No problem! You could simply order some of our pre-packed meals lovingly planned and prepared by our chefs to take to lunch.
3. Invest in environmentally friendly reusable lunch boxes
Investing in good quality and eco-friendly bento boxes is essential for preparing healthy lunch recipes ahead of time. They are reusable, can also help you portion out your meals so that you're not overeating, they're super cute, and make your lunch look like a work of art.
If you don't have access to a freezer at work, invest in a good cooler bag. Look for one that has multiple compartments and is well-insulated. That way, you can fit in various food items, including soups, snacks, and smoothies for lunch.
4. Get creative with your toppings and seasonings
One of the best ways to make your vegan lunch more exciting is to get creative with your toppings and seasonings. There are endless possibilities when it comes to vegan condiments and spices. So don't be afraid to experiment! Try out different hummus flavours, like roasted red pepper or garlic. Add some vegan mayo or hot sauce to your sandwich or wrap. And don't forget about the power of herbs and spices! A little bit of curry powder or nutritional yeast (aka nooch!) can go a long way in adding flavour to your vegan lunch.
5. Get more use out of those mason jars
There's something so satisfying about a perfect buddha bowl. All of the colours and textures working together in harmony are just beautiful! Not to mention when you pack it all up in a mason jar, it's easy to take with you on the go. Here's an excellent recipe for making a lunch bowl that is bursting with flavours:
Start with a base of quinoa, or rice of any kind, including cauliflower rice, for a vegan and gluten-free option. Then add some chopped fresh vegetables - roasted sweet potato, sautéed kale, roasted beets, anything goes! Top with grilled tofu or seitan strips. And finally, add a flavorful dressing. This could be as simple as olive oil, balsamic vinegar, or a store-bought vinaigrette. Top up with some fresh herbs and lemon juice. Now seal up the jar and enjoy your delicious lunch on the go!
6. Pack a smoothie
Too busy at work? Even the busiest people need to take a break for lunch, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice healthy eating. Smoothies are an excellent option for lunch on the go. And they're easy to make ahead of time. Simply combine your favourite fruits and veggies like bananas, berries, and kale in a blender with some plant-based milk or juice, and you're good to go. If you really want to pack a punch, add a handful of chia seeds or microgreens like pea shoots and wheatgrass to your smoothie for an extra boost of nutrients and antioxidants. Whether working indoors or outdoors, a healthy smoothie will help you power through your day.
7. Don't forget to pack some treats
While it's essential to include plenty of nutrient-rich foods in your vegan lunch, it's also ok to indulge in a few healthy treats. After all, you deserve it! Pack a couple of vegan cookies, vegan pudding, or fudge brownies for dessert. Maybe pack some dark chocolate to enjoy with your afternoon coffee. Why not check out our range of dessert snacks that we can deliver right to your home or workplace? If you're looking for something savoury, try vegan popcorn or chips.
Following these vegan lunch tips will help you save both time and money. Not to mention, you'll be eating healthier and more delicious meals!
So what are you waiting for? Start packing those vegan lunches today.
In a hurry? After all, you came here for some quick and healthy lunch ideas.
So, if you don't have time to read the above, just check out some of our FAQs below.
Q: What are some good vegan condiments to add flavour to a lunch?
A: Some good vegan condiments include hummus, vegan mayo, hot sauce, and various herbs and spices.
Q: What's an ideal recipe in a mason jar lunch?
A: A good recipe for a mason jar lunch bowl includes quinoa or rice, chopped fresh vegetables, grilled tofu or seitan strips, and a flavourful dressing.
Q: What are some good healthy treats to pack in a vegan lunch?
A: Some good healthy vegan treats include vegan cookies or squares, dark chocolate, vegan popcorn, and chips.
Q: How can I save time when packing a vegan lunch?
A: When packing a vegan lunch, be resourceful with your toppings and seasonings; use mason jars to pre-package your meals. Additionally, you can save time by packing smoothies and healthy snacks that don't require much preparation.