I'm still in high school and just turned vegan......
While it has been really interesting I still need new lunch ideas...along with very SIMPLE ideas for protien packed sandwhiches...I looked on the post for the recipes but still am looking for new ideas ;)
Very awesome that you turned vegan! I wish I was as smart as you are and converted to veganism that early! In any event, I have found that quick, easy protein lunches come as sandwiches. A quick sandwich I like to make is a chickpea sandwich. I mash the chickpeas, put it on a piece of bread with tomatoes, pickles, and olives. It's very tasty and you can also add any dressings you want:vegan mayo if you have it, oil and vinegar (I have discovered that red wine vinegar goes well with chickpeas!), raspberry/balsamic vinaigrette or mustard. Also, natural peanut butter makes a tasty, mainstream sandwich. And don't forget that stores have vegan deli slices from turkey to bastrami! I have also seen 'tofu to go' packages.
If you prefer a hot dish, there are also vegan dogs/burgers, and pizzas. But I am sure you know about these products. The beauty of the vegan world is to be creative. Take some tofu and add spices to it. Cook it or eat it raw or put it on a wrap or sliced bread. Hope this helps you out and good luck with your experience!
you might find nutritiondata.com to be a helpful site for finding out what is in a lot of different foods. It will give you protien, vitamins, all the nutritional info you'll ever need!
and congrats on your choice! ;D
I agree with stride4unity....a chick pea sandwitch is a great snack. Perhaps you
have heard of hummas, a chickpea based spread. I cook up some chickpeas, add some
tahini (ground up sesame seeds) and olive oil. You can add other flavors like
lemon juice, garlic or onions. Also several different spices/herbs can be used like
dill. You can spread the hummas on some pita bread, and add other stuff like thinly
sliced apples or sprouts. This can be very filling and the chick peas have tons of
protein. You can buy hummas or make you own. It keeps fairly well in the fridge.
Since I'm lazy, I just pack 100 calorie packs of oreo crisps. they;re vegan and they help me feel normal.
I love tofu in all ways. I found a great recipe for BLT on this webisite with tofu. Tofu "egg" salad sandwich (Veganaise, celery, green onion, mustard, sweet relish, salt and pepper) Marinated baked tofu. Cut tofu into cutlets, marinate with a store bought or homemade marinade (soy lemon, teriyaki, whatever). Get a couple of good cookbooks. If you're still in high school you might like "How It All Vegan" and "The Garden of Vegan". Easy to make recipes with everyday ingredients. Or if not look on here for marinating recipes. Also try buying seitan (in deli section at store like whole foods) and slicing very thinly and then cooking for a long time, over low heat with bbq sauce. Serve on bun or bread with pickles, onions, shredded lettuce. Very good!
Good luck! I've been vegetarian for 11 years and vegan 6 years and it was really hard in the beginning but it gets easier and easier and now I can't imagine it any other way. I also didn't used to like to cook and now I love it! I hope any of this helps.
Hummus sandwich is good, or just chips with hummus. Avocado sandwichs w/veganaise, tomatoe, and a lot of sprouts is good. Peanut butter and jelly is an original. Can always take grapes or other good fruit. Veggiedogs or veggie burger is good if you want to take a little extra time to cook. You can also try a mock 'chicken' salad sandwich.
Welcome to the club! I, too, became a vegan in highschool and am now a junior in college. For lunch I used to pack hummus sandwiches as well, mmm my favorite, but what I recently discovered in health food stores is the vegan protein powder by Naturade, it barely has any taste and mixes really well. When I need a quick snack or am sick of just a sandwich for lunch, I keep bananas in the freezer and slice them up with some strawberries, a few tablespoons of protein powder and a splash of soymilk, throw that in the blender, put some whole berries in it at the end and voila, "yogurt". It's really good and packs a punch of protein! Eat with a simple bean and garlic salad and you have your protein for the day! Good luck and stick with it!