It's that time of year, when kids and college students are heading back to school. This can pose a big problem for vegan families. Often, school lunches are anything but vegan friendly. You'll need to pack your own lunches for the occasion. Today, we're going to take a closer look at some sandwiches that work nicely in a lunch box.
First, let's consider breads. Your sandwich doesn't have to be on plain old slices of bread. Try a roll. Or a flatbread cut in half and stuffed with sandwich fillings. You could use a bagel or a soft pretzel to hold your delightful fillings, too. Or, roll a tortilla around that flavorful tofu. The point is, don't get too stuck on a sandwich being the classical sandwich shape. You can do so much more!
When it comes to messy fillings that could soak your bread, consider packing the ingredients separately and assembling the sandwich at lunch.
Peanut Butter and Fruit
Jam is so last year. This year, spread a bread of your choice with peanut butter and top with berries instead of jam! Try blueberries, sliced strawberries or even banana.
Use a roll or burger bun for this one. Roast a seasoned portabello mushroom in the oven or grill it. Add sliced tomatoes, vegan mayo and ketchup, plus onions and lettuce.
Slather a bagel with vegan cream cheese and top with slices of meatless breakfast sausage. Add a few slices of tomato and a leaf of lettuce, then top with the rest of the bagel.
Spread bread with vegan cream cheese and top with alfalfa sprouts and thinly sliced cucumbers for a very refreshing sandwich on a hot day.
Scramble tofu with onions and garlic and add chopped peppers and tomatoes. Add a little tomato sauce and roll it all up in a whole wheat tortilla for a tasty lunch.
Mix caramelized onion bits, cooked carrot and chopped lettuce and kale into soy cream cheese. Add minced basil and thyme and let sit overnight. Then spread on your bread and add sliced tomatoes.
Sweet and Salty
Chop up a handful of figs and mix them with a little soy cream cheese. Top with sliced almonds.
Spread vegan mayo on a roll and top with roasted strips of eggplant. Add some tomatoes and minced black olives to create a lovely Italian flavored sandwich.
All of these sandwiches should be a nice break from the standard lunches you'll find in everyone else's lunch boxes. What's your favorite sandwich?
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