Chances are, you’ll be super busy this week, which is why everyone loves a quick lunch with little prep time. When following a vegan or vegetarian diet, much of eating well comes as a result of chopping, preparing and cooking your own food, which does take time. In this busy, modern lifestyle, we need all the time-saving tips for getting healthy food quickly.
Use your precious free time to make a lovely dinner, but be sure to prepare portions large enough to save for another meal. For several vegan dishes, you can plan ahead and knock out both lunch and dinner in one cooking session. Check out these ways to throw together a quick vegan lunch with dinner’s leftovers:
1. Make a Sandwich
If your dinner consists of a large piece of protein, such as tempeh or tofu, you can use that for lunch the next day by just putting it between two slices of bread with some lettuce and veggies. Dinner dishes that make great sandwich starters the next day include Tempeh Picatta, Portobello Patties or Lemony Baked Tofu. If you have leftover garlic bread from a pasta meal, use that to make an epic grilled cheese sandwich with vegan cheese.
2. Top Salad With a Stir-Fry or Veggie Side
Making a hot, tasty vegan stir fry for dinner is a quick and easy easy way to get in a nutritious, hearty vegan meal. Put your leftovers in the fridge, then place the cold mixture over dark, leafy greens such as kale the next day. Try Indian-Chinese Broccoli Manchurian Stir Fry, Bitter Melon, Potato, and Eggplant Indian-Style Stir Fry, or Spicy Mushroom Stir Fry with Garlic, Black Pepper and Chives.
3. Make a Hearty Lunch Bowl
If you are making a vegetable side dish to go along with your dinner, save those veggies! Use leftover cooked broccoli and cauliflower to use in this Roasted Buddah Bowl the next day. If you make these Turnips with Caramelized Onions and Toasted Lentils for dinner, then toss leftovers over a crisp bed of kale and some whole grains for lunch.
4. Toast a Sub
Make a toasted sub with your dinner leftovers; this works particularly well with vegan sausage. Make this Vegan Italian Sausage for dinner, then use it for the accompanying recipe for the delectable Vegan Gutbuster Sandwich. This baby calls for a hearty, flavorful italian sausage on a bun with mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, vegan mozzarella and several spices. You can also grill your sausage; check out this article on How to Make Vegan Sausages That Will Hold Up On The Grill.
5. Make a Wrap
Try making some pan dishes for dinner, then re-heating the mixture the next day and placing it inside a healthy whole wheat or sprouted grain tortilla wrap. Whereas tempeh may hold up better on a sandwich, some dinners would fall apart and are best hiding in a tasty wrap. The bok choy and cabbage in this Chinatown Sweet and Sour Bok Choy is a great mixture to place inside a wrap, as is this Bitter Melon, Potato and Eggplant Indian Stir Fry. If you have a Mediterranean feast, use leftover falafel and hummus for a lunch wrap or taco.
Lead Image Source: The Vegan Gutbuster Sandwich