Vegan lunches can -- and should -- be a lot more interesting than bare salads or carrot sticks and hummus. New Veganism columnist Gena Hamshaw will be sharing inspiration for midday meals that stave off both hunger and boredom.
Today: Lunch doesn't have to be complicated. With a good piece of bread, you're already halfway there.
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To anyone who claims that it’s hard to come up with vegan lunch ideas, this is my answer: with two slices of whole grain bread, you can almost instantly assemble a mix-and-match sandwich or tartine.
You’ll need bread of your choosing, a spread or topping (hummus and cashew cheese are my favorites, but of course avocado will work wonderfully, too), and some vegetables. I like to use odds and ends, which in this case meant half of a tomato and two radishes, along with the last of my dill. The idea here is to mix and match, so feel free to get eclectic. Sometimes I’ll do half fruit (think: cashew cheese and nectarines) and half vegetables.
This is the sort of meal one would never immediately think of as vegan, but it is -- and an easy, adaptable vegan meal at that.
What do you mix and match on your sandwiches? Let us know in the comments below!
Photo by Gena Hamshaw
The Food52 Vegan Cookbook is here! With this book from Gena Hamshaw, anyone can learn how to eat more plants (and along the way, how to cook with and love cashew cheese, tofu, and nutritional yeast).
Gena is a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and food blogger. She's the author of three cookbooks, including Power Plates (2017) and Food52 Vegan (2015). She enjoys cooking vegetables, making bread, and challenging herself with vegan baking projects.