One thing I always struggle with when eating vegan is lunch ideas. In the past, I’ll always have such simple lunches – a cheese and onion or ham and tomato sandwich with a packet of crisps and that was it really.

When eating vegan, I have to really get creative with my lunch ideas. I can still have a cheese and onion sandwich for example but vegan cheese isn’t that great for flavour when just in a sandwich, so this is usually a last resort for me.

Therefore I thought it would be nice to share some of my favourite vegan lunch ideas.

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VEGAN BURRITO BOWL
I’m not a lover of burritos/burrito bowls or even black beans but I loved this burrito bowl (taken from one of Pound Fit’s meal plans). It’s another one that looks super impressive with minimal prep. All you need to do the night before is cook and drain the black beans, then pack an avocado, chopped tomatoes, rice and a slice of lime. You can cook the rice the night before and have it cold with your burrito bowl, or grab a microwavable pack to scoff it warm. It’s another idea great for summer.

TOMATO MEZZE
This is a massive favourite of mine taken from The Debrief back when it was still a thing (oh how I miss it!). It’s great because it’s cheap to make (all leftover ingredients are totally versatile to use in other dishes), it’s easy and it looks a lot more impressive than it actually is. All you need is hummus, rocket salad, a bread roll, tomatoes and smoked paprika – probably everything you already have anyway. Basically you make a smokey tomatoey sauce using the smoked paprika and tomatoes and a little water in the microwave, sprinkle some smoked paprika over the hummus and divide it onto your plate to pile onto your bread. It’s lightweight too but a great alternative for a warm-but-not-heavy meal in summer.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
This one needs some prep the night before (or the day before – I tend to cook it in the slow cooker throughout the day) but my god its tasty. Ingredients and recipes vary – I tend to just blend some butternut squash and an onion before seasoning it – but you can pile in as many vegetables as you like. Pick up some delicious bread rolls or sourdough bread with lashings of vegan butter, microwave the soup and you’ve got a stocky lunch to keep you full throughout the day.

AVOCADO ON TOAST
Super simple, super easy. Definitely a Friday lunch when you can’t be bothered. Still feeling hungry? Grab some plain Doritos (or nacho crisps) and use any remaining avo as an easy alternative to guac.

ITALIAN RED PEPPER HUMMUS SANDWICH
This sandwich is a firm favourite from Euphoric Vegan. It’s asbsolutely delicious as it is, but to save time and money, I usually swap the red pepper hummus for normal hummus (also used in the tomatoe mezze recipe)!

ON THE HIGH STREET
Can’t be bothered to prep or really running late and forget? There’s actually tons of vegan choices on the high street if you know where to look/what to look for. My favourites are the falafel and hummus wrap or the falafel red pepper and tabbouleh salad (which isn’t marked as vegan but is vegan as long as you remove the spiced yogurt dressing provided with it) as part of the Tesco meal deal (both Walkers ready salted crisps and squares are vegan). Tesco also stocks the WICKED range, most of which is microwaveable. Pret’s has tons of vegan options too – though a little pricey. You can see a full guide of vegan goodies to buy along the high street here, for those days when you’re caught out.

If you’re vegan, what do you normally eat at lunchtime? Let me know!

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I never thought I’d see the day where I’d be writing on my blog about cookbooks – let alone vegan ones! Although veganism is becoming wildly more accepted and popular, there’s still a lack of vegan cookbooks out there. However, the ones that are available are pretty damn great.

Here are some of my favourites.

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THE VEGAN STONER COOKBOOK
This is one of my favourite books because not only is it quirky, it’s also derived from a blog! It’s perfect for a vegan beginner because a lot of the recipes are very simple. It’s also great for students or those on a budget too. Each recipe has it’s own little illustrations and there’s recipes for all sorts of occasions. Plus, shocker, you don’t have to be a stoner to enjoy this book…! For someone who is bad at cooking – like me – it’s perfect.

BOSH!
Anyone who’s anyone (and vegan) has heard about this book. I have to admit, I’ve yet to try it myself, but I’m putting an order in on Amazon as we speak. This book is another one filled with simple and easy to follow recipes such as a bhaji burger, a thai red curry (yummy) and, can you believe it, watermelon jägerbomb punch. If only I’d thought to order this book in time for my flat warming this weekend..!

VEGAN ON THE GO
One of my biggest struggles from being vegan has trying to brainstorm lunch ideas. When you’re trying to save money or don’t know what to buy from the high street for lunch, bringing a packed lunch is the only alternative. I get especially stuck on sandwich ideas, so this book which focuses on vegan lunch ideas is perfect. It also focuses on cheap and easy lunch ideas too which is even better. I am loving the sound of the squash soup (ideal for winter) and the chia and almond pizza (great for dinner with lunch leftovers).

THUG KITCHEN
Thug Kitchen is another popular vegan cookbook and is hailed as being ‘real af’. Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you have to live off of kale and vegetables y’know! Even Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan. The recipes are actually super filling and tempting – in fact there’s such a variety of recipes that I doubt you’ll even realize half of them are vegan. There’s a lot of naughty language throughout – which is kinda cool if you ask me – and the book has been hailed in particular for its chickpea burritos! If you like this one, the author has also released a few others, such as party grub. Yum yum.

HEALTHY HAPPY VEGAN KITCHEN
With all that delicious party food it would be wise to have at least one healthy vegan cookbook, no? Practice being super green with this cookbook which also includes tips on how to cook vegan long term and and staying green. Even if you’ve been a vegan for years, the book is still helpful. The author finds a way to make eating green actually fun and tasty too, which is a bonus and something I struggle with personally.

Whether you’re curious about exploring veganism or you’ve been a vegan for years and need some ideas to shake up your recipe list; these books are just the trick.

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