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At lunch, you need something fast and filling to make it through the rest of the day. Here are some meals that are easy to prepare:

  • Whip up a flavor-packed buffalo “chicken” salad by covering Boca Original Chik’n Nuggets with your favorite buffalo sauce (most brands are vegan). Place the nuggets on a bed of crispy romaine lettuce coated in our creamy “Ranch” Dressing to balance out the spicy sauce.
  • On a cold day, soup is the way to go. You can find canned vegan soups, such as Healthy Choice’s Garden Vegetable Soup, Amy’s Organic Lentil Soup, or Progresso’s Vegetable Classics line, in almost all grocery stores. Or you can make your own! Check out our recipes for zesty Chipotle Split-Pea Soup and “Cream” of Broccoli Soup. Just heat and pair with a slice of warm bread or a salad.
  • You can’t go wrong with Red Beans and Rice. This classic vegan dish is so hearty and delicious that you might forget how healthy it is. For extra flavor, try tossing in some vegetarian sausage (try Melissa’s and Tofurky brands).
  • For a quick, satisfying lunch, top a can of Hormel Vegetarian Chili With Beans or Amy’s Chili with a dollop of Tofutti Sour Supreme. Pair it with a Corn Bread Muffin.
  • Mix McCormick Sloppy Joe Seasoning or Manwich sauce with vegetarian beef crumbles and pile onto a bun for a satisfying and messy sandwich classic.
  • Pair our Baby Spinach Salad With Raspberry Vinaigrette and Avocado and Tomato Sandwich for a light yet satisfying meal.
  • Stuff a pita pocket with our Tofu Egg Salad (it has a kick!) or Better-Than-Chicken Salad and your favorite fresh veggies.
  • If you have a little extra time to cook, try our Spiced Cauliflower or Broccoli and Walnut Surprise.
  • Wrap up your favorite veggies and veggie deli slices (Tofurky and Yves make delicious “cold cuts”) in a tortilla and slather on Vegenaise or Nayonaise in place of egg-filled mayo. Can’t find vegan mayo? Call your local health-food store—most carry a few varieties.


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  • NA says:

    Yes, I don’t get the “beef” with fake meat, either. If it weren’t for products like Tofurkey, Gardein, etc. I don’t honestly think I could stand being Vegan. It opens up so many more possibilities, and I simply don’t buy the argument that eating fake meat is hypocritical. It doesn’t contain meat, for pete’s sake! That’s the whole point.

  • Duckie says:

    Honestly, fake meat should be used more for transitioning to veganism instead of a staple. It really does seem hypocritical to say one is against eating meat, but then eat a fake version of it. Try and seek out other proteins like quinoa, seitan (if you can eat wheat), or beans.

  • Elliot says:

    Why the beef with fake meat? Alternative meat products just unlock millions more recipes for vegetarians (and some meat-eaters, as I know some products are preferred to the real thing – often mince for some reason, I hear!) Plus they taste really nice, and include a healthy balance of nutrients such as a protein and fibre while remaining low in fat. Embrace the fake-meat guys, the more on offer, the more appealing vegetarianism will be for potential converts 😉

  • Jo says:

    I don’t understand all the fake meat either. If one wants to move away from eating meat, why pretend to? I would like to stop eating meat but am put because it seems like people can’t manage without still eating meat – even if it is fake. I can’t bear processed food, so all the talk of ‘beef crumbs’ and ‘tofurkey’ isn’t a route I want to go down. Surely this website can come up with some decent advice about eating a vegetarian diet without processed fake meat??

  • jojed says:

    I really want to start eating vegetarian but I don’t understand the recipe’s that include meat substitute’s. From what I have read we were not meant to eat meat in our natural diet so I am not understanding the meat substitute’s, they kind of scare me.I am a huge animal lover and the older I get the more I realize that my dinner is coming from an innocent animal and I feel I can totally do without that but why the fake meat stuff? Is there something in there that is needed for the balance?

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