We’re now two weeks into VeganMoFo (the Vegan Month of Food)!. It’s middle-time!
Middles are pretty excellent, actually.
Here is what Jimmy Eat World has to say about the middle.
And here is what Choirqueer Eats World has to say about the middle: yay, lunchtime!
Lunch is often a good time for a simple meal. But that doesn’t mean it should be boring! Here are some of the simple things I like to do for lunch.
My favorite sandwich is prepared like so: I lightly toast two slices of bread (usually rye or sourdough) — or, if I’m not in the mood for toast, I leave them fluffy. I spread hummus on both slices, and by “spread” I really mean “heap”. I slip in a few slices of Tofurky and a handful of arugula on top of that, then flip my sandwich shut and voila!
I love spaghetti! I love all different kinds of pasta, but for some reason I always come back to plain old simple spaghetti noodles. I like to melt in some soy butter and top with nutritional yeast (full of protein and B-vitamins!), garlic and onion powder, white wine vinegar, and black pepper.
Just Add Rice
One of the advantages to cooking delicious food all the time is that I can rely on a steady supply of already-cooked food just waiting for me to eat it! Most of the foods I cook go very well with rice, so I try to always keep a container of cooked rice in my fridge so I can heat that up quickly to extend how long I can continue eating my leftovers. Brown basmati rice is my absolute favorite, and I buy huge quantities of it from the bulk bins at Whole Foods. In fact, I really never buy any other kind of rice, because everything I could possibly want or need from rice is right there in my brown basmati!
Sometimes I’m just too busy or lazy to put any effort at all into making lunch. When that happens, I can always turn to good ol’ Tofurky. I really like the flavor and texture of this brand, and to me it doesn’t really feel like I’m eating meat, but I have not eaten meat in so long that I don’t really even remember what eating meat was like. So if you like Tofurky, and you like it because it reminds you of the things you liked about eating meat without actually being an animal, great! I’m totally in favor of that. I like Tofurky because it’s delicious, full of protein, and easy to grab and eat. It comes in a variety of different flavors; my favorite is the “peppered” kind.
I personally don’t eat a lot of salad. I find that getting enough things in the salad that I really feel satisfied after eating it is not a cost-effective way to do a meal. However, there are lots of great ways to do salad if you’re a lighter eater than I am! If I do eat salad, I usually use spinach or a mix of dark greens which have more nutritional content than lettuce, and I’ll add some nuts or seeds and perhaps a handful of croutons to that. If anyone has some good salad tips to share, feel free to post them in the comments!
How about you? What are some of your favorite lunch choices?