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Simple Vegan Sandwiches | Healthy packed lunch ideas

Sandwiches are such lunchbox staples for most people, from primary school packed lunches, to on-the-go quick meals as adults. Whether you have sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack, these recipes are your new staples!

Who else remembers having a classic ham & cheese sandwich with a packet of crisps and a juice carton during lunch break at school? Being vegan doesn’t change this tradition as there are so many vegan cheese and meat replacements out there. I usually use the Violife vegan cheese slices and the Quorn chicken slices that are both perfect for this with some dairy-free spread! A sandwich that plain can get quite boring after a while and if you’re a foodie like myself, you probably like experimenting with flavours and ingredients a bit more!

I’ve put together three really easy and simple sandwich ideas that are in no way complicated or extravagant, but a tad more creative than your typical (vegan) ham & cheese sandwich. We’ve got vegan tuna sandwiches (using chickpeas as the base), sweet pickle and grated vegan cheese sandwiches, and your typical falafel and hummus combination. As over-done as falafel and hummus is for vegans, especially a couple of years ago when it was always the only vegan option when eating out or buying convenience food, it’s still, nonetheless, such a good combo.

 

VEGAN TUNA SANDWICH

Vegan Tuna is such an easy and affordable recipe for how delicious it turns out! You can use the vegan tuna mixture for sandwiches or pasta dishes, as it works great with both!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 can rinsed chickpeas
  • 3 tbsp vegan mayo
  • finely chopped celery (2 sticks)
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ground black pepper
  • splash of cider vinegar

Method: 

Mash the chickpeas together in a bowl and add the vegan mayo, chopped celery, black pepper, nutritional yeast and splash of cider vinegar in to create a creamy mixture. You can add more mayo and cider vinegar depending on how wet you want your mixture to be. The nutritional yeast is perfect for that added texture and taste, but not necessary if you don’t have any in your pantry. Once you’re happy with the consistency of your mixture, spread it on your bread and enjoy!

 

VEGAN PICKLE & CHEESE SANDWICH

This is quite possibly one of the easiest sandwich recipes out there, all you need is bread, a jar of sweet pickle and vegan cheese!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 tbsp sweet pickle
  • A handful of grated vegan cheese ( I use Violife)

Method: 

Scoop 2-3 tbsp of sweet pickle on one slice of bread, sprinkle your grated vegan cheese on top (or use a sliced vegan cheese instead), cover with the other slice of bread and enjoy!

 

VEGAN FALAFEL & HUMMUS SANDWICH

The vegan classic: a falafel & hummus sandwich, or wrap! I remember when I first went vegan, over 5 years ago, when falafel and hummus sandwiches were my only options at supermarkets, cafes, and restaurants. Having the option to order a vegan fake meat burger, vegan pizza, or even a vegan kebab when I’m out for food has actually made me miss a good ol’ falafel sandwich! Again, this one’s a really easy recipe with just 4 ingredients. You can, of course, make your own hummus (which I will be posting recipes for shortly as I love how much control you have over the flavour intensity of the garlic and tahini when you make it yourself), but I just used store-bought hummus for these sandwiches. Same with the falafel, you can make your own falafels or buy a pack from the supermarket.

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2-3 whole falafels, or 4 halves
  • 3 tbsp hummus
  • spinach/ salad leaves

Method: 

Scoop your hummus on a slice of bread, rip your falafels in half or crumble them over the hummus to cover as much bread as possible, and top it all off with some spinach before closing off your sandwich with the second piece of bread.

 

If you try out this recipe, remember to tag me in any pictures on Instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/nutritionalnatasa/) as I’d love to see your recreations.

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