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Are you looking for delicious vegan lunch ideas? Well, you don't have to go out and splurge on exotic ingredients to enjoy a tasty vegan lunch. In fact, you probably have many vegan staples like rice and beans right in your pantry. One quick trip to the farmers' market will ensure you have all the fresh produce necessary to make flavorful vegan recipes like rice-stuffed green peppers, Middle Eastern bulgur salad and much more. Here are five great vegan lunch ideas to add to your repertoire:
You might need a nap after enjoying a bowl of this hearty vegan chili. Red kidney beans are simmered with zucchini, eggplants and tomatoes in this exquisite ratatouille-like stew. For extra oomph try topping it with avocado and serving it with rice or tortilla chips.
If you haven't tried bulgur you are missing out on a great vegan lunch staple. Popular in the Middle East, bulgur is steamed, dried and crushed to obtain a grainy consistency. It cooks up just like rice but has a chewier texture. You'll love it in this recipe for bulgur and veggie salad.
Open-Faced Hummus Sandwich
Hummus is a great canvas for countless vegan lunch ideas. One of our favorites is this delicious open-faced sandwich served on whole wheat bread and topped with nutrient-packed watercress, sprouts, cucumbers and tomatoes.
Red Cabbage, Apple and Hazelnut Salad
With just five ingredients you'll be able to whip up an easy vegan lunch in no time. Red cabbage is blanched, cooled and tossed with chopped apples and hazelnuts for crunch. A quick vegan dressing ties it all together.
Stuffed Green Peppers
Here's a fun vegan lunch recipe (pictured up top) that's also marvelous for entertaining. Partially cooked rice is blended with pine nuts, olives and spices then baked inside green bell peppers. Of course, red and yellow bell peppers would also make lovely vessels.