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8 Plant-Based Brown Bag Recipes

Sharon Palmer

Lunchboxes never looked better! If you’re packing up lunches for yourself or your kids, it can be tough to come up with some new ideas for your lunches. So, I’m bringing you some of my top plant-based (vegan) brown bag recipes to fuel your day with good taste and nutrition. Think beyond the boring PB&J (though we definitely like that too!) and get creative this fall with some lunch ideas that you will look forward to diving into.

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8 Plant-Based Brown Bag Recipes


8 Plant-Based Brown Bag Recipes

Vegan BLTA Sandwich

Creating a classic vegan BLTA—bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado sandwich is easy these days. Just brown your favorite plant-based bacon, toast some good whole wheat bread, smear it with plant-based mayo, and top it with farm-fresh produce and you’re good to go. My favorite go to plant-based bacon is tempeh bacon. You can make it yourself, or just locate your favorite brand, such as Lightlife or Tofurky.

8 Plant-Based Brown Bag Recipes

Curried Tofu Papaya Wraps

Now this is what I call healthy, delicious eating on the go! Filled with a colorful, flavorful tofu, papaya, and coconut filling, this wrap is a delicious treat for lunch. Stock up on powerful nutrients, such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, fiber, and protein in this meal-in-one.

8 Plant-Based Brown Bag Recipes

Double Chickpea Vegetable Pitas

I love the Greek flair of these hearty, double chickpea pita sandwiches, which can be thrown together in 5 minutes with 6 ingredients! Perfect for packing up for lunch.


Meal Prep: Mediterranean White Bean and Sorghum Salad

Meal prep this healthy, delicious combination based on white beans, carrots, cauliflower, sorghum, pistachios, kale, and Mediterranean herbs. In about 45 minutes, you can put together 4 plant-based, gluten-free entrée salads for a week of healthy eating to stock in your lunchbox. Check out the video on making these meal prep salads here.


Vegetable Stone Soup

Is there anything quite as good as a hearty, vegetable-based soup? Pair it with a salad and some whole grain bread, and you have a satisfying meal filled with disease-protective nutrients to pack up for lunch.


Golden Beet Veggie Balls with Almond Sage Cranberry Crema

These crispy veggie balls are filled with the earthy flavors of golden beets, white beans, sage, and hazelnuts. Serve them with this easy, plant-based almond crema dip flavored with cranberries and sage. Make these veggie balls ahead of time, and pack them away in your lunchbox for work the next day.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Bars

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Bars are a perfect treat in your next lunchbox. Filled with creamy nut butter and decadent chocolate, this plant-based dessert is one that everyone is sure to enjoy!

Soft Molasses Cookies

These soft, chewy molasses cookies are rich with the burnt amber goodness of molasses, and the sweet aromatic appeal of baking spices. They’re a favorite with kids and adults alike! Just pack some up with your brown bag lunch for a delicious treat. 

For other plant-based lunch recipes, check out:

Chipotle Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers
Smoky Lentil Chili
Nourish Lentil Bowl

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