5 Easy and Delicious Vegan Lunch Ideas for Busy Mums
I’m Rebecca Jordan, and I am a lifelong foodie.
1 year and 3-month long vegan foodie to be exact.
But it feels like longer.
I started watching cooking shows when I was 2 years old.
So, it only seemed natural that my second nature would become any things related to food.
With that being said, I gotcha (slang for “I got you”. And “I understand you”) – Don’t worry I’ll explain again.
Today my focus is you – yes you! All, the busy mums.
I’m not a mum myself, but I plan on being one someday!
And until then, I’ve dealt with babysitting rambunctious siblings while studying. Not to mention, I attended 4 years of University while juggling several work placement jobs and tried to uphold some social life...Not to say getting to the gym, get enough sleep, and eat better.
Like you… I’m busy.
Trying to be Super Woman isn’t all glitz and glamour!
But it is possible to take care of yourself in the midst of it all. Especially as a vegan.
The following is a compilation of reminders, helpful tips and super bomb, super satisfying vegan lunch recipes for the tired, the tried, and the hungry. Vegan mums. Raising vegan children. Let’s get started, shall we?
Being Vegan Will Not Hospitalise You or Your Kids
Don’t listen to those nags who say things like,
“there’s no protein in a vegan diet.”
“It’s a fad that’ll pass over, why bother with it?”
Consider cancelling those people out of your life!
Being vegan is fun, it’s fabulous, it’s good for you and your children and animals and the planet.
That’s a lot of ANDS.
Those vegan haters don’t know what they’re talking about, but we both do.
So, let's act on it!
According to The Independent Individuals going vegan in the UK has increased by 350% since the decade following 2006.
Wow, that is a LOT of new vegans.
So, don’t let the haters bring you down.
Besides, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love someone else?” -Ru Paul
According to research - Working mothers spend 10.5 more hours on multitasking every week compared to working fathers.
Women typically experience much higher feelings of stress than men, which can lead to increased risk of acquiring stress-induced health problems such as severe anxiety, depression, unhealthy eating, unhealthy weight loss and weight gain, extreme fatigue, and insomnia.
So, with that being said, it’s time to turn down the notch on making our lives a living hill and fuel ourselves and our kids with the goods necessary to thrive on this beautiful planet Earth we all inhabit together.
My Health Perks of Going Vegan
- Healthy heart
- Healthy Gut
- Healthy kidneys and liver
- Boosts your immune system
- Makes your skin, nails, and hair SHINE
- Protects against osteoporosis
- Protects against inflammation
- More energy
- Healthy weight loss
- Betters arthritis, high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, and certain cancers
Following whole food, plant-based diet offers a multitude of vitamins and minerals to help your hair shine and your skin glow.
Not to mention is lower in saturated fats and higher in carbohydrates, which are proven to be better for the long-term heart health of you and your kids.
Fibre, potassium, and antioxidants help rid your body of toxins, balance your body’s water and acidity content, and boost your immune system!
Not to mention, following a whole food, plant-based diet has PLENTY of protein.
Did you know that even vegetables have protein? Spinach is comprised of 49% protein and broccoli 45%?
Get Your Kitchen Tools in Line
Now that you’ve refreshed your basic knowledge on all the right things going on with following a vegan diet (you healthy superstar, you), it is essential that you make sure you have the right kitchen tools.
Believe me; this makes ALL the difference in prepping things FAST.
And if you’re a busy bee, you already know that being fast is one of the best things you can do.
SO necessary. Major key. Please invest now. These bad boys make all the difference in chopping up raw veggies, mixing batters and sauces and soups, and just UGH! It’s a lifesaver.
I have a mini kitchen-aid one at home, I use that does the trick!
NOTE: If you have lots to cook for, you might fancy investing in a bigger food processor instead. It can be a bit pricey but trust me; it’s SOOOOO COMPLETELY 100% WORTH IT! :)
You’d be surprised at how much easier buying them in bulk will make your life.
Seek stores like The Tupperware Man or a local general merchandise store to get the goods.
Another great product is Planetbox, a stainless steel and eco-friendly lunch box that has separate compartments which make organising and fitting an entire lunch into one container easy and straightforward. Not to mention, makes this winner SUPER easy to clean.
Mason jars are another fun storage compartment that makes carrying your jarred salads and energy bites a cinch.
Set 1 Meal Prep Day Per Week
Another essential! Buying your Tupperware, and other food storage containers in bulk do help.
The most popular day to meal prep seems to be Sundays for most, as it is a means of setting up the week ahead, but feel free to modify this rule to fit your personal schedule best!
When you pick your meal prep day of choice, cook as many or as few recipes as you’d like (might I suggest more than 1?)
And make sure there are adequate portions for each person in your family so as to defy the servings, so everyone has something pre-made for their super excellent vegan lunch every day of the week.
Set aside a vegan wrap for Mondays and Wednesdays.
A salad for Tuesdays and Thursdays.
And maybe something special for everyone on Fridays?
Just an idea.
Whatever it is, assemble your lunches and set them in your fridge. That way, in the heavy haze a weekday morning often provides, and once you’ve grabbed your overnight oats (you fabulous meal prepared, you), you can also grab your lunch, and your kid’s lunch, and head out the door! Maybe even sleep in a bit later?
Onto Those Perfect Recipes!
The following is a compilation of 5 easy vegan recipes that do not compromise on time or taste.
And as a bonus: your health and your kids’ health will thank you.
Recipe Source: pinchofyum.com
So, this one is a bit mature for a kid’s palette.
But HEY. I have a cousin who ate straight up broccoli at 6 months old, so anything is possible.
If anything, this perfect recipe is one for the mums because you abso-freaking-loutely (my slang again for – “Absolutely with enthusiasm and passion regarding the subject at hand”) deserve to eat something scrumptious that’s not grilled cheese and grapes for the umpteenth time.
Not totally bashing that lunch idea, however, see recipe below.
These simple vegan wraps are best prepped ahead of the week since there is a bit of chopping (by hand) involved.
BUT if you would like to swap out cutting your veggies into “matchsticks” and wouldn’t mind eating veggie chunks, throw those puppies into your brand new, shiny food processor (you’re welcome) you’re already more than halfway done with this recipe!
NOTE: chop up the collard greens too and throw into a jar. Add a little spritz of your favourite dressing, and you’ve got a fab small jar salad you can tote where you please.
2. Vegan Grilled Cheese
Recipe Source: peasandcrayons.com
Always a winner in my home.
Sorry about the diss above.
This classic comfort food is scrumptious eaten as is for the kids (maybe even mum) or with some fancy add-ons.
Select 2 slices of your favourite bread, add from a selection of (might I suggest?) Violife’s Original Flavour vegan cheese slices, add vegan butter or olive oil to the outsides, and toss into a pan or Panini press for optimal grilling and oh-so-gooey melting.
Add a little flair for mum (or your adventurous child) by throwing combinations like spinach and pesto, vegan cream cheese and jalapenos, or cranberry preserves and pecans, as the above recipe suggests, onto your sandwich to make the busy mum life just a dash more posh and exciting.
3. Personalised Vegan Box
Recipe Source: veggiesdontbite.com
Get yourself a Planetbox! Because that’s what Sophia DeSantis of Veggies Don’t Bite swears by.
It’s easy to organise and carry, you and your kids can create yummy and unique meal combinations!
Throw in a mix of veggies and fruit such as roasted sweet potato or butternut squash and whatever is in season to one section. Then, throw in the main course of pasta salad that contains ingredients like zucchini/courgette, squash, and carrots.
Little treats could be pretzels, granola, trail mix, vegan chocolate, etc.!
Meal prepping veggie sides and main courses will make throwing these boxes together crazy quick and easy.
And is something your kids can learn to do themselves.
A+ for teaching them that responsibility. ;)
4. Nut Butter and Jelly Wraps
Recipe Source: rachaelraymag.com
A fun way to put a literal spin your classic nut-butter and jelly sandwiches.
Am I too cheesy? Hehe…
Adding a topper of crushed peanuts before rolling up and packing away adds texture and fun.
Modify by subbing almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter and using strawberry, blackberry, orange, or peach preserves.
Maybe add a few mini vegan chocolate chips as the texture changer here?
5. Make-Your-Own Buddha Bowls
Recipe Source: healthylittlefoodies.com
A great deconstructed version of the first recipe I put onto this list (see Detox Rainbow Roll-Ups with Peanut Sauce above) that’s more kid friendly and fun!
Leaving something for mum and something for your little one.
Choose from a selection of starches, proteins, veggies, fruits, dressings/toppings, and extras for a nutritious meal your kids can practically have free reign over. Imagine quinoa, lentils, chopped broccoli and beats, diced peaches, avocado, and a light balsamic vinaigrette.
Another A+ for teaching your little one’s responsibility. While keeping a watchful eye over them, of course.
Boom, High-Tens this time.!
Told you I’ve gotau.
The above vegan lunch recipes are dairy-free, meat-free, and can be made gluten-free easily by swapping out your bread, wrap, and pasta options. Make these lunches complete and even more protein-packed by adding a side of mixed nuts and dried fruit, vegan protein bars, or veggie/seed/nutcrackers. Talk about having a filling lunch!
Now It’s Your Turn to Get onto it
Being a busy vegan mum who wants to raise little vegan children is totally doable. While seeing your friends. While going to the gym. And while getting enough sleep. Maybe even while going back to school. I promise!
Following these steps and recipes are guaranteed (based on my experience) to bring you inspiration in the kitchen. Inspiration to conjure up and explore delicious, new, fun, healthy and simple recipes for you and your kids to enjoy every single week!
I guarantee it will make their friends at school jealous and your colleagues and friends wanting to try it for themselves.
Not to mention, everyone will be envious of all the bouncy energy you’ve acquired! Have you seen Lily lately? How is she always so awake and happy?
Give yourself a break.
You’re doing fantastic, sweetie.
All you have to do is make your life a little easier by fueling yourself and your kids the healthy, simple, plant-based/vegan-friendly way.
If you try out any or maybe even all the 5 Easy and Delicious Vegan Lunch recipes provided in this blog post, let us know what you thought in the comments below!
Happy eating you Vegan busy mummy!
About the Author
Hello! My name is Rebecca, and I am a lifelong foodie. Now, VEGAN foodie, aiming to provide the best, most fun advice I can on all things plant-based. Join me on a quest always to bring you the best. Always vegan and always food related. Cheers. My Instagram & My Blog