In the past, being vegan meant planning ahead and always carrying snacks on-the-go. Well, it’s still sensible to do this, but it’s far more accessible to be vegan out and about these days. Most restaurants offer vegan meals now, but what about on your short lunch break at work? Or on the way to a lengthy train journey? Not to worry here, either! There are loads of places that offer quick and easy vegan convenience food, now. Here are just some suggestions for where you can go for that lunchtime fix…
A couple of years ago, Pret decided to become a veggie hot spot with it’s new vegetarian & vegan range in-store. They have even opened 3 uniquely-veggie locations in London at Exmouth Market, and on Great Eastern Street and Broadwick Street. It’s a little pricey, but it’s always nicey! Normal Pret locations won’t have the huuuuuge selection available at those restaurants, but there are always 2 or 3 delights to choose from. Here is what’s on the vegan menu:
- Chocolate Brownie
- Mac and Greens
- Curried Chickpea and Chutney Granary
- Artichoke, Tapenade, and Olive Baguette
- Avo & Chipotle Chickpea Salad Wrap
- Sweet Potato, Coconut, and Cashew Flatbread
- Ragu and Red Pepper Hot Wrap
- Acai Almond Breakfast Bowl
- Banana, Blueberries, & Almond Butter Toasted Tortilla
- Dairy-Free Chocolate Chia Pot
- Sweet Potato Falafel & Beets Veggie Box
- Grilled Artichokes and Olive Tapenade Flatbread
- Chakalaka Wrap
- Avo, Olives & Toms Baguette
- Avo Super-Greens Veggie Pot
- Super-Veg Rainbow Flatbread (pictured above)
- Crunchy Houmous Salad Wrap
- Falafel Mezze
- Mexican Avocado Flatbread
- Rainbow Veggie Pot
- Super Tomato Soup
- Veggie Miso
- Coconut Porridge
At Marks and Sparks there are a few vegan options, including the Super Greens sandwich and the Rainbow Veg sandwich. If you’re heading back to the staff room where you have access to a microwave, there’s a Thai Green Veg Curry too!
Boots is an absolute hero of the meal-deal league. There are so many vegan choices, and it’s super cheap too – £3.29! I love the Louisiana Style Cajun Fritter sandwich, and they’ve released a few more options this month too including a Coronation Veggies sandwich, and a Tandoori Style Beetroot Flatbread which I’m looking forward to trying. There’s also a Sweet Potato Falafel Veggie Box and a Samosa Style Veggie Wrap. It seems that beggars can be choosers!
If you’re looking for something cheap, go for the Avocado/Tomato & Basil Sandwich, as that’s part of the Sainsbury’s meal deal. If you’re feeling a little more fancy, reach for the Roasted Vegetable & Basil Pasta as that’s super nice – just not on the cheaper end!
Everybody loves burritos. Come on, they’re delicious. Well, vegans can still have burritos! At Barburrito, you can get a delicious one too. I had the wrap, filled with rice, peppers, beans, guacamole, mushrooms, salsa, and salad! And you can too! Unfortunately, the churros here aren’t vegan, which is weird… cause loads of churros are. Peaceful pressure group…?
onion bhaji sandwich, falafel wrap
Forever wishing I lived in walking distance of a Co-Op! They have so many grabbable vegan choices at lunchtime, like this Onion Bhaji sandwich. You don’t often get vegan pasta pots, so I really want to get my hands on one of the Co Op Roasted Red Pepper and Kalamata Olive Pasta. A big plus of getting your lunch from Co-Op, too, is that their bags of jam or custard donuts are vegan friendly!
Wasabi Sushi and Bento
If you’re lucky enough to be in walking distance of a Wasabi Sushi & Bento, you’re in for a treat. There are loads of hot and cold food options for you to choose from!
Vegan sushi options include:
- Mini Veg Set
- Yasai Roll Set
- Party Veg Set
- Avocado Hosomaki
- Cucumber Hosomaki
- Tofu Roll
- Tofu Nigiri
- Seaweed Gunkan
- Seaweed Onigiri
Vegan sauces and dressings include:
- Chinese chilli sauce
- Sweet chilli sauce
- Japanese BBQ sauce
- Japanese dressing
- Teriyaki sauce
- Balsamic vinegar olive oil
- Goma dressing
- Korean chilli sauce
Vegan sachets include:
- Soy sauce
- Sweet soy sauce
- Gluten free soy sauce
- Reduced salt soy sauce
Vegan noodle soups include:
- Veg tanmen
- Veg soumen
Hot food includes:
- Sweet chilli tofu & rice
- Sweet chilli tofu & veg yakisoba
- Vegetable yakisoba
There are also numerous vegan friendly salads. Unfortunately the curry tofu is not vegan because it contains dairy! Peaceful pressure group…?
Asda recently mega-upped its vegan game with THREE new vegan additions to it’s food-to-go section. They are the Falafel & Houmous Sandwich, Onion Bhaji Wrap, and Mexican Rice & Bean Salad. I love all three choices, especially the Onion Bhaji Wrap which is super delicious!
A recent vegan addition to Starbucks is a BBQ Vegan wrap with Jackfruit and Slaw. It’s pretty nice, and I’m grateful for the choice, however, it’s definitely attack-of-the-carrots. This can happen from time to time cause carrots are cheap and good fillers. The flavour is still super nice though, it’s just not the best value for money overall.
Morrison’s offers this Japanese inspired Vegan Wrap with Black Sushi Rice and Vegetables. They do have a salad bar but not much of its contents is vegan friendly, which is a shame! Peaceful pressure group…?
Urban Eat is a brand, and not a place, but if you can get to somewhere that stocks Urban Eat, you are winning at life. Their vegan line includes several creations, including: shabby chic pea, bhaji bonanza, bombay spiced veggie wrap, falafel and houmous flatbread, and a-mezze-ing wrap. They stock these sandwiches at Leeds University Union, for example. Click on the link below, scroll down, and enter your postcode to find out where you can grab these delights in your area!
Other great places to grab food include Tesco, Cafe Nero, Holland and Barrett, and Waitrose. Tesco recently partnered up with Wicked Kitchen and released a line of over 20+ vegan food-to-go items. I haven’t got round to trying it yet, and although it’s a little pricey at £3-5 per item, I’ve seen a lot of rave reviews. Cafe Nero offers breakfast (fruit salad, soya porridge pot), a Sweet Potato Falafel & Beetroot Houmous wrap, a Ciabatta Bread Roll served with Soup, and Orzo Pasta with Mediterranean Veg. There’s also an Apple & Blackcurrant Crumble Bar for dessert, and loads of vegan-friendly snacks. The fridge sections in Holland and Barrett contains vegan sausage rolls and the likes, for a very small price. There’s also something to get at Waitrose, which is a Mexican Spiced Buttersquash and Beans wrap, although, this is Waitrose, so it’s £3.40 a pop.
Am I missing any other fantastic vegan-lunch-on-the-go choices?