What does a vegan sandwich look like?

squash and mushroom sandwich.

A sandwich! Wait… is that just a salad in a pita?

OK, I very much doubt I’ll post my lunch every day. That said, lunch is kind of the meal I worry about the most on VB6. It’s a time when I’m likely to be pretty hungry. Also, I’m often away from home at lunchtime. I live in Portland, so vegan options at restaurants are usually available, but if I’m hungry and in a restaurant… well, mac and cheese or a cheeseburger might get hard to resist. That’s especially true now, I think, while I’m still trying to establish new habits. Yesterday, I had a salad with a bunch of stuff in it for lunch. It was great, and I really like salad, but I suspect I won’t want to eat it as my lunch every day. So I’ve been doing a lot of reading and thinking and planning about what I am going to eat at lunch. Part of what has to happen for this to work at lunchtime is prep. On Sunday, I made a batch of black-eyed peas, which I love. I froze two containers of them, and one is in the fridge, ready to be warmed up or eaten with salad or whatever. Today, I roasted some butternut squash with olive oil, rosemary, garlic, and salt and pepper. (I grabbed the squash already cut into chunks at the grocery store—much easier on me that way.) I also have some farro that I plan to make later today—I’ve never tried that before, so wish me luck! Tuesdays I work from home, so I can actually cook something for lunch. I sauteéd a few mushrooms and combined them with the squash, some salad greens, red onion, and some avocado. All that went into half a whole wheat pita with a bit of hummus, and then I drizzled a little balsamic vinegar over all of it. I do have a rough plan for the rest of the week, but I’m also still gathering information, and I consider all of it an experiment to see what works. Tomorrow should be easy, though, since our company brings in lunch—with vegan options—for everyone on Wednesday.

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