Ok so the main reason we fail at work lunch time is because of time. It seems as though everyone around me all over this world (our round blue spaceship hurtling through space, by the way) wakes up at the crack of dawn and walks their dog, gets their kids up, makes coffee, makes breakfast, gets ready for work, and so on. Who has time to make themselves a nice lunch? Your kids (if you have them) are lucky if they even get a nice lunch. But yourself? Forget it.
There’s the easiest solution: buy something—buy something spectacular, buy something healthy, buy something cheap. There’s the perfectly respectable but unglamorous solution: bring in last night’s leftovers that you shoved into 10 year-old tupperware that’s sure to gross everyone out when you heat it up in the office microwave. Or there’s the alternative to saving time: take even more time, wake up even earlier, watch the sun come up, defy your physical limitations and make yourself a nice, crisp, farmers market healthy lunch.
Use what you have, for example, I had tortillas, roasted portabellos from a bbq, sliced zucchini salad, lettuce, jalapeno, olives, cucumber and basil. Anything, any vegetable at all would be delicious, such as radish, artichoke, bean sprouts, cilantro, parsley, cabbage, pickles, peppers, carrots, etc. Any spread would work (or choose to go spreadless), such as hummus, guacamole, cream cheese mixed with herbs, homemade ranch, tzatziki, etc.
There’s really no cooking involved of course. This is what I did, but the possibilities are endless.
Quick take-away style vegan wrap:
1 flour tortilla (plain, whole wheat, spinach)
1 tbs hummus (or other spread)
2 leaves soft green lettuce
3 slices cucumber, sliced lengthwise
3 slices raw zucchini, sliced lengthwise
1/2 tomato, sliced
1/2 fresh jalapeno, sliced
1 roasted portabello mushroom, sliced
3 leaves basil
a few kalamata olives, sliced
1) Lay a tortilla on a piece of parchment paper and spread with hummus (or similar).
2) Layer all the vegetables on one side.
3) Carefully roll up, using the parchment paper to help hold everything together, like a sushi rolling mat.
4) Either cut in half, keeping the parchment paper on and eat as a wrap, or cut into sushi-style rolls, but be careful they don’t fall apart.