If it's possible to find silver linings in the midst of a global pandemic, for those of us working from home, one of them has to be the chance to create a lunch of your choosing from scratch every day. If there's one group of people most likely to celebrate this particular shift, it's vegans and anyone taking part in Veganuary. In the before times, no mealtime presented a greater risk to a commitment to go vegan than lunch. If you weren't a packed lunch every day kinda person, you were left to the mercy of the often lacklustre local vegan options and if there weren't any, it was go hungry or break vegan. The shift to remote working means the opportunity to rustle up a creative, nutritious and satisfying lunch and with no threat to your promise to stick to a vegan diet. Here are 8 of our favourite recipes to inspire your work from home lunches for the weeks ahead.
These quick and easy vegan flatbreads are topped with crisp veg, a sweet pea crush and plenty of za'atar, offering a taste of spring when you need it most.
With cubes of roasted aubergines and substantial bulgur to keep you full until dinner, this flavour-packed pilaf needs little more than a dollop of your favourite plant-based yoghurt.
Fresh and nutritious, Rachel's griddled pineapple salad with avocado, kale, tomatoes and onions is a slice of sunshine on a plate.
Serve these crisp on the outside and soft in the middle quinoa and broad bean falafels with a generous spoonful of hummus or nestled into pillowy pita.
Protein-packed and full of goodness, this rainbow-toned sushi Buddha bowl boasts tofu, edamame, brown rice and plenty of raw veg.
Working from home lunches don't have to mean an all-out rejection of the humble sandwich. Here our favourite vegan duo, The Happy Pear, suggest three different plant-based fillings, from 'egg' mayo to 'chicken' tikka.
Brighten up your lunchtime with this one-tin tabbouleh topped with avocado, greens, pomegranate and a vibrant citrussy dressing.
If a soothing bowl of restorative goodness is just what your working day needs, look no further than Lee Watson's zen noodle broth, a deeply-flavoured mushroom-based soup with plenty of leafy veg, aromatics and soba noodles for sustenance.