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10 Sandwich Alternatives to Take for Lunch

Here are 10 great sandwich alternatives to take for lunch. All make-ahead friendly, protein packed, vegan or easily veganizable, and gluten free.I’ll be honest — I’m not ready to let go of summer for quite a while yet. We’re currently traveling through the Canadian Rockies and plan to make the most out of what’s left of our Jersey Shore summer when we return home in mid-August. But I hear some of you are planning for the back-to-school scene already, and good for you. I may not be doing anything just yet to help my own family get ready. But here’s something I can do to help the Umami Girl family,  which is kind of the same, right? Here are 10 sandwich alternatives that you or your good-eater kids, if you have that model, can take to work or school for lunch instead of a boring old sandwich. (No offense to sandwiches, though. I love them.) They’re all make-ahead friendly, either vegan or easily veganizable and gluten-free, to boot. Knock yourselves out. See you soon. 

1. Roasted Eggplant and Brown Rice Salad

Savory Eggplant and Brown Rice Salad | Umami Girl

Recipe here.

2. Deconstructed hummus chickpea salad

Deconstructed Hummus Chickpea Salad | Umami Girl

Recipe here.

3. Quinoa, Spinach and Fava Bean Cakes

Spinach Fava Quinoa Cakes | Umami Girl

Recipe here.

4. Black Bean Soup 

Simple Vegan Black Bean Soup Recipe | Umami Girl

Recipe here.

5. Layla’s Lentil Soup

Layla's Lentil Soup: Easy Vegetarian Red Lentil Soup | Umami Girl-2

Recipe here.

6. Frittata with Corn, Cheddar and Spinach

Frittata-with-Spinach-Corn-and-Cheddar-Umami-Girl-914x1380-80x80Recipe here.

7. Smoky White Bean Stew with Corn and Potatoes

Smoky Potato Corn Stew | Umami GirlRecipe here.

8. Super-savory Frittata with Shiitakes, Garlic Scapes and Potatoes

Potato Shiitake Garlic Scape Frittata III | Umami GirlRecipe here.

9. Easy Green Quinoa Salad

Easy Green Quinoa Salad | Umami GirlRecipe here.

10. Cauliflower, Lentil and Quinoa Salad

Warm Cauliflower, Lentil and Quinoa Salad | Umami Girl

Recipe here.

See you soon.

Carolyn xx



Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.