Living WIth a Vegan
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
My husband and I are pretty adamant about eating organic, fresh, non-gmo, little sugar...
Hubby is vegan - except that he does eat honey. I now include chicken, turkey, tuna, or salmon. I shop for humanely raised/produced meat, eggs, dairy.
I was ovo-lacto vegetarian for about a year and discovered that I was consistently putting on weight, then started eating chicken or tuna or salmon once or twice a week. In January this year I was hit with bronchitis in. It took a long time to recover and I found that I felt so depleted while recovering - so absolutely weak - exhibited symptoms of iron and iodine deficiencies - I decided to eat a little beef. And I will admit to feeling a little stronger within a few days of eating some beef. These days, I very occasionally will eat beef - when I WANT it, but still will have chicken, turkey, tuna, or salmon once or twice a week. I seem to feel better when I include some meat, and I seem to eat less. I found that I was substituting carbs like pasta and potatoes for the meat that I was missing, and the carbs were not as satisfying.
My challenge: my husband is our main cook - he is an excellent cook. He is not a dietician - doesn't worry about a balanced diet because he takes supplements recommended for vegans. He love veggies, obviously, but is fine to drink a protein shake (whole food, vegan). He is absolutely fine to eat a whole plate of one thing. I despise things like smoothies and protein shakes - prefer to get my nutrients from food that I can enjoy and crave variety. He doesn't appreciate the smell of cooking meat, so I don't eat meat at home. My job is such that I only get 1/2 hour for lunch (if I take a lunch break at all) and I need very easy lunch ideas. My office has a microwave and a refrigerator, but no prep space of any kind.
So, after the long, drawn out, tedious novel above, my question is:
Does anyone have any ideas for easy, mostly vegetarian, organic, non-gmo, humanely produced, take-to-work lunches? For one person??
At home I can always cook eggs to round out a meal, but I am struggling to find good options for lunch at work.
Thanks so much for any suggestions!