Vegan Packed Lunch Ideas For Students (Easy & Cheap)

Make great food on a budget with these easy and affordable vegan packed lunch ideas for students. These recipes are ready in 15-20 minutes. You can choose to have spicy vegan sushi, apple energy bites, tofu scramble tortilla, or vegan waffles.

1. Spicy Vegan Sushi


• 1 cup sushi rice
• 2 cups water
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 3 nori sheets
• some avocado slices/sticks
• some cucumber slices/sticks
• smoked tofu slices/sticks
• chopped spring onion
• 1 tbsp vegan cream cheese
• 1/2 tsp chili paste
• a splash of water


Wash sushi rice.
Add the sushi rice into a pot.
Add two cups of water.
Sprinkle a little salt.
Cook it according to package instructions.
Once done, remove from the heat and let it cool.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce.
In a small sauce bowl, add 1 tbsp of vegan cream cheese.
Add 1/2 tsp of chili paste.
Add a splash of water.
Mix until well combined.
Set aside.


Lay a nori sheet on a plate or work surface.
Get a spoonful of the sushi rice and put it on the nori sheet.
Press it down 2/3 portion of the nori sheet.
Spread some sauce in the middle of the sushi rice spread.
Add sushi fillings – avocado slices, cucumber slices, tofu slices and chopped spring onions.
Tightly roll up the nori sheet, then seal by wetting it with a little amount of water.
Cut into sushi pieces.
Ready to pack for lunch.

2. Spiced Apple Energy Bites


• 1 cup dates
• 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp small cut oats
• 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
• a pinch of salt to taste
• 3 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
• 1 1/2 tbsp flax seeds (semi ground)


Soak the dates in water for at least 15 minutes.
Once done, add the soaked dates into a mini food processor.
Blend until broken into fine pieces.
Add small cut oats.
Season with salt, vanilla powder and cinnamon powder.
Add unsweetened apple sauce and semi ground flax seeds.
Blend until broken into fine pieces.
Once combined well, transfer to a bowl.
Form into bite-sized balls.
Place in the fridge.
Ready to pack for lunch.

3. Toasted Tofu Scramble Tortilla


• 1 x 200-250 grams plain tofu block
• 1 chopped spring onion + more for toppings
• 2 tsp nutritional yeast
• 1 tbsp soy yogurt
• 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
• 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
• 1/4 tsp paprika powder
• 1/4 tsp black pepper
• salt to taste
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• 2 1/2 tbsp plain vegan yogurt + more for the tortillas
• 1 tbsp vegetable oil (for frying)
• 3 flour tortillas
• some fresh spinach
• vegan chili mayonnaise


Prepare a large mixing bowl.
Break the tofu into pieces.
Add chopped spring onion, nutritional yeast and salt to taste.
Add 1 tbsp plain vegan yogurt.
Season with turmeric, paprika and black pepper.
Mix well to combine.

Set a frying pan over medium-high heat.
Add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and heat it.
Add the tofu mixture into the pan.
Stir and fry for 5-6 minutes.
Reduce to medium-low heat.
Add 2 1/2 tbsp plain vegan yogurt.
Stir and fry for 3-5 minutes until combined.
Squeeze in 1 tbsp of lemon juice.
Cook for another minute.
Once done, transfer the tofu mixture into a bowl and set aside.

In the same frying pan, add a tortilla and heat for 1-2 minutes.
Spread some plain vegan yogurt on half of the tortilla.
Add a spoonful of the tofu mixture.
Add some chopped spring onion and spinach for toppings.
Drizzle some vegan chili mayonnaise.
Fold the tortilla in half.
Press it down using a spatula.
Toast it for 1-2 minutes.
Once done, remove from the pan.
Slice in three parts.
Ready to pack for lunch.

4. Savory Waffles


• 1 cup spelt flour
• 1 tbsp cornstarch
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• 2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
• 1/2 tsp paprika
• 1/2 tsp black pepper
• 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 2/3 tsp salt
• 2/3 cup water
• 1 chopped spring onion
• 1/4 block of smoked tofu (diced)
• some oil (for the waffle-maker)


In a large mixing bowl, add spelt flour and cornstarch.
Season with paprika, salt and black pepper to taste.
Mix well to combine.
Add water, apple cider vinegar, unsweetened apple sauce and olive oil.
Mix until smooth and well combined.
Add chopped spring onion and diced smoked tofu.
Mix well.
Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Lightly grease the waffle-maker with some oil.
Preheat the waffle-maker.
Add a ladle of the mixture in the waffle-maker.
Let it cook for 6-7 minutes.
Once done, remove from the waffle.
Repeat with the remaining mixture.
Ready to pack for lunch.

Vegan Packed Lunch Ideas For Students (Easy & Cheap)
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