Picnic Winners

The Vegan Lunch Box blogger shares her take-along summer menu

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I spend a lot of time thinking about what’s for lunch. Besides having written a vegan cookbook on the subject, I’m constantly packing lunches for my husband, son, and myself and blogging about them.

Most often my creations go off to work and school, but now that my son is playing team sports, we’re spending more of our afternoons outside at playing fields and parks. That means getting together with other parents to cheer on our little all-stars and share picnic fare.

As a vegan, and a health-conscious one at that, I know I can’t rely on the other parents to serve foods that I can eat. Nor will I settle for a bag of potato chips while everyone else is feasting on deli sandwiches and barbecued pork and beans. Instead, I bring along vegan versions, with plenty to share. None of the nonvegans even miss the bacon or mayonnaise.