Did you just turn vegetarian and now you are missing your favorite luncheon meat sandwich, so much so that you are thinking of giving up being a vegetarian even just for a day? Well, you’ll be happy to know that it’s actually very easy for you to come up with a massive roll of lunch meat right in your kitchen!

While it’s always a possibility for you to get your hands on ready-made lunch meat at the nearest store catering to local vegetarians, the fact is such product does not come cheap. The same can be said for most other vegetarian meat alternatives on the market.

It’s exactly for such reason why so many vegetarians devote time and energy to whipping up all sorts of faux meat from scratch, which is something that enables them to stretch their shopping budget. What’s more, it’s something that can easily fill their hearts with joy knowing what they are serving is a product of their labor.

Below you will find an easy-to-follow recipe for making vegetarian lunch meat. Once you’re done making it, all you have to do is stash it in the refrigerator, and then grab it each time you are craving luncheon meat sandwich.

Thanks to your homemade vegetarian lunch meat, opting for a vegetarian diet or lifestyle need not be that challenging. In addition, it doesn’t have to be an expensive change — by knowing how to make faux meat with your own hands, there’s really no need for you to spend huge sums of cash for supermarket-bought vegetarian meat.

Excited to make your very first loaf of vegetarian lunch meat? Then check out the following recipe that yields one loaf, and can be completed in less than 2 and a half hours:

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups of seitan or vital wheat gluten 

2 cups of water 

1 cup of boiled white beans 

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil 

2 teaspoons of onion powder 

2 teaspoons of sea salt (finely ground) 

2 teaspoons of paprika 

1 teaspoon of soy sauce 

1 teaspoon of garlic powder 

1 teaspoon of black pepper (finely ground) 

1 teaspoon of fennel seed (ground) 

1 teaspoon of sage 

1/4 teaspoon of turmeric

Directions:

Set up your steamer and get it steaming. 

While waiting for that to happen, place boiled white beans, extra virgin olive oil, soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, paprika, fennel seed, sage, turmeric and water in the bowl of your food processor. 

Process all of the ingredients. Stop when the mixture is already smooth. 

Reach for a large mixing bowl and transfer the mixture into it. Add seitan or vital wheat gluten and mix very well. Continue doing so until you come up with dough. 

Shape dough into a log. It’s a good idea to make it as thick as you can. Afterwards, carefully wrap log of dough it in aluminum foil. 

Place in the steamer and steam for about an hour. 

About 15 minutes before the steaming process is through, have your oven preheated to 350°F, which is equivalent to 175°C. 

Carefully, take vegetarian lunch meat out of the steamer and transfer it to a large baking sheet. There is no need to have it removed from the aluminum foil wrapping. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes. 

Once cooked, place baking sheet on a wire rack and allow vegetarian lunch meat to cool completely. Stash in the refrigerator afterwards.

That’s how to make vegetarian lunch meat that’s just as delicious as a supermarket-bought counterpart, but a lot easier on your pocket. Just make sure that you keep it in the refrigerator each time to keep it fresh.

Let your vegetarian family and friends also know how to make vegetarian lunch meat from scratch by having this simple recipe reposted on your various social media sites!

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