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Vegan Lunch Meat

Everyday I’m lunchin’. Lunchin’, lunchin’. 

I have noticed something missing from the prepared vegan food world. That is a lack of vegan and gluten free lunch meat. There are some really great vegan meat substitutes out there, but all of them seem to be a seitan like lunch meat. Which I love and is great, but what about my gluten free friends? This vegan lunch meat is so insanely simple, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before. It is just tofu processed until smooth in a food processor with spices that make it taste meaty! 

Just process tofu, then spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread really thin, I like to roll mine out with a rolling pin to get it really thin and even. Just place another piece of parchment paper on top, then roll. Bake until firm and brown. Then just cut into whatever shape you want. Make sandwiches immediately, or store in the fridge for all your lunch and snack needs!

Not only is this vegan, gluten free and easy, it is a really cheap way to get vegan lunch meat! I just got my usual tofu at Trader Joe’s for 2 bucks, and I already had the spices on hand. You may too! One block of tofu makes quite a few of these tasty meatless slices! 

So now you may be wondering, how do they taste? The answer is, really damn good. Like surprisingly good. My husband has been crisping them in a pan then putting them on toast with vegan cheese and toppings and says it tastes just like a fried bologna sandwich! I always hated bologna, but my husband loves it, so I feel like this is a great complement! 

If you have also found a need for some delicious, easy, gluten free and vegan lunch meat, look no further. A top notch sandwich is just around the corner! 

Vegan Lunch Meat
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Vegan and gluten free lunch meat. Super simple and just a few ingredients and you will have a super tasty sandwich! 

Course: Main Course
Author: Lauren Hartmann
  • 1 Block Extra firm tofu
  • 2 tsp. Tamari or soy sauce(depending on if you want it gluten free)
  • 2 tsp. Liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp. Poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • Black pepper to sprinkle on top
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. While the oven is preheating, place the tofu on some paper towels, place more paper towels on top, then place something heavy on top. Press for about 10 minutes or so until the oven is preheated. 

  2. Now in a food processor, add all the ingredients except the black pepper. Process on high, scraping down the sides as needed until the tofu is completely smooth. It may take a few minutes. 

  3. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the tofu mixture onto the parchment paper, and start to smooth out with a spatula. Then I recommend placing another piece of parchment paper on top, and rolling it out with a rolling pin. 

  4. Roll out until it is really thin and evenly spread. Should be as thin as you would want the slices to be. About an 1/8 of an inch thick. If your baking sheets are small, use two, to make sure you can get it thin enough. 

  5. Now remove the top piece of parchment parchment paper, sprinkle the top with black pepper, and more paprika of desired. 

  6. Bake at 450 degrees for about 25 minutes or until the tofu is firm and a bit brown on top. 

  7. Once done, remove from oven, let cool. Then cut into large circles using a biscuit cutter or into rectangles or squares. What ever you like! Make a sandwich immediately, or store the slices in the fridge in a bag or plastic wrap for use later. 

Recipe Notes

If you want the slices a little thicker, just cook a bit longer.

When you remove the top parchment, some of the mixture will stick, but it shouldn't be enough to matter. 

Make sure the mixture isn't spread too thin, or it will crack. However, if that happens it still tastes great, just doesn't look as pretty. 

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  • Reply
    Trena Danbrook
    December 6, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    OMG this is Genius 🙂 sounds easy peasy!! and of course delicious – thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂

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    December 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I can’t wait to try this!! Thanks for making gluten free!!

  • Reply
    January 29, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I love your blog!

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      Lauren Hartmann
      January 30, 2018 at 12:17 am

      Thank you so much!❤

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    Collette Turner
    February 23, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Yummy! I just made this and put it in a sandwich. I cut it into strips and made a BLT out of it and it was truly delicious!! It was quick and easy to make…thank you!

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    March 13, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Looks YUM! I may make it this weekend! Thank you.

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