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If you are going to stop by Panera Bread it helps to know vegan lunch options they have! For years, I typically get their Mediterranean sandwich, minus the cheese, or the black bean soup (both of which are good). Today, I decided to try their new vegan lentil quinoa bowl for lunch.

So how was Panera Bread's vegan lentil quinoa bowl? Well, in short I will say that I liked it! I think it was pretty tasty. I like the mixture of lentils, quinoa, kale, and broth. I could do without the slice of lemon on top, and actually removed that. I didn't think the lemon taste that was infiltrating the bowl added to it, but only detracted. My only complaint about the bowl is that they report it is only 270 calories and 1160 mg of sodium. That's a lot of sodium in one small portion of calories! So that issue aside, I do like the dish and would order it again. It's a miso-based broth, and that usually has a lot of sodium in it. Next time I'd order it sans lemon.

Here is a list of vegan lunch/dinner options at Panera Bread:

Bakery
- Plain, Blueberry, Cranberry Walnut, Poppyseed and Sesame Bagels
- Black Pepper Focaccia, Sea Salt Focaccia, Country, Rye, Sesame Semolina and Sourdough Breads
- French Baguette
- Hoagie Roll


Breakfast
- Steel Cut Oatmeal with Strawberries, Pecans and Cinnamon Crunch Topping
- Summer Fruit Cup
- Peach & Blueberry Smoothie with Almond Milk


Salads
- Seasonal Greens: Try it with avocado and quinoa!


Soups
- Low-Fat Vegetarian Black Bean


Broth Bowls
- Vegan Lentil Quinoa Bowl
- Soba Noodle Broth Bowl with Edamame Blend


Sides
- Apple
- Banana
- French Baguette
- Kettle Chips
- Pickle Spear


Try these with just a few customizations:
Salads – order without chicken and cheese. Try with quinoa!
- Fuji Apple with Chicken: Order without chicken and Gorgonzola.
- Greek: Order without feta.
- Modern Greek: Order without feta.
- Asian Sesame with Chicken: Order without chicken and wontons.
- Spicy Thai with Chicken: Order without chicken and wontons.


Sandwiches
- Mediterranean Veggie: Order without feta and switch to one of the bread choices listed above.



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