What’s for lunch today? If you need some plant-based inspiration or ideas, I have your back.
When I need to stop being lazy and eat a real, healthy meal, I have a few things in the rotation that I like to have for a mid-day eat. Everything from burgers, sandwiches, curries, soups, and stews.
Many of which can be planned/prepped, properly stored, and eaten throughout the week.
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Benefits To These Vegetarian Lunch Recipes:
- All of the recipes are made with easy-to-find, affordable ingredients.
- They can be meal prepped at the beginning of the week and then reheated.
- They are packed with plant-based protein.
- If you’re in a hurry, these recipes take less than 30 minutes to make.
- They are healthy!
Need to take lunch with you? Check out our Vegetarian Packed Lunch Ideas.
Tips For Storing Lunches
When storing lunches, you’ll generally want to keep dry food separate from liquids or wet food.
Meal Examples To Store In Bento-Style Containers:
- Chili + Cornbread
- Rice + Beans
- Flatbread + Curry
Meal Examples To Store In A Mason Jar:
- Salad (dressing separate)
Vegetarian Tofu Bean Chili
LUNCH SIDES & TIPS: Serve with white rice, cornbread, or baked potatoes.
Plant-Based Tea Cucumber Sandwich
LUNCH SIDES & TIPS: To make this a full meal, go with a side of homemade potato chips, a side salad, or a warm soup. Tea sandwiches are usually enjoyed as a snack but can be made for a lunchtime meal with the addition of heavier sides.
20-Minute Black Bean Soup
LUNCH SIDES & TIPS: To make this black bean soup a lot more interesting, add a few toppings. This could include homemade salsa, roasted corn, chopped red onion, and even slices of ripe avocado. To store, transfer the bean soup into an airtight container or a reusable silicone bag. It’ll keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Make the topping when you’re ready to eat the soup.
Vegan Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)
LUNCH SIDES & TIPS: This delicious dish is best paired with a side of flatbread/naan, rice, or roti. A fresh side salad or chopped onions is also a great addition.
Habichuelas Guisadas From Scratch
LUNCH SIDES & TIPS: This traditional Puerto Rican dish is one of my favorites! If you’re into beans, potatoes, and a tomato-based stew – this dish is for you. A common way of making this dish a little more filling is to add a side of white rice, sliced avocados, and fried sweet plantains (maduros).
10-Ingredient Vegan Broccoli Curry
LUNCH SIDES & TIPS: This is the best way to use a bunch of broccoli! This recipe is light, a few flatbreads or a side of brown rice makes for a healthy complete meal. Or, change things up and add chickpeas, potatoes, or lentils to this dish – the choice is yours.
Grilled Cinnamon Raisin PB&J Sandwich
LUNCH SIDES & TIPS: Nothing wrong with going back to the basics. This grilled cinnamon raisin PB&J is the perfect kid-friendly lunch recipe. It’s best served warm with fruit.
LUNCH SIDES & TIPS: Picadillo is a popular Caribbean dish made with meat, but we went veg on this one. Similar to Puerto Rican beans, this dish pairs well with rice, plantains, and avocado. You can even use this as your “meat” base for empandas.
Oil-Free Vegan Fried Rice
LUNCH SIDES & TIPS: Yep, it’s oil-free! This recipe is very forgiving and versatile. The main ingredients include rice, your favorite veggies, and soy sauce. Need more on your plate? Go with dumpings, vegan egg rolls, or a side of Chinese broccoli.
Smoky Vegan Mac and Cheese
LUNCH SIDES & TIPS: This dairy-free mac and cheese recipe is crazy easy to make. I love to whip up a side of cornbread and roasted broccoli. To make it even more kid-friendly, make crispy tofu nuggets.
Cannellini Bean Veggie Burger
LUNCH SIDES & TIPS: These burgers are one of my favorites! It’s a great change from the typical black bean burger. Add your favorite burger stuff including buns, sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. And don’t forget about the potato wedges!
Did you try any of the recipes on this Cheap & Easy Vegetarian Lunch Ideas list?