Hey Vegetarian, what’s for lunch?
Are you constantly eating a plate full of leaves while all your friends are enjoying their exciting fare at the lunch table?
You no longer need to miss out on wholesome enjoyable food while you are with your lunch buddies or even while lunching alone at your desk in the office.
With these quick and easy Vegetarian Lunch Recipe ideas, you will be the envy of your meat eating friends as you enjoy your tasty, yet healthy meals.
You will look forward to lunchtime because now lunch will not be just another boring trip to the salad bar.
Certainly, the salads will play a part………don’t leave them out………. but now you can add these delicious and nutritious options as well.
Go ahead. Give them a try.
One pita bread cut in half, opened and spread with hummus of your choice.
Stuff with black beans, tomato, bell peppers and shredded lettuce
Add some sliced avocado …..
There you have it……..a delicious, wholesome lunch.
As a matter of fact, guess what? You don’t even have to use my recipe. Toss in anything you want into that pita bread and enjoy.
Do you prefer burritos?
Go ahead and toss in all those ingredients again….hummus spread, tomato, bell peppers and lettuce.
This time try some chickpeas instead of the black beans and if you have adventurous taste buds that can stand a bit of spiciness, chop up a bit of scotch bonnet pepper and mix it right in.
Roll that healthy goodness up and there you have it….another healthy, delicious, quick and easy lunch.
……………and that’s a wrap (pun intended)
I bet you never thought of this super easy, super quick, vegetarian lunch.
It’s as simple as it sounds.
Bread, peanut butter, banana.
Just spread your bread with peanut butter, add sliced banana and sprinkle with sesame seed for extra nutrition.
Drizzle on a little honey if you wish.
You can also put this in your frying pan or your toaster and grill the sandwich. It’s totally up to you
Carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals………..it’s all there.
Another take on the Banana Sandwich is………….
Banana Mayo Sandwich
It’s very similar to the Banana sandwich except that you substitute mayo for the peanut butter.
Did someone say Mayo?
While we are on the mayo topic, here is another super easy vegetarian lunch idea……….
This is almost too easy for words.
Bread……spread with mayo….and one thick, juicy slice of tomato.
How easy is that?
It’s so nice, you’ll want to do it twice……
So go ahead, make two and enjoy.
You know what? This tomato sandwich can transform into many different types of sandwiches by adding and switching around one ingredient.
For example, to the tomato sandwich, add sliced, fried tofu………….or you can change and add scrambled tofu. This makes a really delicious, nutritious sandwich.
For those who are not vegan, cheese is a lovely addition to the tomato sandwich. Add some lettuce also and you are good to go.
Another option for the non-vegan. Fried egg or sliced boiled egg……..any way you like it………with the tomato and lettuce. That’s one yummy sandwich.
Vegetable Fried Rice
Don’t for a second think that all easy vegetarian lunches have to be sandwiches. Not at all.
Another quick, easy lunch is vegetable fried rice.
Gather your left over rice, left over veggies or grab a pack of mixed veggies from the freezer.
Next fetch the onion, garlic and add some peas to increase the protein content and there you have the makings of another delicious, nutritious and filling vegetarian lunch.
How about switching up the routine and going for a fruit salad for lunch.
No need to limit yourself. Just cut up fruits of your choice and combine them in a bowl.
Add some chopped nuts such as almond, walnut, pecans and some seeds such as sunflower seed and sesame seed.
Hmmm…… Refreshing………..Your body will just love you for this.
Mac and Cheese
This is a childhood favourite but enjoyed by both children and adults alike.
There is a very, very easy version that even a seven-year old can make.
But you can make an even healthier version by adding some peas and carrots to the macaroni. Also in your sauce that you make, you can add some pureed vegetables such as cauliflower and zucchini.
Can you just taste this warm, delicious, creamy wonder…………..along with what you picked up at the salad bar of course. Remember, we are not leaving out our salads. They are good for us.
Egg and Plaintain Sandwich
This one is a Caribbean favourite consisting of fried ripe plantain and egg.
This is ideal for those of you who have a sweet tooth as the plantain provides a lovely sweet taste to balance the egg.
It is usually had as a breakfast meal but it tastes so good that you will want to eat it at any time during the day.
The plantains should be ripe but try to avoid the overripe ones as these become extra soft and soggy when fried.
This is quick, easy and tastes great.
They are a warm and filling pick me up for the middle of the day. And if you like cold soup, that’s fine too.
Give these a try.
This is a quick soup because lentils cook in a very short time especially if you soak them before.
If you want the meal to be prepared even quicker, use precooked lentils.
To your boiling water and lentils, add potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and carrots. Cut these into small pieces so they will cook quickly.
Add your seasoning; onion, scallion, thyme, pepper and salt to taste
Simmer until cooked, stirring frequently so soup will become thickened.
This is a wholesome, delicious and filling lunch.
Vegetable Noodle Soup
Another easy to prepare option.
All you need for this meal……………..
Frozen vegetables, onion, garlic, vegetable stock or cube, salt and pepper to taste and noodles (or you may use spaghetti).
Cook these up for a warm, satisfying lunch for any day and any weather.
Don’t stop at just these two options. Be adventurous. Feel free to experiment with different types of soup.
Well there you have it…….
No need to feel left out of the happy lunch crowd.
No need to eat only from the salad bar.
Now you have options with these quick and easy vegetarian lunch recipe ideas.
Try them all and let me know what you think.
Do you have other lunch ideas that you have tried?
Share them with us in the comments section below.