Quick Ideas For Vegetarian Lunches
Vegetarian meals make for quick lunches and are a great healthy option for anyone’s diet. Using fresh and natural ingredients, you can put together vegetarian lunches simply and easily. There are so many food options that you will never be bored with lunch. Here are some very easy and flavorful vegetarian lunches and recipes that come together quickly for a healthy lunch anytime.
With just a few ingredients from any grocery store, these easy vegetarian recipes require just a minimum of preparation and make putting together vegetarian lunches easier than you might think.
For something simple, just combine plain yogurt (regular or soy) with cut up fresh fruit pieces, a sweetener like honey, agave syrup, or maple syrup, and chopped nuts and serve with whole grain crackers or toasted bread slices on the side
Steamed edamame beans combined with chopped red bell peppers, jicama cubes, and pitted black olives tossed in an olive oil vinaigrette served along with a small bowl of cooked rice drizzled with some soy sauce and lemon juice
For a really quick meal, serve up a cooked vegetarian hotdog or burger on a whole grain bun with some flavorful toppings (ketchup, mustard, sliced pickles, tomato slices, cheese, etc.) and serve with a simple side dish of steamed vegetables tossed with some olive oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper.
For a quick salad meal, try cutting up the cooked vegetarian burger or hotdog into pieces and add to some mixed salad greens, pickle slices, diced tomatoes, and some shredded cheese (cheddar or Swiss are good choices) and toss with Italian dressing and serve with a cup of soup on the side.
For a quick lunch, try a wrap sandwich made with a simple bean spread of canned chickpeas (rinsed, drained, and mashed) combined with some cumin, shredded carrots, diced red onion, and low-fat sour cream. Spoon the bean mixture into a soft tortilla shell and add some flavorful toppings like radish sprouts and chopped, pitted green olives. Serve this easy wrap sandwich with some baked pita chips.
Make a quick bean salad with canned black beans (rinsed and drained), chopped walnuts, chopped tomatoes, corn kernels, chopped fresh cilantro, and some rice vinegar. Toss all ingredients together and serve with warm rolls and whipped cream cheese spread.
Thinly slice some button mushrooms and toss with a little low-sodium soy sauce, lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes or so. Take a soft tortilla shell and spread with some whipped cream cheese spread or hummus, top with the mushroom mixture (allow the excess liquid to drain off before putting in the tortilla shell), a sprinkling of vegetarian bacon bits, fresh sprouts, and thin slices of avocado. Fold up the bottom of the tortilla and then fold in the sides to close and serve this easy wrap sandwich with a side of frozen and thawed mixed vegetables dressed with your choice of dressing.
Take two slices of crusty bread, toast, and spread one side of one slice with mustard and the other slice with some basil pesto. Layer the mustard side with thinly sliced baked tofu and top with some marinated artichoke hearts (drained) and a slice of sharp cheddar cheese. Place the sandwich under a broiler or into a microwave or toaster oven just until the cheese melts and then top the sandwich with the other slice of bread. Serve sandwich with celery and carrot sticks and baked potato chips.