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Vegetarian Lunches for the Work Week

Vegetarian Lunches for the Work Week | @naturallyella

While I don’t work in an office, I’m always helping my husband pack his lunches. It took some time to get into a routine (that we’re still working on) but he always does better during the day when I send him out the door with lunch. Below are a few of my favorite vegetarian lunches we use throughout the week. A couple of recommendations: plan and prep. Planning ahead and prepping a few items helps to make quick work of lunches so you’re not scrambling 10 minutes before walking out the door!

Soups

Curried Carrot Soup | @naturallyella
Broccoli Soup with Ginger and Lemon
Five-Spice Parsnip Pumpkin Soup | @naturallyella

Soups are high on my lunch list. They are usually easy to assemble and are better the next day. Even better, I’ll make a couple of large batches of soup on the weekend and freeze in individual portions for a grab and go lunch. Having a stash of soup in the freezer means you’re rarely without a solid vegetarian lunch!

 

Sandwiches/Wraps

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Olive Tapenade, Arugula and Hummus Stuffed Pita
egg_salad_sandwich

Sandwiches are the old standby for lunches and while we eat our fair share of peanut butter and jam, there’s a wide array of wraps, sandwiches, and stuffed pita. A lot of these recipes are quick and can easily be assembled the day of (egg salad is one of my go-to, make in the morning recipes!)

 

Grain/Bean Bowls

Sumac Spiced Chickpea Cucumber Salad
Ginger Brown Rice with Carrots and Hardboiled Eggs
Sorghum Tabouli

Most of the grain bowls that get packed in lunch aren’t recipes. They are a mix of whatever grains, sauces, and vegetables I might have already prepped in the refrigerator. The combination is endless but a large grain bowl can be very satisfying in the mid-day rush.

 

Noodles

Sesame Soba Noodle Bowl with Edamame
Chili Spinach Pesto Noodle Bowl | @naturallyella
Cold Soba Noodle Bowl | @naturallyella

I love a good noodle bowl. I’ll often make a quick peanut sauce and steam broccoli for a bowl that’s ready in about 10 minutes. Noodle bowls are also great after they have sat for some time and are often just fine when eaten cold (perfect for when you don’t have a microwave!)

 

Salads

Turmeric Tahini Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Dressing | @naturallyella
Avocado Chickpea Salad
Black Bean Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Next to sandwiches, salads are the other lunch standby. However, I’m not talking about a simple, lettuce + dressing salad but rather hearty vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Quite often I’ll also use leftover roasted vegetables and grains to help bulk up the greens. Salads are great for using up leftovers!

 

Leftovers

Peanut Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach
Spinach and Red Lentil Masala | @naturallyella
African Curry with Chickpeas (Cape Malay Curry)

I think there is no better lunch than a dinner recipe that develops more flavor as it sits. Making extra curries and creamy dishes is a no brainer because it’s an easy lunch and I think taste better the next day. Often I’ll make these meals on Sunday night and eat the leftovers for lunch for the next three days!

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