5 Vegetarian Lunch Ideas
This is a guide for those who are not adept at cooking (like me).
Whether you work, study, or live a life of leisure, I highly recommend that you get into the habit of making your own lunch. If it hits the lunch hour and you don’t have a packed lunch prepared, you will inevitably end up spending money that quickly adds up to a hefty sum after several days. You may also end up buying food that is processed and unhealthy for the sake of convenience.
Preparation is key, and I’ve accumulated plenty of vegetarian lunch ideas over the years that I have tried and tested. When thinking about what to pack for lunch, here are my requirements:
I’m not much of a cook, so I will always opt for quick recipes. This leads to me using simple ingredients that tend to be very budget friendly. As a pescetarian, I am also able to control what I’m eating without having to waste time at the store deciding what I can and can’t eat. Finally, buying simple, natural ingredients helps you avoid consuming unnecessarily processed food that may contain more sugar, salt, and fat than you’d care to ingest.
Salads don’t have to be boring, and they definitely don’t have to leave you starving. Start with the basics—all of your favorite leaves and vegetables—and add a few extras to make it extra special. Some great ideas include fruit, nuts, and cheese. Then, add something that will make it more filling, such as rice, beans, quinoa, or even whole grain pasta.
Couscous is surprisingly easy to make, and if you do it right, you’ll have a lunch that tastes exotic, nourishing, and hearty. To cook a cup of couscous, you just need to add a cup and a half of boiling water—this can be done simply using the office kettle. Then add ingredients to make it more tasty, such as lettuce, raisins, tomatoes, and avocados.
Does your office have a toaster? Then this simple and healthy lunch can be prepared in a snap. Just bring whole grain bread to toast and add slices of avocado on top. For me, I just need salt and pepper to enjoy, but you can also add tomato, cilantro, olive oil, or garlic.
Egg Salad Sandwich
This is self explanatory—boil some eggs, add in some mayonnaise, salt, and pepper, and fill two pieces of whole grain bread for a delicious, satisfying meal. Celery, mustard, lettuce, and tomatoes are popular additions to this classic favorite.
Whether you buy ready-made falafel or cook it yourself using a mix (it’s easy!), it tastes simply delicious in a pita with hummus, tzatziki sauce, or even yogurt. Load up with veggies to make this vegetarian staple even more delectable.