20 Easy Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

Wondering how to eat meatless at lunch? Here are healthy & easy vegetarian lunch ideas that will keep you full all afternoon.

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Lunch is one of the hardest times of the day to eat healthy, right? In the middle of a crazy day, the last thing you want to think about when your stomach is rumbling is clean eating! But Alex and I have found with just a little bit of planning, lunch time can be manageable! Here are a few of the real life recipes that we eat for lunch.

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What are vegetarian lunch ideas?

Let’s start with a clarification of what exactly Alex and I mean or vegetarian lunch ideas. For breakfast and lunch recipes, we like to stay ultra simple. You won’t find us eating a veggie burger or a hearty stew. Because we like to save the big guns for dinner, so to speak! We’d rather spend our main cooking energy on making a delicious and healthy dinner recipes. So for our vegetarian lunch ideas, you’ll find various snack type concepts or dips that you can mix and match together to form a meal.

It’s important to make sure your lunch has enough vegetarian protein to be filling and get you through the day until dinner! Here’s more about how to get protein as a vegetarian. Some lunch ideas standalone, like our Easy Chickpea Salad Sandwich. But others are things you could combine to make a meal: for example, Glowing Green Hummus, crackers, a hardboiled egg and an apple. Most of our vegetarian lunch recipes are simple to put together day of, or easy to make a big batch of and eat off of during the week.

Related: What is a Vegan vs. Vegetarian Diet?

Let’s get started: here our our favorite vegetarian lunch ideas!

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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