10 Easy and Affordable Work Lunches For Newbie Vegetarians

If you are at all thrifty as I am then you probably pack your lunch for work every morning. And if you are new to vegetarianism like us you’re probably looking at the same boring salad every day at noon. BUT FEAR NOT!! The Going Green Couple has hunted the web and compiled a list of 10 yummy, quick, and easy recipes you can make for lunch. And they are all meatless and they don’t break the bank. So read on for the list and a big shout out to all the delicious recipe creators.

10 Easy Work Lunch Recipes

1. Crispy Apple and Kohlrabi Salad

From: Cookie + Kate (Follow: @cookieandkate)

I was so excited to see Kate using Kohlrabi. It’s an underrated root vegetable that I fell in love with after getting it in our CSA. I know it’s a salad but it’s not a traditional one so it gets a pass as the first item on the list. The bite of the Kohlrabi is a nice contrast to the sweetness of the apple and the whole thing takes 10 minutes to prepare. Make it the night before to let all of the flavors marinade together. Thanks for this one Kate. (Cookie + Kate, @cookieandkate)

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2. Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

From: Vibrant Wellness Journal (Follow: @VWJournal)

Okay, the reason I’m all about this recipe is the the versatility. The beauty of roasted vegetables is they are a yummy base on which you can throw any number of sauces, spreads, etc. Andrea Bertoli tops hers with a homemade dressing and schmeer of hummus on the bread but I say go crazy and experiment. One helpful tip for working with eggplant. Slice your eggplant and sprinkle with salt and let it sit for 10 minutes, then wipe the salt off. This removes excess water and creates a tender but not mushy eggplant. Thanks for this one Andrea. (Vibrant Wellness Journal, @VWJournal)

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3. One-pan Protein-packed Pasta

From: 101 Cookbooks (Follow: @101CookBooks)

So not a recipe you can make the morning of but make it the night before and you’ll be set; or make it for dinner and take the leftovers for lunch. The simple prep makes this recipe great. Everything goes in one pot and cooks together. That means all of the great flavors mesh together and leaves few dishes to wash. If you can’t find garganelli pasta I would use penne. It looks similar and the tube shape holds more flavor than a spaghetti or linguini noodle. Thanks 101 Cookbooks for the yummy pasta. (101 Cookbooks, @101CookBooks)

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4. Spinach, Avocado, and Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

From: Ohmyveggies by Julia Mueller (Follow: @ohmyveggies)

I don’t think anything is more portable than a quesadilla. This is a combo I’ve never thought to put in a tortilla but I love caramelized onions. You can make the whole thing the night before, the avocado might brown a little (toss it with some lemon juice to slow the browning). Or make the filling the night before and build it the next morning or at work. I highly recommend a panini press for cooking the quesadilla. We use the (affiliate link) Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe for so many things, we love it. If you don’t have a press, a hot skillet and heavy pot on top of the quesadilla will do the job. Thanks Ohmyveggies and Julia Mueller. (Ohmyveggies@ohmyveggies)

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5. Pesto Grilled Cheese Dippers with Marinara Sauce

From:  a couple cooks (Follow: @acouplecooks)

I love breadsticks! And these guys would make a great lunch. Make them the night before and heat them up at the office, or eat ’em cold. Buying pre-made pesto makes dish easy (just check for palm oil). This recipe brings back memories of Pizza Hut breadsticks! Thanks a couple cooks. (a couple cooks@acouplecooks)

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6. Mason Jar Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

From: Popsugar by Jenny Sugar

I’m a huge fan of mason jar salads. They are portable and are perfectly portioned. This salad packs a vegetarian nutritional punch. Quinoa is packed with protein and is one of the best sources of protein for a vegetarian. Then there is the sweet potato. Another nutritional powerhouse, it’s got protein and valuable vitamins and minerals. Those two combined give this salad a full 15 grams of protein, enough to keep you going through 5:00.  Thanks Popsugar and Jenny Sugar for this one. (Popsugar by Jenny Sugar)

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7. Avocado Toast with Cherry Tomatoes

From: Eat Within Your Means (Follow: @EatWithinMeans)

There’s something so wonderful about the simplicity of this dish. Avocado is a great source of healthy fats and the fresh tomatoes are loaded with healthy vitamins. I would suggest mashing the avocados as close to lunchtime as possible to prevent them from browning. Opt for whole grain bread for an added benefit, just make sure it doesn’t have palm oil in it. Check out our palm oil friendly shopping guide for a list of the 25 common names for palm oil. A big thank you to Eat Within Your Means (Eat Within Your Means, @EatWithinMeans)

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8. Veggie Tacos With Avocado Tomatillo Sauce

From: Love & Lemons (Follow: @lovelemonsfood)

Tacos make a great lunch because they are so easy to put together in the little kitchen at your office. I like to make my taco filling the night before and mix it in one tupperware for easy traveling. The next day at work all I have to do is heat it up and enjoy. Jeanine at Love & Lemons suggests using a store bought tomatillo sauce if you don’t want to make the avocado tomatillo sauce. Thanks Jeanine at Love & Lemons for this. (Love & Lemons@lovelemonsfood)

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9. Bruschetta White Bean Wrap

From: Naturally Ella (Follow: @naturallyella)

You might be noticing a theme with the list, I like recipes that are easy to carry. I work during the day and go to law school at night so I have to bring two meals to work with me, so the fewer things I have to carry the better. The other thing about going to law school is the lack of time. That’s why I love this recipe. It only has a few ingredients and the prep and cook time is a whole 15 minutes. Thank you Erin at Naturally Ella for this quick meal. (Naturally Ella@naturallyella)

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10. Chile Lime Melon Salad

From: Smitten Kitchen (Follow: @smittenkitchen)

So the irony is I started with a salad and now I’m ending with a salad, but this one is different. It’s still winter but I’m anxious for spring so this recipe is a little taste of spring and summer. The sweet melon mixes with the spicy chili and sour lime for a yummy taste of summer to come. Thanks Smitten Kitchen for this bit of summer. (Smitten Kitchen@smittenkitchen)

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So there you have it!! A full list of yummy meals to take too work. Who ever said going meatless doesn’t taste great was totally wrong. Thank you to all of the recipe creators. – Mr. GGC

Let us know how they taste!!

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