10 Healthy Vegan Lunch Recipes to Pack for Work
Whether you're wanting to add more veggies to your plate or you're thinking about starting the vegan lifestyle, these healthy vegan lunches will help you accomplish your plant-based goals. We've rounded up these vegan lunch recipes that should pack well for the work week, and, as a bonus, each serving comes in under 500 calories.
With a focus on whole grains, vegetables, and legumes, each of these vegan lunch ideas promises to check off a box for several food groups.
Green Lentils and Rice Assyrian Style
Lentils and rice come together for this hearty Middle Eastern dish. The key to this flavorful vegan lunch recipe from Sharon Younan is to let the onions caramelize low and slow. The onions and infused oil will create an intense flavor throughout the dish, but if you want to add a little something extra, feel free to sprinkle on a handful of chopped parsley or barberries.
Vegetarian Banh Mi Bowls
Ditch the white bread for a bowl-based banh mi that keeps all the traditional flavors. In this recipe by fabeverydayblog, both rice and quinoa make the grain base before being topped with quick-pickled veggies, sprinkled with cilantro and peanuts, and drizzled with vegan Sriracha mayo.
Vegan Indian Curry with Cauliflower and Lentils
The best part of curry is that it gets better after a day of sitting in the fridge. The flavors get a chance to develop, which makes this recipe by Maggie Pannell the perfect batch cooking dish to whip up over the weekend and pack for lunch all week. Red lentils and a veggie blend cook until tender in a spiced coconut sauce that's just begging to be served over steamed basmati rice.
Tacos are an incredibly easy vegan meal. Cook up some spiced beans and veggies, tuck them into a tortilla, and you're set to go! In this recipe by Julie Weigand, she suggests mixing up the vegetables you use to whichever variety you'd prefer. For lunch, remember to pack the filling and tortillas separately to avoid a soggy taco.
Zucchini with Chickpea and Mushroom Stuffing
Zucchini make a convenient food vehicle when stuffed with perfectly spiced chickpeas and veggies. Warm cumin and bright coriander add rich flavor to the combination of beans, onions, and mushrooms in Jackie's recipe. To make scooping out the zucchini easier, try using a melon baller or grapefruit spoon.
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Vegan Black Bean Quesadillas
A dairy-free quesadilla may seem like an oxymoron to many, but you'll never need cheese again once you taste the creamy filling in this recipe. A rich nutritional yeast sauce is blended before being added to black beans and tomatoes in the tortilla. Serve your favorite guacamole or salsa on the side for dipping.
Grilled Tofu Skewers with Sriracha Sauce
Tofu can be intimidating the first time you cook it, but this simple dish ensures that it's well seasoned. MOTTSBELA's recipe has tofu and a variety of veggies soak in a marinade of Sriracha, soy sauce, and sesame oil to give each flavor from the inside out. A quick trip to the grill adds another layer of flavor thanks to the smoky char left on the skewers.
Tomato Avocado Sandwich
A simple sandwich is hard to beat when it comes to packing lunch. In this recipe by ronnietong, chewy ciabatta bread is spread with garlic-infused avocado before being layered with ripe tomatoes and freshly ground black pepper. To avoid a soggy sandwich, you can toast the bread pieces before assembling.
Ellen's Vegan Stuffed Peppers
Cucumber and Avocado Sushi
There's no need to grab takeout sushi when you can easily make it ahead of time at home. This recipe by Lexi S. tucks seasoned sushi rice into nori along with creamy avocado and refreshing cucumber. Serve with your favorite condiments, like Teriyaki Sauce or wasabi.