You may have noticed that I generally do not eat meat with breakfast or lunch and only a couple of times a week with dinner. Although I usually have overnight oats or oatmeal for breakfast, I try to vary my lunches. I used to be a habitual peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter and banana sandwich eater but in an effort to cut back on nut butter and incorporate more veggies and nutritious food, lunch has become more fun and healthier over the last year.
I know some people struggle with lunch ideas so I wanted to share five of my favorite meatless lunches with you!
Tofu sandwiches are one of my favorite ways to pack a protein punch in my meatless lunches. Anytime I make tofu for dinner I make sure to set a few slices aside for a tofu sandwich. I usually either bake or sautee my tofu in thin strips. The texture is perfect for sandwiches. I like to include hummus, spinach, tomatoes and cheese in my tofu sandwiches.
It is so easy to make a big batch of soup and save the leftovers for lunch during the week. Some of my recent favorites are Curried Coconut Soup with Chickpeas and Spicy Black Bean Soup. Beans = protein!
I know that not everyone is a fan of faux meat products but I’m a big fan of veggie burgers. My all-time favorite brand is Amy’s but any veggie burger will do. One of my favorite ways to serve them is open faced with avocado and melted cheese. YUM!
I love lunches where I can graze around my plate and create different combinations of food. One of my favorite ways to do this is with a hummus plate. I cut pita bread into triangles, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with herbs and sea salt. I bake it until it’s warm and just a little crispy and then serve with a variety of toppings.
It is easy and delicious to use leftover quinoa to create quinoa bowls for lunch. I usually serve the it on a bed of spinach and then top it with Greek yogurt, avocado and whatever else I have on hand.
What are your favorite meatless lunches?