Monday, March 10, 2014

10 Meatless Lunch Ideas - Lenten Meal Plan Link-Up Week 2

We're already here at Week 2 of the Lenten Meal Plan Link-Up. My co-hosts, Beth Anne of Beth Anne's Best and Abbey of Surviving Our Blessings both were way more together and have their posts for this week up already, so make sure you go check them out! I will definitely be adding those black bean and sweet potato burritos to *my* meal plan this Lent. Yum!


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For this week instead of just sharing one recipe that is perfect for a meatless dinner, I am going to share several great Lunch ideas! I don't know about you, but once I go meatless, I find myself hungry all the time. Now feeling your fast is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is so important to make sure you are still receiving the proper nutrients (mainly proteins + iron!) when you remove meat from your diet.

Also, although I find dinner is a fairly easy meal to devote some time and energy to, Lunch always sneaks up on me leaving me with less than healthy/filling options. I figured this week's Lenten Meal Plan post I would share with you some lunch options that I've found work well.

  • Fruit smoothies - make sure you add almond butter, flax seeds, and spinach for extra nutrients! Here is my favorite starter recipe.
  • Refried Bean burritos - I typically use canned refried beans from Trader Joes and slap 1/2 cup of them in a tortilla with spinach, avocado, shredded cheddar, and bell peppers. Fry up if you want in a little butter or EVOO. I found this recipe from Budget Bytes on Pinterest for freezer burritos - make ahead and save time!
  • Beans and Rice - make ahead, have for days. In the slow cooker freezer cookbook: From Your Freezer To Your Family, there is a great black bean recipe you can throw in your crockpot for a few hours. Otherwise just throw together 1 can beans, 1/2 cup veggie stock, salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp paprika, dash of cayenne, and simmer on low for 20-30 minutes.
  • Greek yogurt w/ cottage cheese, fruit, and nuts mixed in. This is my biking commuter husband's go to quick meal. We keep raisins, craisins, and dried apricots on hand as well as roasted almonds. Greek yogurt has more protein and is typically healthier than other yogurts. Make sure you get Plain though and not flavored. 
  • Pasta with veggie marinara - this is definitely a prepare ahead, but once made, the sauce can be frozen in individual portions and pasta can be made in bulk to cover a few days' lunches. Barilla's Veggie Rotini Pasta has added goodness (Trader Joe's also makes a great organic vegetable pasta), and then I just sauté a variety of veggies (carrots, peppers, onion, eggplant, asparagus, broccoli) and add to tomato sauce (either from a jar or homemade)
  • Quesadillas - add peppers or avocado for extra color and vitamins. Serve with a little Greek yogurt.
  • Sweet Potato Burgers or Black Bean burgers can be made ahead of time, frozen individually, then thawed for a quick lunch.
  • Mac n Cheese - make it from scratch with whole wheat pasta, a mix of cheeses, and added green veggies (spinach, broccoli, peas) for a healthy switch up. Make in advance - reheats well.
  • Lentils - there are so many great recipes out there that are easy, cheap, and filling that are mainly lentils. I actually love lentils cold, so I rarely reheat, but if you wanted them warm, it's easy to do. This Lentil Soup with Lemon Yogurt is an easy, flavorful option.

I'd love to know your favorite vegetarian lunch option! If you have favorites, feel free to share in the comments.


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6 comments:

  1. Love it! Lunch sometimes is harder because the classic lunches usually have meat in them.

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    1. So true! Thankfully I'm not a fan of sandwich meat anyhow, so I often eat these options even when not eating meatless.

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  2. Yum! These are some of my favorites - I also love a good old cold veggie wrap or cold cheese sandwich with veggies (especially avocado!). Croissants at Costco are a decent price, so I use those a lot for really yummy egg & cheese sandwiches, and a lot of the time I'll fill up on carrots, pita chips, and hummus before I even get to "real" lunch for me ;)

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    1. Oooh croissant ego sandwich sounds delicious. Hummus is a favorite in our house, too!

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  3. Great idea!! This is smart--it really is kind of hard to think of meatless lunch ideas!

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