Breakfast may be considered the most important meal of the day, but if you’ve missed lunch lately, you know how crucial your mid-day meal can be to keeping you focused, energised, and sane throughout your work day.
If you have a busy job, like most of us do, you may not have time to escape the office in search of sustenance. Bringing your lunch from home sounds like a convenient solution, but you may be worried about eating the same boring sandwich over and over again. Get your nutrition and make your office mates jealous with any of these amazing, packable vegetarian lunch ideas. Mix and match according to your tastes and the size of your appetite!
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Chickpea and Pasta Salad
This simple Mediterranean-inspired salad by Cate’s World Kitchen is hearty and filling, and keeps well at room temperature if it needs to. Make the whole recipe to last you the whole week, or cut it it half for just a few meals.
Whole wheat noodles will give you energy and help keep you feeling fuller longer. This is a versatile dish from Eating Well that you can keep simple, as the recipe calls for, or beef up by adding extra vegetables, baked tofu, chickpeas, and other proteins. Just as delicious cold as it is warm, it’s an easy lunch time staple.
Baked Sweet Potato
At home, you can bake off a single sweet potato, or half a dozen to store for future work days. Slice it in half and, in a separate container, pile up any toppings you desire. Add black beans and salsa for a festive kick, or combine sweet and savoury with maple syrup, yogurt, and vegetarian bacon bits.
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Salad in a Jar
Putting salad in a jar is an easy way to prepare several days’ worth of meals at one time. Placing hardy items and salad dressing at the bottom, and layering up to the most delicate ingredients, you can vary your salad ingredients easily. Using a tall Mason jar will ensure that your veggies stay crisp until meal time and your salad dressing doesn’t leak out.
Sweet and Spicy Baked Tofu
Baking tofu is perhaps the easiest and most sure-fire method of preparation. Best of all, you can have your tofu baking in the oven while you basically ignore it and work on other aspects of your delicious lunch. This sweet and spicy version by The Lean Green Bean will keep for up to a week in your refrigerator, and can be added to salads, leftover pasta or grains, or wrapped up in a pita for any number of quick meals.