6 Plant-Based Lunch Ideas
Whether you are new to plant-based meat recipes, or a seasoned veteran of the meatless lifestyle, figuring out how to incorporate meatless protein into your diet can sometimes be a challenge. There are endless benefits of plant-based protein, making it an excellent addition to your diet. Whether you are looking to start a plant-based diet or you have always loved a vegan meal, using plant foods at mealtime is an easy way to make delicious recipes all while supporting your health.
But before we dive into your plant-based options, think about what makes a good lunch recipe to begin with. If you’re like most of us, chances are your lunchtime is squeezed into a small window of time between meetings, remote schooling, errands, and the like. So, a great lunch usually needs to be quick to make (if not already prepared), great for on the go, and, of course, delicious and nutritious enough to sustain you throughout the rest of your busy day! With that in mind, let’s take a look at 6 of our favorite plant-based lunch ideas that will fuel and satisfy you.
This plant-based ground beef recipe packs plenty of flavor and is a great make-ahead meal! Simply prepare your rice (or cauliflower rice for a veggie-forward option), and saute your thawed Meatless Farm ground beef with a variety of spices, including sesame oil, tamari, brown sugar, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Start to finish, you can create this flavorful bowl in about 20 minutes, or make it the night before for a great grab-and-go vegan meal option.
There’s a reason why sandwiches are one of the most popular lunch options: they are quick, portable, easy to make, and offer a lot of variety. So, why not try this delicious plant-based sausage recipe? To create it, throw an English muffin in the toaster while you fry up your Meatless Farm sausage patty in a little olive oil. Then wilt a handful of spinach before layering your ingredients on the muffin and topping it with sliced avocado. Don’t have even 10 minutes to throw this one together? No problem! Try making this ahead, wrapping them in a damp paper towel, then foil, and placing them in the freezer. When you’re ready to grab one, remove the foil, pop it in the microwave for about 45 seconds, and you’re good to go!
Perhaps the best plant-based burger recipe you’ll find, this is a great alternative to fast food if you have 5 to 10 minutes to spare for its creation. Brush your Meatless Farm patty with tamari or soy sauce for extra flavor and then fry it up in a pan. Once cooked, place it on a toasted burger bun with sliced pickles, ketchup, sliced onion, tomato, lettuce, and your mayo of choice (vegan or otherwise). We guarantee it will taste just like your favorite drive-thru without any of the guilt!
Craving tacos for your mid-day meal? Try this easy and quick vegan recipe for meatless tacos, just be sure to make your pickled onions a day or two ahead to cut down on your prep time. With that step out of the way, you’ll just need to fry up your Meatless Farm ground beef with spices, onion, and bell peppers to create a delicious meatless taco filling. Then heat your preferred corn or flour tortillas and load them up with your mixture, topping it off with some pickled jalapeños and sliced avocado.
Make this recipe the night before for a delicious grab-and-go lunch. In a large pan or wok, heat oil to saute your spring onions, chili, and the fresh veggies of your choosing – we like mushrooms, snap peas, and asparagus. While that’s cooking, prepare your Meatless Farm Breakfast Sausages according to the package instructions, then slice on a diagonal and add to your mixture of fresh veggies. Finally, add your noodles and some soy sauce to complete the dish. This vegan meal reheats perfectly or can even be eaten cold!
If you’ve got a little more time on your hands (or perhaps have the day off) try this flavor-packed chipotle burger to kick your mid-day meal into high gear. Your Meatless Farm Burger will be rubbed in chipotle paste then topped with a roasted portobello mushroom, homemade pesto, and placed onto lightly toasted buns to create this plant-based burger recipe. We promise you won’t be disappointed with this delicious and satisfying plant based lunch!
So there you have it! Six flavorful and delicious plant-based and meatless recipes that will not only sustain you but keep you satisfied throughout your day.