Lenten observers seeking vegetarian dishes for the Holy Season don’t need to settle on foods that are any less flavorful, hearty, or filled with character than their meat-containing counterparts. The right combination of spices, veggies, and grains can more than compensate for the absence of animal proteins from your plate.
Knowing your way around satisfying vegetarian options is especially important come lunchtime, when you’re most in need of a pick-me-up. Get creative and stay energized during the Lenten season by enjoying any of these 8 meatless lunch recipes.
1. Grilled Zucchini and Feta-Quinoa Salad
The Cook’s Pyjamas’ recipe offers a visit from heart-healthy quinoa, the grain that packs in 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per cooked cup, according to Self Nutrition Data. But this dish from The Cook’s Pyjamas offers more than just health benefits: Grilled zucchini, onions, peas, and tart feta cheese are enough to please any picky palette, resulting in a guaranteed lunchtime favorite. The recipe takes 40 minutes to make.
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2. Curried Lentil Salad
Blogger Tessa Olson of Natural Comfort Kitchen swears by this Curried Lentil Salad, explaining that the dish’s “endless flavors and textures make it equally perfect for a party as for a Tuesday night dinner.” The spiced curry salad also makes a quick and easily packable meal for the workplace, while its protein-rich lentil base keeps you fueled until dinnertime. It takes just 30 minutes to whip up at home, with each batch yielding 4 servings.
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3. Crispy Quinoa, Sweet Potato, and Cheddar Patties
“This hits all those wonderful sweet and savory notes while still tasting completely refreshing,” writes Cooking With Cakes, adding that “there’s AMAZING texture in the patties alone, with an extra crunchy coating surrounding a smooth hearty core.” These satisfying vegetarian patties are packed with nutritional value, combining two WebMD-proclaimed “super foods” — nutrient-rich quinoa and sweet potato — in each bite. A hint of cheddar lends a wonderful savory finish, while juicy cherry tomatoes and creamy avocado enhance the dish’s textural depth.
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4. Chickpea-Artichoke Mediterranean Wrap
“This gluten free vegan wrap will bring you a taste of the Mediterranean with crispy, seasoned oven roasted chickpeas, artichokes, onions and red peppers,” explains Peaceful Dumpling. You’ll feel energized for hours after indulging in this vegetable, chickpea, and quinoa medley. This Chickpea-Artichoke Mediterranean Wrap suits both gluten-free and vegan diets. It takes 45 minutes to make and each batch yields about 2 servings.
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5. Spicy Peanut Soba Noodles
Each nibble of Daily Burn’s recipe for Spicy Peanut Soba Noodles will transport you straight to the heart of Tokyo. Blogger Emily Miller calls the Japanese-inspired pasta dish “a tasty, yet healthy, lunch” that offers 280 calories and more than 10 grams of protein per serving. The vegan-friendly meal requires 40 minutes to complete and yields 8 servings. It’s perfect for leftovers, too!
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6. Vegetable Pasta Soup
Looking for a quick lunchtime warm-up? Opt for Pretty/Hungry Blog’s hearty Vegetable Pasta Soup, which contributor Carissa Casey describes as “a flavorful, healthy, and hearty soup that is also very budget-friendly!” Pick up some celery, carrots, and kale from the produce aisle, then combine those heart-healthy ingredients in rich and savory tomato broth. Spice your stew with garlic and thyme to tie together the dish into one irresistible meal.
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7. Roasted Veggie Quinoa Bowl
“This roasted veggie quinoa bowl has 5 tasty components and only requires 30 minutes of your time!” blogger Brittany Tack writes for I Love Vegan. The convenient midday meal combines roasted broccoli, sweet potatoes, spiced chickpeas, kale, and quinoa, all working together to fuel your workday with ease. This Roasted Veggie Quinoa Bowl recipe takes just 30 minutes to make and yields 2 generously-sized bowls.
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8. Coconut Tempeh Wraps With Cranberry Relish
“I love marinated tempeh,” blogger Kelsey Marcus writes. “Being somewhat inundated with canned coconut milk … I decided to do a sweet and spicy coconut curry marinade.” This recipe from A Little Rosemary And Time blends the exotic flavors of coconut curry with a soy tempeh base, while a tart cranberry relish brings the dish to a zingy finish. Vegetarian or not, you’ll love sinking your teeth into this dish come lunchtime. The recipe yields 4 servings.
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