I put together some suggestions for vegetarian lunch options. Many of these meatless lunches are cold lunches, which you can easily take to work or school, even if there is no means to heat your lunch.
Veggie Sandwich made with Morning Star Chipotle Black Bean Burger
and guacamole, egg, and tomato. (Personal Photo)
Veggie sandwiches with veggie patties: There are a number of companies, such as Morningstar, Gardenburger, and Bocaburger, that make veggie burger patties. Most of the Morningstar burgers have texturized vegetable protein (TVP), and some of the Boca have wheat gluten. I prefer the Gardenburgers, which are mostly brown rice and vegetables. Dress your burger up like a hamburger, or get creative with avocado, hummus, or pesto.
Beet Sandwich on sourdough with feta cheese, mushrooms,
and spinach. (Personal Photo)
from my carry out supper. (Personal Photo)
Spinach Salad with a side of red skin potato salad. (Personal Photo)
Lettuce Salads: Some restaurants only have bland, basic salads to offer diners seeking vegetarian options. Don’t let that turn you against salads. Create your own diverse salad bar-style salad at home. Start with some romaine lettuce, spinach, or mixed greens. Round up all the usual suspects such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions, then keep a few favorite salad treats on hand, like kalamata olives, beets, and sunflower seeds. Serve your green salad with a big scoop of pasta salad or potato salad on the side.
Mock tuna salad made with walnuts and sweet relish.
Mock tuna salad: I found a few mocktuna salad recipes on YouTube. I made one of them, which featured garbanzo beans. My favorite however is made with walnuts. I put a little purple onion, sweet pickle relish, mayo, and a pinch of cumin.
Grilled onions, peppers and squash. (Personal Photo)