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28 Vegetarian Lunches That Aren't Another Boring Salad

Not a salad in sight.


1. Curry Noodle Soup

Curry noodle soup with broccoli and peppers.
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If you're going to make a big batch of this decadent soup to enjoy throughout the week, just remember to cook and store the rice noodles separately. Add them right to the broth when you're ready to eat.

Recipe: Curry Noodle Soup

2. Spinach & Mushroom Quesadilla

A cheesy quesadilla with spinach and mushroom.
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Loaded with scrambled eggs and veggies, this comforting and cheesy quesadilla will keep you feeling full until dinner time.

Recipe: Spinach & Mushroom Quesadilla

3. Chickpea Salad Sandwich

A chickpea salad sandwich with kale.
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A satisfying and totally meat-free alternative to tuna fish, chickpeas are mashed and combined with red onion, pepper, mayo, Dijon, dill and spices. The chickpea mixture stays good in the fridge for up to five days so you can prepare it well in advance.

Recipe: Chickpea Salad Sandwich

4. Caprese Sandwich with Parsley Pesto

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Eat this baby cold or pop it into the toaster oven for some melty mozzarella goodness. Get the recipe.

5. Sweet Potato Noodle Stir-Fry

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Make a whole bunch of this 20-minute veggie stir-fry for dinner, then pack the extra for lunch. Get the recipe.

6. Ricotta Spinach Calzones

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You can make a big batch of these calzones at once and keep them in the freezer. Then, whenever you're craving a comforting lunch, pop it in the microwave. Get the recipe.

7. Lentil Tortilla Soup

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It's basically chicken tortilla soup and chili in one, and you can make this loaded stew in the slow cooker or on the stove. Get the recipe.

8. Cold Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles

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Cook the noodles and prepare the peanut sesame sauce ahead of time. Then, dress your bowl when you're ready to chow down. Get the recipe.

9. Hummus and Avocado Toast

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You can get creative and top this protein-packed toast with anything from cucumbers and tomato to tahini and pomegranate. Get the recipe.

10. Roasted Chickpea Gyros

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These chickpeas are tossed with paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper, and then they're roasted until crispy. Get the recipe.

11. Spinach, Artichoke, and Goat Cheese Quiche

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Make this hearty vegetarian quiche at the beginning of the week, slice it up, and enjoy it all week. You can even freeze it for future lunches. Get the recipe.

12. Crispy Baked Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos

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All you need for these easy tacos is refried black beans, sweet potato puree, grated cheese, and tortillas. Then, you can dress it up with all your favorite Tex-Mex toppings like avocado and pico de gallo. Get the recipe.

13. Thai Peanut Wraps

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Craving some crunch? This Thai-inspired wrap made with sliced veggies, cilantro, peanuts, and wonton strips is a far cry from your everyday sandwich. Get the recipe.

14. Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps

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This vegetarian filling is made with tofu, cremini mushrooms, and water chestnuts, then it gets dressed with hoisin, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Get the recipe.

15. Tortellini with Pesto and Roasted Veggies

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The grilled vegetables cancel out the carbs, right? Get the recipe.

16. Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl

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The secret's in the sweet-and-tangy sauce, which is made with sesame oil, soy sauce, maple syrup, chili-garlic sauce, and peanut butter. But heads up: You'll want to eat it on everything. Get the recipe.

17. Buffalo Cauliflower Wrap

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Cauliflower gets a kick from flour, garlic powder, black pepper, and paprika. Then it's all battered in flour and coconut milk and baked until nice and crispy. Get the recipe.

18. Black Bean and Charred Corn Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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These Tex-Mex stuffed sweet potatoes can be made ahead of time and reheated for an easy weekday lunch. Get the recipe.

19. Harissa Portobello Mushroom "Tacos"

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Pop these six-ingredient marinated mushrooms into a wrap, on top of a rice bowl, or in lettuce wraps to make better-for-you tacos. Get the recipe.

20. Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

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It's officially soup season. Take advantage with this Asian-inspired take on classic butternut squash. Make it on the stovetop in just 35 minutes or throw everything into the slow cooker for an effortless meal. Get the recipe.

21. Caramelized Wild Mushroom Pizza

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Craving a lunch slice? Rather than opt for takeout, make a loaded veggie pizza like this caramelized mushroom version at the beginning of the week. Lunch on the go has never been easier. Get the recipe.

22. Butternut Squash Risotto

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A perfectly appropriate fall lunch, all of your coworkers will be begging for a spoonful. Get the recipe.

23. Rainbow Veggie Spring Rolls

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You can use rice or quinoa and any of your favorite sliced veggies in these coloful rolls. Just don't forget the honey-sesame sauce for dunking. Get the recipe.

24. Thai-Style Quinoa Cakes

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You can make a big batch of these quinoa patties and store them in the freezer for when you're craving them. Get the recipe.

25. Cheesy Polenta with Roasted Vegetables

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Meal prep doesn't get much more delicious than this...or much easier. This 30-minute meal is a gift that keeps on giving. Get the recipe.

26. Falafel with Cucumber Noodles and Tzatziki Slaw

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If you don't have the time to make the sauce from scratch, store-bought tzatziki or hummus should do the trick. Get the recipe.

27. Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

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This better-for-you twist on classic sesame chicken tastes just as indulgent. Pile it on cauliflower rice, quinoa, or regular rice for a filling meal. Get the recipe.

28. Caprese-Stuffed Avocados

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All you need is an avocado, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls and a drizzle of balsamic to make this simply genius lunch. Get the recipe.

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