20 Vegetarian Meals You Can Make for Lunch or Dinner

20 Vegetarian Meals You Can Make for Lunch or Dinner

Kelli Foster
May 5, 2017
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One of the top qualities I seek in most recipes is versatility. I know I've found a good one when it's something that can easily pull double duty as lunch or dinner. This lineup of vegetarian options leans on pantry staples and whole, protein-rich foods to make a meal that's filling and light enough for lunch, yet substantial enough to serve as supper. From chickpea salad to warm grain bowls, these 20 vegetarian recipes can fit into your meal plan as lunch or dinner.


No wimpy salads here. When salad is your main meal, you want them to be smart, filling, and full of different flavors and textures. These recipes are loaded with hearty, protein-rich ingredients to show you that salads are satisfying when prepared right.

Pasta and Noodles

Take your pick of noodles, sauce, and mix-ins. These meals are reliably easy and super versatile. Many taste just as good cold as they do warm.

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Eggs All Day

Because eggs know no time of day. No matter how you cook them, eggs have a welcome place on the table at every meal of the day.

Grain Bowls

Grain bowls really have it all — ease, versatility, and wholesome comfort food heartiness. Make a batch and plan on bringing it for lunch.

Veggie-Centric Meals

These are for you, veggie-lovers! To be sure you get your fill of fresh produce, these recipes put vegetables at the helm.

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