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Quick and Easy Delicious Vegetarian Lunch Ideas That are Not Salads [Recipes]

by Vanessa Davies

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The ruling opinion is that only overweight people are turning to vegetarianism under the pretext to lose weight. Perhaps some part of it is true, but the fact is that there are many reasons why someone would give up meat and/or products from animals. Perhaps it comes to health reasons, perhaps ideological, maybe material, but most often it is a great love for animals.

When it comes down to it, everyone's body is different and one's body can compensate for the necessary nutrients with a vegetarian or vegan diet while others can not. If you are a vegetarian and you want something fresh, healthy yet tasty for lunch (that is not a salad), on this post, I’ll be sharing  a few suggestions for a delicious vegetarian lunch:


Vegetable soup


A bowl of hearty vegetable soup

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There’s an abundance of choices when it comes to vegetable soups. If you can not decide, make a thick soup of all the vegetables that you have in the house. Here’s how.

First, you need to cook a portion of all the vegetables you choose for the soup (it is recommended to dominate one type of vegetable, say mushrooms). In another saucepan, fry a little onion in butter or oil, then add drained steamed vegetables (do not spill water in which vegetables are cooked, you'll need it later). In the vegetable and oil, add a little spice and salt, then a glass of water in which the vegetables are previously cooked and a tablespoon of flour.

The mixture should become compact, but keep an eye on it while it simmers. Add the rest of the water in which vegetables are cooked and cook it all together. Try to evaluate the flavor and the saltiness and the rest you can add to taste. This is a lightweight and easy to whip vegetable soup – perfect when you want something filling and soothing for lunch


Soybean Steak or Burger


Veggie burgers make a filling and health lunch option

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In my opinion, this is probably one of the most delicious vegetarian dishes. In order to create this dish, you need to put small pieces of soybean ‘flank’ and immerse them in water the night before, poach them. Then, you’ll need to combine it with a mixture of flour and eggs and mold them into steaks or burgers. Once you’ve done added soy sauce, salt, and pepper, you can fry them with soybean oil or olive oil until golden brown. Mashed or steamed rice is most often served as the side dish, but you can also use mustard dressing, mayonnaise, sour cream, and your other favorite condiments or spices. If you prefer, you can also serve it with wheat burger buns as you would with the usual meat burger – either way, you will have a healthy meal and be filled with energy!


Tofu Curry with Swiss Chard


Tofu Curry

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This is a recipe for a meal with a minimum serving of carbohydrates and this dish excellent to be enjoyed after training or a yoga session. It is also suitable for those who integrate Chrononutrition into their regular diet. 

Here’s how you can prepare it in your own kitchen: Cut the chard leaves into bite-sized pieces, then wash and drain them well. Be sure to also wash the stalks before you chop them. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion, garlic and ginger, chard stems, and fry for another minute or two. Add the cumin, cayenne pepper and salt, then add the tomato and cook until it turns into a liquid. Add chard leaves and fry over medium heat until the leaves are tender. Add cubes of tofu and water. Heat until boiling, reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes until the chard is cooked and the flavors are mixed. Sprinkle with fresh coriander or mint and cashew nuts before serving. 


Vegetable Wrap 


Vegetable Wrap

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For this dish, you would need tortillas as a base, and the rest you can add to taste. Brush each tortilla with one tablespoon of butter. Make a mixture of equal amounts of crushed soy cream cheese, chopped spinach, chopped red cabbage, avocado which is cut into slices, chopped tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, onions, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle a handful of this mixture on each tortilla, wrap it, and voila! You’re all set to indulge in this simple yet flavorful dish. 

As you can see from the examples I shared above, there are plenty of ways you can easily whip up vegetarian cuisine for lunch. So, there’s simply no excuse for you to not integrate them into your diet! If you’re not ready to give up meat entirely, why not test it out by including meatless Mondays into your weekly routine? 


Want to learn how you can make healthier versions of your favorite dishes? From vegan, organic, to gluten-free cuisine, BookCulinaryVacations.com has plenty of great culinary vacations for you to choose from! 

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