3 Easy Healthy Plant-Based Lunches

Have you ever felt like you wanted a healthier lunch, but everything looked SO boring?

Same.

Which is why I’m constantly trying new ways to make the basics taste good, so that I can share them with YOU.

Sometimes you just need to spend an extra 2-3 minutes on presentation so that your healthy options actually get you excited.

We need that energy to make it through long days in a happy and productive mood, right?

Here are 3 easy & plant-based lunch ideas for you to try (and maybe prep!) this week.

Easy plant protein saladThis salad is SUPER easy to make in advance. You’ll need:

  • lettuce
  • sprouts
  • raddicchio
  • cucumber
  • cooked quinoa
  • avocado

I recommend cooking a batch of quinoa in advance so that you can prep it into a few different portions.

All you need to do is wash the veggies, chop the cucumber/raddiccio/lettuce and separate the sprouts with your fingers. Add to your bowl, add the cooked quinoa, top with avocado, and you’re all set. Sometimes I’ll add a mix of red wine vinegar and olive oil as my dressing!

Roasted veggies 

You can also prep some of this meal ahead of time.

You need:

  • 1 cup broccoli cut into bite sized florets
  • 1 cup mini potatoes
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 avocado
  • oil spray
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • optional: 2 tbsp nutritional yeast

Preheat your oven to 410 degrees F.  Chop the broccoli and potatoes into bite sized pieces. In a bowl, mix the potatoes and broccoli with the cumin, paprika, onion powder, nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper to taste. Spray a baking pan with oil and spread the broccoli and potatoes evenly. Cook for 30 minutes or until you see the edges turn golden brown. When those are almost done, reheat or add the cooked quinoa to your plate and add the avocado. Add the veggies and season with whatever dressing or sauce you love, but this dish also tastes great by itself!

Easy Veggie Sandwich

I love this meal because most of us have some these ingredients already sitting in our fridge! Basically, the idea is to grab any veggies you have laying around and layer them into a great sandwich.

This one includes:

  • 2 pieces of whole grain bread
  • 1 carrot, spiralized or sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced thinly
  • 2 tbsp red pepper hummus
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/4 cup sprouts

Toast the bread, spiralize/cut your veggies. Spread the avocado on one toast and the hummus on the second. Pile your veggies onto each piece and eat like a sandwich.

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