10 High-Protein Lunches With No Meat

10 High-Protein Lunches With No Meat

Whether you’re a full-time vegetarian, or just looking to add a few meatless meals to your routine, it’s important to remember that skipping meat shouldn’t mean skipping protein. “Protein is important to include at every meal, as it helps with satiety so you stay full for longer,” Alissa Rumsey, M.S., R.D. tell SELF. So, even if you’re eating eggs for breakfast and tofu for dinner, you need to eat some protein with lunch, too.

While turkey sandwiches and chicken-topped salads are out, there are tons of vegetarian protein sources to choose from when it comes to packing lunch. Whether you want a soup or stew, a flavor-packed salad, or a make-ahead grain bowl, here are some options to suit any mood.

10 High-Protein Lunches With No Meat

1. Blissed-Out Thai Salad With Marinated Peanut Tempeh from Minimalist Baker

Tempeh, made from whole, fermented soybeans, is a great way to switch it up if you want a vegetarian protein but are tired of tofu. Get the recipe here.

Per one serving:441 calories, 21 g protein

10 High-Protein Lunches With No Meat

2. Brussels Sprout and Hummus Grilled Cheese from Simply Quinoa

Microwave this grilled cheese sandwich at the office, or just enjoy it cold. Trust us, it’s delicious either way. Get the recipe here.

Per one serving:530 calories, 20 grams protein

10 High-Protein Lunches With No Meat

3. Farro and Spinach Salad With Grapefruit and Goat Cheese from SELFstarter

This is NOT a sad desk salad. The goat cheese and grapefruit add some tang, while farro gives extra texture.

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Per one serving:513 calories, 20 grams protein

10 High-Protein Lunches With No Meat

4. Smoky Tempeh Burrito Bowls from Minimalist Baker

There are a few different components to these easy lunch bowls — brown rice, smoky tempeh, black beans, and crunchy veggies for toppings — but they’re all super easy to make. Get the recipe here.

Per one serving:602 calories, 29 grams protein

10 High-Protein Lunches With No Meat

5. Tempeh Butternut Squash Bake from Eating Bird Food

This recipe is meant to be a dinner, but the leftover serving tastes even better when it’s reheated the next day, which makes it an ideal packed lunch. Get the recipe here.

Per one serving:551 calories, 29 grams protein

10 High-Protein Lunches With No Meat

6. Sweet Potato Falafel Lettuce Cups from SELFstarter

Perfect for lunch or dinner, these lettuce cups are a little sweet, plenty filling, and really fun to eat. If you’re packing them to-go, keep the yogurt separate until you’re ready to eat.

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Per one serving:529 calories, 25 grams protein

10 High-Protein Lunches With No Meat

7. Creamy Three-Bean Stew from Amuse Your Bouche

This stew is hearty without being heavy, and it makes enough that you can pack leftovers for lunch! Get the recipe here.

Per one serving:479 calories, 26 grams protein

10 High-Protein Lunches With No Meat

8. Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich from Happy Healthy Mama

Chickpeas mashed with Greek yogurt and cheese are make a cool vegetarian alternative to chicken salad or egg salad. It also kind of tastes like hummus, but better. Get the recipe here.

Per one serving:377 calories, 22 grams protein

10 High-Protein Lunches With No Meat

9. Cauliflower White Bean Soup from SELFstarter

White beans and almonds add protein and thickness to this vegetarian soup. Make a big batch, then portion it out so that in the morning, you can just grab lunch and go.

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Per one serving:534 calories, 27 grams protein

10 High-Protein Lunches With No Meat

10. Meatless Caesar Salad from Amuse Your Bouche

This meatless salad gets its protein from hard-boiled eggs, cheese, and some Greek yogurt in the dressing. It’s lighter than the original version, but equally delicious. Get the recipe here.

Per one serving:370 calories, 21 grams protein

This article originally appeared on self.com

 

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