TELL VT: What’s your best idea for an exciting (and healthful) weekday lunch?

By vt_editor December 11, 2013 Categories: TELL VT

We want to know: What’s your best idea for an exciting (and healthful) weekday lunch? Share your comment below, and see what others have to say. Our favorite responses will be published in the next issue of Vegetarian Times.

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One of Amy Chaplin's bean and rice bowls. My favorite version: mung beans, brown and sweet rice, arugula, bleeding heart radish, sliced green onion, pumpkin seeds, topped with tamari and flax oil. Delicious and always makes me feel so good.

K. Baumbach - 2015-01-19 23:46:36

My new favorite is to blend my choice of beans, vegetable broth and a mix of spices and herbs into a soup. I plunk it into a canning jar and easily sip it during the day. I love it because you can really make it your own. Sometimes I add rice or sautéed veggies. If I'm really hungry I can make a little salad to pair with it. This leaves me satisfied and full of energy for the rest of the day.

Erin Renee - 2014-01-30 16:36:16

Pair Dr. Todd's Greens Steam Saute with a fresh juice or smoothie and I'm set! Follow that with a walk outdoors and the rest of the afternoon is a breeze. Green Steam Saute Recipe-->

Dr. Todd Pesek - 2014-01-29 05:23:06

My life is busy, so I don't have time to make both dinner and separate lunch. I trick I learned long ago, double up, in order to have leftovers. In my household, there's just my husband and me, but I cook for four to ensure we have lunches for the next day. On week nights when I'm too tired to cook, I pull together a Mediterranean antipasto: crusty bread, olives, pickled eggplant / artichokes, cantaloupe, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes drizzled in olive oil, roasted red peppers (from a jar), and fresh figs. Any combination works and I just go with whatever I find in the fridge. It doubles up beautifully as a lunch for the next day.

Victoria Martino - 2014-01-12 20:55:13

A loaded spinach salad with fruit (strawberries, nectarine or peach), nuts and raspberry vinaigrette. Quick, easy and delicious!

Emma Katie - 2014-01-11 16:20:43

I enjoy cooking ahead a big pot of black beans. I save them and when need a quick lunch I just throw some onions, garlic and tomatoes and add the black beans to the pan. Meanwhile I have sweet potatoes boiling in another pot. To serve I add the hot sweet potatoes to the bottom of my serving plate and then I add the black bean mix on top. Yummy and perfect on a cold day. Narda - Maryland.

Narda Bramer - 2014-01-10 00:58:18

I'm addicted to whole wheat wraps with hummus, salsa, kale and avocado. Two of those with a tomato soup and a couple hard boiled eggs really keep me going throughout the day!

Jacqueline Megaw - 2014-01-07 23:41:34

I love leftover soup for lunch. I always make large batches of soup so that I have plenty leftover. Lentil veggie soup and stuffed pepper soup are my favorites.

Katie Dalbec - 2014-01-04 22:51:18

Kale salad with chopped apple, dried cranberries, and green onions. I use lemon juice and olive oil as a dressing.

Katie Dalbec - 2014-01-04 22:48:37

Jackfruit carnitas wraps.

Yvette - 2014-01-03 11:49:20

fresh vegetable & fruit salad with cheese, sesamy oil & dresed with any salad dresing you like... plus some glases of pure/plain drinking water & fruit juice if you like... besides, steemed potatoes-casavas-sweetPotatoes can help us having energy too if you like... just remember not to take them too much as your stomach will be easily full...

Avianto Wahju Nugroho - 2014-01-03 07:58:26

I'm addicted to black bean whole wheat or rice wraps layered with spinach,red and green peppers,humus,corn,olives and green onions with taco sauce. I eat it almost every day. All organic of course.

Bette - 2014-01-03 04:49:19

Roasted beet and quinoa salad with lite sesame dressing I add a small bunch of micro greens. My fiend adds slivered almonds and peas. Its really good!!

CAROLYN Roux - 2014-01-03 00:40:02

A healthful weekday lunch would be a quick stir fry rice with purple cabbage, brocolli, corn, chopped olives, sweet peppers, carrots, onions, topped with sesame seeds, a dash of tumeric and cayenne pepper with lentil burgers, steam squash, and a salad of cucumbers and lettuce with raisins or chopped walnuts. The stirfry seasoned to taste with a punch of salt, pepper and basil or whatever fresh herbs I may have on hand. This is my go to lunch

allison - 2014-01-03 00:04:59

I love to make the vegetable kichari. Using spices like cumin, tumeric powder and ginger along with lentils, rice and vegetable, it makes a complete one dish meal ! Easy to digest and very nourishing.

Zarina - 2014-01-02 21:35:10