21 Delicious and Healthy Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas that are everything but boring: Satisfying, quick and easy lunch recipes to look forward to! Easily portable, mess-free, packed with nutrients, can be eaten cold.
I know that many of you are struggling with how to eat healthy and vegetarian while eating outside. I can absolutely relate to your struggles with this issue. The best tip here is: Think ahead.
Sure you can have lunch with your colleagues at a restaurant. But not every restaurant has healthy vegetarian lunch options and even if it does, you gotta have lunch every day, so repetitive meals become boring pretty quickly. Not to mention it can be pricey.
On the other hand, lunch can be challenging to make ahead at home, since you are limited to easily portable meals that have to be nutritious and not boring. Bonus point if they can be eaten cold. Two bonus points if they are delicious.
When it comes to school lunch box ideas, it’s really hard to be creative. Your kid can’t have PB&J every day for lunch. To save you a headache I put together a list of simple, delicious and healthy vegetarian lunch box ideas that both kids and adults enjoy.
What Makes a Healthy Lunch Box?
Over the years, I’ve posted quite a few healthy vegetarian lunch box recipes on my blog. They are everything but boring and delicious too! I included a few vegan and gluten free in this roundup as well.
No more brainstorming in the supermarket or making the same old boring sandwiches over and over again.
Here are a few healthy vegetarian lunch ideas that are also:
- can be eaten cold (except for soups);
- NOT boring;
- good for adults and kids;
- easily portable in a lunch box.
Lunch Containers and Boxes
To make you all set, I suggest the following lunch container sets that are not only leak-proff, but also microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe for your vegetarian packed lunch:
Leakproof Bento Lunch Box (your kids will love it!)
Pro tip: Make sure to put your lunch box in a plastic ziplock bag to make sure nothing leaks from it. This can easily happen if you forget to close the lid properly. I always prefer to be on the safe side.
Healthy Vegetarian Lunch Box Recipes
These healthy vegetarian lunch ideas are perfect for adults to take to work and for kids to eat at school. I have quite a few vegetarian lunch recipes on my blog that I can swear by.
I categorized them by type:
- pasta dishes,
- other vegetarian lunch box recipes like hummus with pita chips, quiches, falafel and spring rolls.
Check more amazing vegetarian lunch recipes from my fellow food blogger friends below.
Vegetarian Lunch Salads
Shaved Asparagus Salad with Peanut Dressing
Easy Greek Orzo Salad
Vegan Mexican Chopped Salad with Avocado Dressing
Vegetarian Lunch Soups
One Pot Vegan Minestrone Soup
Vegan Roasted Carrot Soup with Lentils
Healthy Ramen with Rice Noodles, Tofu and Veggies
Vegan Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich
Easy Miso Soup (Japanese Clear Soup)
Silky Vegan Cauliflower Soup
Vegetarian Lunch Pasta Dishes
Vegan Pesto Pasta with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
The Best Vegan Bolognese
Vegetarian Lunch Sandwiches
Vegan BLT Tempeh Sandwich
Perfect Vegan Sloppy Joes
Pita Pockets with Roasted Veggies and Hummus
Turkish Borek with Spinach and Feta Cheese
5-minute Easy Vegan Tacos
Other Vegetarian Lunch Box Recipes
Ultimate Vegan Buddha Bowl
Asparagus Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust
The Best Vegan Quiche Ever
Crispy Baked Falafel with Hazelnuts and Creamy Lemon-Mint Sauce
Vegan Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce
Roasted Beet Hummus with Pita Chips
More Vegetarian Lunch Box Recipes
Here are some more vegetarian lunch box recipe ideas from my fellow food blogger friends:
- Herby Farro Salad with Olives, Cherry Tomatoes and Zucchini Ribbons by Vikalinka
- Easy Turmeric Chickpea Salad Sandwich by Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen
- Veggie Pad Thai Zoodles with Peanut Dressing by A Saucy Kitchen