3 Vegetarian Meal Plans (for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
Are you looking at all the delicious, insta-worthy vegetarian recipes floating around and wondering where on this green earth you’d ever find the time to whip up dishes like those?
We often opt for fast food and instant meals because they seem simpler and quicker to make than real meals – but that doesn’t always have to be the case. Below are some quick and easy breakfast, lunch, and dinner options to form your healthy vegetarian meal plan!
The only thing worse than starting a day without breakfast is making do with an unhealthy breakfast in the interest of saving time. Here are some sustaining vegetarian breakfasts you can make and eat in a rush in the mornings!
Coffee Chia Breakfast Pudding
Chia is one of the most popular nutritious fads today, because there’s so much you can make with this tiny powerhouse of fibre. This breakfast pudding, for example, can be made in the evening and chilled overnight for a cold, filling breakfast to go the next morning.
Mix chia seeds, a cooled cup of coffee, your plant-based milk of choice, and nut butter. Flavour with cinnamon and vanilla, and stick in the fridge. The chia seeds will absorb the milk and make the pudding wonderfully gooey by morning.
The best part? No need to drink coffee, as it’s already in your food! Get the recipe here.
Mash the avocado (separately!), toast some whole wheat bread, and slather the avocado on for some creamy breakfast goodness. As simple as it sounds, the topping choice for avocado toast is endless – try garlic powder, herbs, salad dressing, lemon, jalapenos, onions, tomatoes, or even hot sauce!
Don’t forget to eat your avocado toast at once, before the avocado browns. Get the recipe here.
No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
This recipe makes chewy (not crumbly!) granola bars made of oats, your choice of spices, nuts and seeds, your favourite dried fruit, coconut oil, and honey. The best thing about it is once you’ve got your basic recipe down, you can create endless possible combinations, depending on what fruits, seeds, and spices you have on hand!
No need to bake your breakfast – simply heat up the coconut oil, honey and spice in a pan, then fold in the fruits and nuts until the mixture turns gooey. Pour into a baking dish to shape, and let cool. Cut the bars into your desired size for snacking. They store well in the fridge, so you can make a batch over the weekend and just grab the goodness and go on weekday mornings! Get the recipe here.
For vegetarians on the go, you’ll want a healthy lunch that packs well in the morning and that you can heat up in a jiffy in the office!
Peanut Soba Noodle Slaw Recipe
You’ll be the envy of the lunch table with this slaw made of crunchy vegetables, served with soba noodles and a nutty peanut sesame-ginger sauce.
To make, shred the vegetables – carrots, purple or green cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. Set aside and whip up the dressing from peanut butter, sesame oil, tamari or soy sauce, vinegar, honey, garlic, and ginger. Boil soba noodles, combine with the vegetables and dressing, and let marinate prior to serving.
Add lime juice and fresh cilantro for an extra zing! Get the recipe here.
Tortellini Salad with Zucchini and Peas
Upgrade your usual salad fare with this textured tortellini salad made with delicious peas and zucchini.
Cook zucchini with garlic until it softens, then add to pasta made with less salt and fat. Enhance flavour with lemon, salt, and pepper. Toss to your heart’s content!
This salad works well both warm and straight out of the fridge. Get the recipe here.
Vegan Mexican Burritos
Burritos are an excellent packed lunch option – simply wrap in foil and refrigerate throughout the morning, then reheat at lunchtime!
These vegan Mexican burritos are based on a vegetable mixture consisting of bell peppers, chickpeas, corn, salsa, chipotle chile pepper, and cumin. Roast some potatoes separately to balance the flavour. Pour the mixture and potatoes on tortillas, then add jalapeños for fiery Mexican flare!
If you can eat lunch immediately, you can opt to make the avocado cumin cream included in the recipe; otherwise leave it off as avocado cream will brown quickly. Get the recipe here.
At the end of the day, there’s nothing more wholesome than sitting down to a delicious, nutritious supper with your loved ones. Here are some enjoyable vegetarian dinners the whole family can share!
Crispy Vegan Pizza
Who doesn’t love pizza? If you’re going on a health kick, a crisp, juicy pizza loaded with toppings is bound to be one of the meals you’d be hard-pressed to give up.
Fortunately, you don’t have to give up pizza if you make it with a base of gluten-free rice tortilla and salsa, and skimp on the cheese! Sprinkle it with all your favourite vegan toppings, flavour with herbs, and bake for 10-15 minutes.
This recipe makes an excellent dinner for the whole family. Get the recipe here.
Mushroom Quinoa Burgers
Veggie burgers that you don’t even notice aren’t made of beef are always a crowd-pleaser! Make these mushroom quinoa burgers from mushrooms, walnuts, garlic, onions, quinoa, cornstarch. Blend and refrigerate the mixture. Once it has solidified, form and shape into patties, then bake.
Dress the burgers with rosemary mayo – which is simply rosemary sprinkled in mayonnaise and flavoured with lemon juice.
To make prep time go faster, make batches of patties on the weekend, and just pull them out to bake for burger night during the week. Get the recipe here.
Thai Red Curry
Forget takeout nights – this Thai red curry is a healthier home-cooked alternative to preservative-laden takeout!
The main star of this dish is the aromatic red Thai curry, with garlic, onion, and ginger lending it a distinct flavour. Get vegan red curry paste from the store (or make it yourself!). Cook with bell pepper and other vegetables you like, then season with vinegar and tamari.
Pair the curry with fluffy rice in true Asian style. If you like your curry fired up, add chilli garlic sauce or sriracha for spice. Get the recipe here.