Vegetarian Lunch Recipes For Weight Loss


Here are the top  vegetarian lunch recipes for weight loss from my favorite vegetarian lunch recipes website, which I go to very often.

Lunch recipes for weight loss is what I’ll be sharing with you today. We all have that same problem. No matter what we do we can’t lose any weight and we wonder why?

Vegetarian Lunch Recipes For Weight Loss

Vegetarian lunch recipes for weight loss can be a lifesaver when you’re just too tired to cook yet still working on losing that extra weight. In the course of my efforts to lead a healthier lifestyle, I’ve found it helpful to eat vegetarian meals at home during the week.

At first glance, lunch and weight loss may not appear to be compatible, but as you’ll see, there are multiple ways to approach the idea of a vegetarian lunch recipe for weight loss. Once you develop a few solid ideas for how to eat vegetarian for weight loss during your midday meal, you’ll find that it isn’t too hard to get the nutrition you need without sacrificing flavor.

Vegetarian Recipes for Weight-Loss


Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap

White beans mashed with ripe avocado and blended with sharp Cheddar and onion makes an incredibly rich, flavorful filling for this wrap. The tangy, spicy slaw adds crunch. A pinch (or more) of ground chipotle pepper and an extra dash of cider vinegar can be used in place of the canned chipotles in adobo sauce. Wrap these up to take as a healthy and portable lunch for work.

Inside-Out Lasagna

Here we take basic lasagna ingredients–ricotta cheese, pasta and tomatoes–and skip the layering and long baking time to make a super-quick and satisfying meal for the whole family. To cut down on prep time, look for presliced mushrooms. For meat lovers, brown some crumbled turkey sausage along with the onions and garlic. Serve with: Steamed broccoli and whole-grain baguette.
Slow-Cooked Moroccan Lentil Soup

Slow-Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup

Like most soups, this Moroccan lentil soup recipe gets better with time as the complex seasonings have time to develop. Make it a day ahead if you can–this easy slow cooker/crock pot recipe variation makes it a cinch to get the soup cooking while you do other things.

Eggplant Pomodoro Pasta

In this eggplant pasta dish, diced eggplant turns tender when sautéed with garlic and olive oil. Toss with fresh plum tomatoes, green olives and capers and you have a simple, tasty sauce. We like the eggplant pasta sauce over angel hair pasta, but any type will work. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a mixed green salad.

Veggie & Hummus Sandwich

This mile-high vegetable and hummus sandwich makes the perfect heart-healthy vegetarian lunch to go. Mix it up with different flavors of hummus and different types of vegetables depending on your mood.

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Make a double batch of this quick vegetarian chili, full of black beans and sweet potatoes, and eat it for lunch the next day or freeze the extras for another night. We love the smoky heat from the ground chipotle, but omit it if you prefer a mild chili. Serve with tortilla chips or cornbread and coleslaw.


This vegetable-packed minestrone soup recipe is inspired by a popular Weight Watchers vegetable soup recipe. It makes a big pot of soup, so keep some in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and freeze the rest in single-serve portions. That way you always have an easy, delicious vegetable soup to start your meal or to eat for lunch. Think of this vegetable minestrone recipe as a starting point for other healthy soup variations, too: toss in leftover chopped cooked chicken or whole-wheat pasta or brown rice to make it more satisfying.
Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

This recipe for spicy Buffalo cauliflower bites is a great vegetarian alternative to Buffalo wings. Roasted cauliflower stands in for chicken and provides more fiber and fewer calories. Serve this easy appetizer with carrot sticks, celery and your favorite ranch or blue cheese dressing.
butternut squash soup with apple grilled cheese sandwiches

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Layering apple slices into grilled cheese sandwiches adds a little crunch to a favorite soup dipper. And creamy butternut squash soup with ginger, cumin and turmeric is a nice change of pace from grilled cheese’s usual tomato soup partner. Serve the duo for a comforting and easy weeknight dinner for the family. The soup keeps well in the fridge, so save leftovers for lunch or dinner later in the week.

Chickpea & Potato Curry

This fast Indian-style curry comes together with ingredients you most likely have on hand, like frozen peas and canned tomatoes and chickpeas. Plus, using these spices shows how simple it is to make a curry sauce for an easy vegetarian recipe. Serve with whole-wheat naan to sop it all up.
really green smoothie

Really Green Smoothie

The combination of kale and avocado makes this healthy smoothie recipe extra green. Chia seeds lend this creamy smoothie a heart-healthy punch of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

Everything Bagel Avocado Toast

Get all the flavor of an everything bagel married with the creaminess of avocado toast in one healthy breakfast. Just toast, top, sprinkle and go for this quick morning meal when you need to get out the door fast. Want to take it up a notch? Top with a poached or fried egg.

Best Healthy Vegetarian Recipes for Weight Loss

1.   Stuffed Tomatoes

Vegetarian stuffed tomatoes

With this recipe for vegetarian-friendly stuffed tomatoes, you’ll spend just 2 minutes of your time doing the necessary prep work and only 20 minutes of actual cooking before you turn standard normal tomatoes into something memorable: sweet, creamy, crunchy, and imbued with faint whispers of garlic and fresh basil.

2.   Vegetarian Mushroom Burgers with Mozzarella Cheese

Vegetarian mushroom melts

We don’t mess around with fake patties in this mushroom burger recipe either; instead, we go straight for a meaty portobello cap, rubbed in olive oil and balsamic, and topped with a crown of melted mozz. Even if you’re a beef buff, we think you’ll like this meatless burger.

3.   Roasted Carrots

Vegetarian honey roasted carrots

Here in this simple and easy to make roasted carrots recipe, we provide you with a deliciously flavorful way to make your vegetables a bit more enticing.

4.   Melted Brie with Vegetables

Vegetarian melted brie vegetables

To love the taste of melted cheese is to be an American. But the concept of breading sticks of cheese and dropping them into hot fat is an exercise in excess that we simply can’t get behind. If cheese is the focus, surround it with a strong supporting cast. Brie is the unquestionable star here, but the sautéed vegetables add plenty of vital substance to our melted brie cheese recipe.

5.   Minestrone with Pesto Soup

Healthy minestrone with pesto

This healthy minestrone soup recipe is a hodgepodge of veggies that will go a long way in making sure your diet is not lacking in its necessary greenery. Vary the specific vegetables depending on what’s in your fridge and what looks good in the market, but be sure to finish with a spoonful of jarred pesto, which helps tie the whole bowl together.

6.   Oven-Baked French Fries

Vegan crispy oven-baked fries

The key here is washing the surface starch from the potatoes before baking, which helps encourage surface browning and crisping. The rosemary and Parmesan are nice touches, but the real star of this show is the spud itself.

7.   Ricotta Cheesecake With Warm Blueberries

Low-calorie ricotta cheesecake with warm blueberries

The name says it all: a sugary, fat-laden slice of cake made almost entirely of cheese that we just can’t get enough of. Go figure. This version is cut with ricotta for a light, creamy texture, and the warm blueberries lend a delicious dose of brain-boosting anthocyanins. It’s the only ricotta cheesecake recipe you’ll ever turn to!

8.   Gazpacho

Healthy gazpacho

Gazpacho soup is a garden in a bowl, which means it’s better for you than plain, one-dimensional tomato soup. It’s complex, flavorful, and tastebud-catching, and it’s a soup that will soon become one of your favorites if it isn’t already.

9.   Bruschetta

Vegetarian bruschetta two ways

Bruschetta, the Italians’ answer to chips and salsa, can make a perfectly healthy beginning to a meal. That’s why it’s especially shocking to see that restaurants like Carrabba’s can turn a simple creation into a full-blown caloric calamity. Start your meal with something like this bruschetta recipe, and you can forget about the rest of dinner (and breakfast the next morning).

10.   Grilled Apricots

Vegetarian grilled apricots

Craving some dessert but want to stick to eating healthy vegetarian recipes? This recipe is so healthy, you might even be able to get away with having your leftovers for breakfast (we won’t tell!).

500-calorie Vegan Lunch Recipes for Weight Loss

1. Smoky Mexican Quinoa

Total calories: 528

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  • 2/3 cup quinoa (cooked)
  • 1/2 cup black beans (canned)
  • 1/2 cup corn (canned)
  • 3 small slices avocado
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 corn tortilla (cut into wedges)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1/4 tsp cumin, 1 bay leaf
  • 2/3 tsp salt, pinch of pepper
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a medium pan and caramelize the onion.
  • Add in all the ingredients (except the avocado, bell pepper and tortilla).
  • Stir everything for about 15 minutes on low heat.
  • In the last 2 minutes add the bell pepper.
  • Serve with 3 small slices of avocado and corn tortilla wedges.

2. Pesto Pasta Salad

Total calories: 525

Pesto Pasta Salad - These 500-calorie Vegan Lunches are great for a weight loss meal prep routine. Easy and tasty meals that will fill you up until dinner. | The Green Loot #vegan #veganrecipes #mealprep #weightloss


  • 1 cup whole wheat pasta (cooked)
  • 3 tsp vegan basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas (cooked)
  • 1/2 cup artichokes (quartered)
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 10 olives
  • fresh basil (to taste)


Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

3. Rice Noodle Stir Fry

Total calories: 518

Rice Noodle Stir Fry - These 500-calorie Vegan Lunches are great for a weight loss meal prep routine. Easy and tasty meals that will fill you up until dinner. | The Green Loot #vegan #veganrecipes #mealprep #weightloss


  • 2/3 cup rice noodles (cooked)
  • 1 cup broccoli (steamed)
  • 1 block tofu (6.3 oz)
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 lime wedge (juice)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • optional: chives/scallions, sesame seeds


  • Cut the tofu into small cubes and fry them in 1 tsp oil.
  • Add the broccoli, soy sauce, rice vinegar and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the rice noodles and very gently combine with all the ingredients in the pan.
  • Add the lime juice and/or the optional ingredients.

4. Grilled Tofu and Mash

Total calories: 512

Grilled Tofu and Mash - These 500-calorie Vegan Lunches are great for a weight loss meal prep routine. Easy and tasty meals that will fill you up until dinner. | The Green Loot #vegan #veganrecipes #mealprep #weightloss


  • 1 cup green beans (steamed)
  • lemon juice
  • 1 block tofu (6.3 oz)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp grill spice mix
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 cup mashed potato
  • 1 tbsp oat milk
  • optional: 1 tsp nutritional yeast


  • Cut the tofu into smaller slices.
  • Put the slices in a bowl, add the oil and spice mix, then shake the bowl, so the tofu gets “coated” with the seasoning.
  • On medium heat, fry/grill the tofu slices on both sides.
  • Make mashed potato and measure out 1 cup. Add the oat milk, salt and pepper (and maybe nutritional yeast).
  • Add lemon juice and salt to your steamed green beans.
  • Place all elements in your lunch box.

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