Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
. Yesterday I did buy some lunch meat because I'm completely at a loss for vegetarian lunch ideas that are quick and easy to prepare IE: slap it together in a few minutes. I can do that with sandwiches.
You can make all sorts of yummy sandwiches that are veg. I take a whole wheat tortilla, add some premade organic salad mix (or you can use spinach leaves) and put those on bottom. Then I slice bell peppers and/or poblanos thin in strips for a crunch, add some sliced mushrooms, then top with homemade guac dip (avocado, red onion, cilantro, tomato, lemon, and lime juice) and bring a small container to dip the roll up in salsa. Sometimes I use hummas instead of guac and add thin red onions. Mostly they are raw veggies, although sometimes I grill them or use a pan with a bit of olive oil and add mushrooms and garlic . Sometimes I use sandwich bread, salad mix, strips of red onions and melt some swiss cheese on top of a portabella mushroom. That is very tasty as well. Or I make a salad. Or grilled fish tacos with lots of lettuce, some beans, lime, cilantro, and guac and salsa for dipping. Also, you can take a tortillas and make a really quick and easy veggie pizza, using the tortilla as the crust. Same with English muffins, you can make mini veg pizzas on that and load on those veggies. As sides you can cut up vegs and dip them in organic peanut butter and/or hummas. Sometimes I make some brown rice and stir fry veggies with a bit of olive oil and make a simple Asian sauce (chicken stock, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce and a drop of seasame oil with a bit corn starch) and take that and wrap it in a lettuce leaf for a nice crunch. And I make sushi for really cheap, you can easily make veg sushi with a bit of rice, small amounts of vegs and roll them in seaweed wrappers (very reasonable and good for you) and top with sesame seeds. And I make spring rolls and eat them during lunch, they are sooo easy to make and very cheap and delicious. Also, you can make a delicious red potato mustard salad with whole wheat pasta that stays good for a couple days and tastes fresh and great for lunch. And bean and cheese burritos with lots of veggies and fresh salsa and sometimes rice. Or a grilled cheese with apples. I always add some fruit, be it a fruit salad or the whole fruits, if you make a fruit salad make it that morning if possible. Also soups can be very filling, I make miso soup weekly and it is cheap and packs a punch depending on what veggies you add, sometimes I add a bit of fish. Then there are the old stand-by's, natural peanut butter (sometimes with honey or jelly) sandwiches on wheat, mac and cheese (organic with yogurt instead of milk added), tuna fish sandwiches. I could talk about making different lunch dishes all day as I have to be creative if I want everyone in the family to eat this way. lol. They don't like getting bored. Hope this gives you some ideas
It doesn't take me long to prepare these things and most are easy to just slap together for me. I do some pre work the night before on some of them, but most of them are actually pretty quick, which is important as I don't have much time to spend all day fixing human food, too much going on to do that!
Originally Posted by SwampWitch
Watch out for whey proteins, too, many contain sugar or sucralose, both of which do not aid in weight loss.
This is true. This is the brand I use only has two ingredients, it took me a long time to find, most have all sorts of crap in them! If I want to sweeten something I use honey
Or 100% real maple syrup. Some people are using Stevia that I know. I just don't care for really sweet things, but sometimes in green tea I like some honey and my family likes something sweet on wheat pancakes/waffles and PB sandwiches.