5 High Protein Vegetarian Meals

High Protein Veg Collage

I am a nearly lifelong vegetarian. When people hear that I am a vegetarian they often worry about the amount of protein I eat. There are many thoughts on protein including that most people eat too much protein but here are 5 vegetarian meals (1 vegan) with a load of protein. So no matter what reason you have for looking for a meatless meal that contains a lot of protein, please enjoy these delicious meals.

In these meals I feature quinoa, lasagna, angel hair pasta, couscous, chickpeas, and lentils. Side dishes include Greek yogurt, Kind bar, pumpkin seeds, edamame, ricotta cheese, and sunflower seeds. The containers used are EasyLunchBoxes. When preparing healthy meals at home or on the go EasyLunchBoxes helps make the meal convenient and attractive.

These meals contain between 21 and 26 grams of protein.

Black Bean Quinoa Protein Meal

This satisfying meal is low on calories but high on protein (21 grams). I enjoyed this Quinoa & Black Beans recipe from Eating Well and plan to eat it again soon.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Quinoa & Black Beans – 162 cal, 6 grams protein

Top Right: Raspberries and blueberries

Bottom Right: Plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon – 90 cal, 15 grams protein

Lasagna Protein Meal

I developed this recipe myself. I made it somewhat plain but I still found it to be delicious. Of course you can season to your own taste. This meal contains 26 grams of protein.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Lasagna roll-up with tomato sauce – 326 calories, 24 grams protein

Top Right: 1/2 of a Almond and Coconut Kind bar – 95 calories, 2 grams protein

Bottom Right: Spinach leaves and carrots – low calories, small amount of protein

Easy Lasagna Roll-up (1 serving)

1 cooked lasagna noodle – 86 cal, 3 grams protein

4 oz. Cottage cheese – 90 cal, 10 grams protein

Dried herbs, salt & pepper

1/4 cup Mozzarella cheese – 80 cal, 8 grams protein

1 cup Tomato Sauce – 70 calories, 3 grams protein

Preheat oven to 375. Spread some tomato sauce on the bottom of a baking dish. Mix cottage cheese and herbs. Spread cottage cheese mixture on cooked lasagna noodle and roll it up. Carefully place in baking dish, seam side down. Spread some tomato sauce on top of the lasagna roll-up. Sprinkle the top of the lasagna roll-up with Mozzarella cheese. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until the tomato sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted.

Peanut Noodles Protein Meal

This Cold Peanut Noodle salad is a favorite recipe in my house. I choose high protein sides so this Vegan meal contains 26 grams of protein.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cold Peanut Noodles with Cucumber – 290 calories, 11 grams protein

Top Right: 15 grams pumpkin seeds – 85 calories, 4 grams protein

Bottom Right: 100 grams edamame – 120 calories, 11 grams protein

Couscous and Feta Protein meal

I found this couscous recipe to be a little dry but you can add lemon juice or more oil if you want. This meal has 25 grams of protein.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Couscous Salad with Chickpeas – 351 calories, 11 grams protein

Top Right: 1/2 cup Ricotta cheese with cinnamon – 216 calories, 14 grams protein

Bottom Right: Apple

Lentil Feta Salad Protein Meal

This lentil and feta salad has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I prefer it with more vegetables and less lentils but this time I made it as the recipe is written to include more protein. This meal has 26 grams of protein.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Lentil Salad with Feta Cheese – 309 calories, 20 grams protein

Top Right: 1/4 cup Sunflower seeds – 186 calories, 6 grams protein

Bottom Right: Green grapes

No matter your reason for eating more protein, I hope that you can enjoy some of these meals for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast as part of a healthy meal plan.

Disclaimer:

I am not a nutritionist. I planned these meals based on previous knowledge and internet research. Since many sources have varying nutritional information for the same item, I do not guarantee the calorie and protein counts.

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10 Halloween Lunches

10 Halloween Lunches Collage

Today I am sharing 10 new Halloween lunches. I made these for my husband, friend’s daughter, my Mom, my Dad, and myself. I enjoy making cute food for anyone who will eat it and luckily I have no trouble finding volunteers. In this article, I feature quesadillas, pizza, sandwiches, and a calzone.

Spider lunch

I made this spider themed lunch for my Dad since I knew that I wanted to make a deviled egg and he likes them.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cheese quesadilla with food marker details, salsa in a Mini Dipper (I put the top on after taking the photo)

Top Right: Blackberries

Bottom Right: Deviled egg cut with crinkle cutter, black olive spider

Candy Corn Lunch

I made this candy corn themed lunch for my Mom. I modified the recipe a little to make it more crispy than the original recipe.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Candy Corn Quesadilla (I basically used this recipe but did not use chicken and cooked it for 10 minutes before putting the cheese on top and used Gouda instead of the Tillamook cheese)

Top Right: Pineapple and coconut

Bottom Right: Air popped popcorn with orange and yellow Reese’s Pieces

Ghost Quesadilla Lunch

I made this friendly ghost lunch for myself. The picks were from Lindt Halloween chocolates.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Ghost shaped cheese quesadillas with melted chocolate chip eyes, salad mix

Top Right: Diced cucumbers and tomatoes

Bottom Right: Red grapes

Jack-o-lantern calzone lunch

I made this Jack-o-Lantern calzone for myself. It was so much fun to make and eat.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Calzone made with pizza dough and filled with ricotta cheese, spinach, and a lot of pepper), I cut pumpkin face details with cookie cutters. I then baked it.

Bottom Left: Pumpkin shaped melon

Bottom Right: Almonds

Mini Dipper: Pizza sauce

Tiger Halloween Lunch

I made this simple lunch for myself using CuteZCute Cuddle Palz.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Tiger CuteZCute Cuddle Palz wheat sandwich with almond butter, mini cheese pumpkins made with a cookie cutter and Colby-jack cheese

Top Right: Cantaloupe

Bottom Right: Sugar snap peas

Ghost Pizza Lunch

My husband ate this pizza ghost lunch. He especially enjoyed the ghost strawberries.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Ghost shaped cheese pizza (without sauce)

Top Right: Strawberries with white candy melts and semi-sweet chocolate details. I was inspired by this.

Bottom Right: Salad with radish pumpkins

Skull sandwich lunch

I made this for myself because there was no one else around on the day that I wanted to make it. Skulls are not my favorite but I am very pleased with how it tasted and looked. I was inspired by Organized Bites to put Trader Joe’s Baked Cheese Crunchies behind the sandwich.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Skull sandwich with wheat bread, peanut butter, and strawberry jam, Trader Joe’s Baked Cheese Crunchies

Top Right: Cantaloupe

Bottom Right: Sugar snap peas

Black Cat Halloween Lunch

When I asked my friend’s daughter what type of Halloween bento she wanted, she said “black cat”. I was happy to make this lunch for her.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Peanut butter on pumpernickel bread cat, matchstick carrots, Cheddar cheese jack-o-lanterns with food marker details

Top Right: Cheez-It’s Scrabble Junior crackers

Bottom Right: Plain Greek yogurt with blueberries

Skulls and bones lunch

I made this skull pizza meal for husband. I added the “bones” because he likes chocolate covered pretzels.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Skull shaped pizza with basil details, spinach (background)

Top Right: White candy melts covered pretzel sticks (bones), plain pretzel sticks (underneath)

Bottom Right: Blackberries

Jack-o-lantern quesadilla lunch

I made these happy Jack-o-lantern quesadillas for myself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Jack-o-lantern cheese quesadillas (I cut the face out of one side using a Jack-o-lantern cookie cutter, I then browned it by itself on my stove with cooking spray on the pan. Afterwards, I cooked the pumpkin shape with cheese and the cooked Jack-o-lantern cut-out on top at low heat until melted.

Top Right: Snow peas

Bottom Right: Blackberries and orange segments

I hope that you now have a few Halloween themed food ideas to make in your own kitchen. Enjoy!

Linking to:
Eats Amazing Fun Food Friday

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Lunch with Pumpkin

Pumpkin themed lunch

My 17 year old nephew likes pumpkin pie so when I thought about making a lunch with pumpkin, I immediately thought of him. I made this lunch and gave it to him in time to take to school. He was very thankful!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top of Photo: Homemade pumpkin flavored cream cheese (I used less sugar and I actually gave him two Mini Dippers of this), pumpkin yogurt

Left Side: Homemade sesame and poppy seed bagels

Top Right: Butter lettuce salad with carrots

Bottom Right: Miniature pumpkin pies – my nephew liked these, I also gave some to my husband and he said that they were missing a spice. He was right the recipe did not call for ginger which is a common ingredient in pumpkin pie

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13 Fall Themed Lunches

Fall Themed Lunches Collage

Some people may not understand it but I truly enjoy making and eating cute food. So of course, I made some new Fall/Autumn themed lunches. This collection includes quinoa, sandwich, quesadilla, vegetable potato salad, pizza, onigiri, tortilla chips, and rice lunch ideas.

Acorns and Squirrels

I made this delicious meal for myself. I used a mini acorn cookie cutter as my stencil for the paprika.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cooked quinoa with shredded white Cheddar cheese, acorn stencils with hot paprika

Top Right: Snow peas with leaf pick made from a sticker and toothpick

Bottom Right: Squirrel shaped melon

Oak Leaf Lunch

This is one of my favorite leaf themed meals. I get so much pleasure from making things with my hands. Cutting out the oak leaf shapes from potato and bell pepper was relaxing and memorable. This lunch was previously published here.

Simple Owl Lunch

I made this simple owl themed lunch for my husband.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich on wheat bread with white and orange Cheddar cheese details, pupils drawn with food safe marker, ears are made from the crust.

Top Right: Cashews

Bottom Right: Raspberries

Fall Leaf Pizza Lunch

I made these leaf pizzas as a planned lunch on a night that I made pizza for dinner.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Fall leaf shaped pizza with red and yellow bell pepper

Top Right: Colby-Jack cheese leaf cut-outs

Bottom Right: Apple leaf cut-outs with cinnamon

Ginkgo Leaf Bento

I love the shape of the Ginkgo leaf and longtime readers know that I enjoy making lunches with quesadillas. This Ginkgo shaped quesadilla lunch was previously published here.

Leaf Onigiri Lunch

I wanted to make some leaf onigiri so made this for myself for dinner. It was delicious!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Zucchini sauteed in water with Knorr Homestyle Vegetable Stock, leaf onigiri made with cooked Nishiki rice and cookie cutters, cinnamon is on the left leaf, hot paprika is on the right leaf

Top Right: Cashews

Bottom Right: Plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon

Maple Leaf Lunch

This lunch was an experiment. I used shredded carrot mixed with hot Nishiki rice to form this maple leaf. I did not love the carrot rice but I also don’t like to drink carrot juice. If you love carrots, you may enjoy carrots with rice. Red lettuce made a striking background. It was previously published here.

Fall leaves cream cheese naan

These open-faced cream cheese and cinnamon oak leaf sandwiches were made from Naan bread.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cream cheese and cinnamon on Naan bread

Top Right: Applesauce

Bottom Right: Tomato, feta, paprika

Leaf-Bento

I made this leaf sandwich for the daughter of a friend. It was previously published here.

Leaf stencil lunch

Another simple quinoa lunch with a leaf stencil.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Quinoa with melted Cheddar cheese, leaf cookie cutter used as stencil with hot paprika

Top Right: Blueberries

Bottom Right: Cherry tomatoes

FallingLeavesBento

These leaf shaped tortilla chips and salsa made a wonderful lunch on a sunny fall day. It was previously published here.

Squirrel in Tree lunch

My niece made this squirrel in a tree lunch it was previously published here.

Fall leaves and beets

I am not thrilled with this falling leaves lunch but decided to include it anyway. I used cinnamon in the cream cheese instead of using dye but it does not stand out much from the color of the rice.

Container: ECO Lunchboxes

Main Container: Cooked rice, broccoli stalk, cinnamon cream cheese, cooked beets

Round Container: Cashews

I hope that you enjoyed seeing my fall themed lunch ideas. If you want to continue seeing my creations, please subscribe to my blog via email. Thanks!

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Snack Bento Lunch

Snack Lunch PB Celery

I made this lunch for my husband. I decided to make a snack themed lunch to give him something different. He enjoyed it so I am now planning another one.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pretzels, Town House Crackers, Cheddar cheese, cashews

Top Right: Celery with Peanut Butter

Bottom Right: Raspberries

Not in Photo: Yogurt

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Cat Bread

Cat bread

I enjoy coming up with new shapes for homemade bread. I had fun matching the fruit and vegetables to this theme.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cat shaped bread with food marker details, peanut butter in Mini Dipper

Top Right: Carrots shaped as fish, sugar snap peas

Bottom Right: Strawberry mice without tails

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Pumpkin Shaped Bread Lunch

Pumpkin Shaped Bread

I made this lunch for my husband. He also had another pumpkin bread and yogurt. This was my first time making my own cinnamon cream cheese. I just added cinnamon and a little bit of sugar to softened cream cheese.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Homemade pumpkin shaped bread with a piece of pecan for the stem, sugar snap peas, cream cheese with cinnamon in a Mini Dipper

Top Right: Red grapes

Bottom Right: Pumpkin Pretzels (I made a quick and easier version, not as beautiful but my husband did not complain)

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