Three Go-To Veggie Lunches

veggie lunch ideas

Haaaaaaaaaaappy Monday! ??

How was your weekend? I feel surprisingly fresh, which is always a plus.

I dedicated Sunday to doing all the tings that make me feel spic & span for the week ahead. A mini lie in, painting ma nails, 60 min yoga session at the gym and an afternoon of lunch preppin’. I bloody love the feeling that I might have my sh*t together for once.

As dollar is tight at the mo, prep and a smidge of organisation has gotta be key.

Over the past month we have been on a Pret ban (ok ok, a few chai lattes here and there), but all lunches, snacks and other bevvies are DIY.

I have three lunches that I keep going back to. No faff, tasty and good for ya. We shop at Aldi to keep costs at a minimum, even if it would be easier just to go Saino’s. It is those little decisions and small changes that make a huge difference.

I always appreciate a  little lunch time inspo here and there, so thought I would share my lunch go-to’s wit chu…


Pick up all your fave veggies, I chose: sweet potatoes, peppers, red onion, leek, tin of chickpeas, cherry toms and mushrooms. Chuck ’em all on a baking tray with a glug of olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika.

Cook a bag of quinoa in veggie stock.

Chuck in some spinach (we always have SO much spinach to get trough), and maybe even some sunflower seeds toasted with tamari/soy if you’re feeling fancaaay.

This makes enough for about three lunches, jobs a gooden.


Homemade sandwiches are underrated. Since school packed lunches circa ’05, I ain’t really been one to whip up a sandwich for lunch. BUT they are so satisfying. Endless fillings, nice and satisfying and so bloody simple to make.

I packed mine with avo, toms, feta, cucumber, lettuce and a bit of hummus too. Offt.


This has become one of my favourite ever recipes this autumn. I first spotted it on Tania’s blog – the most GLORIOUS vegan red lentil dahl. It is so simple to make and tastes absolutely delish, perf for if your body is in need of some TLC, and so perfect for a comforting lunch time pick me up.

Three veggie go to lunches

Just a few other tips for saving dollar in your working week:

Stop off at your supermarket for breakfast goods each Monday. I usually grab some ‘nanas, oat milk and oats if I need ’em.

Create a little tea / coffee / hot choc station – to keep you away from Pret! If you fancy a stroll with your coffee, invest in a Keep Cup or summin’.

If there is a Waitrose near you, apply for a My Waitrose card. You do have to buy something now (ffs), but the coffee’s pretty nice, and it always feels good to have a free coffee innit?

Prep a few snacks as well as lunch, I wrote a whole post about them here.

What are your go-to lunch time gobbles?


P.S Just worked out how much I used to spend in Pret each month: £136. That’s 1,632 per year. Bloomin EK I’m not sure whether to laugh or weep!

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  • This might sound really weird, but I love veggie haggis, with guacamole or hummus (sometimes both if I’m feeling extravagant) on a sandwich. It’s seriously good, easy to make, filling, and is delicious. I’ve become a little bit obsessed with veggie haggis since moving to Scotland.

    • Oooooh YES I love veggie haggis! My mumma got me one for the roast we had a few weeks ago – so delish and such a nice alternative to nut roast! As a Scottish lass, I am so glad they finally do a veggie one lol! Immy x

      • Oh, so much better than a nut roast! I’m pretty much over nut roasts now I’ve discovered veggie haggis.

        • Yes for sure! Need to ask mum where she got hers from – such a good idea for lunches as it is nice and filling too :) Immy x

  • Ha, sometimes I’ll actually just walk out with my mug if I don’t have to take public transportation! I don’t have one of those reuseable coffee mugs, and I don’t really want to spend the money on them either lol. spinach is always SO hard for me to use up when summer passes – it’s so easy to just have them in smoothies but I always forget to chuck a handful in whenever I’m cooking!

    becky @ star violet

    • Ah yes that is a wonderful idea! I am always losing my coffee mugs / water bottles haha! I know, always comes in such massive bags haha! Yes, just a handful with everything works so well. I miss the smoothie life :( Immy x

  • All of this food looks amazing! I love kale and avocado sandwiches. I add a little avocado oil that makes it so amazing.

    • Oooooh that sounds yum! I need to get myself some avocado oil – where do you buy it from? Immy x

      • I got it at Whole Foods.

        • Oooooooh will go and pick some up >:) Gotta try this!

  • Courtney Hardy

    These look so good. I want to make these!

    • Ooo have a go Courtney, so super easy too :) Love finding new yummy things to have for lunch – gives me something to look forward to! Immy x

  • Even though I am not a veggie I still want to try these!

    Ellie xx

    • Ah yes Ellie, you should give ’em a whirl – I definitely recommend the dahl if thats your kinda thing, so so warming and tasty! Immy x

  • Thanks for this! I like to keep things healthy where possible (and then always succumb to the biscuit tin anyway) so it’s nice to see the emphasis on goodness in this post!

    • Ah my pleasure Anna :) Yes I do also, I cannot resist an afternoon chocolate / biscuit (or 5) hehe. S’aaaall about balance ey >:) Immy x

  • i’m such a packed lunch gal and making an italian spelt pasta salad is probably my favourite.

    • I am almost a packed lunch convert… So proud of myself for not buying anything at all this week – and it is only Tuesday haha! Ooh I need to try spelt pasta, yum! Immy x

  • Firstly all of these look delicious and I’ll definitely be trying them out. Secondly I’ve been searching for lunch ideas lately and planned to check out your blog as I thought you’d done a post already so this came at the perfect time!

    • Yessss Gemela give them ago, especially the dahl – so good! Ah really, our minds are connected haha! Glad it came at a good time mi love :) Immy x

  • ninegrandstudent

    These areas look and sound so tasty! I’m a big fan of lunch prepping – this week I have homemade falafel, a carrot and couscous salad (dressed with tahini and lemon) served with a tonne of spinach. Yummy!

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

    • Oooh that sounds SO dreamy, gotta love a homemade falafel – I may have to copy you hehe >:) Immy x

  • Ooh this post came at the right time as I’m just planning my dinners & lunches for next week! I haven’t had quinoa in ages so will probably pop that in the shopping list with some (mostly..!) seasonal veggies. Thanks for the great tips! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Oooh good, I think we are all having a motivation boost when it comes to lunch prepping! Ooh yes, love a load of seasonal veggies – so easy to just chuck ’em all in the oven to roast! Hope the preppin’ went well :) Immy x

  • Love these veggie ideas! It’s always hard to incorporate veggie diets into everything else. I feel like these are delicious choices!

    xx, mel

    • Ah thank you so much Mel :) Still keeping me going so far lol, had to make a bit more quinoa last night but its going good! I know what you mean, it can be a bit of a challenge sometimes. Let me know if you try any of them lovely lady :) Immy x

  • I’ve been making my own lunches most days for the past few months and I can REALLY feel the difference in my bank account! Your picks sound lovely – the lentil dahl especially, I imagine it’s perfect for the autumn months!

    • Yesss isn’t it crazy!!?? Makes me feel SO much better about things, what have you been having mostly? Thank you :) Yes it is so good when you just need a bit of TLC, especially as I seem to have non-stop colds at the moment! Immy x

  • Yara Mel Rozaay

    Everything looks so delicious and guilt-free! Great ideas, Love it :)

    • Ah thank you Yara! :) Love a good healthy hearty lunch, gets me through the day! Immy x

  • Diana Maria

    That lentil dish looks so good, I’m so happy you shared it because I need that recipe! I make my food for work and now that I cook more, I need some healthy go-to recipes. Good for you for being so well prepared! xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

    • Ooooooom it is so delish Diana, and easy to make! Let me know if you end up making it :) It feels good to be prepped, so proud that I haven’t stepped foot in Pret so far this week! Immy x

  • I’m so glad I found this post because I meal prep for 3 days of the week and I’ve started to run out of ideas so this has given me some!
    Thanks x

    Lucy |

    • Ooooh that is such a good idea chick, I am glad I have given you a few more ideas chick! I am always on the hunt for new ideas if you have any up your sleeve >:) Immy x

  • I neeeeeeed to try this dahl recipe, it sounds amazing! Might have to add that one into my lunch rotation, which at the moment has mostly been soup because I’ve got very lazy. Totally love houmous and salad in a sandwich too – such an underrated lunch! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • Ah yes Sophie, definitely give it a whirl – such wonderful warming vegan goodness. Ooh so simple but so good! May add that one in there >:) Immy x