Nutritious Lunch Recipes

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  • Serves 2

  • 30 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

These Mexican Style Veggie Balls are packed full of flavours and takes no time at all to make thanks to Merchant Gourmet precooked Mexican style Rice Grain and pulses.

  • Serves 2

  • 90 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

“My kids and I love lentil bolognese, they are so used to it that when they go to stay with […]

  • Serves 4

  • 30 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This zingy fruity salad is a winner! By Alex Mackay

  • Serves 6

  • 15 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

Tasty tacos that ate fresh, quick and perfect for a light and easy summer meal

  • Serves 4

  • 20 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

Deliciously Persian spice vegetable skewers on a bed of Persian Style Quinoa & Lentils, a perfect quick and easy plant-based midweek meal.

  • Serves 1

  • 1 hour

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegans

So satisfying, tasty and filling! This simple jacket potato topped with Cajun-Style Lentils and Kidney Beans is the perfect hearty lunch or fuss free mid-week dinner

  • Serves 4

  • 30 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

Plant-based sushi – yes it’s a thing and we love it! Full wholesome goodness made with lentils and quinoa

  • Serves 6

  • 30 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This is a magical soup, the creamiest you will ever taste, but it doesn’t have any cream added

  • Serves 2

  • 20 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

This hearty soup is quick and easy to make and has the warming flavours of the Cajun spices, perfect for a winter’s day.

  • Serves 2

  • 30 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This one pan lunch is simple, filling and packed full of flavours. The butternut squash and halloumi go perfectly with the subtle spices of the Persian quinoa and lentils.

  • Serves 2

  • 5 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

We’ve partnered up with Tiba Tempeh on this one for a quick, simple but very tasty plant based meal that’s full […]

  • Serves 4

  • 30 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

These tasty waffles are packed with Spanish flavour and so simple to make. Perfect for brunch, lunch or quick snack.

  • Serves 4

  • 30 minutes

  • 5 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This combination of spices is best served warm, with your choice of grilled kebab meats or cheeses.

  • Serves 4

  • 15 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

This fresh yet filling side dish is the perfect accompaniment to chicken or white fish, and will keep perfectly well in the fridge for a few days after prepping.

  • Serves 2

  • 20 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarians

These quick roast carrots are a game changer and perfect for a speedy work lunch. Make it vegan with a plantbased yoghurt, or add an additional portion of protein for a more substantial dinner.

  • Serves 2

  • 20 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

The sweet, sharp and salty combination of the roasted feta and tomatoes with the balsamic vinegar dressing, goes perfectly with the warming earthiness of the puy lentils.

  • Serves 4

  • 30 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

The key to this dish is the slicing of your vegetables, the finer the better! Eat with BBQ prawns, pork or beef.

  • Serves 4

  • 20 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarians

This creation can easily be a delicious vegetarian main meal by itself, with a few slices of crusty white bread to dip in the dressing. Otherwise, add to BBQ’d meats and cheeses of your choice.

  • Serves 2

  • 40 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

Simple & delicious stuffed tortilla pockets with Smoky Spanish Style Grains & Rice and served with a creamy vegan chilli cheese dip

  • Serves 10

  • 50 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This soup is naturally creamy from the cauliflower and chestnut puree gives it a twist. Makes a perfect dairy-free nutritionally balanced plant based meal.

  • Serves 4

  • 25 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This dish is an autumnal explosion of flavours; sweet, sour, spicy and super satisfying.

  • Serves 2

  • 30 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

These punchy little fritters are great to make in bulk and put in your lunch box throughout the week, they’re plant based, delicious and rather filling so tick many boxes!

  • Serves 2

  • 15 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This Salad is perfect for a light summery dinner. I love combination of fresh and cooked veggies and I don’t like to spend ages in the kitchen

  • Serves 4

  • 15 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This is a fresh and feisty little number with plenty of crunch from the cucumber and extra tang from the lemon.

  • Serves 1

  • 50 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

A quick, easy but very tasty way to get maximum veggie goodness in one bowl!

  • Serves 4

  • 40 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This hot pot is irresistibly hearty

  • Serves 2

  • 25 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

An eye- and mouth opening medley of rich Beluga Lentils, turbo charged to classic status by sweet, succulent beetroot

  • Serves 4

  • 30 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

Freekeh, a glorious green blend of pesto, rocket, runner beans and edamame. Fresh isn’t the word.

  • Serves 2

  • 20 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

“I first came across the idea of using leaves as a wrap on a Korean Airline flight and I love […]

  • Serves 2

  • 15 minutes + overnight to pickle the onion

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

A refreshing mix of sweet watermelon and salty feta with grains and fresh mint come together in this light side salad that is full of colour and flavour.

  • Serves 2

  • 20 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegetarians

Turning tabbouleh into more filling salad perfect for lunch or light dinner. Served with everyone’s favourite halloumi and pomegranate seeds for an extra burst of vitamins and sweetness!

  • Serves 2

  • 10 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

A quick and delicious salad with grilled Halloumi, perfect for lunch or a light supper.

  • Serves 2

  • 20 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

Soups are a wonderful way to warm up in winter but often don’t fill you up. This chunky Tomato & Lentil soup is packed with fibre to see you through to dinner.

  • Serves 4

  • 20 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

A colourful salad with an amazingly fresh mix of flavours. Works well as a side dish, or popped into a pitta for lunch (with a good scattering of feta).

  • Serves 4

  • 15 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This dark and delicious vegan salad is a massively moreish mix of texture and flavour.

  • Serves 2

  • 15 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free

Sweet peaches, creamy mozzarella, salty prosciutto and nutty quinoa come together in this simple salad that celebrates summer stone fruit season.

  • Serves 4

  • 20 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

The porcini’s earthy flavour is the perfect partner for the Puglia lentils and parsley in this delicious soup recipe

  • Serves 6

  • 30 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This is a little like a lentil minestrone with a few spices added, one of which is the paprika that gives the soup a smoky kiss

  • Serves 4

  • 40 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This is a hearty, warming recipe full of veggie goodness and the fibre of the glorious grains, perfect for a cold winters day

  • Serves 2

  • 30 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

When you want a delicious, filling and healthy dinner that can be made in 30 minutes, this vegan Mexican-style feast is exactly what you need! Crunchy tacos filled with a refreshing chunky homemade salsa, topped with a spicy, chunky lentil mix is the perfect combo – and great fun for assembling and enjoying with friends.

  • Serves 2

  • 20 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

A warm, tasty salad full of the flavours of South America!

  • Serves 2

  • 30 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

These easy, veggie burritos are a perfect, tasty mid week meal and a healthy plant-based alternative to a family classic.

  • Serves 2

  • 30 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

A smoky South American inspired plant-based paella, delicious and wholesome! by @Kathryn_Armitage

  • Serves 2

  • 30 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

Just a few ingredients, including Merchant Gourmet’s handy Spanish-Style Rice & Grains, and very simple steps