15 Autumn-Inspired On-The-Go Lunch Recipes (Vegan + GF)
I know it can be difficult to eat healthy when you're working fulltime. That's why I compiled an overview for you with these 15 vegan & gluten-free lunchbox-friendly recipes that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less.
They're perfect for the season too, rich in crisp autumn fruits and veggies like apple, pear, pomegranate, pumpkin, kale, carrot, cauliflower, leek, corn, mushrooms, potato, beetroot, spinach and broccoli.
All recipes below are free from gluten, and some are even completely grain-free.
Enjoy real food & plant power up your work day! ♥
You can never go wrong with sweet potato + broccoli, two wholesome ingredients that make a super tasty lunch on their own! This salad is topped with a creamy cilantro tahini dressing.
Need protein? Eat a black bean! (Or a couple more. Just to make it rhyme.) This high-protein black bean soup makes a quick yet satisfying lunch. Great tip: cook a batch of rice in advance, cut up a mango and/ or avocado and you have lunch for the next 3 days!
This beautiful kale salad combines all your favourite autumn fruits in one meal! Apples + kale + carrots + fennel + curry dressing = a sweet sweet balance of fresh & crispy flavours.
This satisfying salad holds everything you need to stay fueled for the day: wild rice and sweet potato for blood sugar balancing protein & carbs, apple and kale for energy-boosting vitamins & minerals and pecans for brain-boosting healthy fats.
One reason why I love autumn is because there's an abundance of fresh pumpkin everywhere. Notorious pumpkin lovers are known for adding pumpkin to basically anything, from lattes, granola and muffins to soups, stews and salads. This wonderful roasted butternut squash soup is super easy to make! Make a big batch at the beginning of the week and you'll have a delicious and nutritious lunch for the rest of your work week.
Hmm... Autumn calls for more heart-(and hand-)warming stews like this cauliflower tikka massala! So rich in flavour, with this beautiful combination of Indian spices and seasonal local veggies like cauliflower, tomato and bell pepper.
Eat a rainbow with this wintery beetroot and lentil salad w/ broccoli, carrot, corn, kale, pecans and fresh juicy orange.
This classic of classics will bring you into pre-winter mode in an instant! Easy to prepare, and makes a handy on-the-go thermos lunch.
Nothing easier to put together than a buddha bowl! This bowl combines seasonal veggies like pumpkin, carrot and brussel sprouts with hearty tempeh and a creamy cashew sauce that will make lunch the highlight of your work day!
Have you tried making cauliflower 'rice' before? It's a great way to include more veg into your diet — or exclude grains, if you like. This dish is a grain-free and oil-free alternative for classic Asian fried rice.
Jar salads are super easy to make and really handy to take on the go! These Mason Jar Salads contain a couple of simple, seasonal whole foods that are rich in plant protein, which will provide you with sustained energy levels throughout the rest of the day.
This colourful autumn salad combines sweet 'n juicy apples & pomegranate with spinach, walnuts and a tahini-orange dressing. Yum!
Not just another buddha bowl — this bowl of whole plant goodness combines warm cauliflower rice with sweet potato, kale, avocado and a lemon tahini sauce. If you prepare your veggies ahead, assembling lunch will only take you 3 minutes!
This is a really simple dish that combines the sweet goodness of pumpkin and bell peppers with sprouted black-eyed peas. A simple one-pot meal that will provide you with a nutrient-rich lunch for 3 days!
No lunch feels complete without dessert on the side? I feel ya. These gluten-free pear spice muffins are a real treat and will definitely lighten up your work day (and that of your colleagues)! ;)