One of the biggest challenges of eating meat-free is making sure you’re getting in enough protein at every meal, so planning ahead is the name of the game. Rather than winging it at the office cafeteria or settling for a sad desk salad (sans any source of protein), strategically prepping high-protein lunches ahead of time takes out the guesswork when you’re ready to dig in. While it’s smart in theory, though, the options for lunches that are high in protein and meat-free and easy to make ahead of time can feel pretty limited. So often, the high-protein part of the equation is the first to go. But recipes involving ingredients like beans, tofu, and tempeh give a boost of filling protein to any meal, and they can play a starring role in lunches that pack up well for wherever your day takes you.
8Spicy Black Bean Burgers
Black bean burger patties are easy to freeze—make a batch, and you’ll always have a last-minute lunch option. This recipe serves them up traditionally with a bun, but they can also add a boost of protein to a salad or grain bowl.