35 Meatless Monday Meal Ideas

By , SparkPeople Blogger
If you know a vegan or vegetarian, you’ve probably heard all about the wonders of a plant-based diet—and for good reason. Not only are those who go meatless less likely to be overweight or obese, research has shown that they’ll have healthier hearts and may even live longer than their carnivorous counterparts.
 
Registered dietitian Alissa Rumsey says that plant-based foods are a rich source of protein, fiber and healthy fats, along with a host of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals. Diets high in plants are also linked to lower levels of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
 
“That sounds great,” you might be thinking, “but there’s no way I can give up my beloved beef, chicken or fish.” Good news: Rumsey says you don’t have to completely cut meat out of your meals to reap the benefits. “Adding a serving of plant-based protein to your diet even just a few days a week can have a big impact on your health,” she says.
 
Many people are choosing to embrace “meatless Mondays,” although you can choose any day that works best for you. And if the idea of going a whole day without meat is too daunting, another option is to prepare one meatless meal per day, which will actually net less meat over the course of the week.
 
Mom and food blogger Blair from The Seasoned Mom loves to work vegetarian dinners into her family’s weekly meal plan. “The recipes are often budget-friendly, they add nice variety to our diet by introducing alternative protein sources and nutrients from new or different vegetables, they are environmentally friendly and they are typically lower in saturated fat than other meat-based dishes,” she says.
 
Where’s the beef? Not here. We’ve given you a head-start with these 35 mouthwatering meatless recipes.

Breakfast


1. Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes: Not only are they super easy to make, but they’re also healthy, gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and made with only four ingredients.

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2. Dairy-Free Breakfast Casserole: Not only is it super healthy and quick and easy to make, it’s also the perfect meal idea for picky eaters.

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3. Whole30 Breakfast Casserole: Made with eggs and nutritious veggies like spinach, eggplant, avocado, broccoli and tomato, this healthy breakfast bake is the perfect easy dish for a family brunch.


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4. Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal: This hearty breakfast checks all the boxes: fiber, protein, fruit and flavor. Add your favorite berries on top for an extra splash of sweetness.


5. Coach Nicole’s Mini Vegetable Frittatas: Make this ahead of time and then refrigerate for a quick, protein-packed breakfast that's also portion-controlled.


6. Broccoli & Pepper Jack Frittata: Eggs are a good source of protein, and often cheaper than meat.

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7. Eggs-n-Oats: Add your favorite seasonings or sweeteners for a flavorful and filling breakfast.


Soups, Salads, Sandwiches & Snacks


8. Veggie Burger Scramble: This quick-and-easy one-pan meal tastes like a veggie burger, without all the fuss of forming and flipping patties. Great for a light but filling weeknight dinner.

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9. Roasted Eggplant Salad: The tahini sauce makes this meatless recipe super satisfying.

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10. Buffalo Cauliflower Wings: Try serving these at your next game day celebration in place of chicken wings.

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11. 30-Minute Tomato Basil Soup: Serve it with a grilled cheese sandwich on the side for an fast, easy and family-friendly weeknight meal.

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12. Cabbage Vegetable Soup: Filling and flavorful, this simple soup is the perfect way to ease into a meatless lifestyle.  


13. Sorghum Pesto Bowl: Rumsey’s go-to weeknight dinner meal is a whole grain bowl made with pulses, which include beans, lentils, chickpeas and dried peas and are a good source of protein and fiber. She tops off the bowl with steamed or roasted veggies and olive oil.

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14. Easy Black Bean Burger: Flavored with your choice of spices, this satisfying burger will make you forget all about beef.  


15. Curried Lentil, Chickpea, Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Stew: This Instant Pot recipe is full of great plant protein.

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16. Mix-and-Match Grain Salad Bowls: Ready in minutes, they can use canned beans and microwave rice to save time, and make great packed lunches.

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17. Mouthwatering Meatless Chili Con Carne: Better known as Chili Sin Carne, it's as tasty as the original but without the meat. Perfect for meatless Mondays.

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18. Bruschetta-Stuffed Mushrooms: These perfectly portioned delicacies make great party pleasers, side dishes or after-school snacks.


Dinners


19. Mushroom Stroganoff Skillet: This one-skillet wonder features a deliciously creamy béchamel (white sauce).

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20. Walnut Mushroom Lasagna Rolls: In this satisfying meatless meal, walnuts deliver healthy fats, protein and fiber, while mushrooms add a rich, savory flavor and valuable vitamins and minerals.

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21. Black Bean & Rice Open-Faced Tacos: The kids will love to help make this recipe of yummy tortilla bowls filled with flavorful Mexican rice.

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22. Quick and Easy Vegetarian Curry: Loaded with chickpeas, spinach, green peas and plenty of warm spices, this bright, flavorful dinner is ready in just 15 minutes.

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23. Southwest Vegetarian Quinoa Skillet: This one-pan dinner recipe is healthy but filling, and packed with your favorite Tex-Mex flavors.

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24. Roasted Cauliflower Fettuccine: No one will guess that the delicious sauce in this dish is a vegetable puree. And because the stems are used in the sauce, there’s little food waste.

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25. Vegan Fried Eggplant Casserole: Seriously, where’s the egg? In the traditional recipe, the eggplant is usually coated with egg, then panko or Italian breadcrumbs, but not here. This recipe is made with real, unprocessed foods and so, so good.

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26. Veggie Lasagna: With the medley of sautéed baby spinach, crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, grated zucchini and Italian parsley, you won’t even miss the meat.

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27. Peanut Asian Rice Bowl: Convenience foods aren’t always bad. This dinner winner uses frozen vegetables, pre-cooked brown rice and bottled peanut sauce.

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28. Sweet Potato & Black Bean Veggie Enchiladas: This crowd pleaser makes for great leftovers, too.

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29. Spiced Tomato Cauliflower: The cauliflower, tomatoes and spices in this hearty dish help keep your immune system strong and healthy.

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30. Mexican Vegetarian Tacos: Ditch the meat for true veggie power, and unlock new flavor combos you didn't know existed.

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31. Farro and Roasted Vegetable Grain Bowl: This healthy vegetarian lunch or light dinner is loaded with whole grains, roasted and fresh veggies and topped with a creamy spinach and kale dip.

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32. Mushroom Ravioli: Serve up a wholesome home-cooked meal without destroying your kitchen and spending a perfect summer night inside scrubbing dirty dishes.

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33. Grandma's Baked Eggplant Parmesan: This vegetarian recipe simplifies the classic Italian dish for a quick-prep, kid-friendly weeknight meal.

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34. Cucumber, Basil & Avocado Gazpacho: On hot summer days, beat the heat by whipping this up in your blender. It’s made with the healthy fat of an avocado and topped with walnuts and feta.

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35. Veggie Pizza on Whole-Wheat Crust: Who needs delivery with this healthy, homemade, veggie-packed pie?


Which of these would you like to try? Any other meatless meals you’d add to the list?

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Comments

NANCYPAT1 6/10/2018
Trying these regularly Report
NANCYPAT1 6/10/2018
Trying these regularly Report
1965KAREN 6/2/2018
These ideas are great! At least once or twice a week I can do this! Report
NANCYPAT1 5/30/2018
Nice Report
RAZZOOZLE 5/29/2018
Thanks Report
NANCYPAT1 5/29/2018
Nice choices Report
NANCYPAT1 5/29/2018
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SCHATZISMOM 5/28/2018
I clicked on a few of these recipes that sounded tasty. It took me to a couple of other recipe sites but they didn't include any nutrition information. I can't take a chance on eating things without at least a calorie count. Usually that means it's too high for someone trying to lose weight. Report
CHRIS3874 5/28/2018
In my opinion having recipes with eggs, fish etc is not staying true to a real vegetarian diet (which is NO animal products - I had an aunt who was one in the 1970's and NO that is NOT vegan) and WHO SAYS meat is bad for you another lie. Why do the Inuit live so long - just another myth do a search on Ancel Keys and his witch hunt sponsored by the SUGAR industry. Report
JANET552 5/28/2018
Great Report
AMYSUZEQ 5/28/2018
Thank you Report
SJ1958 5/28/2018
So many amazing recipes here. Thank you so much. I don't have any trouble making vegetarian meals throughout the week, even though I'm not actually vegetarian. You have offered up some really great recipes that I want to try though. Report
NANCYPAT1 5/26/2018
Great options Report
NANCYPAT1 5/26/2018
Great options Report
NANCYPAT1 5/26/2018
Great options Report
MNABOY 5/17/2018
Thanks for the ideas Report
JSTETSER 5/2/2018
I think that the breakfast casserole would be perfect when I have a grandkid sleepover company Report
YMWONG22 5/2/2018
Good article. Report
RD03875 5/2/2018
They all look delicious! Report
CLEMMCCRAY 5/1/2018
Thank you Report
JANTHEBLONDE 5/1/2018
Thank you for the yummy recipes!! Report
TRIMNUP 5/1/2018
They all look so good I want to try them all! Mmmmm- mmm! Report
NIGHTGLOW 5/1/2018
Thank you for this wonderful article! Isn't it great that we can reduce harm to the planet, animals and increase our health and nutrient levels at the same time?
Please consider using tofu for scrambles instead of eggs in the morning. So much better for you! Report
KHALIA2 4/29/2018
Great list of ideas! Thanks! Report
SCOOTERTVRPV 4/29/2018
some good ideas--thanks! Report
NANCYPAT1 4/28/2018
Interesting Report
NANCYPAT1 4/28/2018
Interesting Report
NANCYPAT1 4/28/2018
Interesting Report
ANHELIC 4/26/2018
Thank you for the suggestions. Report
PWILLOW1 4/26/2018
Will definitely be making some of these meals. There are so many that sound awesome. Report
SHOAPIE 4/26/2018
Need to try some of these. Report
RAVENMAMA 4/26/2018
Great recipes... Thanks! Report
NATASHAFATALE 4/26/2018
@DRAGYN5 & @TUMMYTUCKMENOT,

You can use Sparkrecipes' (https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/) "Add/Calculate Recipe" feature to calculate the nutritional value, and save it. Then you can easily add it to your meal plans whenever you want. =) Report
TUMMYTUCKMENOT 4/25/2018
Many of these sound great and I definitely plan on trying. Only downfall is not all of them had nutritional information like calories and fat content etc... Thanks so much for sharing these though! I look forward to trying them out. Report
SHELLLEY2 4/25/2018
Not gonna lie, breakfast for dinner sounds completely amazing to me right about now- excellent suggestions! Report
AJB121299 4/25/2018
yummy Report
DRAGYN5 4/25/2018
These look delicious but many of these recipes don't have nutritional information. Report
RHVICK 4/25/2018
Thanks so much! These look fabulous and I'm always looking for good recipes for Meatless Monday. Report
BARCELONAME 4/25/2018
Thanks Report
PATRICIA-CR 4/25/2018
These are delicious! Report
LIS193 4/25/2018
Great ideas! Report
PICKIE98 4/25/2018
Mmmm.. tomato soup! Report
MUSTANGMOM6 4/25/2018
Thanks Report
MUFFIY831 4/25/2018
Thank you! Please feature vegetarian and vegan cuisine more often! Report
AZMOMXTWO 4/25/2018
thank you Report
AZMOMXTWO 4/25/2018
thank you Report
AMYSUZEQ 4/25/2018
Thank you for the ideas Report
-POOKIE- 4/25/2018
Great ideas Report
NEPTUNE1939 4/25/2018
TY Report
PROVERBS31JULIA 4/25/2018
These all look yummy and I don't have to worry about substituting this meat for that meat, etc... I'm more of a "flexatarian" anyway. Report
 
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