Thinking about participating in Meatless Mondays but don’t know what you’d eat? Fret not, there are tons of vegetarian recipes that are tasty, healthy, and filling. Meatless Mondays can become a fun tradition in your household as you brainstorm twists on classic meat dishes and explore new vegetarian ones. Here are just a few to get you started:
Black Bean Quesadillas – These are perfect for a Monday. Why? They’re quick, easy, and use ingredients you probably already have on hand. Because, really, who wants to do more work on a Monday than they have to? And the variations on this recipe are endless – add some avocado, sour cream, guacamole or peppers. Go wild!
Smoky Jalapeno Grilled Cheese with Tomatillos – Sure you could go the regular grilled cheese route and still call it a Meatless Monday meal, but how boring. Kick it up a notch with the addition of spicy jalapenos and zesty peppers.
Red Curry With Vegetables – Hearty, warm, and flavorful, this red curry packs a punch for the taste buds and the body with all of the veggies it’s chockful of.
Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms With Tomatoes and Goat Cheese – Mmmm, tangy goat cheese and tomatoes stuffed into a “meaty” portabello mushroom has all the makings of a winning meatless dish.
Vegetarian Chili – Chili is super easy to make, comforting, warm, and hearty. The beans pack a huge protein punch, and you can customize the spices to your liking. If you’re really short on time, start this the morning of in the slow-cooker and come home to an already-made dinner. Toppings such as cheese, sour cream, scallions, and tortilla strips will really take this dish to the next level.
Any pasta dish really – Earthy mushrooms or eggplant can always be substituted in for meat, and you can toss virtually any vegetable under the kitchen sink with this versatile carb. A little garlic, a little parm, and a glass of wine, and you’re good to go!
Mushroom and Scallion Frittata – Frittatas aren’t just for breakfast anymore! This delicious version is a perfect Meatless Monday entree. Pair it with a nice spring salad for a perfectly balanced meal.
– Esther Carlstone