Experts have been recommending a weekday meal without meat for a few years now. Reducing our meat consumption is said to have a positive impact on emissions and our own health. The alliterated title of “Meatless Monday” is a fun way to remember and incorporate it into your weekly meal planning. Whether you’re hoping to try vegetarian fare without meats or cut out all animal byproducts and go vegan for one weekly day, the environmental, financial, and health benefits are undeniable.
If you’re hoping to lead a more green and eco-conscious life, it’s a great idea to try and incorporate plant-based meals into your family’s diet. Start by simply trying to go meatless for one day per week and see where it takes you. With the help of these incredible recipes, you might find that you don’t even miss the meat!
BBQ Brussels Sprouts Sandwiches– Create a slaw and a faux BBQ sandwich using veggies mixed together with a tasty dry rub. This recipe will land itself in your regular repertoire.
Vegan Breakfast Nachos– Start your Meatless Monday with a decadent meat, egg, and dairy breakfast that will keep you going all day.
Greek Mac and Cheese– Add a healthy, savory twist to traditional macaroni and cheese. Using whole wheat spaghetti, spinach, feta, and a handful of other delicious ingredients, this recipe will satisfy without ever wondering “where’s the meat?”
Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes– Lentils are a high protein and high fiber way to eat vegetarian on the cheap! Cook up these sloppy joes for a taste of childhood with a lot less guilt.
Baked Ratatouille– Want to make Meatless Monday into a fancy date night? Check out this recipe for a French classic, pop open a bottle of your favorite wine, and pair the meal with a loaf of crusty bread for an undeniably chic meal.
Veggie Black Bean Enchiladas– Hosting your weekly meatless meal on Taco Tuesday instead? Try these hearty and cheesy enchiladas for a tasty casserole style meal that is sure to sneak veggies into the pickiest of diets.
Vegan Chickpea “Tuna” Salad– Pack this tuna fake-out in your lunchbox next Meatless Monday. Filling chickpeas make a great stand-in for fish in this sandwich spread recipe.
Baked Chiles Rellenos– Skip the takeout for this baked version of a fried restaurant staple. A battered crunchy pepper is stuffed with loads of creamy cheese for a rich and flavorful meal.
Vegan Green Lasagna Rolls– Create a homemade pesto to make a non-traditional lasagna dish with delicious herby flavors. This recipe is sure to please the most discerning lasagna lovers in your household!
Dairy Free Turmeric Roasted Sweet Potato and Macadamia Nut Soup– Soup nights are a hearty way to make something comforting and delicious. This recipe is a great meal prep option for you to take along for your lunches beyond Meatless Monday.
These ideas are just a start. Plan a meat-free day this next week. You might find that the positive impact on our planet makes you feel good and these tasty alternatives make your tummy happy!