Although #MeatlessMonday is a trendy hashtag on social media, it became established well before most popular accounts. Meatless Monday is an initiative to reduce the intake of animal meats and focus attention on plant-based protein sources, as preventable diseases are associated with excessive meat consumption. Ultimately, The Monday Campaigns encourages to cut out meat one day a week, and they believe what better day than the start of the week. Step on the right foot with these simple Meatless Monday recipes!
Simple Meatless Monday Dinner Ideas
1. Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup
The natural sweetness of sweet potatoes not only offers rich taste in this bistroMD original soup, but amplifies creaminess and nutrients. If anticipating a busy week, make ahead of time for a quick, nutritious dinner.
2. Mexican Lentil Soup
Lentils are a significant plant-based protein, offering 26 grams of protein per ½ cup of dry lentils! Greatly, too, lentils easily pair with various flavors, including in this Mexican lentil soup! Dollop plain Greek yogurt atop and garnish with fresh green onion and avocado as desired.
Although beef and chicken may vacate your traditional stir-fry recipe, #MeatlessMonday is an excellent time to explore the versatility of Asian flavors. Stir-fries are a simple way to boost veggie intake so ixnay the meat and embrace this protein-packed veggie and tofu meatless dinner idea! You can swap out tofu with tempeh, mix in an egg, or drizzle atop peanut butter for added protein.
4. Greek Stuffed Peppers
BistroMD’s Greek stuffed pepper recipe is a simple dinner idea, featuring quinoa and cannellini beans as its primary protein source. Stuffed peppers can also harness other flavors, including black beans, jalapenos, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese for a Mexican-inspired meal.
5. White Bean Chili
Chili is protein-packed, even without added ground meat or chicken. Beans are a significant source of not only protein, but fiber as well. And as a variation to traditional chili, give white bean chili a try!
6. Chickpea Curry
Chickpeas are a perfect #MeatlessMonday option, as they are packed with protein and offer an ample supply of fiber. Let chickpeas showcase this simple Meatless Monday recipe, complimented with the rich flavors of onion, olive oil, garlic, lime, and basil!
Although ground meat generally nestles between those classic lasagna noodles, it can certainly go without, ultimately without doing away from flavor. This veggie-loaded lasagna is a nutritious, simple Meatless Monday recipe sure to please all!
8. Twice-Baked Potatoes
Ditch the French fries for a healthier-for-you twice baked potato. This vegan Meatless Monday recipe utilizes potatoes to house black beans and scallions, but feel free to dismiss, add, and tweak ingredients to preference!
9. Eggplant Pizzas
These low-carb eggplant pizzas utilizes nutrient-rich eggplants to hold desired toppings. Meatless, healthy eggplant pizzas include the traditional or Mediterranean variations.
10. Barley Risotto
Although in the comfort of your own home, you will feel as if you are in a fancy restaurant with this Meatless Monday recipe… This barley risotto with asparagus and parmesan dish is nothing short of divine!
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