Is Meatless Monday a tradition in your home? Do you need to freshen up your regular Meatless Monday menu? We’re here to make planning vegetarian meals easier. Check out these 11 delicious Meatless Monday dinners.
What is Meatless Monday? It began during World War I (yes, the era of Downton Abbey) when Herbert Hoover and Woodrow Wilson asked Americans to abstain from meat on Mondays because of war-related food shortages. In the early 2000s, medical experts at Johns Hopkins started promoting the meat-free day so that people could reap the health benefits of eating less meat.
Heart disease is a leading cause of death among both men and women. One significant advantage of eating vegetarian meals is that it may lower the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. In addition, research suggests vegetarians have lower rates of certain cancers than non-vegetarians.
Even if you’re not ready to dive into a full-on vegetarian lifestyle, serving vegetarian recipes for Meatless Monday is one more positive step toward creating a healthier version of you.
1. The Best Vegetarian Chili Ever
Loaded with beans, peppers, and other superfoods, you won’t feel like you’re missing a thing with Meatless Monday recipes like this one.
2. Spicy Southwestern Vegetarian Burger
Vegetarian meals like this one satisfy comfort food cravings, without the guilt. This burger recipe is hearty and heart healthy.
3. Spicy Four-Cheese Pasta
Tasty herbs add zing to this healthy meat-free dish, made with whole grain pasta.
4. Mediterranean Penne with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Low in saturated fat and cholesterol, this recipe fills you with whole grain pasta, spinach, and fat-free feta. Yummy!
5. Healthy Tex-Mex Lasagna
Portobello mushrooms create a meaty base for this fabulous twist on traditional vegetarian meals.
6. Mexican-Style Vegetarian Loaf
Meatless Monday recipes like this one are made using heart-healthy beans, corn and flavorful spices.
7. Quinoa Meatless Meatballs
Whether you incorporate them into a dish with whole grain pasta or spoon them into whole wheat rolls for a sub, these meatballs made with quinoa are a nutritious way to enjoy a hearty comfort food.
8. Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Pine Nuts and Parmesan Shavings
This recipe is simpler than it looks, making it a light, refreshing choice for Meatless Mondays.
9. Slow Cooker Lentil & Veggie Stew
Prep this meal in the morning, and enjoy arriving home to a ready-to-go dinner recipe you’ll feel great about serving.
10. Slow Cooker Veggie Pot Pie Stew
Serve the pot pie taste your family loves minus the fat and calories with this healthy crockpot recipe.
11. Philadelphia-Style Vegetarian Sandwich
The meatiness in this sandwich recipe comes from Portobello mushrooms, making it a great choice for satisfying the meat lovers in your family.
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