12 Plant-Based Recipes that will have You Looking Forward to Meatless Monday

Even meat-eaters will be asking, "Is it Monday yet?!"

Make tasty tacos with this vegan ground "beef"

Did you know  there’s a difference between following a plant-based diet and being a vegan? Many people believe they’re the same, but there is one very significant difference. When you follow a vegan diet, you refrain from eating any and all animal products. A plant-based diet, on the other hand, still allows you to consume animal products in moderation. This way of eating is an excellent starting point for people who are considering vegetarianism or veganism. 

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Meatless Monday has become another great method for decreasing your consumption of animal-based ingredients. Instead of cutting these foods out altogether, you take a break from them one day a week to focus on plant-based dishes. The plant-based recipes below will introduce more tasty fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based proteins into your diet. Preparing a couple of these recipes each meatless Monday will help you decide if going vegetarian or vegan is right for you!

12 Plant-Based Recipes that will have You Looking Forward to Meatless Monday

If you’re new to meatless Monday, plant-based recipes, or both, these recipes are a great place to start. The flexibility that comes with a plant-based diet is extremely helpful. You can customize it to what works best for you. If you just want to eat a plant-based breakfast and consume meat for lunch and dinner, you can! If you want to avoid animal products all day, that works too! It’s totally up to you. 

Breakfast

1. Spicy Breakfast TacosWe could eat tacos for every meal of the day, and this delicious breakfast taco recipe allows us to do just that! You’ll never believe that these spicy tacos are vegan-friendly.

12 Plant-Based Recipes that will have You Looking Forward to Meatless Monday Breakfast Tacos

2. Peanut Butter Banana Overnight OatsPeanut butter and banana is one of our favorite flavor combinations. This overnight oats recipe will make your morning easier than ever.

12 Plant-Based Recipes that will have You Looking Forward to Meatless Monday Peanut Butter Oats

3. Coconut Milk SmoothieThis tasty coconut milk smoothie is made using just three simple yet highly nutritious ingredients. Each serving will provide you with 18 grams of healthy fats for long-lasting energy!

12 Plant-Based Recipes that will have You Looking Forward to Meatless Monday Coconut Smoothie

Lunch and Dinner

4. Protein Packed Black Bean and Lentil SoupBlack beans and lentils are an excellent source of plant-based protein. This recipe is chock-full of belly-filling fiber to keep you full for hours. 

12 Plant-Based Recipes that will have You Looking Forward to Meatless Monday Bean Soup

5. 10-Minute Vegetarian Sushi BowlOur fast and simple vegetarian sushi bowl is too good not to try. There’s no raw fish here, just loads of flavor!

12 Plant-Based Recipes that will have You Looking Forward to Meatless Monday Sushi Bowl

6. Vegan Ground Beef for Tacos – You’ll never know the difference between the real thing and this vegan ground beef. You can still enjoy your favorite taco-combinations, thanks to this awesome recipe. 

12 Plant-Based Recipes that will have You Looking Forward to Meatless Monday Vegan Ground Beef

7. Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Buddha BowlSay hello to my new favorite recipe! This incredible plant-based Buddha bowl is loaded with protein and fiber. If you need energy, this is the dish for you! On a side note: Feel free to omit the honey if you’re sticking to a vegan diet. 

12 Plant-Based Recipes that will have You Looking Forward to Meatless Monday Buddha Bowl

8. Vegan Southwest Veggie WrapsOur veggie wraps have a Southwest flair and make a great lunch option. They’re not only super yummy, but also easy to eat on-the-run. 

12 Plant-Based Recipes that will have You Looking Forward to Meatless Monday Veggie Wrap

9. 5-Ingredient Vegan Chicken Salad Okay, so it’s not actually chicken, but it sure does taste like it! Enjoy this easy recipe on its own, in a wrap, or on a bed of lettuce!

12 Plant-Based Recipes that will have You Looking Forward to Meatless Monday Vegan Chicken Salad

Snacks and Dessert

10. 30-Minute Buffalo Cauliflower BitesThese spicy and savory buffalo cauliflower bites are perfect when that midday snack attack hits. They’ll satisfy your cravings at fewer than 60 calories per serving. Talk about a win-win!

12 Plant-Based Recipes that will have You Looking Forward to Meatless Monday Cauliflower Bites

11. Herb-Roasted NutsNuts are one of the most popular plant-based weight-loss snacks. They’re loaded with healthy fats, protein, and so much flavor!

12 Plant-Based Recipes that will have You Looking Forward to Meatless Monday Nuts

12. No-Bake Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough BarsThere’s no need to fret when your sweet tooth strikes. These tasty little morsels are plant-based and, quite frankly, to die for.

12 Plant-Based Recipes that will have You Looking Forward to Meatless Monday Cookie Dough

Do these plant-based recipes have you looking forward to meatless Monday? Which one are you going to try first? Let us know in the comment section!

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Erin Miller

Erin is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. She’s a Florida girl, currently living in Colorado. Some of her favorite hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, and hanging out at the beach, although weight lifting is her greatest passion. Erin believes that sustainability is the single most important factor to a successful fitness routine. She says, “If you can find a form of exercise that you truly enjoy, there will never be a fitness goal that you can’t achieve!"

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2 Comments

  1. We are only interested in organic recipes that contain NO meat, fowl, fish or any dairy products including eggs.

    Recipes with meat and dairy product substitutes which are organic are welcome.
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Russ, we have several vegan recipes on our site that would fit your criteria and you can make any recipe organic based on the ingredients you find at your local grocery. Feel free to use the search bar at the top of the page to find the recipes that best fit your needs!

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