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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

22 Meatless Monday Meal ideas

Check out these meatless meal ideas

 Many people think of bland meals when it comes to meatless meals. They also think that their body can't get enough protein and other nutrients unless they eat meat. Are you looking to eat less meat or just looking for some healthy meal ideas? You have come to the right place.

The other day I was working out at the gym and I was watching the news. The news was talking about Oprah's Wellness tour. This caught my attention as I wanted to know more about how she was helping others through her own journey of getting healthy. So when I got home from the gym, I went to Oprah's website and an article that caught my attention was her eating one plant-based meal a day for 30 days. So being that I mostly follow a vegan meal plan, I had to know more about Oprah's 30-day challenge.

 It was an interview that Oprah had with climate change activist Suzy Cameron that led Oprah to pledge to eat one plant-based meal a day for a month. In Cameron's book The OMD Plan, she says "the benefits of eating plant-based go way beyond just your own personal health, but also, the health of the planet. " 

How To Get More Protein Without Eating Meat 

 So that got me to thinking that I needed to share some of my delicious plant-based meals and vegetarian meals so others could see how easy and delicious meals can be without meat. I have been eating meatless for over 25 years and more recently I have eliminated all dairy from my diet due to a dairy allergy that I discovered through a blood test. I do eat eggs and fish on occasion so I am not a true vegan. That is ok as I believe that everyone's body needs different healthy food to be healthy. My body is at its best when I don't eat meat or dairy products. When I consume any amount of dairy, I experience asthma symptoms. So if you eat meat, as my husband does, that is your choice. I just want to share meals that my family enjoys so others can see that a vegetarian diet does not mean a plate of vegetables and quinoa. A meatless diet can be so delicious and filled with a variety of healthy meals.

Try a meal delivery service

 Another way to start exploring meatless meals for Monday or any other day of the week is through a meal delivery service that offers vegan meals or vegetarian meals. That way you can try some meals and start exploring meals made without meat. There are so many meal subscription services to select from that I am sure that you can find the best meal delivery services that fits you the best. You can check a few that I find trusted that are listed here. No two meal delivery plans are alike. Some offer prepared meals while others offer the ingredients so you can make the meal yourself.

Plant-based Pizza and Vegetarian Pizza

                            Rosemary and Caramelized Onion Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia

 One of my family's favorite meatless meals is pizza. Pizza can be enjoyed with cheese or without. My family enjoys their pizza with mozzarella cheese and I enjoy mine with vegan cheese. This is my preferred brand of vegan cheese as it melts the best on a pizza. If you use flavorful toppings like a flavored oil, you can even make pizza cheese-less. All these pizza recipes can be made with dairy-free cheese if you prefer a vegan pizza.

                                   Mushroom Pizza With Caramelized Onions 

                                          Dairy-Free Sun-Dried Tomato & Artichoke Pizza

                                                 Sweet Potato And Corn Pizza

                                             Easy Pizza rolls

Other favorite meatless meals

My family also enjoys meatless meals that are made from beans, nuts, and seeds. Eggs are also great sources of protein for meals that contain no meat. Things like tacos and burritos can easily be made without meat as you can substitute pinto beans or black beans. In place of the cheese, I like to use avocado. Avocado toast is another favorite meatless Monday meal that I enjoy. Place a slice of avocado over a sunny side up egg on a piece of toast and it is so good.

 The below list of recipes uses many different sources of proteins like beans, lentils, tofu, nuts, and seeds. You can make a family favorite recipe of sloppy joes with cooked lentils and it will still have the same amazing flavor. I recently made a keto Pad Thai without meat and it has become a family favorite dish Check out some other meatless menu dishes that my family enjoys.

                                              Marvelous Mushroom Vegetarian "Meat" Loaf 

                                                   Vegan Tuna Salad

                                                        Easy Vegetarian Egg Foo Young

Those are just some of the meatless meals that my family enjoys. Other meals that we have that are made without meat are things like pasta, beans, and rice bowls, sushi bowls, and things like vegetable soup. So many meals that are made with meat can be made without meat by using things like beans, tofu, or eggs. You can even use plant-based meatless meat substitutes like veggie burgers. So whether you want to eat one meal a week without meat for Meatless Monday or eat more meatless meals, these are some recipes that you try. 


  1. Everything looks incredible. I do love my meat, but I don't mind giving it a rest now and again. I know we'd love the pasta salad.

  2. These all look so good! I have been wanting to try to go vegetarian for some time. Maybe I will start experimenting with these.

  3. Wow! I'm not a vegetarian at all, but I do enjoy eating mitless food. I'd love to check out some of these things. :)

  4. That posole looks really good! I've only heard of it but I'd love to try making it someday!

  5. These all look so good. I'm not vegan, but I love a good vegan recipe. I think I'll have to try all of these.

  6. I truly feel like I could easily go meatless. I don't eat it everyday and prefer meatless meals anyday! Pizzas and salads are my favorites.

  7. You know, I love the idea of getting off meat at least a couple of days a week, that is an awesome idea! And these options are so delicious

  8. i always dream of gearing towards plant-based living. im drooling about that vegetarian pizza right now..

    Cha at Little MisadvenCHA

  9. These are some great ideas. I see so many I'd love to give a try. All those pizzas sure do look amazing.

  10. These are all amazing ideas! I am always looking for fun meals that don't always require meat.

  11. I love the focaccia bread idea at the top, but honestly, we could eat half of these meals easily and love them. And I love the idea of meatless. Sometimes it is so much hassle figuring out the meat part of the meal, getting out of the freezer and thawing in plenty of time to cook it for dinner.

    1. Then there is the hassle of making sure that the meat is cooked at the proper safe temperature

  12. I've saved this post. My fiance and I have started Meatless Mondays and I've been trying to come up with different ideas to help keep him hooked. The other day (not a Monday) he asked for plant-based chicken! So keeping up the yummy meatless meals is a must!

  13. I love the idea of veggie pizza! I should try making one for the family.

  14. This doesn't just sound delicious but it's also very visually appealing. We made pizza last week and I really enjoyed the process!

  15. All these look really good! I hope I could try all these!

  16. All these food looks so good! Lots of yummy recipes to try.

  17. I'm TERRIBLE with meal planning. SO SO so bad, it's one of my 2020 goals to do better. I don't really focus on meat or not, I'm open to anything, and some of these look amazing! Going to pin some ideas!!

  18. Wow great selection here! We like to have meatless meals every now and then too!

  19. Oh my goodness this is such a yummy selection of recipes. Totally pinning this for later. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

  20. All of the options look so good! I should try a meatless Monday soon.

  21. I hosted someone once through Couchsurfing who taught me how to make vegan pad thai. I am still using his recipe, that's how delicious it is.

  22. This all looks so good! Will definitely be making some of this for me and my friends.

  23. Now i am so hungry!! Everything looks so yummy and appetizing. I am saving this for future reference.

  24. Everything looks delicious even if they are meatless! Thanks for sharing this list, I'll get my monday menu from it.


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