If you’re new to Meatless Mondays, it’s the first day of the week where people do not eat meat. Meatless meals can include pasta and there are many types of meatless meals without pasta too.
Meatless meals without pasta include making salads, soups, sandwiches with bread and meats, burritos, pizzas, rice dishes, diced tomatoes or potatoes cooked with onions, olive oil and garlic, and stir fries.
Meatless meals without pasta include baking potatoes and loading them up with toppings. You can also use zucchini noodles to make lasagna instead of using the traditional lasagna sheets made from flour and water, which is very popular with Meatless Mondays since it is fun to eat healthy food that tastes great too!
This Easy Zoodles Recipe is the perfect way to try Zucchini Noodles and ease your family into the idea of spiralized veggies! Drape your favorite meat-free pasta sauce over chewy pasta interlaced with fresh, delicate zucchini noodles for a deliciously nutritious way to change up your pasta game!
What can I make for dinner without meat?
My kid’s favorite meatless meal without pasta is my world-famous taco soup. It’s revered by generations of daycare kids from Little Sprouts.
You could also whip up a crock pot full of beans and use them in bean burritos or make bean and cheese nachos or cheese quesadillas. Beans are really versatile in meatless meals.
These Spicy Lentil Tacos are so easy and perfect for meatless Monday for the whole family! Packed with nutrition, and everyone can top their tacos stuffed with lentil filling just the way they like.
This beet hummus lentil Budha bowl makes a well-balanced meal with a little bit of everything you want. You’ll love the crunch of fresh veggies with smooth hummus and hearty lentils.
This is an easy one-pot meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes. You can eat this delicious Mushroom Stew all year round and it goes well with rice or mashed potatoes.
Make this Indian Cauliflower rice in just 15 minutes! It’s light and a delicious side dish to accompany all kinds of meals!
Meatless Monday ideas
Emphatically the king of curries. This Thai Massaman curry is a warm, comforting curry that is perfect for any night of the week. You don’t need a lot of time or ingredients to make this a delicious treat the whole family will love. Add additional veggies and make this a complete, wholesome convenience meal you’ll be making over and over again.
Use up your leftover cooked rice to make tasty egg-fried rice. Prepared and cooked in less than 15 minutes!
Try this spicy tofu Panzanella salad that is vegan, low-carb, protein-packed, and gluten-free. Replacing bread with pan-roasted crispy tofu to make it healthier.
Bakery-fresh, grainy bread is slathered with rich, tangy-herby cream cheese, and topped with the most amazing, garden-fresh tomato you can find, and then sprinkled with a crunchy hit of flaky fleur de sel and maybe some little bits of chive if you happen to have some. This simple sandwich is absolutely bursting with flavor and texture, all in just 4 ingredients and 3 minutes!
Are you looking for a low-calorie, cauliflower rice recipe that is good for you? Try this cauliflower fried rice, loaded with veggies and flavor. No one will believe this isn’t real rice!
Chickpeas or garbanzos are great for salads. Pair them with some additional ingredients to create a vegan chickpea “tuna” salad. The results are so delicious.
Super easy to make rich & hearty Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with simple, budget-friendly ingredients.
This simple and delicious lentil dhal is made with just a few pantry ingredients. Red lentils are cooked with fragrant spices, and creamy coconut milk until a creamy and thick texture is reached. This dhal is vegan and gluten-free.
Cheap easy vegetarian meals
Creamy and flavorful Instant Pot Risotto recipe. It’s a fail-proof weeknight dinner that requires no continuous stirring or babysitting the pot.
This one-dish Greek rice casserole is super simple to make with pantry-friendly ingredients! Just toss rice with chickpeas, spinach, sauteed garlic and onions, tons of fresh herbs and lemon, top with feta cheese, and bake!
This spicy harissa bean soup is my favorite way to use leftover dried beans! It’s packed with fiber, protein, and tons of rich flavor.
This Ultimate Vegan Chili is thick, hearty, and meaty! It’s loaded with veggies, beans, warm spices, and savory meat crumbles. It’ll keep you cozy and satisfied during those chilly days, too! This recipe is easy to make, freezer-friendly, and perfect for potlucks!
Black beans, rice, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and spices are simmered in red enchilada sauce and then stuffed into roasted poblano peppers. These Stuffed Poblano Peppers are a staple meatless meal around my house because they are simple, healthy, inexpensive, and so delicious we crave them on the regular.
Our simple and comforting, super creamy vegan potato broccoli casserole with a cheesy cashew sauce is a true family favorite. It’s budget-friendly comfort food that can be reheated and customized!
Creamy, hearty and so comforting, Instant Pot Tomato Soup is made from pantry staples and is a healthy dump and start recipe that is made absolutely no oil at all.
Low carb meatless meals
When you find yourself with an abundance of zucchini during the summer, make these meatless Garlic Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini with rice and a crunchy panko topping for dinner.
Chickpeas, fresh herbs, garlic onion, and spices make this easy falafel recipe flavorful and delicious.
A loaded rice bowl perfect for meatless Monday! Roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli, smothered in an almond butter tahini!
This gluten-free Quinoa Enchilada Casserole recipe makes a great healthy meatless meal that tastes like a lighter version of enchiladas! Made with black beans, Mexican spices, and cheese.
Quick and easy veggie fajitas that are perfect for a family-friendly meatless meal!
Love Greek food? Love Mexican food too? You’re in luck with these delicious crispy halloumi tacos with an easy pineapple mango salsa. The contrast of sweet and salty flavors could be a talking point when you’re next entertaining or serve them for a quick lunch at home.
This spinach and potato lasagna is super easy to assemble, very filling, and economical, too. You may never go back to a noodle-based lasagna again!
Make this sweet and sour tofu recipe in under 30 minutes! Crispy tofu and a sticky sweet & sour sauce mimic the classic Chinese takeout dish in this vegetarian-friendly meal.
Add some bold flavor to your weekly menu with this savory Mushroom Shawarma recipe. It takes just 30 minutes from start to finish. Just marinate and roast the mushrooms, then serve with warm pita, fresh or pickled veggies, and a zesty tahini sauce.