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Do you want to go meatless sometimes but don’t know what to cook without meat? Check out these Meatless Monday Ideas for some inspiration for wonderful meatless meals.
The idea of meatless Monday is a way for a lot of people to consume less meat once in a while. The effects of this will be great on the environment as a whole. Overconsumption of meat is taking a big toll on the earth.
Meatless Monday facts
- Americans consume more meat than anyone else in the world.
- Globally, meat production has tripled since the 70s.
- Meat production is responsible for 24% of methane and other greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s not about eliminating meat, it’s about thinking about how much meat you consume and opting to make a few changes. Meatless Mondays are a way to remember each week to cut back a little.
Benefits of Meatless Monday
- Eating less meat and more plant-based foods can improve your health. Studies show that eating this way reduces your risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
- Eating less meat helps you lose weight.
- Eating less meat helps you get more fiber and nutrition from plant-based foods.
- Of course the benefit of the lower carbon footprint mentioned above.
- And you can save money because meat is more expensive than plant-based foods.
Just think about it a little bit. You don’t have to go hardcore to make a difference.
What do you eat for Meatless Monday?
We love to do meatless pasta meals like this butternut squash mac and cheese that even the kids can’t tell is vegetable-based.
My husband and daughter’s favorite meatless meals are stuffed spaghetti squash. The broccoli one in this meatless meal post is amazing, but their very favorite is the lasagna stuffed spaghetti squash. These recipes are grain-free as well.
My all-time most popular meat-free dish is my world-famous crockpot taco soup. All of my daycare kids love it and my family begs for it too. I see teenagers and grown adults around town that I kept and they usually mention my taco soup.
My kids love making egg casseroles and they are wonderful without meat as well.
What can you eat on Meatless Mondays?
This mushroom risotto is creamy, rich and flavorful and also so easy to make!
These chickpea burgers are the perfect, easy vegetarian dish to whip up on a weeknight. Featuring bright and fresh Mediterranean flavors and requiring no special equipment, they’re sure to quickly become one of your favorites!
This healthy vegan smashed chickpea salad wrap is loaded with fiber, protein, veggies, and flavor. This easy lunch idea is sure to keep you full and satisfied until dinner! Made with clean, simple ingredients you can feel good about.
Creamy, Vegan Sweet Potato Pasta Sauce is the ultimate healthy comfort food. Packed with flavor & nutrients, enjoy over your favorite pasta dish! Not in the mood for pasta? Try adding more liquid and enjoying this recipe as a soup!
Rich, delicious, and full of flavor, this vegan lentil bolognese is made with roasted vegetables for a hearty and filling meat-free recipe. Simple to make, it’s perfect for meal prep and freezer meals.
This baked ratatouille recipe is a delicious cheesy vegetable casserole. This recipe features flavorful tomato-bell paprika sauce with vegetable slices on top, topped with melted golden cheese. A wonderful choice for meatless Monday ideas.
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.
Sopa de lentejas is a super easy and tasty, Mexican lentil soup that your family will love. Our vegan, gluten-free version of the soup will satisfy even the toughest critics in your house. The Instant Pot makes this soup fast, so you can enjoy it just about any night of the week or prep it ahead for easy grab-and-go meals all week long!
Spicy Thai Noodle Bowl, the easiest noodle recipe ever! A quick recipe for flavorful Asia-inspired noodle made right in the instant pot. You can get a family favorite meal on the table even faster on busy nights! Leftovers are yummy, hot or cold! Enjoy!
Ready for an amazingly tasty dish, made with pantry staples and minimal prep? This Curry Rice is exactly what you’ve been searching for.
With the perfect blend of tangy and salty, this one-pot pasta makes an easy addition to a busy Meatless Monday evening!
Here’s a new Meatless Monday idea for you: Today’s Easy Fresh Vegetable Lo Mein recipe incorporates colorful veggies and satisfyingly slurpy noodles in an all-in-one vegan meal.