Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas (Meatless Meals)

When people use the terms whole foods, clean eating, or real food, what are they talking about? To me, those things mean eating pure foods the way our great grandparents ate. There are steps you can take to clean up your diet for a healthier life.

Throwing together a super quick dinner is a must for busy families. Quick and easy dinner ideas for meatless meals are a great help. Here are some super delicious meatless meals that will help you never miss the meat!

Quick and easy dinner ideas (meatless)

Why go meatless? There are so many reasons to make meatless meals. Meat can be hard on your health, so going meatless at least a few times a week gives your heart a boost. Adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet in place of meat will help you live better.

Consuming meat places a bigger burden on the environment. Making meatless meals helps to lower your carbon footprint and burden on the planet too. Lots of people do meatless Mondays or one night of the week they make meatless meals. Having a meatless dinner can still be satisfying.

For more about the impact of meatless Monday and what it can do for the planet, click here

Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas (Meatless Meals)

 

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Easy dinner ideas, meatless

This spaghetti squash meatless meal is amazing. You’ll never miss the meat OR the bread in this one. You can bake the squash the day before and put this meal together in a few minutes. Then toss it in the oven for a few while you get the kids started on their homework.

I LOVE spaghetti squash and this versatile dinner idea is amazing. Here are three awesome recipes for stuffed spaghetti squash. You can use whatever combination of them you’d like.

Meatless dinner-Stuffed spaghetti, 3 ways

Meatless dinner-Stuffed spaghetti, 3 ways

Stuffed spaghetti squash-broccoli and cheese
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Savory broccoli and cheese casserole baked right inside a spaghetti squash shell. Your family will love it. Fabulous meatless meal.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: Christina
Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese plus extra to top it
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 c raw broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
Instructions
  1. Cut spaghetti squash in half and scrape out seeds.

    Place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake at 400 for 40 minutes or until a fork can poke it easily.

    While your squash is baking, make the filling.

    Place oil and onion in skillet and cook on low until translucent.

    Add garlic, red pepper, salt, thyme and broccoli.

    Stir and cook until broccoli just turns bright green. Don’t cook it until it’s tender because it will cook longer in the oven.

    Mix in cheddar cheese.

    Scrape the strings of squash out of the shell with a fork and place in skillet.

    Mix all ingredients together and place them back in the squash shell.

    Top with more cheese.

    Bake in a 350 oven until cheese is melted, bubbly and slightly browned.

 

               

               

   

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash-Lasagna
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Yummy lasagna flavored spaghetti squash dish that is sure to please your family

Servings: 2
Author: Christina
Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 c shredded mozzarella cheese plus extra to top it
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 c ricotta or cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Cut spaghetti squash in half and scrape out seeds.

    Place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake at 400 for 40 minutes or until a fork can poke it easily.

    While your squash is baking, make the filling.

    Place oil and onion in skillet and cook on low until translucent.

    Add garlic, red pepper, salt, Italian seasoning and tomato sauce.

    Cook until sauce is thick and bubbly, about 10 minutes on medium.

    Add cottage cheese and mozzarella and mix.

    Scrape the strings of squash out of the shell with a fork and place in skillet.

    Mix all ingredients together and place them back in the squash shell.

    Top with more cheese.

    Bake in a 350 oven until cheese is melted, bubbly and slightly browned.

 

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash-Creamy spinach
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

Creamy, rich stuffed spaghetti squash.

Servings: 2
Author: Christina
Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove crushed garlice
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lb raw spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 c cream
Instructions
  1. Cut spaghetti squash in half and scrape out seeds.

    Place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake at 400 for 40 minutes or until a fork can poke it easily.

    While your squash is baking, make the filling.

    Place oil and onion in skillet and cook on low until translucent.

    Add garlic, red pepper, salt, and spinach.

    Cook until spinach wilts.

    Add cream and stir in parmesan cheese.

    Scrape the strings of squash out of the shell with a fork and place in skillet.

    Mix all ingredients together and place them back in the squash shell.

    Top with more cheese.

    Bake in a 350 oven until cheese is melted, bubbly and slightly browned.

 

Easy Meatless Dinner Ideas for Kids

Here are some great kid-pleasing meatless meals for the family:

meatless mac and cheese

Homemade Mac and Cheese 

Hearty comfort food that you can feel good about feeding your family. Rich and creamy cheesy sauce.

Easy, Inexpensive Taco Soup that Kids LOVE!

Taco Soup 

Spicy, hearty bean soup that is a kid pleaser, tried and tested for years with my daycare kids. Picky eaters included, everyone loves it.

 

Quick dinner recipes for weeknights

Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas (Meatless Meals)

Sweet Potato Stew 

Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas (Meatless Meals)

Quick and Easy Quinoa Tostadas 

Easy mexican food you can have on the table in 15 minutes.

Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas (Meatless Meals)

Black Bean Taco Skillet

Flavorful one pot spicy dinner skillet.

 easy dinnersRaw Kale Salad with Avocado Dressing

Light, healthy salad that tastes fresh.

Family Friendly meatless dinners

Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas (Meatless Meals)

Crock Pot Lasagna 

Fix it and forget it crock pot dinner of rich, delicious lasagna. Healthy ingredients and still a kid pleaser.

Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas (Meatless Meals)

Kale Sweet Potato White Bean Skillet 

Easy go-to one pot meal that’s filled with nutrition.

quick dinner ideas

Walnut Bolognese Spaghetti

Vegan and gluten free spaghetti sauce that never lets you miss the meat.

easy family friendly meatless meals

Cheesy Vegetarian Enchiladas

Cheesy, super flavorful, spicy meatless enchiladas.

Easy meatless meals

meatless meals

Instant Pot Pinto Beans-No Soak

Whip up some pinto beans in the instant pot without even having to soak them. Flavorful, hearty and healthy!

There’s nothing better than healthy, easy dinners for your family!

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2 comments

  1. Kayla says:

    Great ideas! I love spaghetti squash, it’s one of my favorite vegetarian options.

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