Eating less meat can be an easy way to improve your health as well as the health of the planet. Replacing meat with an assortment of colorful vegetables and plant-based proteins like quinoa can make your meals more nutritious and can make our food system more efficient — hence the trend of going meatless one day a week. But, if vegetarian meals aren't a part of your regular routine, you aren't comfortable cooking a variety of foods, or you're having a hard time coming up with new or creative meat-free meals, making even one delicious and satisfying meatless main course once a week can be daunting.avocado; these ingredients will help you stay fuller longer.
One of the easiest tricks for refreshing your Meatless Monday routine is to get creative with these delicious and filling ingredients. If you’re making bean burgers, give them a new texture and flavor by binding them with cooked wild rice instead of breadcrumbs, make your favorite pasta dish but replace the noodles with white beans instead, purée avocado into bean dips before spreading it on sandwiches for an extra flavorful and filling condiment — simple swaps can make old recipes feel fresh and exciting.
If you’re ready to make over your meat-free meals, we’ve got a few hearty and delicious recipes to get you started.
Baked Egg Bell Pepper Tarts
Baked Quinoa Falafel Pita with Tzatziki
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.