10 Meatless Monday Recipes That Will Make You Forget About Meat

After these dishes, we’re pretty sure that you won’t be craving a hamburger

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Heidi Swanson's healthy and hearty rice salad dish.

No meat on Mondays? What am I supposed to eat? That’s what most carnivores think when they hear the words “Meatless Monday.” Meat lovers, fear not — there are delicious and hearty meatless dishes that are just as satisfying as your favorite burger. Once you’ve had these recipes, you may even consider becoming a vegetarian.

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Instead of chowing down on steak, pork chops, or chicken, try making hearty vegetarian dishes that will keep you just as full as meat. Many meat lovers are afraid they’ll get hungry on a vegetarian diet, but there are filling vegetable- and grain-based meals. Kale, beans, and quinoa are great options — they’re packed with protein. Instead of meatloaf, make a loaf that’s filled with lentils, mushrooms, and rice. It will have all of the delicious flavors of a classic meatloaf, but it’s packed with nutritious vegetables. No more excuses, meat lovers — dive into meatless meals. Craving tacos? Fill yours with Brussels sprouts instead of ground beef. Want pasta? Add in veggies instead of chicken. Meat will still be there tomorrow, although after these recipes you may not miss it. 

Brussels Sprouts Tacos

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Crunch tacos filled with delicious and healthy brussels sprouts.

Everyone loves a good taco filled with meat, cheese, and delicious spices. This taco takes Mexican fare to a new level. Roasted Brussels sprouts, topped with salsa, slivered almonds, and cheese, make for a delightful taco you need to try. For the Brussels Sprouts Tacos recipe, click here.

Chinese Chive and Pressed Tofu Turnovers

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Delicious tofu turnovers for meatless Mondays.

These chewy-crisp pockets of goodness are fun to make and even better to eat. They are a popular Chinese snack filled with the slight garlicky bite of Chinese chives and the savory depth of seasoned pressed tofu. Clear cellophane noodles add body and egg binds the ingredients together. — Andrea Nguyen


For the Chinese Chive Pressed Tofu Turnovers recipe, click here.