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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10 Meatless Monday Recipes That Will Make You Forget About Meat

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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.

Brussels Sprouts Tacos

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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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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.


Curried Chickpeas and Spinach with Sweet Tomatoes Recipe

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This chickpea recipe is quick and easy and can be whipped up in about 10 minutes from start to finish, so I thought it was a must to share with all of you. This chickpea spinach dish is different. It’s refreshing and light with a squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, and cashews for extra crunch. — Amie Valpone

For the Curried Chickpeas and Spinach with Sweet Tomatoes recipe, click here.

Detox Kale Salad

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This is my go-to lunch. I call it a detox salad because it’s packed with nutrient-rich vegetables and has protein from the quinoa. To save time, I stop by the Whole Foods salad bar and stock up on shredded carrots, red cabbage, and cooked quinoa. Feel free to toss in some roast chicken if you want a heartier meal. — Anna Watson

For the Detox Kale Salad recipe, click here.

Lemony Kale Salad

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Not only is kale a superfood packed with antioxidants, including 206 percent of the recommended daily dose of vitamin A, but it also tastes great and can be used in just about any recipe you can dream up, like this lemony pasta. — Feed Me Dearly

For the Lemony Kale Salad recipe, click here.

Meatloaf Gets a Makeover: Rice and Lentil Loaf

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Most everyone has an opinion about meatloaf. Some love its homey comfort made from their mom’s recipe. Some think of it as a heavy-duty boring blast from the past. Some would never eat it. Enter rice and lentil loaf with mass appeal! Whether you’re a meat eater, vegetarian, or trying to cut meat from your meals more often (think Meatless Monday), this loaf is a great option for you to try. — Patricia Conte


For the Meatloaf Gets a Makeover: Rice and Lentil Loaf recipe, click here.

Pasta Salad in a Jar

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This is an incredibly easy pasta salad recipe using a few key vegetables and premade Italian dressing to put it together. Even better, it's prepared in individual jars to make it easy to serve. —Jamielyn Nye

For the Pasta Salad in a Jar recipe, click here.

Quinoa and Kale Patties

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These vegetarian patties are a great option for a healthy appetizer for  a Meatless Monday dinner. Cut them in half and serve with simple spreads like guacamole, salsa, or olive tapenade! — Aurelie Jouan

For the Quinoa and Kale Patties recipe, click here.

Vegan Stovetop Lasagna


This is a delicious vegan/vegetarian option for one of our most popular dishes! When you think of lasagna, you tend to think of pasta, meat, and loads of cheese. Here you have a delicious alternative made with earthy and meaty portabella mushrooms. — 360 Cookware

For the Vegan Stovetop Lasagna recipe, click here.  

Whole-Grain Rice Salad Recipe

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Super natural guru Heidi Swanson makes this healthy and hearty salad recipe that's filled with nutrient-packed spinach, nuts, herbs, and crumbled goat cheese. This is a great hearty side to enjoy with fish or shrimp. — Heidi Swanson

For the Whole-Grain Rice Salad recipe, click here.