Why Meatless Mondays Matter: 10 Recipes To Get You Started

It may just sound like a slogan, but Meatless Monday is actually a wonderful way to help balance your diet. We are by nature carnivores, and there is no doubt that most of us love meaty recipes, but even part-time vegetarianism has a host of health benefits. Going meatless one or more days a week may decrease your risk for heart disease, lower cholesterol, and improve blood pressure.

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While you may be a little skeptical about Meatless Monday because of unsatisfying vegetarian dishes you've tried in the past, the recipes we've found may change your mind. They're full of hearty vegetables, grains, and beans that will help you stay fuller longer than most meat-free options. Not only are meatless meals lower in fat, they're also full of vitamins and won't weigh you down. Make the most of all the fresh vegetables at your local farmers market and try a few healthy and delicious recipes.

Even the most dedicated meat eater can enjoy Meatless Monday as much as Taco Tuesday.  Here are 10 recipes to get you started on your Meatless Monday journey.

Chickpea and Spinach Stew Recipe

Even though this stew is vegetarian, it's as hearty and satisfying as anything with meat. Light on calories but not light on flavor, it's packed with chickpeas, spinach, tomatoes, and cilantro to keep you going.

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Lentil Tacos

This easy taco recipe appeals to the vegetarians of the group. Lentils are cooked with bell pepper, carrot, and celery to give them an extra-meaty texture. — Valerie Rice

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