It’s summer, and while we love a juicy grilled steak or burger, sometimes we’re looking to lighten our dinnertime load with something more Meatless Monday-friendly. The possibilities are endless when you have fresh seasonal ingredients, more daylight to enjoy and one killer cooking source (aka THE GRILL!). Here are some of our favorite vegetarian summer recipes that even the carnivores will love.
Spring is the time for light meals loaded with fresh herbs and veggies. It might seem more challenging to get your protein on Meatless Mondays with meals so light, but have no fear. We’ve picked out some of our favorite meatless recipes that will keep the spring in your step (pun intended)!
Why celebrate Meatless Monday just once a week when you can have the option to make all your weeknight meals vegetarian-friendly? Behold: five flexitarian meals where you decide to add the meat or omit it. No matter what you choose, you’ll end up with a hearty, healthy and delicious meal that everyone will ask for seconds.
Monday, January 26
Stay true to Meatless Monday with this Quick Bean & Porcini Ragu–the taste and texture will feel like a real meat ragu!
Starting the year off on a healthy note can be easier said than done, especially while it’s still comfort food season. However, even resolving to eat meat-free one day a week can make a difference. You already know we love a good Meatless Monday recipe, so now you can have a great, seasonal recipe for every Monday in January! They delicious, hearty and quick to throw together. Does it get any better?
Reorganize your stocked pantry so that ingredients you use together are stored together. Group items for Italian dishes in one place and Mexican recipes in another. Then, make a meal using one of your staples.
On Meatless Monday, we know how important it is to get your protein fix at lunch so you can stay full and energized until the end of the day. One of the easiest, most versatile and delicious ways to do that is with garbanzo beans, or as many people know them, chickpeas! Chickpeas are jam-packed with protein and fiber and are super versatile — blend ‘em smooth, form them into patties or leave them whole. Plus, their neutral taste can easily pick up any combination of flavors and spices. And while we adore ’em in hummus, we had to recommend a few more creative takes on chickpeas, too!
Try a Middle Eastern Platter for a new, healthy take on breakfast
As we kick off grilling week, we still recognize the importance of staying true to our weekly ritual of Meatless Monday. Just because we can’t throw a juicy steak or salmon fillet on the grill tonight, doesn’t mean we need to deprive ourselves of that awesome charcoal flavor. So get your kebabs and tinfoil ready– you’re gonna need them for these awesome grilled veggie sides.
Spicy Steak Fries (hold the steak!)
Meatless Monday is all about taking our favorite recipes and swapping out the meat for healthy alternatives. You’ve probably had your fair share of veggie burgers by now, but here’s a meaty sandwich idea that may surprise you: Eggplant Sloppy Joes
No sacrifice here! Eggplant simmering in vegetable sauce creates a tender, meaty texture and flavor, and a slice of gooey provolone cheese is just the accent your sloppy joe was always missing. The best part? You can have this delicious meal on the table in about 20 minutes! Now that’s a way to start the week off right!
Get the full recipe here.
What’s one of the easiest ways to get your family to eat their veggies? By stuffing them into a cheesy baked potato, of course! Making a baked potato bar is a great idea for any night of the week, but on Meatless Monday, they’ll definitely guarantee happy, full tummies without overloading on unhealthy foods or desserts. With so many meat-free toppings and fillers, your baked potato possibilities are virtually endless! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Broccoli-Cheddar Potatoes: Black beans, mashed broccoli-potato mixture and cheddar cheese.
Chili Baked Potatoes: Veggie chili, shredded monterey-jack cheese, salsa, pickled jalapeños, crushed tortilla chips and sour cream.
Mediterranean Baked Potatoes: Chickpeas, feta cheese, diced roasted red peppers, chopped kalamata olives and chopped fresh basil or parsley.
Spinach-Artichoke Baked Potatoes: Sauteed artichokes, spinach and mozzarella cheese.
Tofu’s texture ranges from firm and chewy to soft and silky. Next time you shop, use our handy chart to pick the right block of bean curd for your meal.
EXTRA FIRM: Dense and dry. Holds its shape during high-heat cooking. Marinate cubes or thick slices, then grill or sear as you would steak.
FIRM: Springy and tender. Holds its shape but crumbles easily. Crumble and sauté for a tofu scramble or cut into cubes or thin slices and stir-fry.
SILKEN: Smooth, creamy and very moist. Blend into creamy dips instead of sour cream, or use in smoothies in place of milk.