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Listen, I love meat just as much as the next carnivore but when it comes to these meatless Monday dinner recipes, I’m willing to forgo my meat addiction–for a day at least. Whether you are a vegetarian or you’re looking to incorporate more veggies into your diet, you’ll enjoy these meals.

The recipes I have listed here contain plant-based protein sources such as black beans, lentils, and chickpeas that will help you meet your protein recommendation. They are also packed with superfoods like broccoli, red bell pepper, asparagus, and more which we should all be eating.

One reason I love incorporating meatless Mondays into my weekly meal planning is that it helps reduce grocery costs. With the rise in food prices, we’re all conscious of how inflation is affecting our wallets so if I can find a way to reduce my grocery bill while eating more greens, then it’s a win-win.

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Meatless Monday Dinner Recipes For Meat Eaters

1. The Best Vegetarian Chili Ever

vegetarian chili

You won’t believe there isn’t any meat in this delicious, easy vegetarian chili made with two kinds of beans, veggies, tender sweet potato, and sweet corn. Perfectly spiced, thick and hearty, and easy to make on the stovetop or in your slow cooker!

2. Sunshine Lentil Bowls with Garlic Olive Oil Dressing

lentil bowls
meatless Monday dinner recipes

This bowl is a nutritional powerhouse with roasty potatoes, fresh green beans, summery tomatoes, herbs upon herbs, soft scrambled eggs with goat cheese, and of course, a nice hefty pile of those tiny black lentils.

3. Greek Orzo Stuffed Red Peppers with Lemony Basil Tomatoes

vegetarian stuffed bell peppers

These Greek Orzo Stuffed Red Peppers are quick, simple, vegetarian, healthy, and SO GOOD. Slow roasted red peppers stuffed with greek orzo, and feta cheese, and topped with fresh lemony basil tomatoes. Summer dinner perfection!

4. Chickpea Stew

chickpea stew

This dish combines the warm spices commonly found in Moroccan tagines in a comforting vegetarian stew. The roasted kale and chickpeas add texture and a pleasant bite that serve as counterpoints to the caramelized onions and sweet carrots. We love to finish it with a sprinkle of Aleppo pepper or hot paprika.

5. The Best Vegetarian Pizza

vegetarian pizza

This vegetarian pizza recipe will delight vegetarians and carnivores alike. It’s fresh and full of flavor, featuring cherry tomatoes, artichoke, bell pepper, olives, red onion, and some hidden (and optional) baby spinach.

6. Pasta Primavera

pasta primavera

This pasta primavera recipe is light, fresh, and simple to make. Packed with colorful veggies, it’s the perfect easy dinner for spring or summer nights.

7. Abundance Kale Salad with Savory Tahini Dressing

kale salad

An abundant kale salad with roasted sweet potato, zucchini, avocado, sprouts, crispy chickpeas, and kimchi! Topped with a savory tahini dressing, this salad makes the perfect 30-minute meal or side.

8. Abundance Kale Salad with Savory Tahini Dressing

vegetarian burger

These bean burgers are big, thick, hearty, and flavorful.

9. BBQ Mushroom Pizza

bbq mushroom pizza

Tangy barbecue sauce, melty cheese (a combo of mozzarella and smoked Gouda for richness and to double down on smoky flavor), and sweet red onion.

10. Roasted Red Pepper and Chickpea Salad

chickpea salad

This is quite possibly the best throw-together chickpea salad you’ll ever make. It’s loaded with roasted chickpeas, roasted red peppers, crisp cucumbers, pickled onions, lots of herbs (of course), and tossed in my homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

11. Vegetarian Black Bean Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

black bean stuffed sweet potato

Delicious, healthy, and filling black bean chili-stuffed sweet potatoes! This easy vegetarian lunch or dinner is protein-packed, with only 330 calories per serving.

12. BBQ Tofu

bbq tofu

This delicious bbq tofu will make you forget about ribs!

13. The Best Vegan Meatballs

vegan meatballs

You’ll love these vegan meatballs made with real food that are full of flavor, don’t fall apart, aren’t mushy, and are easy to make!

14. Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

cauliflower tacos

These roasted cauliflower tacos with tangy avocado cream makes for a perfect vegetarian dinner!

15. Ramen Stir Fry

ramen stir fry

This ramen stir fry doctors up packaged ramen noodles with a rainbow of fresh vegetables and an easy stir fry sauce made from pantry staples. This recipe is super adaptable to whatever veggies you have on hand and makes a great 20-minute weeknight dinner.

16. Vegan Burrito Bowls

vegan burrito bowls

Hearty and healthy vegan burrito bowls are loaded with veggies, and black beans with southwestern spices over a bed of brown rice topped with shredded lettuce, pico de Gallo, and a dollop of guacamole.

17. Teriyaki Mushroom Egg Fried Rice Bowls

teriyaki mushroom bowl

Simple homemade egg fried rice, topped with steamed pak choi and DELICIOUS teriyaki mushrooms. The sauce is sticky, sweet, and salty!

18. Carrot Hot Dogs

vegetarian hot dogs

Leave the unhealthy mock meats at the store and slide a carrot between those buns instead!

19. Vegan and Vegetarian Lentil Stew

lentil stew

This Lentil Stew Recipe is naturally vegan, gluten-free, and packed with 14 grams of protein per serving! It’s perfect for busy weeknights or when you want a cozy meal.

20. Thai Red Curry with Vegetables


This Thai red curry is warm, comforting, and perfect for cool days. It’s a little rich, too, but so full of vegetables that it doesn’t feel too indulgent.

21. Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

vegetarian stuffed peppers

Vegetarian stuffed peppers—baked until tender and brimming with a taco-seasoned, cheesy bean-and-rice filling—are an easy, healthy dinner to spice up your week.

22. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

sweet potato and black bean tacos

These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos maybe have the best blend of flavors and no one will even miss the meat. Easily one of the best vegetarian recipes!

23. Chickpea Curry

chickpea curry

Chickpea curry is perfect for meatless Mondays or any time you want a vegetarian meal. It’s tasty, flavorful, and so good served over rice or with naan bread for sopping up that delicious sauce.

24. Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes

baked sweet potato

Simple, 30-minute baked sweet potatoes topped with roasted chickpeas, a simple garlic-herb sauce, and a parsley-tomato salad. Delicious, fresh, healthy, naturally vegan, and gluten-free.

25. Broccoli Cheese Soup

broccoli cheese soup

This Broccoli Cheese Soup is easy, creamy, and a perfect cozy classic. A silky-smooth soup base, little bites of just-right broccoli and carrots, and some sharp creamy cheddar cheese to finish it off.

26. Spicy Kale and Coconut Fried Rice

coconut rice

A vegetarian weeknight fried rice with sautéed kale, coconut flakes, and rice. The dish is finished with Thai flavors like lime, cilantro, and sriracha.

27. Roasted Cauliflower Burrito Bowl

cauliflower burrito bowl

These roasted cauliflower burrito bowls are completely plant-based for a delicious meatless meal that’s perfect any night of the week.

28. Farfalle with Spinach, Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions

farfalle with spinach, mushrooms, carmelized onions

Creamy Farfalle Pasta with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Caramelized Onions.  This simple meatless Italian dinner is pure comfort food!  The bow-tie-shaped pasta is perfectly matched with rich and buttery Parmesan sauce!

29. Eggplant Lasagna

eggplant lasagna

A tasty, classic Eggplant Lasagna recipe made with roasted eggplant slices and without noodles. Comforting, cheesy, and low carb. You won’t miss the pasta!

30. Caprese Sandwich

caprese sandwich

This Balsamic Glazed Caprese Sandwich is packed with the flavor of fresh tomatoes, arugula, and fresh mozzarella. The best panini ever!!

31. Mushroom Bolognese Over Pappardelle Noodles (Vegan)

mushroom bolognese

Loaded with veggies, this healthy meal comes together with little effort and I promise that you won’t miss the meat! Skip the noodles and serve over cauliflower puree or polenta for a gluten-free dinner.

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