Trying to eat less meat as a family? Add just one night of a meatless recipe, call it Meatless Mondays, and watch how everyone will start to look forward to it!
However, sometimes you might have those few family members who just need meat in every meal, surprise them with something that looks just like meat, and have them try it to surprise themselves!
Some of these meatless recipes are so packed with flavor, you can’t even tell the difference!
Meatless Recipes Supplies to Have on Hand
- Beans (Black Beans, Pinto Beans, Garbanzo, and more)
- Chili Powder (and other seasonings of choice)
- Rice or Potatoes
- Rice Noodles
- Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, corn, etc)
Why should you have a meatless meal?
You may be wondering what the benefits of having just ONE single meatless meal a week can do for your family right? Well, it helps your food budget!
We all know meat can get expensive and just having one meal without meat will help your food costs tremendously!
Secondly, it’s also healthy for you!
When you take out the meat of a meal it focuses more on your proteins and vitamins you get from everything else!
There are plenty of non-meat products that offer tons of protein and other essential vitamins you need.
Vegetarian Quinoa Enchilada Bake – Add some superfood to your meatless recipes with quinoa! This recipe combines most things you’ll have around the house already and takes just 35 minutes to complete!
Spicy Cauliflower Tacos – Not only are these healthy they’re super colorful! Colorful meals mean the kids will even want to try them. Everyone loves taco nights, right?
Roasted Artichoke and Mozzarella Salad – Make a twist on the classic salad and add in some healthy roasted artichokes to your next family salad! You can season these any way you prefer which means each time you make it, it can come out differently. (This recipe does call for more ingredients than the other recipes but it’s so worth it!)
Black Bean “Meatloaf” – Black beans are an amazing meat substitute! They are a great frugal bean that you can get at your local store for under $0.50 a can! Be prepared that these don’t fluff and expand like hamburger does so your “meatloaf” will come out looking a little flat.
Vegan Lentil Meatballs – So the key to amazing vegan meatballs is lentils and spices! Lentils are another inexpensive bean you can use to help make your meatless meals and they are super healthy for you. (This recipe takes just 25 minutes to make and you can freeze them for meals later)
Slow Cooker Jackfruit Carnitas – Now you may be asking, what exactly is jackfruit, and you aren’t alone. All we know is it looks like meat once you shred it before putting it in the slow cooker for sure! Instead of your normal meat, you’ll be using the shredded jackfruit. (Plus you can learn how to make an awesome mango salsa too!)
Vegetarian Mexican Spaghetti – This recipe only calls for four ingredients (not including your spices and optional extra beans like chili beans). Make this complete dinner in 30 minutes or less!
Eggplant Parmesan – If you’ve never bought an eggplant before you learn how to pick the best one and prepare it for your meal with this recipe. This dinner makes 6 servings but does take almost 2 hours to complete from prep time to plate.
Sweet Potato Curry – Everyone loves an easy one pot recipe, plus it only takes 35 minutes to cook! Loving being able to see the nutritional facts about recipes too!
Instant Pot Refried Beans – While not a meal on its own, refried beans can be used in just about any meal including your meatless dinners! It takes just a few minutes to make your own refried beans in the Instant Pot.
Mushroom Masala – This is a twist on the traditional curry with the Indian mushroom style. Easy to follow step by step pictures and directions to complete this delicious meatless recipe!
Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice Noodles – Who says you need meat for a good stir fry recipe? Want a quick to make (just 20 minutes) veggie friendly meal? You can add your favorite veggies and leave out the ones that aren’t as loved.
Instant Pot White Bean Soup – Set it and forget it with this easy to make Instant Pot meal! This is a great low in fat but great in nutrients meatless meal that even if you don’t have an Instant Pot you can still make it.
Crustless Spinach Quiche – Have leftovers in your fridge that need to be used? Create a quiche! This specific recipe calls for spinach but has no crust (which makes it healthier!).
Mushroom Stew – Besides all the included veggies and healthy additions to this regular recipe you can serve it over mashed potatoes or rice to add to make for an even more filling meatless meal!
BBQ Lentil Power Bowls – Power bowls are on the top of the cooking popular list right now. They are packed with protein and perfect if you’re on the go on a regular basis.
Spicy Tofu – This tofu recipe promises spicy, sweet, and tangy all in one dish. The great thing about tofu is its full of protein on its own and you can add it to other meals or eat it by itself for a healthy meatless option.
Sweet and Spicy Noodles – Skip paying for take-out and make your own spicy noodles! In just 20 minutes you can create restaurant-style noodles to add with your favorite veggies.
Healthy Butternut Squash Casserole – Add a dash of sweet to your squash casserole, this recipe calls for dried fruit and sweet potatoes. You can complete this meal in under an hour!
Lentil Sloppy Joes – Don’t miss out on a family favorite, you can make meatless sloppy joes too! Create a meal you can make in bulk, freeze for later, and in less than 30 minutes!