25 Meatless Monday Recipes

Do you do Meatless Monday? Here are 25 Meatless Monday recipes that will inspire your kitchen, including both vegetarian dinners and vegan dishes!

Meatless Monday recipes! Korean ramen

Do you observe Meatless Monday? It’s a movement to once a week, eat all vegetarian and vegan recipes! In our own life, Alex and I take it a step further and do mostly meatless recipes during the week, and then splurge on the weekends. Though A Couple Cooks is a vegan and vegetarian food blog, it sometimes surprises people to know we’re not 100% vegetarian! (We call it flexitarian.) Whatever the case, Alex and I started eating more vegetables for two reasons: it’s improves our physical health, and the health of the planet. Keep reading for our favorite Meatless Monday recipes, a bit more about Meatless Monday, and a podcast episode that explains how eating less meat helps the planet.

What is Meatless Monday?

First of all, what’s Meatless Monday? Meatless Monday is a global movement with a simple message: one day a week, cut the meat. It was launched in 2003 as a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, working with the Center for a Livable Future (CLF) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The goal is to reduce meat consumption by 15% for our personal health and the health of the planet. Now entering its second decade, Meatless Monday is embraced in over 40 countries and in over 20 languages! How cool is that?

Why eat less meat?

There are lots of reasons to eat less meat. The two most important for us: eating lots of vegetables is good for our health. And it’s also good for the health of the planet. Why is it better for the Earth to eat less meat? In short: eating meat takes up a lot of resources. And growing plants uses less resources than growing meat. It’s a complicated topic, so we brought in an expert to help!

In our Small Bites podcast episode called Eating to Save the World, Eliza Barclay, Science and Health Editor at Vox.com, to breaks it down for us! She shared how what we eat affects the planet. We also talked about practical takeaways to help our world by eating more plant based meals: like all these Meatless Monday recipes! Listen below.

And now…our top 25 Meatless Monday recipes!

Loaded Quinoa Tacos

Meatless Monday recipes! Quinoa tacos

These loaded quinoa tacos are a delicious vegetarian taco recipe, featuring a taco spiced quinoa taco filling, bell pepper slaw, spicy sour cream, and feta cheese! And they take only 30 minutes to make, putting them at the top of our list of Meatless Monday recipes.

Best Teriyaki Vegetable Stir Fry

Meatless Monday recipes! | Teriyaki stir fry vegetables

This one’s the best veggie stir fry out there! This teriyaki vegetable stir fry is a favorite tasty and easy vegetarian recipe. The homemade teriyaki sauce is so easy to make: it takes just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes. The teriyaki also has no refined sugar, instead relying on maple syrup! This Meatless Monday recipe is so delicious, it’s become a serious go to in our house.

White Bean Shakshuka with Feta

Meatless Monday recipes! White bean shakshuka

This white bean shakshuka recipe is a delicious vegetarian brunch or dinner recipe! The eggs are cooked in a savory tomato sauce, along with peppers, onions and white beans. Shakshuka recipes are having their moment, and this one’s one of the best.

Veggie Burrito Bowls

Meatless Monday recipes! Veggie burrito bowls

This low carb burrito bowl with cauliflower rice is a delicious way to eat more vegetables! It’s Whole 30 vegetarian and customizable for all diets. And can we say chorizo eggs? The way we’ve cooked the eggs here has gotten rave reviews from readers. One reader even made the chorizo eggs to go on a breakfast sandwich too: this genius move makes for two Meatless Monday recipes in one!

All Star Sweet Potato Chili

Meatless Monday recipes! Sweet potato chili

This vegetarian sweet potato chili recipe is all star and a family favorite! It’s a delicious healthy dinner recipe where you won’t miss the meat.

Mexican Pizza

Meatless Monday recipes! Mexican pizza

Can’t decide between Italian and Mexican food? Have we got the perfect Meatless Monday recipe for you! This delicious Mexican pizza recipe features creamy refried beans, spicy jalapeño, and sweet corn. Make the dough in advance or use storebought dough for weeknight ease.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas

Meatless Monday recipes! Sweet potato black bean enchiladas

These sweet potato black bean enchiladas are delicious, crowd pleasing and one of our fan favorite best vegetarian dinner recipes! They feature tomatillo salsa verde that makes them “green” enchiladas, and they’re filled with sweet potato, black beans, and Colby Jack cheese.

Easy Calzone Recipe

Meatless Monday recipes! Easy calzones

This simple calzone recipe features a homemade pizza dough and a spinach, mushroom, and two-cheese filling. Make the dough in advance or use storebought pizza dough to make this easier for a weeknight in your Meatless Monday recipes repertoire!

Mexican Lasagna

Meatless Monday recipes! Mexican lasagna

Remember that Mexican pizza? This vegetarian Mexican lasagna uses the same Mexican and Italian fusion, and is the ultimate healthy dinner recipe! Layered with lasagna noodles, corn, and black beans, it’s full of zesty flavor.

Hearty Sweet Potato and Kale Soup

Meatless Monday recipes! Hearty sweet potato kale soup

Looking for a hearty meal? This sweet potato and kale soup features black beans and is flavored with cumin and lime; it’s vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.

Vegetarian Gumbo

Meatless Monday recipes! Vegetarian gumbo

Packed with red beans and okra, this easy vegetarian gumbo recipe brings New Orleans to your kitchen. With a few swaps, this recipe can be made vegan too.

Margherita Pizza Recipe

Margherita pizza | Meatless Monday recipes

What’s more classic than a margherita pizza in your Meatless Monday recipes? This homemade margherita pizza recipe features a time saving no-cook sauce. Although this pizza uses few ingredients, it packs in big flavor. Make the pizza dough in advance or use storebought to make it a weeknight meal.

Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Meatless Monday recipes! Quinoa burgers

These flavorful quinoa burgers are easy to make and keep well in the fridge for several days. Top with hummus and avocado and dig in!

Creamy Coconut Curry Soup

Meatless Monday recipes! Coconut curry pantry soup

This creamy coconut curry soup is a “pantry soup” made of only pantry ingredients you might have on hand. It comes together in under 30 minutes and is a simple plant based meal.

Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich

Meatless Monday recipes! Mediterranean veggie sandwich

Looking for a quick sandwich recipe that will knock your socks off? This Mediterranean veggie sandwich is fast to make and loaded with deliciousness.

Creamy Pasta Marinara

Meatless Monday recipes! Creamy pasta marinara

This creamy spaghetti pasta marinara recipe uses whole milk Greek yogurt to make it extra rich and flavorful. Serve this sauce immediately or freeze for later! If you eat vegan, here’s our Vegan Pasta Marinara instead!

Quick Coconut Lentil Curry

Meatless Monday recipes! Quick coconut lentil curry

This coconut lentil curry has it all: it’s a fast and easy dinner idea that’s healthy and full of flavor. Perfect for weeknights and your arsenal of Meatless Monday recipes.

Loaded Veggie Quesadilla Recipe

Meatless Monday recipes! Veggie quesadilla recipe

This loaded veggie quesadilla recipe is one the tastiest around—and it’s packed with veggies! It’s perfect for healthy dinner ideas for kids, and adults too.

Vegan Italian Pasta Salad

Meatless Monday recipes! Vegan Italian pasta salad | pasta with Kalamata olives and capers

This Italian pasta salad is full of zesty flavor, featuring kalamata olives, capers, and crisp romaine. It takes under 30 minutes to make, which is perfect as a healthy weeknight meal. It’s also great for lunches!

Chickpea Couscous Bowls with Tahini Sauce

Meatless Monday recipes! Chickpea Couscous Bowls with Tahini Sauce

These chickpea couscous bowls are a super quick dinner recipe: in just 25 minutes you have a fresh, vegan Mediterranean bowl covered in tangy tahini sauce.

Sweet Potatoes with Thai Peanut Butter Sauce

Meatless Monday recipes! Thai sweet potatoes with peanut butter sauce

These sweet potatoes topped with a zesty slaw and creamy Thai peanut butter sauce are an irresistible plant based dinner recipe! They’ve become one of our favorite go to’s for Meatless Monday recipes, and are a hit with our readers over on Instagram.

Italian Vegetable Gnocchi Soup

Meatless Monday recipes! Italian vegetable gnocchi soup

This vegetarian and vegan Italian vegetable gnocchi soup is bursting with flavor and can be made in around 30 minutes, making it an easy weeknight meal. If you eat dairy, top with Parmesan shavings as a garnish.

BBQ Bean Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Meatless Monday recipes! BBQ Bean Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

These plant-based BBQ bean tacos with tangy pineapple salsa are a delicious fast and easy dinner recipe! They’re on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Everything Bagel Pasta

Meatless Monday recipes! Everything Bagel Pasta

This Everything Bagel pasta takes the magic of an everything bagel and makes it into a delicious vegetarian dinner. And it takes only 15 minutes to make!

Easy Vegan Korean Ramen

Meatless Monday recipes! Korean ramen

And finally, to round out our Meatless Monday recipes: Korean ramen! This easy Korean ramen recipe is vegan and full of flavor, topped with quick pickled cucumbers.

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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