Meatless Monday Recipes: Classics Made Meat-Free

Don't let the idea of going veggie scare you. Ease into meatless eating with classic recipes you already know and love -- we help with suggestions to transform typically meaty recipes into delicious vegetarian options. No matter what you're craving, with vegetarian sloppy Joes, sliders, fajitas, and much more to choose from, we promise you won't even miss the meat!

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  • 1 of 17

    Replace Sloppy Joes With...

    BBQ Veggie Joes

    If you think the king of meat sandwiches can't be turned into a veggie-lovers dream, think again. Good-for-you lentils, veggies, and mushrooms slow-simmer in a homemade BBQ sauce to turn this meaty classic into a vegetarian favorite.

  • 2 of 17

    Replace Bottled Spaghetti Sauce With...

    Fresh Marinara Sauce

    Skip the sodium and preservatives that come with bottled meat sauce at the store, and take a stab at making your own meat-free version -- we promise it's worth it. Most of the ingredients are already in your pantry, and our Test Kitchen gives you tips for turning the base into a creamy, arrabbiata, or puttanesca sauce.

  • 3 of 17

    Replace Classic Chili With...

    Vegetarian Chili

    This hearty vegetarian chili is chock-full of beans, veggies, and spices. Learn the secret to getting the best vegetarian chili every time with our video from Cook's Secrets.

  • 4 of 17

    Replace Chicken Fajitas With...

    Portobello Fajitas

    Portobello mushrooms are often considered the gateway vegetarian food for meat-lovers because of their meaty texture. Brushed with a simple olive oil mixture and grilled to perfection, portobello mushrooms star in our 20-minute fajitas.

  • 5 of 17

    Replace Pulled Pork Sliders With...

    Southern-Style Veggie Sliders

    Sliders aren't just for meat-eaters anymore. Whip up a black-eyed pea and veggie mixture for the patties, and flavor the buns with Cajun mayo for an instant dinner favorite.

  • 6 of 17

    Replace Taco Salad With...

    Fresh Taco Salad

    You won't miss the ground beef in our fresh-from-the-farm taco salad recipe. And oh man, is this recipe fresh. Corn straight off the cob, chopped tomato, sliced jalapeno, and lettuce greens come together for a healthy side dish packed with wow.

  • 7 of 17

    Replace Po'boy Sandwiches With...

    Smoked Tomato Po'boy Sandwiches

    Reimagine this traditional seafood sandwich with smoked tomatoes. Why? Because smoked tomatoes are amazing. Add some fresh-off-the-grill sliced onion, arugula, radishes, and a Southern-style remoulade, and you'll forget entirely that this sandwich is supposed to be made with meat.

  • 8 of 17

    Replace Hamburgers With...

    Greek Spinach Veggie Burgers

    Skip the fast-food hamburger and make your own meatless patty in 30 minutes instead. Herb stuffing mix, spinach, and feta cheese make a healthy hamburger alternative, even when loaded up with your favorite toppings.

  • 9 of 17

    Replace Traditional Lasagna With...

    Mile-High Meatless Lasagna Pie

    Part lasagna, part deep-dish pizza; this hearty springform supper packs 26 grams of protein from a variety of cheeses (ricotta is a strong source).

  • 10 of 17

    Replace Beef Burritos With...

    Crispy Chipotle Bean Burritos

    Satisfy tonight's craving for burritos with our veggie-friendly blend of pinto beans, corn, tomatoes, and rice. The best part about these homemade burritos is that they're baked in phyllo dough until they're deliciously crispy, giving them an irresistible crunch.

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    Replace Packaged Ground Beef Skillet Dinners With...

    Good and Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

    Healthy macaroni and cheese? You bet! Take whole grain pasta and mix it with whatever veggies you want (we recommend broccoli, carrots, or green beans), then toss it with melted reduced-fat cheese for a healthy, meatless take on a comfort-food favorite.

  • 12 of 17

    Replace Meat Loaf With...

    Nutty Meatless Loaf

    Meatless meat loaf? Oh yeah, we just went there. We've transformed the meaty weeknight favorite into a meatless alternative that's packed with fiber and protein. Lentils, toasted pecans, and a carrot-apricot mixture flavored with garam masala form the base of the dish. Top it with mango-pepper chutney for a standout vegetarian main dish.

  • 13 of 17

    Replace Chicken Enchiladas With...

    Black Bean-and-Root Vegetable Enchiladas

    This vegetarian main is packed with protein and vitamin A to give you a satisfying meal. Root veggies are cooked in cumin until they're crisp-tender for the filling. Add black beans and a spicy tomato filling for a boost of flavor.

  • 14 of 17

    Replace Seafood Gumbo With...

    Cajun-Seasoned Vegetarian Gumbo

    This vegetarian-friendly Southern favorite needs just seven ingredients, including beans, tomatoes, okra, and frozen stir-fry veggies for a slow cooker main dish that takes just 10 minutes to prep. Don't mind us for helping ourselves to a second bowl.

  • 15 of 17

    Replace Stuffed Peppers With...

    Stuffed Poblano Peppers

    Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod gave classic stuffed peppers a flavorful veggie-loaded makeover. Her spicy version goes south-of-the-border thanks to chipotle chiles, kidney beans, sweet corn, and chili poweder.

  • 16 of 17

    Replace Buffalo Wings With...

    Buffalo Cauliflower

    Cauliflower is having a comeback. Mix florets of the versatile vegetable with cayenne pepper sauce, paprika, cumin, and other powerful flavors for a meat-free take on buffalo wings. 

  • Next Slideshow High-Protein Vegetarian Recipes

    High-Protein Vegetarian Recipes

    These power-packed vegetarian recipes (each with 15 or more grams of protein) are here to show you that meatless eating doesn't mean sacrificing essential nutrients.
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