Meatless Monday Recipes: Classics Made Meat-Free

Buffalo Cauliflower
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 miss the meat!

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.

Replace Pepperoni Pizza with ...

Original Pizza Margherita

Make pizza a little fresher (and vegetarian) by skipping the packaged pepperoni and canned tomato sauce. Instead, sprinkle your favorite pizza dough with garden-fresh grape tomatoes and basil, and top things off with melty mozzarella cheese.

Replace Beef and Chicken Tacos with...

Grilled Okra Tacos

Chili powder, cumin, and coriander give grilled okra all the flavors of your favorite taco recipes, minus the meat. Top with an easy berry salsa for a burst of fresh fruity flavor.

Replace Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with ...

Chickpea Alfredo with Spring Veggies

Make creamy Alfredo sauce with chickpea flour, cashews, and a few pinches of garlic. Almost indistinguishable from Alfredo sauce made with dairy, this chickpea Alfredo tastes great with fettuccine noodles, spinach, asparagus, and peas.

Replace Pulled Pork Sandwiches with ...

BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

With a similar texture and appearance to pulled pork, jackfruit makes a great sub (especially once it's slathered in barbecue sauce). Even the meat eaters at your table won't be able to tell the difference!

Replace Bottled Spaghetti Sauce with ...

Fresh Marinara Sauce

Skip the sodium and preservatives in bottled meat sauce, 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 shares tips for turning the base into a creamy, arrabbiata, or puttanesca sauce.

Replace Classic Chili with ...

Vegetarian Chili

This yummy vegetarian chili is chock-full of beans, veggies, and spices. Serve with toasted bread or a dinner roll, and this recipe makes a meal.

Replace Shrimp and Linguine With...

Garden Veggie Linguine

If you want to skip seafood, too, sub in this veggie linguine with cilantro pesto for your usual seafood pasta dish. As a bonus, stir in veggies from your garden, like extra zucchini and carrots.

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Portobello Fajitas

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

Replace Chicken Stir-Fry With...

Tofu Stir-Fry

Put down those takeout menus! Instead, make DIY stir-fry using tofu, red sweet peppers, spinach, and ginger. No wok? No worries. Use a large skillet.

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.

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 jalapeño, and lettuce come together for a healthy side dish packed with wow.

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 that this sandwich is supposed to be made with meat.

Replace Hamburgers with ...

Greek Spinach Veggie Burgers

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

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).

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.

Replace Packaged Ground Beef Skillet Dinners with ...

Good and Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

Healthy macaroni and cheese? You bet! Mix whole grain pasta 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.

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 alternativepacked 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.

Replace Chicken Enchiladas with ...

Black Bean-and-Root Vegetable Enchiladas

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

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.

Replace Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers with ...

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

If you want to pass on the meat filling but still crave stuffed peppers, try filling red sweet peppers with a blend of quinoa, mushrooms, barley, and spinach. A sprinkle of Monterey Jack on top makes them just as cheesy and delicious as their beefy counterparts.

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. 

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