46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (2024)

    Just because it's meatless doesn't mean it's not yummy.馃構

    by Hannah LoewentheilBuzzFeed Staff

    Whether you live in a vegetarian or vegan household, or you just want to cut back on your meat intake (maybe you're incorporating Meatless Monday into your routine!), these meatless recipes will be perfect for you to whip up a quick and delicious meal for the whole family.

    From veggie bibimbap to mushroom tacos tomeatless pasta recipes, we have a boatload of meal ideas for you. Let's get cooking!

    1. Vegan Pulled Pork Sliders

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (2)

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    You can buy canned jackfruit at most markets, even at your local Trader Joe's. Simmered in spices, liquid smoke, and barbecue sauce, it takes on the taste and texture of pulled pork. These are perfect for BBQs, sports games, and small parties. These sliders are packed full of flavor and a healthy option to pork.

    Recipe:Vegan Pulled Pork Sliders

    2. Smoky Chipotle Mushroom Tacos

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (3)

    The Last Food Blog / Via thelastfoodblog.com

    Thanks to a smoky marinade made with chipotle paste, dried oregano, ground cumin, ground coriander, and smoked paprika, these mushrooms are bursting with flavor. Serve them in tacos with your favorite toppings. You can even set up a taco bar! Keep your toppings in separate containers and let your family or guests build their own yummy meat-free tacos.

    Recipe: Smoky Chipotle Mushroom Tacos

    3. Mushroom Stroganoff

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (4)

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    Just in time for fall, this creamy vegetarian stroganoff is made with cremini mushrooms and almond milk. Perfect for a cozy night in, the dish is sure to warm you up in the upcoming cold weather

    Recipe:Mushroom Stroganoff

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    This peanut noodle pasta salad is the perfect pasta dish to serve at any summer barbecue you plan on throwing this warm season with your family. Jam-packed full of micronutrients, this side dish is sure to fill you up on its on or a great addition to a salad.

    Recipe: Peanut Noodle Pasta Salad

    Jessica In The Kitchen / Via jessicainthekitchen.com

    A riff on the Chinese takeout classic, this saucy orange tofu is actually deceptively easy to make. Thanks to your handy air fryer, it gets crunchy on the outside while remaining chewy on the inside. Add this as a protein to a noodle or salad dish, or enjoy on its own.

    Recipe: Crispy Orange Air Fryer Tofu

    Recipe Tin Eats / Via recipetineats.com

    You could always bake these homemade falafel in the oven, but for the ultimate crispy exterior, frying them in oil is the way to go. Add these to a garlic pita and enjoy with tzatziki sauce for a yummy Mediterranean meal.

    Recipe: Crispy Falafel

    7. Meatless Sloppy Joes

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (5)

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    Meatless recipes that traditionally call for meat can be tricky, but these vegetarian sloppy joes are packed with flavor and nutrition. Made with tofu and mixed veggies, the mix is yummy and full of fiber.

    Recipe:Meatless Sloppy Joes

    8. Easy Chickpea Curry (Channa Masala)

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (6)

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    This delicious chickpea curry is a classic Indian dish that's both simple to make and packed with flavor. It's made with soft and tender chickpeas, lots of spices, and a yummy tomato sauce. We recommend serving over rice!

    Recipe:Easy Chickpea Curry (Channa Masala)

    9. Sofritas Burrito Bowl

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (7)

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    Craving Chipotle for dinner but don't want to leave the house? Then we've got the copycat recipe for you 鈥 our version of sofritas comes together with a medley of spices and soy sauce. All you have to do is break apart extra firm tofu, mix in soy sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, and cayenne, and cook until browned. You can serve it in a bowl with rice or lettuce, or even use it as a taco filling.

    Recipe:Sofritas Burrito Bowl

    10. Baked Quesadillas

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (8)

    A Couple Cooks / Via acouplecooks.com

    This recipe is so filling yet so delicious, that you'll be grabbing seconds or thirds even when you're beyond full. This dish is totally vegetarian 鈥 and you can add vegan taco meat if you're looking for a direct meat substitute. It's jam-packed with cheese, black beans, green onion, and pico de gallo, so you probably won't even miss it.

    Recipe:Baked Quesadillas

    11. Mushroom Pasta with Parmesan

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (9)

    A Couple Cooks / Via acouplecooks.com

    This dish will give you something to *cheese* about. On top of the heaps of parmesan, the recipe calls for short noodles, and we totally agree. Ifcasarecce (the twisty noodles) aren't your thing, then penne is always a great alternative. Similarly, you can also change up the recipe to incorporate your favorite type of mushroom 鈥 or do a mix of a few!

    Recipe:Mushroom Pasta with Parmesan

    12. Pesto Potato and Burrata Pizza

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (10)

    Half Baked Harvest / Via halfbakedharvest.com

    This recipe is so simple yet so delicious. Has burrata ever been bad on anything? Combine burrata with sliced potatoes, basil, lemon zest 鈥 and of course pizza dough 鈥 and it'll quickly become your favorite pizza.

    Recipe:Pesto Potato and Burrata Pizza

    13. Vegan Eggplant Bolognese

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (11)

    The Kitchn / Via thekitchn.com

    Pasta is always a safe choice when you're trying to go meatless. This dish is packed with vegetables, mainly the star of the show, eggplant (the recipe calls for a whole pound!). Use penne or rigatoni for best results.

    Recipe:Vegan Eggplant Bolognese

    How To Feed A Loon / Via howtofeedaloon.com, How To Feed a Loon / Via howtofeedaloon.com

    In under two hours, this soup could be yours. Most of the time is dedicated to roasting the tomatoes, but if you can also roast them 24 hours in advance if you just want tot come home to a warm bowl of tomato soup. Pair with grilled cheese for the ultimate comfort food meal.

    Recipe: Roasted Tomato Soup

    15. Instant Pot Mushroom and Spinach Risotto

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (12)

    Courtney/ Love and Good Stuff / Via loveandgoodstuff.com

    Forget about all the stove-top stirring and let your Instant Pot turn arborio rice into creamy, indulgent risotto, loaded with savory spinach and mushrooms and topped with Parmesan cheese.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Mushroom and Spinach Risotto

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    Even in the summer, there's nothing better than a hearty bowl of curry noodle soup to keep your family pleasantly delighted with this meatless dinner.

    Recipe: Curry Noodle Soup

    17. Cacio e Pepe

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (13)

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    You can't go wrong with a delicious pasta with cheese and pepper! This is a classic meatless pasta鈥攕o no substitutions, just pure deliciousness! Plus, this recipe cranks out four servings, so you can either make it a dinner party or make leftovers.

    Recipe: Cacio e Pepe

    The Twin Cooking Project / Via thetwincookingproject.net

    This 10-minute peanut sauce made with creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, and garlic is pretty much life changing. Don't have rice noodles on hand? Use spaghetti, udon, or even instant ramen noodles.

    Recipe: 10-Minute Peanut Sauce Rice Noodles

    19. Spicy Vegetable Ramen Bowls

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (14)

    Peas and Crayons / Via peasandcrayons.com

    The base of this spicy, creamy ramen soup starts with sesame oil, dried mushrooms, garlic, vegetable broth, tomato pasta, Sriracha, and soy sauce. Just add ramen noodles and garnish with any of your favorite toppings from jammy eggs to wilted bok choy.

    Recipe: Spicy Vegetable Ramen Bowls

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    Looking for a dinner that's super satisfying and works perfectly as leftovers? This one's for you. Orzo is simmered in vegetable broth, shallots, garlic, and sage to create the delicious flavor your family will love.

    Recipe: Whole Braised Cauliflower with Salsa Verde Orzo

    21. Pad Thai Spaghetti Squash

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (15)

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    Spaghetti squash is low-key magical鈥攜ou can get noodles from a vegetable! If you're not the biggest fan of squash, this recipe is guaranteed to change your mind instantly. Add some tofu or egg for some meatless protein.

    Recipe: Pad Thai Spaghetti Squash

    22. Vegetable Bibimbap

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (16)

    Love and Lemons / Via loveandlemons.com

    This Korean rice dish is made with a handful of fresh and pickled vegetables and a runny fried egg. Get creative and use whatever is in your kitchen.

    Recipe: Vegetable Bibimbap

    A Saucy Kitchen / Via asaucykitchen.com

    You won't miss the ground beef when it comes to this savory lentil-packed tomato sauce. It comes together in one pan in about 20 minutes. Just toss it with your favorite cooked pasta and enjoy.

    Recipe: 20-Minute Lentil Bolognese

    Cafe Delites / Via cafedelites.com

    When it's cold outside, nothing hits the spot like tortellini soup. And best of all, this recipe comes together entirely in the slow cooker, so you can set it, forget it, and wait for dinner time.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Tortellini Minestrone Soup

    25. One-Pot Vegan Swedish "Meatball" Pasta

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (17)

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    Who says you need pork, beef, or turkey to enjoy a good meatball? These vegan Swedish "meatballs" will have you questioning if you would ever want to eat meatballs that aren't vegan ever again.

    Recipe:One-Pot Vegan Swedish "Meatball" Pasta

    Our Happy Mess / Via ourhappymess.com

    Stuff these bell peppers with your favorite grain (quinoa, rice, or even couscous), saut茅ed onions, lots of spices, diced tomatoes, and a healthy serving of shredded cheese.

    Recipe: Vegetarian Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    This hearty summer vegetable minestrone soup is filled to the brim with plenty of filling vegetables that even the kids in your family will love because they're just too tasty.

    Recipe: Summer Vegetable Minestrone Soup

    The Wanderlust Kitchen / Via thewanderlustkitchen.com

    This one-skillet recipe comes together with pantry ingredients you might already have on hand. Grab some canned white beans, canned fire-roasted tomatoes, and marinated artichoke hearts, and you're halfway to dinner.

    Recipe: 30-Minute Tuscan White Bean Skillet

    29. Caprese Spaghetti Squash

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (18)

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    A meatless Mediterranean meal! Stuffed with garlic, onion, cherry tomato, and mozzarella then topped with fresh basil, this pasta substitute may be low carb, but it's still totally satisfying. Even better, you can make it in under an hour.

    Recipe: Caprese Spaghetti Squash

    30. Slow Cooker Coconut Curry

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (19)

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    A true dump meal, just toss some veggies, coconut milk, quinoa, tomatoes, and spices into the slow cooker. When dinner time comes around, it's ready to eat.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Coconut Curry

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    This BBQ jackfruit pizza is the perfect BBQ chicken alternative that'll satisfy every hungry mouth in your household.

    Recipe: Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Pizza

    Tastes Better From Scratch / Via tastesbetterfromscratch.com

    You won't even miss the meat when you cut into these rich and creamy tortillas, which are filled with a spiced mixture of rice, sweet potatoes, and black beans 鈥 then topped with red enchilada sauce.

    Recipe: Veggie Enchiladas

    Eating Bird Food / Via eatingbirdfood.com

    Who needs chicken parm when you could have eggplant parm? Seriously, thiis dish is so delicious you'l be wondering why you haven't been making it this whole time. Plus, you'll be shocked that this crispy eggplant 鈥 breaded, then baked from start to finish 鈥 isn't fried in oil.

    Recipe: Baked Eggplant Parmesan

    Half Baked Harvest / Via halfbakedharvest.com, Half Baked Harvest / Via halfbakedharvest

    Cauliflower is my all-time favorite substitute for recipes that are traditionally made with chicken. This Chinese-inspired dish is no exception. Cauliflower gets roasted in the oven until crispy, then tossed in a thick and spicy sauce on the stove top.

    Recipe: Kung Pao Cauliflower

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    Lasagna is one of the ultimate comfort foods, and this recipe is guaranteed to bring even the biggest carnivores comfort. These little lasagna roll-ups are not only pretty cute, but also satisfying, decked in layers of cheese. In under an hour, they could be yours!

    Recipe: Spinach-Artichoke Lasagna Roll-ups

    Half Baked Harvest / Via halfbakedharvest.com

    If you've never made pot stickers from scratch, it's actually quite easy and a fun family dinner or date night idea. Start with store-bought dumpling wrappers and fill them with a mixture of veggies, ginger, chives, soy sauce, and sesame oil.

    Recipe: Homemade Vegetable Pot Stickers

    Pinch of Yum / Via pinchofyum.com

    Curry is one of my go-to vegetarian meals. It's good for you and filling, and you can customize it with any of your favorite vegetables.

    Recipe: Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry

    Pinch of Yum / Via pinchofyum.com

    Add some tofu for extra protein if you're feeling hungry, but this sweet-meets-savory Thai noodle dish is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

    Recipe: Veggie Pad Thai with Peanuts and Basil

    39. Vegetarian Mapo Tofu

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (20)

    Healthy Nibbles and Bits / Via healthynibblesandbits.com

    Mapo tofu is often made with ground pork, but this version is totally vegetarian. Thanks to chili bean sauce, Sichuan peppercorns, and Korean red chili, it's super spicy and will warm you right up on chilly fall nights.

    Recipe: Vegetarian Mapo Tofu

    Full of Plants / Via fullofplants.com, Full Of Plants / Via fullofplants.com

    If you don't follow a vegan diet, you can make this vegetable-based tikka masala with half-and-half or full-fat yogurt for extra creaminess.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Cauliflower Tikka Masala

    41. Lentil Shepherd's Pie

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (21)

    Spend With Pennies / Via spendwithpennies.com

    You can shave lots of time off this recipe by using canned lentils and your favorite canned tomato sauce. You can even skip boiling and mashing the potatoes if you use the frozen kind.

    Recipe: Lentil Shepherd's Pie

    42. Parmesan Polenta with Roasted Vegetables

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (22)

    Family Style Food / Via familystylefood.com

    Whatever veggies you have on hand, toss them into the oven and roast them until just charred and tender. Serve on top of polenta for a satisfying fall meal.

    Recipe: Parmesan Polenta With Roasted Vegetables

    The Recipe Critic / Via therecipecritic.com

    Dredged in milk, panko, garlic powder, paprika, and onion powder, these cauliflower florets boast a crunchy exterior and a nice kick. Just don't forget the blue cheese dressing for dipping.

    Recipe: Baked Buffalo Cauliflower

    Diethood / Via diethood.com

    These plant-based meatballs are light and fluffy on the inside with a crunchy outside. Serve them on top of your favorite pasta tossed with your go-to sauce.

    Recipe: Ricotta Zucchini "Meatballs"

    Vanilla and Bean / Via vanillaandbean.com

    A combination of sweet potatoes, quinoa, and red lentils makes these meatless patties taste and feel similar to classic hamburgers. Serve them on buns with your favorite toppings.

    Recipe: Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

    46. Crispy and Crunchy Tofu Nuggets

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (23)

    Jessica In The Kitchen / Via jessicainthekitchen.com

    Battered in milk (or nut milk), flour, bread crumbs, and lots of spices, then baked in the oven for about 25 minutes, these vegetarian nuggets might permanently change your opinion about tofu.

    Recipe: Crispy and Crunchy Tofu Nuggets

    Butter Your Biscuit / Via butteryourbiscuit.com

    Turn your average weeknight into a pizza party. Instead of pizza dough, I love using store-bought naan and adding toppings for a quick and easy family-friendly meal.

    Recipe: Garlic Roasted Tomato and Spinach Flatbread

    Family Style Food / Via familystylefood.com

    This veggie-packed lasagna takes advantage of fall's best produce, like mushrooms, leeks, kale, and squash. It's easy enough to make on a weeknight but special enough to save for date night or your next dinner party.

    Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

    Rainbow Plant Life / Via rainbowplantlife.com

    "Gremolata" is basically a fancy word for a simple mix of garlic, lemon, and fresh herbs. Sprinkled on top of this white bean soup with a drizzle of good olive oil, it takes your meal to the next level.

    Recipe: Creamy White Bean Soup with Kale and Gremolata

    50. Easy Chickpea Curry (Channa Masala)

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (24)

    Tasty / Via tasty.co

    This savory and indulgent chickpea curry is the perfect recipe to satisfy anyone's tastebuds!

    Recipe:Easy Chickpea Curry (Channa Masala)

    51. Spicy Mango Tempeh

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (25)

    Yup It's Vegan / Via yupitsvegan.com

    This spicy mango tempeh is sweet, tangy, and easy to make!

    Recipe:Spicy Mango Tempeh

    52. Porcini + Portobello Mushroom Bourguignon over Smashed Potatoes

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (26)

    The Chubby Vegetarian / Via thechubbyvegetarian.com

    This meatless version of a French classic 鈥 beouf bourguignon 鈥 is the perfect dish to make for the entire family.

    Recipe:Porcini + Portobello Mushroom Bourguignon over Smashed Potatoes

    What are some of your favorite meatless recipes? Feel free to leave them in the comments below.

    This article contains content previously curated by Hannah Loewentheil. It was compiled by Salimah McCullough.

    46 Meatless Monday Recipes That Are Delicious, Filling, And Perfect For Family Dinner (2024)
    Top Articles
    Latest Posts
    Article information

    Author: Merrill Bechtelar CPA

    Last Updated:

    Views: 5558

    Rating: 5 / 5 (70 voted)

    Reviews: 93% of readers found this page helpful

    Author information

    Name: Merrill Bechtelar CPA

    Birthday: 1996-05-19

    Address: Apt. 114 873 White Lodge, Libbyfurt, CA 93006

    Phone: +5983010455207

    Job: Legacy Representative

    Hobby: Blacksmithing, Urban exploration, Sudoku, Slacklining, Creative writing, Community, Letterboxing

    Introduction: My name is Merrill Bechtelar CPA, I am a clean, agreeable, glorious, magnificent, witty, enchanting, comfortable person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.