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Meatless Meals Your Family Will Love

Updated: Jan 7, 2019

By Britney Menter

Are you craving some new flavors in your weekly dinner routine? Getting stuck in a food rut happens to everyone and shaking it up can seem intimidating, but introducing new types of meals to your family can have several benefits.

Vegan and vegetarian diets are growing in popularity and even if you haven't fully jumped on the bandwagon, there are little things you can do to get some of the benefits of meatless meals. Cutting out meat just one day a week can reduce your rate of heart disease and stroke, as well as lower your cancer risk and diabetes. Seem like a stretch? The average American eats roughly 193 pounds of beef, pork or chicken a year, which adds up to nearly 3.7 pounds per week. Compound that by a family of four and you're up to 12 pounds of meat a week going through your house.

While your health is an important factor, you may be even more motivated by the reduction in your grocery bill. Cutting out meat just once a week could save you between 10 and 40 dollars depending on the type and quality of the meat you eat.

So are you ready to give it a try? We've put together a list of 10 meals to try for Meatless Monday that won't have you missing the meat!

photo by The Chunky Chef

20 Minute Spicy Thai Noodles

Recipe by The Chunky Chef

Try these spicy, flavorful noodles for dinner tonight and have leftovers for the next few days at lunch. An added bonus is that you have a complete, bold meal ready for the table in under a half hour!

Photo by Budget Bytes

Spinach White Bean Enchiladas

Recipe by Budget Bytes

These creamy, cheesy enchiladas will really impress your family or your guests. They feel incredibly indulgent while also being a healthier option! Load it with spinach and even add mushrooms for an added kick!

Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos with Avocado Crema

Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos

Recipe by A Pinch of Yum

You won't even notice that there isn't chicken in these tacos. The combination of the buffalo sauce and the avocado crema will knock your socks off. Bonus: you can easily make this recipe gluten free by using gluten free flour and corn tortillas.

Roasted Chickpea Gyros

Roasted Chickpea Gyros

Recipe by Live Eat Learn

Mix some Mediterranean flavors into your week with these delicious gyros. These are perfect for warm summer nights and a quick easy meal. Bonus: Make extra tzatziki and use it as a dip for pita chips or veggies throughout the week.

Photo by Peas and Crayons

Lentil Tortilla Soup

Recipe by Peas and Crayons

This crazy, flavorful soup will have you wondering what else you can mix lentils into. Serve this as a main dish with tortilla chips or pair it with tacos and save any extras for lunch! This dish is packed with protein that will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

Photo by Damn Delicious

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Recipe by Damn Delicious

Quinoa is an underrated source of protein and if you've never cooked with it, this is a perfect time to give it a try! These Mexican inspired stuffed peppers are delicious and any left over filling is perfect for loading into a tortilla the next day for lunch!

Mushroom Stroganoff

Mushroom Stroganoff

Recipe by Rachel Gaewski for Tasty

This classic recipe with a twist is sure to impress, and the perfect weeknight dish. Serve it with some warm bread for a real comfort meal and don't stress the cleanup because it's only one pot!

Photo by Shutterbean

Spinach Artichoke Calzones

Recipe by Shutterbean

Who needs a pizza place! With just a few ingredients you can have the indulgent meal you've been craving. Make these small for little ones or a party or bigger for a main meal for the adults in the house. Add a quick side of marinara and a side salad and you have the perfect weeknight treat.

Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad

Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad

Recipe by Creme de la Crumb

Throw together this yummy, crowd friendly dish for an easy dinner or lunch anytime in the week. The tortellini is filling and the dressing is good enough to make you want to put it on everything. Serve this as a main or along side sandwiches or wraps. Bonus: Take the family on a surprise weeknight picnic! This dish travels well.

Spring Vegetable Pot Stickers

Recipe by The First Mess

Don't be intimidated by the looks of these tasty dumplings. You'll get the hang of putting them together in no time! Serve these as a main dish or along side another favorite asian inspired meal! Bonus: The recipe calls for specific ingredients but these are also a great way to clean out your fridge! Throw in any leftover veggies like shredded brussels, carrots or even chopped broccoli.

We hope you try some of these great options and start including a meatless day in your weekly meal planning! Do you have any favorites that we didn't include? Share with us in the comments below or in the forum!