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50 Easy & Tasty Recipes For Meatless Monday 2024

Are you trying to cook vegetarian recipes once a week? I commend you! But it can be hard to know where to start, so I’ve gathered together some of the best recipes for Meatless Monday, to inspire you!

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Meatless Monday recipes are all about showing you how easy and delicious vegetarian meals can be (but if you need more convincing then you should also check out these vegetarian recipes for beginners!).

The whole concept of meatless Monday is to try eating less meat by only eating meatless recipes once a week.

It can be a gateway to a vegetarian diet, or just a way to reduce your meat consumption and therefore your carbon footprint without committing to full blown vegetarianism.

Or you might just want to do as an excuse to try out some new delicious recipes using ingredients you wouldn’t turn to normally.

Why try recipes for meatless Monday?

Naturally I am a bit biased. This is a vegetarian food blog after all and I fully back vegetarianism for ethical and health related reasons. This is where I do my spiel about the benefits of vegetarianism!

One of the primary factors behind the growing global movement of vegetarianism is the effect of the meat industry on the environment.

Livestock is incredibly energy intensive to produce: the average carbon footprint of beef is 36kg CO2 per kilo of beef. That is 4 times as much as chicken and 10 to 100 times as much as most plant-based foods.

What’s more, raising animals for consumption uses a lot of land and is a large cause of deforestation and the loss of biodiversity.

You need land both to grow crops for the animals to eat, and enough land to raise them on.

What’s the beef with beef?

It takes around 100 times more land to produce 1 calorie of beef or lamb than it does to produce most plant-based alternatives, as you can see in this graph.

That’s not to mention water usage or the ethical concerns around factory farming.

Vegetarianism is not just for the health of the planet. There are also health benefits to vegetarianism for you.

While not all meat is unhealthy (white meat and fish are generally good for you in appropriate portions!), red meat and processed meat contain high levels of saturated fat and salt. Cutting meat out has been proven to have health benefits.

Check out our Free 7-day Meal Plan, to see what vegetarianism can do for your health!

I want to showcase to you some of the best vegetarian dinners, lunches, breakfasts and snacks, to demonstrate how wonderful a vegetarian diet can be! I am sure you’ll find something the whole family will enjoy.

Meatless Monday breakfasts

1. Easy Vegetable Frittata

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5 from 2 votes
Protein: 30g
Calories: 376kcal
Ready in:28 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: protein packed, gluten-free

This simple vegetable frittata is full of veggie goodness and packed with protein. Give it a go, we dare you!

2. Breakfast Pear Crisp

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5 from 2 votes
Protein: 14g
Calories: 434kcal
Ready in:1 hour 10 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: crispy and delicious

Did you know you can have DESSERT for BREAKFAST? And still be HEALTHY!? Try our breakfast pear crisp & see for yourself!

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3. Healthy Protein Baked Oats

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5 from 5 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 409kcal
Ready in:40 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: high fibre, transportable

A healthy high-protein version of those famous Tiktok baked oats. They’ll fill you up and keep you smiling until lunch!

4. Healthy Huevo Rancheros

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4.91 from 11 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 360kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: gluten-free, flavorful

Huevos rancheros are a quick and easy traditional mexican breakfast that make a great healthy option for vegetarians.

5. Yogurt Breakfast with Raspberry Compote

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4.50 from 6 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 324kcal
Ready in:18 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: creamy, high protein

Looking for a healthy way to start the day? Raspberry compote yogurt breakfast – 21g protein & just 303 kcal per serving!

6. Chia Seed Pudding with Almond Milk

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4.88 from 8 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 352kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: filling, nutritious

An insanely healthy chia pudding with almond milk that will give you all the nutrients you need, without any unnecessary calories.

7. Easy Tomato Omelette

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4.73 from 44 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 304kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: simple, tasty

Looking for a healthy high protein lunch or breakfast? This tomato omelette is just the trick – 20g protein per serving!

8. The Ultimate Avocado Sandwich

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4.86 from 27 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 432kcal
Ready in:5 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: hearty, creamy

The Ultimate Avocado Sandwich. A healthy and nutritious sandwich filled with avocado, cheese, tomatoes and rocket for a juicy and unbeatable taste!

9. Low Carb Breakfast Egg Muffins (25 Minutes, Vegetarian)

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4.60 from 146 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 219kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: low carb, keto friendly

Looking for a high-protein, low-carb breakfast? Try these breakfast egg muffins – 1 recipe, 4 amazing flavours!

10. Avocado Toast with Cottage Cheese

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4.93 from 13 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 352kcal
Ready in:5 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: easy, healthy fats

Avocado Toast with a creamy, cheesy twist! Cottage cheese is the perfect partner to mashed avocado and makes lunch healthy and tasty.

Lunches for meatless Monday

11. Vegetarian Mushroom Soup

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4.62 from 18 votes
Protein: 20g
Calories: 292kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: creamy, rich

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12. Speedy Vegan Burrito

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4.79 from 23 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 431kcal
Ready in:20 minutes

Bonus: packed with veggies, transportable

The new vegan burrito is here, paving the way and setting the standard. Mega quick and perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

13. Vegetarian Baked Beans

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4.77 from 13 votes
Protein: 20g
Calories: 355kcal
Ready in:15 minutes

Bonus: healthy take on the classic, flavorful

Vegetarian Baked Beans. Thick and full flavoured with a moreish tang. Low in calories, ready in 15 minutes and just as good as the ‘original’ from Heinz!

14. Dal Khichdi and Kachumber Salad

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4.70 from 10 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 459kcal
Ready in:1 hour
Recipe by: Gabriella English

Bonus: light, great meal prep

Dal khichdi is a great weight loss dinner! It’s healthy, light but still filling, and a source of complete protein. Try it now!

15. Tomato Shakshuka

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5 from 5 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 357kcal
Ready in:25 minutes

Bonus: light, great meal prep

Dal khichdi is a great weight loss dinner! It’s healthy, light but still filling, and a source of complete protein. Try it now!

16. Zucchini (Courgette) Basil Soup

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4.34 from 3 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 408kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: light, great meal prep

Dal khichdi is a great weight loss dinner! It’s healthy, light but still filling, and a source of complete protein. Try it now!

17. Scrambled Eggs with Cream Cheese

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5 from 6 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 361kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: high protein, simple

Level up your scrambled eggs with cream cheese, an easy way to pile on extra protein in a classic dish. A killer breakfast!

18. Mediterranean Rice Bowl

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5 from 4 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 511kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: full of veggies & whole grains

This Mediterranean rice bowl is perfect for meal prep. Full of wholegrains & veggies, it’s simple, healthy and delicious.

19. Lentil Tabbouleh

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4.80 from 5 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 460kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: flavourful, zesty

Looking for an easy tabbouleh recipe? Get a load of our lentil tabbouleh – a protein packed take on the classic dish!

20. Healthy Egg Salad

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5 from 5 votes
Protein: 25g
Calories: 419kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: high protein, full of veg

Looking to up your salad game? Try this healthy egg salad recipe with quinoa and beets – the perfect weight loss lunch (much like these other low calorie salad recipes!)!

What to eat for meatless Monday dinner

21. Roasted Cauliflower Steak with Red Pepper Sauce

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4.43 from 7 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 488kcal
Ready in:45 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: tender, gluten-free

After the perfect cauliflower steak? Try this simple & delicious roasted cauliflower steak with ricotta and pepper sauce!

22. Mexican Bean Stew

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4.88 from 16 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 519kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: high protein, high fibre

After a high protein, high fibre, low calorie vegetarian dinner? Our Mexican bean stew is just the ticket! Try it now!

23. Roasted Asparagus and Tomato with Halloumi

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5 from 2 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 406kcal
Ready in:32 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: complete protein, quick to make

After a healthy, quick to make meal? Try our roasted asparagus and tomatoes with halloumi and quinoa. Ready in 30 minutes!

24. Aubergine and Lentil Vegetarian Moussaka

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4.75 from 8 votes
Protein: 32g
Calories: 444kcal
Ready in:50 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: creamy, filling

This healthy high protein vegetarian moussaka is a true veggie delight with Greek soul and full of flavour and texture!

25. Creamy Polenta With Mushrooms

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5 from 5 votes
Protein: 20g
Calories: 416kcal
Ready in:22 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: gluten-free, warming

Enjoy a taste of the Med with our creamy mushroom and sundried tomato polenta – total perfection!

26. Vegan Vegetable Lo Mein

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4.76 from 29 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 466kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: simple, full of vegetables

Looking for a speedy noodle dish, packed with vegetables and flavour? The search is over with this easy vegetable lo mein!

27. Weight Loss Tikka Masala

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4.88 from 16 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 540kcal
Ready in:45 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: light, creamy

The classic curry takes on a new face with our vegan tikka masala. Full of healthy veg and fragrant flavours, this is sure to win your heart!

28. Kale and White Bean Soup

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5 from 3 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 458kcal
Ready in:45 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: warming, fibrous

Fill up and power up on our hot vegetarian kale and white bean soup (and if you like it, you’ll love this vegetarian soups for weight loss!). It’s an absolute pearl for your healthy slim down diet.

29. Quick and Creamy Avocado Pasta

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4.74 from 82 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 493kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: speedy, creamy

Quick and creamy Avocado Pasta that’s healthy and vegan. High in fiber, vitamin C, iron and good fats. Easy to make in under 15 minutes.

30. Easy Baked Feta with Veggies

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4.75 from 43 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 505kcal
Ready in:40 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: one tray dinner, full of veggies

Melted Feta and Veggie Bake. Easy and quick sheet pan dinner. 10 minutes prep time, then for 30 minutes in the oven. High in vitamins A, C and B6, protein and fiber. Up there among my favourite meatless meals.

Snacks for meatless Monday

31. Smashed Cucumber and Edamame (vegan protein snack)

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5 from 2 votes
Protein: 11g
Calories: 146kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: light, protein packed

Try this oriental-inspired smashed cucumber and edamame recipe, a quick high-protein snack to have at home or on the go!

32. Homemade Custard Pudding with Strawberries

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5 from 1 vote
Protein: 8g
Calories: 187kcal
Ready in:55 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: sweet, modest

After a modest but delicious dessert recipe? Try our custard pudding, flavoured with cardamom & topped with strawberries!

33. Gluten Free & Vegan Banana Bread

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5 from 6 votes
Protein: 6g
Calories: 300kcal
Ready in:1 hour 10 minutes

Bonus: gluten-free, vegan

Love banana bread, but want to make it vegan? Our vegan banana bread recipe is simple made with store-cupboard staples.

34. Tomato Mozzarella Bread

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4.50 from 8 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 353kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: simple, high in calcium

Tomato Mozzarella Bread. Easy to make Italian tomato and mozzarella bread. High in calcium and Mediterranean flair. Delicious.

35. Chia Breakfast Pudding

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4.85 from 13 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 386kcal
Ready in:7 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: prep ahead, filling

Chia breakfast pudding packs a lot of healthy goodness into a small package! Meet tomorrow’s breakfast!

36. Banana Mug Cake

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4.50 from 63 votes
Protein: 10g
Calories: 359kcal
Ready in:6 minutes
Recipe by: Cristina & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: super speedy, healthy

Try this yummy mug cake for when you’re in a rush to get that sweet fix. It’s a healthy snack ready in just 6 minutes!

37. Anti Hangover Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich (8 Min, Vegan)

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4.89 from 17 votes
Protein: 15g
Calories: 442kcal
Ready in:8 minutes

Bonus: filling, tasty

Anti Hangover Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich. Simple to make and refuels those important nutrients and amino acids to have you feeling better in no time.

38. Fluffy Quinoa Egg Muffins

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4.95 from 17 votes
Protein: 14g
Calories: 308kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Dave

Bonus: high protein, keto friendly

These quinoa egg muffins are incredibly high in protein – and super-quick, too! Perfect any time of the day.

39. No Bake Protein Bars

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4.63 from 8 votes
Protein: 6g
Calories: 226kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: vegan, high protein

Vegan! No Oven needed, no food processor needed! Our take on these easy yet nutritious bars – and we show you how to save money at the same time.

40. Perfect Protein Cookies (protein powder recipe)

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5 from 2 votes
Protein: 10g
Calories: 197kcal
Ready in:28 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: simple, high protein

These perfect little protein cookies made with protein powder are a great snack for on the go (and if you like the sound of that, you need to give our other high protein cookies a go!). Don’t forget to share!

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Prep Time:12 minutes
Cook Time:16 minutes
Total Time:28 minutes
Servings:6 (1 serving equals 2 cookies)
Calories:197kcal
Author: Abril Macías

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a bowl add the room temp. butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Whip the butter with a hand mixer or a whisk until the butter is creamy, fluffy and pale. About 3-4 minutes.
    1.7 oz butter, 2 tsp sugar, ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Add the egg and mix until you have a completely incorporated creamy mix, about 2 minutes (if this begins to look slightly curdled, don’t worry).
    1 large egg
  • Add the almond milk, flour, protein powder and salt. If you are using a stand mixer, use the flat beater. If you are using a hand mixer, remove the whisks and use a rubber spatula. Either way, mix just until the solids are evenly incorporated into the cookie dough (30 seconds up to a minute). It’s very important not to overmix, otherwise the cookies will be tough.
    1 tbsp almond milk, 1 cup all purpose flour, 1.7 oz protein powder, ½ tsp salt
  • Once the dough is ready, add the chopped cranberries and evenly spread them into the dough.
    1.4 oz dried cranberries and or raisins
  • Cover and allow to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes up to 2 days.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 C.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • Divide the cookie dough into 12 portions and form balls. Place on the baking sheet and press with your hands covered with flour or a flat glass covered in flour, until they have a 4.5cm – 5cm diameter.
  • Bake for 16-17 minutes, until the base of the cookies is golden brown.
  • Take out of the oven and allow to cool.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
50 Easy and Tasty Recipes For Meatless Monday 2022
Amount per Serving
Calories
197
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
0.3
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
59
mg
20
%
Sodium
 
271
mg
12
%
Potassium
 
61
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
22
g
7
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
10
g
20
%
Vitamin A
 
270
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
0.01
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
37
mg
4
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Frequently asked questions

What can you eat on meatless Monday?

Anything vegetarian. Eggs, tofu, beans, veggies like sweet potatoes, bell pepper, tomatoes, fat like butter or olive oil (no lard), cheese…veggie burgers and fake meat alternatives. The clue is in the name really – just don’t eat meat on a Monday!

Do eggs count for meatless Monday?

Eggs can be eaten on Meatless Monday. Most vegetarians do eat eggs, so unless you want your Meatless Monday to focus on vegan meals, then eggs are totally good to go.

What are the rules of meatless Monday?

Don’t eat any meat on a Monday! Simple as that! For your personal health and the health of the planet.

Is meatless Monday healthy?

Yes! The western world consumes far more meat, particularly red meat, than is healthy. Cutting out meat once a week will be good for your health in the long run. Though of course that depends on you cooking yourself healthy meals!

We hope you enjoyed trying out these easy recipes for meatless Mondays! Hope to see you back soon for more amazing veggie recipes!

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