11 Meatless Monday Recipes Your Family Will Love
When you want to spend your hard-earned money wisely, if you’re like me, you want low-cost meal ideas. About every three months I get bored with what I’m feeding my family, and head to the internet to find easy, new recipes to try. To save you some searching, here are some great new Meatless Monday Recipes to spice up your suppers.
I am not a vegetarian (but unlike Mr. A, I do like vegetables, and I love trying new foods), and at my house Meatless Monday is an opportunity for me to try out new recipes, and save a few dollars by leaving out the meat.
I learned the hard way a long time ago that I can’t just wing it and expect something edible to eat at supper.
(Seriously… when I was 15 I made a casserole that was so terrible my brother still brings it up occassionally to laugh at me. I’m 42 years old. It was so terrible even my dad wouldn’t eat it after drowning it in ketchup. I can’t blame my brother for teasing me still.)
I need a recipe to follow. And I’ve spent countless hours over the years looking up new foods to try.
Some have been a big flop. But not to worry, these Meatless Monday recipes I’m sharing with you are all wins!
Slow Cooker Carrot Ginger Detox Stew
Allie over at Vigor It Out has figured out a delicious way to combine a variety of inexpensive vegetables into this soup your whole family will enjoy.
She mentions many of the benefits of the ingredient choices (like all the vitamin C, A, K, and B6 in carrots, and how ginger aids in digestion). She even shares how she makes her own gluten-free flour. (You can use any flour if gluten isn’t an issue for your family, or purchase your usual gluten free flour if you don’t wish to make your own.)
But the best part of this recipe is that you can throw it all in the slow cooker and forget about it till supper.
Roasted Tomato Soup
If ever there was a cheap comfort food, tomato soup would qualify. Britt from Alternatively Speaking has created a really tasty version that is sure to become a favourite standby.
Whether you eat this as a standalone meal, or add in some crispy, gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, you’re going to love the flavour of roasted tomatoes in this soup.
Make a big batch ahead and freeze for a fast meal on busy weeknights.
Cheesy Chili Soup
At Simple Local Life, Jennifer shares this super simple, yet tasty cheesy chili soup.
And by “simple” I really mean it. Chopping the vegetables is the “hardest” part. Throw everything in a pot, and less than half an hour later you’ve got delicious meal to feed the family.
Vegan White Bean Stew with Saffron Rice
Don’t you worry about “saffron” being a super-expensive spice that you’re certain you can’t afford to add to your rice… the Broke Girl Blog has got you covered. If you’ve got the extra coin, make it with saffron, but if not, Gabby provides a very affordable alternative. (Check out the fourth TED Talk in this list if you’re tempted to buy the expensive spice.)
This hearty bean stew will fill up your family without emptying your wallet. Give it a go. It’s quite yummy!
Chickpea and Tofu Curry With Basmati Rice
Kierstin at The Creative Cochrane knows how to delight our tastebuds, and does a great job of it with this no-fuss curry.
Your family will be so pleasantly stuffed after eating a plate of this high fibre, protein rich dinner, that they won’t have room for seconds. When you’re filling out your menu plan for the month, you might even find yourself slotting this dinner in multiple times.
Quinoa Lentil Chili
Lisa isn’t kidding when she calls her dish “Delicious”. Over at Graceful Abandon, she’s presented you a nutritious, frugal, and tasty chili recipe to serve your family.
Sugar free, gluten free, Paleo compatible – and delicious. Yum!
Simple Vegetable Quiche
The Comfy Cook outlines the way to bake a great Meatless Monday quiche, that uses whatever vegetables you have on hand.
What a great way to use up the leftover bits and pieces that would otherwise go to waste.
No worries, though, if you schedule this into your meal plan and need to buy the ingredients. The choices provided create a quiche that’s a delight to eat.
Cheese Enchiladas with Chili Gravy
Karla of New Mom at 40 is clearly not new to creating filling, money-saving meals. You’ll love these enchiladas, especially if you follow her tip to add some of the yummy chili gravy to your side of rice.
I’ll admit, I’d never had enchiladas before trying this recipe. After trying them, however, I’ll be adding them into my rotation.
Green Beans with Tomatoes (Loubia B’zeit)
Look at all that healthy vegetarian goodness! The Salt and Sweet Kitchen provides you all the direction you need to recreate this Middle Eastern dish.
Using frozen beans, or home-grown fresh, will cut the cost even further, without any decrease in nutrients. This dish is so flavourful, I’m sure it’ll become a favourite!
Creamy Black Bean Taquitos
Here’s a Meatless Monday option that would work equally well on Taco Tuesday. (And with two meatless nights in a week, you’ll be saving even more!)
If you’ve only ever had frozen taquitos from the supermarket, this homemade version by Arzanah, the cook behind Gutom Girl, will make you never want to buy from the store again. Not only are they cheaper to make at home, they taste so much better! (Here are some other tips to save money on your grocery bill.)
I served them with mango lime salsa and sour cream.
Seriously, these taquitos are delicious.
Quick & Easy Roasted Veggie Flatbread
Less Is More Living is a genius at emptying her fridge and pantry into this very customizable flatbread.
Mish mash of roastable vegetables taking up space in your fridge? No problem. No flatbread, but you’ve got some pita or naan? Awesome sauce. Combine, and voila!
Eight super simple steps (that includes the last step to “Eat and rub your belly”) outline exactly how you turn your odds and ends into tonight’s quick supper.
What are your plans?
I love adding new recipes into my meal plan now and again – because sometimes I want some variety, and sometimes I just like to try out new flavours and textures.
How many of these Meatless Monday recipes are you going to try?
Do you have a Meatless Monday recipe you love? Share it in the comments below, or if you have it posted on your website, drop me a line and I’ll add it to the list!