Happy Mardi Gras! I'm sure they're having fun in New Orleans, but for the other 99.999% of us, I hope you indulged a bit in the spirit of the day. For the next seven weeks I'll have nothing but vegetarian meals in my meal planning (thankfully I did not give up sugar so I can still make these sweet cupcakes in a few weeks).
I know when I started thinking about how meat shouldn't be the star of every meal it was pretty difficult coming from a meat and potatoes mindset. After a few years, meat started to disappear entirely from my plate and I didn't miss it one bit! It's all about having variety and tasty options. So if you're thinking of starting Meatless Mondays or just gradually working in a vegetarian meal or two into your meal plan, here are 26 yummy dishes to get you started!
Manicotti (40 minutes) - tubes of cheese, yes please!
Asparagus Frittata (30 minutes) - perfect for spring brunch or breakfast for dinner
Creamy Sundried Tomato Pasta (30 minutes) - one pan means less mess
Tortellini Soup (30 minutes) - simple warm-me-up meal
Asparagus Ricotta Tart (45 minutes) - savory tart with a light and flaky crust
Baked Potato Soup (45 minutes) - for your "meat and potatoes" types without the meat
Peanut Butter Soup - Thai style (45 minutes) - Thai soup with flavors that surprise you
Baked Ziti (45 minutes) - basic mix together and bake recipe
Spinach Enchiladas (40 minutes) - my favorite enchiladas, hands down
Veggie Sushi (30 minutes) - vegetarians use chopsticks too
Bok Choy Stir Fry (30 minutes) - stir fry with a cashew crunch
Broccoli Alfredo Bake (40 minutes) - if broccoli alfredo and homemade mac and cheese had a baby
Stuffed Shells (1 hour) - classic crowd pleaser
Veggie Stir Fry (25 minutes) - tons of veggies, tons of flavor
Broccoli Cheddar Pot Pies (45 minutes) - ooey, gooey, cheesy broccoli with a pot pie crust, need I say more?
Butternut Mac and Cheese (1 hour) - the butternut squash adds sooo much buttery almost-sweetness
Creamy Asparagus Soup (50 minutes) - paired with a pouched egg and garlic toasts
Eggplant Manicotti (1 hour) - lose the noodles and add more veggie
Vegetarian Taco Salad (20 minutes) - who said taco salads had to be unhealthy?
Baked Ravioli (25 minutes) - quick crisp in the oven and bam!
Fried Arts on a Cake (25 minutes) - carrot slaw on top of fried artichokes on top of a corn fritter
Mini Spinach Quiche (1 hour) - so cute you just want to eat them all up
Roasted Corn and Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons (40 minutes) - grilled cheese croutons? c'mon!
Spin Dip White Pizza (30 minutes) - favorite dip turned pizza
Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps (30 minutes) - don't fear the tofu, it's friendly... and tasty
Zucchini Enchiladas (45 minutes) - is it mexican? is it italian? who cares, it delicious! Yum