We all know that we should try to eat healthier and live cheaper. Meatless Mondays is a way to help with that. If you’re new to the scene, Meatless Monday is basically cutting meat out of at least one meal each Monday, usually dinner/supper. This creates a (hopefully) healthier meal and helps out your pocketbook by eliminating the expensive cost of meat for at least one meal a week.
Most people who are trying out Meatless Mondays aren’t exactly experts on vegetarian cooking, so they don’t know what qualifies as meatless. The basic premise here is no meat – no poultry, fish, pork, beef, etc. So now we know that if it doesn’t have anything you’d get from the meat or seafood counter at your local grocery store, it’s meatless. But what do you have for dinner? That can often be a challenge, especially if you want dinner to be simple. Here are five
- Pasta with Sauce – It’s super easy to boil a box of pasta and pour a can or jar of non-meat spaghetti, alfredo, or pesto sauce on them. Throw in some Parmesan cheese and garlic bread, plus a garden salad and you’re good to go.
- Macaroni & Cheese – If you have kids or you live alone, good old mac and cheese is a good way to go for a meatless meal.
- Fried Rice – Fried rice is a great idea if you’re craving Chinese. It’s super easy to make and if you’re worried about the carbs in the rice, riced cauliflower is wonderful for making “fried rice”. You can put just about any type of vegetables you want in with your rice or cauliflower and you can add eggs (they don’t count as meat).
- Veggie Stir-fry – Grab your favorite veggies and make a stir-fry! I often use eggplant, broccoli, carrots, celery, and peppers to make a stir-fry to put over rice or riced cauliflower.
- Cheese/Veggie Pizza – You can order one from your favorite delivery/carryout place or you can make one at home. If you choose to make your own, you can do it many ways – my favorite is to take a frozen cheese pizza and add my favorite toppings to the pizza.
There are many other ways you can have a meatless meal. Vegetarian meals are often easier to prepare and easier to find than you’d think. Recipes for vegetarian meals abound on Pinterest and many “normal” recipes can be modified to make them meatless by substituting beans or other meat substitutes for the called for meat.
So, now that you’ve got a few ideas for meatless meals, why not give a Meatless Monday a go? If you try it, let me know what you thought of it in the comments.