How many times have you thought about making a vegetarian dinner but were afraid you would be hungry afterward? Maybe you don't know where to start. Is it as simple as making a meal that would normally have meat and just leaving it out? Yes, it can be that simple.
Vegetarian dinners are filling, satisfying and help you stay healthy. Packed with fiber and protein (yes protein!) a vegetarian meal once a week provides measurable health results. I'll never for get when I first starting eating more vegetables and reducing the amount of meat I eat. In a very short period of time, I lost weight, had more energy and saw a reduction in my cholesterol levels, My cholesterol wasn't even high!
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When you take the first step to start eating one meatless meal a week, it is good for your health and good for the environment. Producing meat takes a lot of resources. In fact, Meatless Monday states that the meat industry generates one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Other fun facts from Meatless Monday:
✨Eat one less burger a week for one year is the same as not driving 320 miles
✨Skip eating meat and cheese with your family one day a week, is the same as not driving for 5 weeks
✨Skip eating steak once a week with your family, is the same as not driving your car for 3 months
Pretty amazing how we can help the environment simply by cutting out meat once a week!
Vegetarian dinners do not have to be difficult to make and do not need to include exotic ingredients, unless of course you want too! To get the family used to eating one vegetarian dinner per week, I recommend making easy, basic vegetarian recipes.
Simple recipes, like the ones below, are fast to make and will be easier to get used to eating them. As everyone gets used to the routine, adding something more exotic to the menu becomes easier for the family to try.
Below are 5 easy and satisfying vegetarian dinner recipes. I challenge you to try at least one of them this week.
The Best Vegan Lasagna from Simple Veganista.
Don't let the word vegan scare you. The reason it is vegan is because the recipe calls for vegan ricotta. I choose the recipe for its high veggie content. If your just starting to cook vegetarian, I would recommend using dairy ricotta and cheese to ease your family into lasagna without meat.
Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl from Love and Lemons.
Burrito bowls come together in 30 minutes and are great vegetarian dinners because there is are so many vegetables, no one will miss the meat. The recipe calls for making the cauliflower rice yourself from a head of cauliflower. A short-cut is to buy it frozen. I find frozen is an easier way to incorporate the rice into the meal and is more economical. Click here for the recipe.
Ginger Veggie Stir-Fry from Platings & Pairings.
Stir-fry recipes are great to make your own. I don't know about your house but I have certain vegetable restrictions in mine just because some people don't like them, such as brussel sprouts. However, some people have allergies to specific vegetables. Stir-fry recipes can be modified to accommodate that person. Stir-fry's are fast to make and can mix fresh and frozen veggies for added convenience. Click here for the recipe.
Southwest Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers from Tastes Better From Scratch.
Stuffed peppers are a fast and easy vegetarian dinner that can be made on the weekend and simply reheated. Also, customizing the recipe for your own tastes is easy. Not a big fan of white rice? Use brown. Would you rather use quinoa or couscous? Go ahead. I often add frozen broccoli floret when I make stuffed peppers to add more green goodness. Serve stuffed peppers with a salad. Click here for the recipe.
Vegetarian Tacos from Family Food on the Table.
Who says taco night has to contain meat? This vegetarian taco recipe is fast and kid friendly. Beans make a great meat substitution. Toppings can be the traditional lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, onions and jalapenos. Even keep a little cheese in the mix so no one complains they are eating vegan! Click here for the recipe.
I hope this vegetarian dinner post inspires you to eat one night of the week as a vegetarian night. It doesn't have to be Monday! In my house, we usually eat meatless on Wednesday.
I'm happy to announce that after 3 years of eating one vegetarian dinner per week, my husband decided he wants to eat two! I am so excited about his decision. Now I will plan vegetarian meals for Monday and Thursday each week.
Do you think you will try any of the above? Let me know by leaving me a comment below.