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10 Simple and Delicious Meatless Dinner Recipes

Everyone (even your most serious meat lovers) will enjoy these 10 Simple and Delicious Meatless Dinner Recipes that are so satisfying they’ll forget all about the meat!

Whether you’re trying to reduce the amount of meat in your diet, doing Meatless Mondays, or just looking for some new and different recipes to try, check out these 10 meat-free recipes and give some (or all) of them a try!

Notice that I didn’t say they are vegetarian or vegan…because, although they do all contain vegetables, you will find other ingredients like butter, milk, cheese, or chicken broth (and, honestly, I don’t know all of the rules that go along with those types of diets).

These are just some of my favorite dinner recipes from right here on the blog that don’t contain meat. There’s chili, soup, pasta, burgers, burritos, tacos, and salad…something for everyone!

Speaking of Meatless Mondays, did you ever wonder how they came about?

It all started back during World War I when the US Food Administration asked Americans to cut back on their consumption of staple ingredients such as meat, sugar, wheat, and fat. Originally, it was Meatless Tuesdays (and there was even a Wheatless Wednesday).

The practice was continued during World War II and then subsequently faded out.

In recent years, going meatless for a day has been brought back and has become very popular with the focus now being on health and nutrition as well as animal welfare and the environment. And they changed it to Mondays…Meatless Monday does have a much better ring to it!

We do meatless meals at least once a week, and we really enjoy it. Not only does it change things up, we’re always amazed how delicious they can be, and it helps cut down on our grocery bill too!

quinoa veggie chili in a white bowl

Quinoa Veggie Chili

Quinoa Veggie Chili is so delicious, hearty, comforting, and satisfying that I’ll bet you won’t even miss the meat! The best part? It’s super easy to make!

black bean burger with chipotle lime mayo on a white plate with oven fries

Black Bean Burgers With Chipotle-Lime Mayo

These spicy Black Bean Burgers With Chipotle-Lime Mayo are not just for vegetarians. They are so delicious that I’ll bet even meat-eaters won’t miss the meat (I don’t!). You might even find yourself craving these instead of regular burgers!

close up of a piece of baked eggplant parmesan being taken out of the dish

Baked Eggplant Parmesan

A lightened up version of the classic Italian favorite – the eggplant is baked instead of fried. The result? Delicious crispy eggplant slices layered with marinara sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Just as good as the original – but less calories!!

Broccoli, Cauliflower and Cheese Soup

This easy, creamy Broccoli, Cauliflower and Cheese Soup takes everyone's favorite broccoli cheese soup and amps it up with even more good-for-you veggies, and it's ready in less than an hour!

3 spinach and cheese stuffed shells on top of marinara sauce on a white plate

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells

These Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells are easy to make and are a delicious and satisfying meatless dinner that everyone will love. Bonus: They're freezer-friendly!

haluski cabbage and noodles in a pot with a wooden spoon

Haluski (Cabbage and Noodles)

Haluski is a Polish dish of cabbage and noodles that is so simple yet so delicious (and it's budget-friendly too!). It's a must-try that is sure to become a favorite!

a black bean and rice burrito cut in half on a plate with small bowls of salsa and sour cream on the side

Black Bean and Rice Burritos

These easy Black Bean and Rice Burritos are one of my favorite meatless meals! In about 30 minutes, you can make a delicious vegetarian dinner or lunch. Bet you won't miss the meat one bit!

two roasted veggie tacos topped with cilantro lime cream in a white plate with lime wedges on the side

Roasted Veggie Tacos With Cilantro-Lime Cream

These easy Roasted Veggie Tacos With Cilantro Lime Cream – full of butternut squash, black beans, peppers, onions, and tomatoes – are a delicious meatless meal that will make you love eating you're vegetables!

Black Bean Taco Salad

This easy Black Bean Taco Salad is filled with healthy veggies topped with cheese, sour cream, salsa, and tortilla strips. Seasoned black beans take the place of meat for a deliciously light meatless meal!

farfalle with zucchini, spinach and tomatoes in a pan with a wooden spoon on the side

Farfalle Pasta With Zucchini, Spinach and Tomatoes

This Farfalle Pasta With Zucchini, Spinach and Tomatoes is a quick, easy, flavorful, and super satisfying meatless meal that's perfect for a light summertime dinner!

As always, I can’t pick a favorite. I love each and every one of these recipes, make them often, and think they are all worth trying. I hope you’ve got your sights set on a few of them!

If you’d like even more meatless recipes, check out my Meatless Dinner category page for even more of my favorites.

And if there are any meatless recipes you’d like to see here on the blog, I’d love to know. Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

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