Trying out vegetarian cooking is the perfect way to ease yourself off of a meat- and dairy-heavy diet, all while exploring new ingredients and recipes. Rather than throwing yourself headfirst into a vegan diet, it makes sense to start small. For some of us, Meatless Monday is the ideal opportunity to eat French fries for dinner and then pat ourselves on the back for doing our part (hey, they鈥檙e vegan!). But if you鈥檇 like to expand your interest in plant-based living, these six vegetarian blogs will help you on your journey. Break out the stretchy pants, because there are many good eats ahead.

1. 101 Cookbooks: Brought to you by Heidi Swanson, this blog features a wide array of vegan and vegetarian recipes, drawing inspiration from cuisines around the world. There鈥檚 a focus on whole foods and lots of healthy ingredients, made into recipes so tasty you won鈥檛 realize that you鈥檙e forgoing the meat. Some examples of the recipes you might find? One-Bowl Banana Bread; Pasta With Baby Kale, Pumpkin Seeds, and Pesto; and Garlic Lime Lettuce Wraps.

2. Love and Lemons: Mostly vegetarian and vegan, Love and Lemons posts fresh and cozy comfort food, like Creamy White Bean Shells With Broccoli and Pumpkin Tortilla Soup. If you鈥檙e new to cooking meatless meals, the husband-and-wife duo post frequent tutorials like making pumpkin pur茅e from scratch or learning what to do with that matcha powder in your cupboard.

3. Food Heaven Made Easy: If you鈥檙e nervous about getting all your nutrients in after switching to a plant-based diet, check out this blog. It鈥檚 written by two registered dietitians and best friends. They share super healthy, power-packed recipes like Lentil Meatballs With Garlic Butternut Squash Sauce that will keep you full and taste amazing. They also post articles with tips on leading a healthy lifestyle, on topics like how to eat healthy when you鈥檙e busy and how to get enough vitamin D.

4. Naturally Ella: Naturally Ella walks you through the ins and outs of vegetarian cooking, with a comprehensive guide to stocking your pantry and an ingredient glossary that will help new cooks figure out how to prep and use many veggies, including lesser-known ones like rutabaga. The blog is super vegetable heavy, and following its recipes is a great way to expand your palate if you鈥檙e mostly used to cooking with basic produce and want to see what else is out there.

5. The First Mess: If you鈥檙e a sucker for photography, the stunning pictures accompanying each recipe on this blog will make you drool 鈥 literally. But even without the gorgeous visuals, the food stands on its own. You can expect new twists on old favorites, like Butternut Minestrone and Mushroom Gravy Pie With Garlicky Kale Mashed Potatoes, that鈥檒l make switching to a plant-based diet as delicious as it is easy.

6. Oh My Veggies: Perfect for families, Oh My Veggies has tons of meatless recipes that are riffs on classic comfort food, like a Tater Tot Casserole that鈥檚 loaded with veggies and one-pot pasta recipes for busy weeknights. There are also vegan recipes that make it easy to eat without meat, dairy, or eggs 鈥 just try to make it through this list of vegan brownie recipes without running to the kitchen to start baking.

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