Go Meatless With 16 Hearty Vegetarian Meal Ideas
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Go Meatless With 16 Hearty Vegetarian Meal Ideas

Whether you’re giving up meat every Friday during Lent or just trying to start a new Meatless Monday tradition, veggie-packed meals are good for your health and the environment. Best of all, they’re super tasty too. Whip up one of these 16 warm, hearty dishes during the waning days of winter or early weeks of spring. From quinoa veggie burgers to sweet potato chili, there’s something here for every last vegetarian and carnivore among us.

1. Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili: Chilly March days mean there’s still time to put chili on the dinner table. Black beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and quinoa make for a filling base, while cumin, garlic and chipotle pepper add tons of delectable flavor. (via What’s Gaby Cooking)

2. Asiago White Beans with Farro, Kale + Tomatoes: Everyone loves a healthy one-pot recipe, especially when it calls for superfood kale and has fewer than 350 calories per serving. (via Pinch of Yum)

3. Quinoa-Stuffed Bell Peppers: Craving chile rellenos? Red bell peppers stuffed with quinoa, black beans, corn and pepper jack cheese offer a healthier take on the Tex-Mex classic. (via Damn Delicious)

4. Gnocchi Mac and Cheese: Okay, so maybe mac and cheese isn’t all that healthy, but when it’s comfort food you’re seeking, nothing beats this gooey cheddar, Fontina and Parmesan creation. (via Gimme Some Oven)

5. Black Pepper Stir-Fried Noodles: Who needs greasy takeout? Give your phone and wallet a break by whipping up this udon and tofu stir-fry in 30 minutes flat. (via Pinch of Yum)

6. Veggie Fajita Noodles: Zucchini “noodles” are healthier than pasta and fun to make using a spiralizer or julienne peeler. Just add bell peppers, onions and mushrooms to create a fabulous fajita-inspired meal. (via GI 365)

7. Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Soup: Almond milk gives this rich soup a creamy kick, while roasted red peppers and garlic send savory flavor straight to your taste buds. (via Life as a Strawberry)

8. Moroccan Carrot Tarte Tatin: Much more creative than pizza, a puff pastry topped with carrots, feta, pomegranate molasses, pine nuts and mint is perfect for Meatless Monday or even your next dinner party. (via Cupcakes + Curries)

9. Red Lentil Soup: When March roars out like a lion, warm up fast with red lentil soup. This unique recipe even features sweet dried apricots as a special ingredient. (via Rachel Cooks)

10. Falafel Wraps: Add some Middle Eastern flair to your lunch by wrapping homemade falafel patties in pita bread along with hummus, cucumber, tomato and arugula. (via The Mediterranean Dish)

11. Sicilian Spaghetti Squash With Vegetables: Another great alternative to pasta, spaghetti squash tastes just as delish when mixed with broccoli, bell pepper and spinach. (via Ruffles + Truffles)

12. Spicy Corn Chowder: Spice up your night with a steaming bowl of jalapeño-infused corn chowder. (via Hurry the Food Up)

13. Quinoa, Mushroom + Zucchini Veggie Burgers: Yes, grilling season’s still a couple months away. Get your veggie-friendly burger fix right now by baking up these quick quinoa patties. (via Bowl of Delicious)

14. Spinach + Mushroom Quesadillas: Give your happy hour favorite a healthier hack by adding baby spinach and garlic-sauteed ‘shrooms. (via Five Heart Home)

15. Three-Bean Tacos: What’s a taco without shredded chicken or beef? Still totally delicious, at least when you use black, pinto and kidney beans in place of meat. (via Two Peas + Their Pod)

16. Spicy Sofritas Veggie Bowls: Guilty of making one too many Chipotle runs? This spicy tofu bowl tastes just like the real thing, minus the long lines and constant cash drain. (via Pinch of Yum)

What are some of your favorite Meatless Monday meals? Start dishing below.