11 Delicious Meatless Meal Ideas

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11 Delicious Meatless Meal Ideas

Written by Melinda Hershey, Staff Writer

Are you trying to add more plant-based meals to your diet? Look no further! We've compiled a collection of our favorite fast and flavorful meat-free recipes that everyone will love.

Get all of these recipes and more in SparkPeople's new e-book, "Easy Vegan Meals by SparkPeople: The No-Stress, No-Guilt Way to Reap the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet," available at amazon.com for just $2.99.

Slow-Cooker Vegetable Curry

Slow-cookers aren't just for meat! Give this spicy curry a whirl to change up your dinner menu. To cool it down, serve with a side of milk (or non-dairy milk), and a cucumber salad.

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'Cheesy' Quinoa Casserole

This meat- and dairy-free casserole is savory and satisfying, and packs a mean fiber punch from the quinoa, black beans, and sweet potatoes. The secret "cheesy" ingredient? Nutritional yeast, which is inexpensive and readily available in health food stores.

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2-Bean Sweet Potato Chili

Need a stick-to-your-ribs meal that won't stick to your waistline? This satisfying chili gets its flavor from herbs and spices instead of fat. The combination of smoky paprika, cumin, and jalapeno will have even the most diehard meat-eaters coming back for seconds!

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Comforting Cold-Weather Stew

Who doesn't like soup on a chilly evening? This thick soup is tomato-based and packed with veggies (and protein), but is every bit as comforting as its meat-based counterparts. Ladle it up with some salad and bread on the side to call it dinner.

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Easy Bean Tostadas

These tostadas are cheap, filling, and super easy to make! Serve them up buffet-style and have your kids load them up with their favorite healthy toppings.

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Mango-Avocado Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing

This unique salad combines the textures and flavors of creamy avocado, juicy mango, and crunchy almonds and carrots. It's filling enough for a meal, but can just as easily stand in as a side dish at a summer barbecue.

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Seitan Fajitas

Think outside the box with these seitan fajitas! Seitan is a meat substitute found in the refrigerated section of your supermarket. It is made from wheat gluten, which is high in protein. It takes on a surprisingly meaty texture and soaks up whatever flavors you cook it with. Try it in this recipe for a south-of-the-border twist.

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Black Bean Chipotle 'Sausage'

This faux sausage gets its texture from hearty black beans and its flavor from cumin, chipotle salsa, and garlic. Use it as a stand-in for taco meat or breakfast sausage.

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Tofu Breakfast Scramble

Soft or "silken" tofu is a versatile, protein-rich substitute for scrambled eggs. Cook up this tofu scramble and use it as a breakfast burrito filling, or enjoy it by itself with a side of fruit.

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Simple Zucchini Caponata

Caponata is a traditional Mediterranean vegetable stew. This version is chock-full of veggies and tastes great over pasta, or paired with crusty bread.

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Lentils Puttanesca

Puttanesca is an Italian sauce traditionally made with meat. Here, we sub in lentils for a hefty serving of fiber and veg-friendly protein.

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Hungry for More?

For more meat-free recipes, tips, and advice on living a meatless lifestyle, check out SparkRecipes.com and SparkPeople's new e-book, "Easy Vegan Meals by SparkPeople: The No-Stress, No-Guilt Way to Reap the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet''.

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8/29/2016 1:19:05 AM

I eat meatlessears cause I can't digest solid foods. If u see my meals they're all water smoothies vegt. Or fruits. Or slimfast shakes yogurts. I haven't lost a pound. I'm stepping up my exercise moves in hopes I loose some weight.


7/14/2016 1:50:22 PM

Great idea


2/22/2016 8:03:26 PM

DWBLAKE83's SparkPage
I would skip the smoked paprika and go for some canned chipotles in this. Depending on how spicy you like stuff, add as little or as much as you want.

Also, roasting the sweet potatoes after they are diced but before they go into the chili give it a better flavor in my opinion.


2/22/2016 2:17:54 PM

My husband is good to help, but we just like different foods. I would almost need to purchase
the frozen meals, that is easy to count calories. In doing this, I feel I am unfair to him.
any suggestion on this issue.


2/22/2016 2:14:49 PM

Seems to be too much to comprehend, Is there some simple suggestion on getting started.
I'm 75 years old, and we just don't cook that much anymore. I really like cereal and milk, juice for breakfast.
then if there was a simple snack around noon, then around 3-4 PM a meal of chicken, veggies, then another snack around 7:00 PM, i know most of all food should be eaten before 5:00 PM, but with my TV programs beginning around 6:00 PM until 10:00 seems I've just got to have something.


2/22/2016 5:00:17 AM

TDAVIS1910's SparkPage
I do this a lot....when I find a yummy vegan recipe I will add some (meaning a small amount) meat to amp it up.


2/22/2016 4:57:53 AM

TDAVIS1910's SparkPage
I would have to add some protein. I like chicken but my husband wants red meat all the time. What do you all think would be a good add in?


10/15/2015 5:50:19 PM

iam looking farward on trying this


10/4/2015 8:27:51 AM

KEKEIKO's SparkPage
Although I'm not a vegetarian I enjoy meatless meals - I make my own Cheese Tortellini, Eggplant Rollatini, Sparkpoeples Roasted Corn & Pepper Soup also I have a Spiralizer that turns zucchini into spaghetti noodles. I steam the noodles a few minutes to soften (we've also had raw) add tomato sauce, top with Parmesan cheese and it's our mock pasta night!


9/23/2015 2:10:57 PM

I'd have loved to read this, but on principle, I won't click through multi-slide articles like this. I just won't give the clicks. Plus it's difficult for people who don't have great data on their phones.


9/23/2015 1:38:31 PM

ABBY532's SparkPage
These look delicious, will have to try some.


9/23/2015 8:06:25 AM

Will have to try


3/12/2015 8:27:23 PM

Not a big deal. I have many meatless meals accidentally. For breakfast I just had cereal and juice.


2/4/2013 6:07:10 PM

I liked this Recipe, so I pulled out the Sodium...

1 cup Quinoa
3 cup Beans, Black, Mature Seeds
2 sweetpotato, 5" long Sweetpotato
1 cup Daiya non-Dairy Cheddar Cheese
1 tsp Cumin
3/10 grams Pepper, Black
8 oz Nutritional Yeast
raw Cilantro
1 Cup Salsa:
2-3 medium sized fresh tomatoes (from 1 lb to 1 1/2 lb), stems removed, finely diced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 jalapeño chili pepper (stems, ribs, seeds removed), finely diced
1 serano chili pepper (stems, ribs, seeds removed), finely diced
Juice of one lime
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 serving (190.5 g)
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
0Daiya non Dairy Cheddar
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 103.5% • Vitamin C 20.25%
Calcium 5.5% • Iron 19.1%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Follow the instructions per other recipe(remember to make your own salsa to complete recipe before going on with main recipe). This recipe saves and adds the following nutritional info from original. (which looked really yummy by the way)

Calories -40.7
Total Fat -2.7 g
Sodium -294.4
Total Carbohydrates: + 0.4
Proteins +0.1


7/11/2012 10:28:09 AM

WORKOUTG's SparkPage
The sales ad was next to the recipe picture and I was able to click the "next" and "previous" but to get to the recipes. Once I found one I like there was a button at the top for printing and it worked find for me.

If you are unable to print this way copy the recipe and place it in a Word document format and print from there.

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