11 Delicious Meatless Meal Ideas: SparkPeople SlideShow
11 Delicious Meatless Meal Ideas
Written by Melinda Hershey, Staff Writer
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.
'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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Puttanesca is an Italian sauce traditionally made with meat. Here, we sub in lentils for a hefty serving of fiber and veg-friendly protein.
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''.