Meatless Monday: Family-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes

Polenta with Mushrooms
Peter Ardito
Whether it's Monday, or any other day of the week, eating more plant-based meals can be healthy and delicious. Worried that the carnivores in your family will balk? They won't miss the meat a bit once you serve up one of these hearty, kid-friendly recipes.
Yunhee Kim
Yunhee Kim

Quinoa Tacos

Everyone loves Taco Night! Protein-packed quinoa stands in for the beef in this family-friendly recipe. Put out bowls of assorted fillings and let the kids build their own. 

Yunhee Kim
Yunhee Kim

Chickpea and Squash Curry

Store-bought curry paste adds just a gentle heat to this super-quick, flavorful meal.

Yunhee Kim
Yunhee Kim

Tofu Tender Supper

What You'll Need: Extra firm tofu, eggs, panko breadcrumbs, Old Bay seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, nonstick cooking spray, sweet potatoes, olive oil, fresh rosemary, coleslaw mix, apple cider vinegar, malt vinegar (optional)

Yunhee Kim
Yunhee Kim

Spaghetti With Lentil Bolognese

French green lentils (aka lentilles du Puy) hold their shape better than standard green lentils, giving this Bolognese a texture similar to that of a traditional meat sauce.

Yunhee Kim
Yunhee Kim

Creole-Style Artichoke Jambalaya

Frozen artichoke hearts add heft to this veggie-packed rice dish, while beans add protein. Don’t be put off by the long ingredient list; half of it is spices you likely already have in your cabinet.

Johnny Valiant
Johnny Valiant

Black Bean and Herb Burgers

Vegetarian burgers don't have to be boring. These black bean burgers are filled with flavor, easy to cook, and budget-friendly to boot.

Katie Webster
Katie Webster

Baked Ziti Soup

A healthy twist on baked ziti, this hearty tomato basil soup comes together in your slow cooker. It has noodles mixed right in, and we've even topped it off with a bit of gooey cheese. Round out the meal with a green salad and garlic bread for dunking.

Kate Sears
Kate Sears

Pizza with Zucchini and Smoked Mozzarella

Sautéed zucchini and smoked mozzarella stand in for pepperoni in this crowd-pleasing entr?e. Raw garlic in the uncooked, ready-in-10-minutes tomato sauce adds punch. If you don't want to wait the hour for the dough to become easier to work with, use a store-bought ready-to-heat flatbread crust and follow the package instructions. For heat-lovers, drizzle the finished pie with chile oil. From the cookbook Meatless All Day by Dina Cheney.

Erica Clark
Erica Clark

Pepper and Potato Tacos

Fixing more plant-based meals can be healthier, and it's also a smart way to trim a grocery budget. Serve these tacos deconstructed and let your family members build their own. With so much flavor no one will miss the meat.

Chef Jenna Helwig demonstrates how to cut an onion.

Kang Kim
Kang Kim

Nutty Tofu

Tofu is a busy mom's best friend. It's a good source of protein, easy to cook, and very budget-friendly. In this recipe the tofu gets tons of flavor from a quick soy sauce marinade and a delicious drizzle of peanut sauce.

Joseph De Leo
Joseph De Leo

Better-for-You Baked Mac

This fontina-cheese mac contains about 70 calories and 13 grams of fat fewer than typical baked mac 'n' cheese versions.

Peden and Munk
Peden and Munk

Lemony Lentil Soup

Thanks to the lentils, just one portion of this vegetarian soup packs as much energy-boosting protein as a beef burger. And since it's made in the slow cooker you can plug it in and go.

Frances Janisch
Frances Janisch

Vegetarian Fried Rice

When you first prepare this recipe, use a few of your child's favorite vegetables; then slip in a new variety each time you make it.

Katie Webster
Katie Webster

Southwestern Quinoa Burgers

Cooking these vegetarian quinoa burgers in a skillet gives the edges a yummy, unexpected crunch. Kids will really go for the melty cheese and ultra-mild spice.

Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito

Polenta with Mushrooms

Using a combination of different mushrooms gives this vegetarian dish layers of flavor. The mushrooms are equally delicious on top of risotto or pasta.

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