There’s this HUGE misconception that dishes can’t be hearty, filling or delicious if they don’t contain a meat protein. Pulses, beans, tofu or plant-based meats are the unsung heroes of vegetarian meals and more often than not, people don’t even miss the meat at all!
When planning your family’s meals this week, try skipping the meat and opt for these delicious and easy vegetarian meals instead! Great for your body as well as your family’s grocery budget, cutting back on meat is a real money saver!
Ready to save some money and explore these healthy, easy vegetarian meals? Let’s do it!
14 Easy vegetarian meals the whole family will love
1. Spinach ricotta cannelloni
One of my family’s favourite easy vegetarian meals – spinach and ricotta cannelloni, be prepared to fight for the leftovers!
2. Stuffed capsicums
In case you haven’t tried them roasted, stuffed capsicums take on a whole new delicious and sweet flavour profile when they’re baked! This recipe does have chorizo listed in the ingredients – leave it out to make it a delicious vegetarian dish.
3. Vegetarian cottage pie
Why not try a delicious cottage pie dinner this week to warm the bellies of your family? This delicious recipe uses plant-based protein and is meat-free, perfect for our vegetarian and vegan families. Yum!
4. Sweet potato and lentil shepherd’s pie
One meat-free, sweet potato laden shepherd’s pie coming right up! Deeeeeeeelicious!
5. Hearty mushroom and barley soup
A hearty soup with no trace of meat? You bet! Try this hearty mushroom and barley soup on for size.
6. Veggie sausage rolls
I hear what you’re saying “A meat-free sausage roll? Say what?”. Well yes, it is. And you had BETTER believe it tastes just like the real (meat-filled) deal!
7. Air fryer cauliflower popcorn
The perfect air-fried bite-sized snack, this cauliflower popcorn will be a hit with the family and a regular on your side dish rotation!
Perfect for salad and wraps, make up a batch of tasty falafels and munch on them the whole week through.
9. Beetroot and quinoa burger
Who says you can’t enjoy a burger if you’re a vegetarian? This beetroot and quinoa burger hits traditional burgers out of the park!
10. Easy peasy pesto pasta
This brilliant basil pesto pasta is quick and easy to eat. Both healthy and nutritious, it can be eaten hot or cold, perfect for lunch the next day.
11. Chickpea and pumpkin fritters
From Mum’s Pantry, these chickpea and pumpkin fritters would make a sensational meatless Monday dish and would be yummy in a lunch box the next day.
12. Spinach and filo pie
Knock up a tray of spinach and filo pie for a vegetarian win! Perfect to pack in the lunch box or to take on a picnic, there’s plenty for everyone with this recipe.
13. One-pan vegetarian Mexican enchiladas
De-constructed vegetarian one-pan Mexican enchiladas mean you can have all the fun and flavour of this favourite Mexican dish, without all the washing up. Winning!
14. Easy mac and cheese
Easy to make and easy to eat, mac and cheese pasta is always a winner winner, kid-pleasing dinner. This mac and cheese is also fab for putting in kids’ thermos containers for school lunches!
There you have it folks, 14 very delicious vegetarian dinner ideas for not only meat-free Monday, but every day of the week!