Embrace Meatless Mondays with this recipe roundup of six vegetarian favorites. From weight control and reducing your BMI to boosting overall health, there are plenty of reasons to decrease the meat in our daily diets. According to the Mayo Clinic, “people who eat only plant-based foods — aka vegetarians — generally eat fewer calories and less fat, weigh less, and have a lower risk of heart disease than nonvegetarians do.” Not only that, but decreasing the amount of meat we consume can have a positive effect on our wallets as meat costs continue to rise. So consider going meatless, even if it’s just for a Monday. Check out these meatless recipes to get your imagination (and taste buds) going.
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Black Bean Burgers
Canned black beans make easy work of these family favorites. Chili powder and cumin give them hits of spice. Serve on lettuce leaves or toasted hamburger buns.
Low Fat Vegan Soup: Tuscan Ribollita
This vegan soup is filled with vegetables, providing a hefty dose of Vitamins A and C, fiber, and low fat protein from the cannellini beans. You can adjust the recipe to use whatever vegetables you have on hand, like parsnips, fennel, or fresh tomatoes.
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Tacos
Loaded with sweet potatoes, bell peppers and pineapple, these soft tacos are perfect dinnertime candidates for Taco Tuesdays, in addition to Meatless Mondays!
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Low-Calorie Butternut Squash-Baby Spinach Quesadillas
These vegetarian quesadillas pack their healthy punch with two superfoods: butternut squash and spinach. They’re also high in nutrients but low in calories.
A frittata, which is similar to a crustless quiche, is the perfect budget-friendly meal solution to use up any leftover vegetables and cheese—even cooked pasta—that might be floating around in the fridge by the end of the week.
Clean Eating Quinoa & Herb Summer Salad
This Mediterranean salad is actually tabbouleh, a Middle Eastern salad traditionally made of bulgur. We’ve given this dish a fresh spin by substituting quinoa. Quinoa is a whole grain full of fiber and high-quality protein.
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