At the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, we teach our students that there is no singular diet that is right for everyone. Our eating habits may change as we zigzag through life – what works for us today may not be optimal four years from now. Still, one common thread that is woven throughout many therapeutic diets is the emphasis on plant-based foods, which are loaded to the brim with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre. To help people focus on eating plants, the Meatless Monday movement encourages people to forgo meat every Monday to improve their health, animal welfare and the environment.
Meatless Mondays have spread across the globe and it’s a great way to appreciate the delicious and varied flavours of plant-based meals. These 20 Best Meatless Monday recipes offer you some fantastic inspiration – and you just might want to add these to your meal plan all week long!
20 Best Meatless Monday Recipes
Vegan Spaghetti alla Puttanesca
A simple and tasty pasta dish with bold flavors. We love how this Meatless Monday recipe replaces the traditional anchovies with seaweed to provide that salty sea flavour along with a boatload of nutrients.
Chickpea Coconut Curry
An ultra creamy vegan curry recipe that you can make in a breeze using the Instant Pot or stovetop. Make it as spicy as you can handle!
Simple Harvest Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing
A good dinner bowl becomes next level with an amazing 4-ingredient salad dressing that will become your next go-to. With a mixture of cooked elements – tempeh, rice and beans – and fresh ingredients, this salad is satisfying for lunch, dinner and even a vegan breakfast.
Sweet Potato Noodles with Vegan Alfredo Sauce
Swapping in sweet potato noodles will help you eat more vegetables and the cream sauce is to die for. The perfect weeknight meal.
Korean BBQ Tofu Meal Prep Bowls
With browned tofu, stir-fried veggies, spicy sauce and handy meal prep instructions, you’ll be able to make almost the whole week into Meatless Monday.
Veggie, Hemp + Millet Nuggets
Keep the whole family happy on Meatless Monday with these veggie nuggets, which pair perfectly with any one of these healthy French fry recipes.
Butternut Squash Kitchari
A cleansing Ayurvedic recipe that has a bright and creamy twist from mashed butternut squash. Pure comfort food in a bowl!
Vegan Stuffed Peppers
A Mexican-inspired Meatless Monday recipe filled with quinoa, black beans, corn and salsa, and topped with avocado crema. Plus, there are recommended wine pairings for those of you who are so inclined.
Vegan Eggplant Lasagna
A hearty yet flexible lasagna recipe that can be made with eggplant, zucchini or gluten-free pasta noodles. Yum.
Asian-Style Noodles with Gingery Prune Sauce
Prunes are a highly underrated fruit! We love them to bits and it’s genius to use them in a sauce, which provides a natural sweetness to this veggie-packed noodle dish.
Baked Green Curry Falafels
A fusion of Middle Eastern and Thai cuisines, this recipe is extremely versatile – throw these patties on a salad or recipe-free dinner bowl, roll them in lettuce wraps, serve with veggies or rice, or devour as a protein-rich snack.
Grilled Polenta with Marinated Portobello Mushrooms
Grilled Polenta with Marinated Portobello Mushrooms by The Grateful Plate (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)
Portobello mushrooms have a meat-like texture and umami flavour that will satisfy everyone, especially when piled atop grilled polenta. Perfect for barbecue season!
Instant Pot Jackfruit Tacos
When cooked in the Instant Pot, jackfruit develops a melt-in-your-mouth texture and can be piled with all the toppings for a quick weeknight Mexican Meatless Monday meal.
Easy Vegan Cauliflower Wings
These cauliflower wings are battered, baked and glazed with an Indian-inspired sauce, then dipped in vegan cucumber raita. Heaven.
Freezable Vegan Veggie Burgers
If you make a batch (or two) of these veggie-packed burgers ahead of time, Meatless Monday will be a snap to pull off. Want more burger inspiration? Check out these 20 Best Burger Recipes.
Chickpea, Kale + Wild Rice Casserole
Use leftover cooked rice and a few staple pantry items to whip up this creamy and comforting meal for dinner. You won’t regret it!
Easy and Delicious Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
A gluten-free, yeast-free and vegan pizza crust you can load with your favourite pizza toppings. Make big pies for the family to share, or roll smaller ones so everyone can choose their own adventure.
Spicy Sheet Pan Fajitas
Roast up a range of veggies in a spicy glaze and watch the magic happen. Serve in tortillas, lettuce cups or in a bowl. Mmm.
Black Bean Chili
A Meatless Monday classic, chili is very easy to make plant-based and it’s so loaded with flavour you won’t even notice the meat is gone. We like serving ours with guac, but you can also try cashew sour cream or salsa.
Thai Basil Tempeh with Persimmon Salsa
This recipe has many layers of flavour – the tempeh on its own is amazing, but the persimmon salsa really gives it extra punch and zing!