11 Easy Recipes You Need In Your Meal-Making Routine Right Now – Eat This, Not That

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Many of us admit that we are interested in eating less meat to improve our overall health, but we are not always confident in our skills to prepare delicious plant-based meals at home. After all, studies have shown that eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes can dramatically lower your risk of developing chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

The Meatless Monday team have compiled a list of 11 easy, plant-based recipes developed by food bloggers so you can diversify your weekly meal-prep routine and improve your health along the way.

Courtesy of Healthy Happy Life

No eggs are needed for this pepper breakfast burrito. A mix of diced tofu and mushrooms mimics the chewy texture of scrambled eggs, while a little liquid smoke and apple cider vinegar bring in a satisfying flavor.

Courtesy of Good Food Baddie

This easy vegan eggplant meatball recipe recreates the chewy meat and savory flavor of traditional meatballs using a blend of roasted mushrooms, eggplant, onions, white beans and spices. Pair it with a side of zoodles or pasta, and you’ve got a healthier version of a family favorite.

Jamaican jerk tofu tacos
Courtesy of Vegan Style

One of the most popular Meatless Monday recipes ever, this Jamaican Jerk Tofu is so intensely seasoned you’ll forget what you’re actually eating! Fresh ginger, lime juice, maple syrup, and a heavy blend of spices make for really generous flavors.

lentil nut tacos
Courtesy of FitLiving Eats

Taco night will never be the same again. These Lentil Nut Tacos with Avocado Pineapple Salsa are a perfect recipe for people looking to get more plant protein in their diet. Lentils and nuts provide a satisfying chew, while pineapple salsa brings a touch of sweet, spicy, and lemony flavor.

loaded vegan nachos
Courtesy of Orchids + Sweet Tea

Complete with all the fixings, this loaded vegan nacho pan is a great alternative to regular nachos. A garnish of red beans, chickpeas, red onions, jalapeños, avocado and vegan queso is healthier than your traditional ground beef and nacho cheese sauce.

German potato salad with coconut bacon
Courtesy of Migraine Relief Recipes

Yes, you heard that right: coconut bacon potato salad; but it’s really not as weird as you might think. Unsweetened coconut flakes are mixed with liquid smoke, soy sauce and spices, then baked to create a potato salad topping that has the same satisfying chew and smoke as the bacon.

Don’t miss the 6 Best Ways to Make Bacon Using Only Plants.

zoodle pad thai salad
Courtesy of Meatless Monday

Capture the sweet flavor of traditional Pad Thai using only plant-based ingredients for a healthier version of this favorite take-out. Almost entirely made up of vegetables, this zoodle pad thai salad gets better the more you let it marinate, so be patient!

pistachio crusted tofu
Courtesy of Kristina DeMuth

Knowing how to prepare tofu is a valuable skill that will come in handy if you continue to cook more herbal dishes. Putting a coating or crust on the tofu before baking is one way to add more texture and flavor to a relatively pristine canvas. This pistachio-crusted tofu recipe is nutty and crisp, and the addition of fresh dill and basil adds a pleasant freshness to the tofu.

pumpkin pasta
Courtesy of Happy Kitchen Rocks

The sweet and salty nature of the pumpkin makes it a welcome addition to pasta dishes. This pumpkin, spinach and mushroom pasta is a cozy weekday meal option and a real crowd-pleaser that is packed with plant-based ingredients.

Supreme Crispy Quinoa Vegetable Burger
Courtesy of Pollan Family Table

Making these supreme crispy veggie quinoa burgers is a great way to add more veggies to your diet. This hearty burger patty uses quinoa, black beans, breadcrumbs and carrots to recreate the bite and flavor of a regular burger.

pumpkin curry with thai tofu
Courtesy of Ahleyz Sprout

Curry paste is an explosive ingredient, and you should definitely consider investing in a jar for your pantry. This Thai Tofu Pumpkin Curry gets its richness and mild, spicy flavor from a combination of fresh basil, curry paste, kaffir lime leaves, and fresh Thai chili peppers (beware, these can be spicy). Serve over rice for an easy weeknight meal that everyone will love.

To learn more, be sure to check out the 50 Best Easy (and Quick) Dinner Recipes.


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