Recipe ideas for Meatless Mondays can get a bit tricky, but with good preparation, you’ll find something the whole family will enjoy.
Meatless Monday started as a campaign in Britain in 2009 and has spread around the world. The idea is to reduce eating meat by making Mondays a meat-free day. How we eat has a big impact on greenhouse gas emissions and the current climate crises. Reducing the amount of meat we eat by 50%, especially beef and lamb can make a big difference. A mainly wholefood plant-based diet also has great benefits for your health so it is a win-win situation.
If you’d like to find out how to reduce your carbon footprint overall, please read our article on reducing your carbon footprint. Or if you’d like to learn more about following a more sustainable diet and meal planning for a more eco-friendly diet please read the linked post to get started.
Our Favourite Recipe Ideas for Meatless Mondays
Below are our favourite meat-free recipes, even avid meat-eaters will enjoy, to inspire you on Meatless Mondays or to make throughout the week.
This Thai inspired dish combines beautiful vegetables with a well-rounded sauce, giving you a hint of sweetness. It’s then topped with cashew nuts that deliver a burst of flavour. It’s based on traditional Thai Chicken Cashew, but this recipe delivers the same flavour in a meatless option. See the full Thai Vegetable Cashew Stir Fry recipe.
Spaghetti and Meatballs is an all-time favourite in our house, I’m sure the family won’t mind eating this Italian favourite at least once a week. Made with black beans, Italian hard cheese and a tomato sauce this recipe has a meaty flavour and is a great alternative to the traditional meat version. See the full Vegetarian Meatballs and Spaghetti recipe.
Katsu Curry is a delicious Japanese curry normally made with breaded chicken, a favourite at many restaurants and take-aways. This recipe blends a traditional creamy Japanese Curry sauce with a crumbed chickpea fritter that is absolutely delicious and it’s made fresh from scratch, so you know what is in it. See the full Vegetarian Katsu Curry recipe.
Sometimes called Chilli Sin Carne (chilli without meat), this vegetarian chilli is a great vegetarian or even vegan alternative to the traditional beef Chilli Con Carne. You can make the recipe your own and experiment with substituting ingredients such as the sweet potato and carrot for butternut. See the full Vegetarian Chilli recipe.
Who says you need bacon to make a beautiful Carbonara. This Carbonara recipe uses the traditional method of egg, cheese and pepper but without the bacon. For a meatless Carbonara, you can use an array of veggies such as spinach, chard or whatever you fancy that is equally delicious. And it’s so quick to make! See the full Spinach Carbonara recipe.
This fragrant curry is a vegetarian curry option like no other and can warm up any day without much fuss. Make the curry paste from scratch and it just tastes so much better than a shop-bought paste. It’s perfect for batch cooking and meat-free Mondays where you have a few minutes extra. See the full Butternut Squash Curry recipe.
If you love Sushi but you’re intimidated by the fuss of rolling your own or if you’re in a hurry then a sushi bowl is a great cheat’s sushi anyone can make. Using a base of rice, it’s super simple and ready in no time. This recipe contains Salmon, but leave it out for a meatless meal that is quick easy and delicious. See the full Sushi Bowl recipe.
Vetkoek is a traditional South African dish often sold at fairs. South Africa is known for its meat-eating ways, but we’ve created an equally satisfying meat-free version that carries the same flavour as the traditional curry mince option. Pre-prep the dough on Sunday if you’d like to save time. See the full Vegetable Vetkoek recipe.
We love making our own pizzas at home when we have a little bit of time over the weekend, but a flatbread is much quicker for a weeknight meal as it does not need time to rise. Customise your toppings as you choose, we’ve gone for Red Onion and Olives. See the full No Yeast Flatbread recipe.
Italians cook to please the soul, combing simple flavours into a true masterpiece. This sauce is no exception. Serve this tomato-based sauce with pasta on its own or use it as a base to add your own mix of vegetables and flavours. It’s a great recipe for batch cooking. See the Homemade Pasta Sauce recipe.
A true classic European dish that not many people make at home. This easy recipe does not require blind baking, the dough just needs to rest in the fridge for a bit before shaping into a pie dish, so is quicker than you think. Quiche is delicious for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. Our spinach version is meat-free and equally tasty. See the full Spinach Quiche recipe.
Mushrooms may not be for everyone, but we certainly love them in all shapes and varieties. They add a depth of flavour to vegetable dishes like no other ingredient. Make this as a meatless side, starter or for breakfast with toast. This recipe is fully meat and animal product free but does not compromise on flavour. See the full Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms recipe.
Guacamole is not just for dips, it can make a delicious breakfast or lunch with toast. Avocado is full of healthy fats and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making it a nutrient-dense food. Combine it with tomato and cilantro and you’re on to a winner. Be mindful of where your avocados come from as not all sources are sustainable. See the Guacamole Toast recipe.
Shakshuka is a classic North African and Middle Eastern dish that can be served at any time of the day. Served as breakfast, it is a great way to support your immune system at the start of your day as it consists of nutritionally rich ingredients including tomato, poached eggs, garlic, onion and peppers. See the full Shakshuka recipe.
Eggs are packed with protein and healthy fats, making them a great addition to any meal, not just breakfast. Read our tutorial to make the perfect eggs; scrambled, poached, sunny-side up, easy over or as an omelette, there is a way to suit every need. The Omelette recipe can even be a light lunch or dinner. See all the Eggs for Breakfast recipes.