Monday, March 10, 2014

Meatless Monday Recipe Roundup

I didn't meal prep this week because I'm in India, but you can check out my previous meal preps here if you're looking for some ideas. 

Luckily, there are a lot of restaurants in India so I've still been able to eat a ton despite the lack of meal prep. Unluckily, it's been hard to eat healthy with all the delicious bread-like things, fried cheese, rice and curries staring at me all the time. Oh well, when in Rome India.

On the plus side, meatless Monday's have been super easy since there are so many vegetarian options. Which I guess isn't surprising since, according to Wikipedia, as many as 40% of Indians are vegetarian and there's even a government mandated vegetarian/non vegetarian labeling system for all packaged food products. 

I love meat (a piece of crispy pork belly is pretty close to heaven in my book), but I've been trying to eat more plant-based meals because it's good for the environment, especially since there's a serious drought in my new home state of California. Monica of Run Eat Repeat summed up why really well so I won't repeat the info here. #AintNobodyGotTimeforThat

Anyways, in honor of Captain Planet, India's vegetarians, and meatless Monday, here's a round up of vegetarian recipes so good you won't miss the meat.

The Lean Green Bean's Sweet Potato Quinoa Black Bean Burgers: This combo of sweet potato, quinoa, and black bean makes for a super hearty burger without the beef.  I made these awhile ago and they were so tasty I have to give it another go soon. 

Skinnytaste's Quinoa and Spinach Patties: It's been ages since I adapted this recipe, but it's still one of the bf's favorite meatless recipes, with lots of satisfying meat-free texture.

The Vegetarian Times' Tempeh BologneseThe last time I made baked tempehI used it in Italian flavored dishes for the first time thanks to this recipe and loved it. This would be even tastier/healthier than my pre-made sauce version and would be amazing over spaghetti squash.

Yup, it's Vegan's Baked Sweet & Sour Pineapple Sriracha Tofu Nuggets: I finally tried pressing tofu before baking and it really does make a huge difference. This recipe calls for freezing and thawing the tofu before pressing and the resulting texture looks awesome.

My Vegan Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili: Chili makes a great vegetarian dish, and the pumpkin adds in extra creaminess and filling power to make up for the lack of ground meat.

Q: Do you do meatless Mondays? Meat-only Mondays? What's your take on meat-eating? 


  1. Ooh I'm going to have to try those quinoa patties! I don't specifically do Meatless Mondays but I love veggie food!

    1. Glad you liked them, let me know how you like them if you do!

  2. The quinoa patties and tempeh bolognese look fab! I usually do not partake in meatless mondays, but I do not discriminate against good food :)

    1. Haha I love that! My food philosophy exactly :)