Meatless Mondays are not only a new trending idea on social media, but a healthy way to approach finding a balance between meat centered meals and veggie centered meals. In North America a lot of our meals focus on meat as the primary source of iron and protein, but there are tons of vegetarian foods that also provide the same benefits. Choosing one day a week to eat no meat and more veggies is a great way to find balance in your diet. These recipes below will help you get started on this journey without even thinking twice that meat is missing from your meal.

1. Ricotta and Spinach Calzone

Get all that iron and protein from some rich ricotta cheese and spinach! It’s a gourmet twist on a classic pastry that will not disappoint!

http://www.kitschencat.com/ricotta-spinach-calzones/ Photos and Recipe By: Kitschen Cat

2. Vegan One Pot Spaghetti with Vegetables

Want to reduce your dishes and pack in those veggies? This one pot pasta is packed with color, flavor and all kinds of nutrients!

https://veganheaven.org/recipe/vegan-one-pot-spaghetti-with-vegetables/ Photos and Recipe By: Vegan Heaven

3. Mushroom Stroganoff

Create a pasta dish worth photographing and eating more than once! It’s so simple yet ideal for those family members who come home from work absolutely famished.

http://www.naturalgirlmodernworld.com/home/mushroom-stroganoff Photos and Recipe By: Natural Girl Modern World

4. Vegetable Pot Pie Skillet with a Cheddar Biscuit Topping

On a rainy day, this skillet will take you back to your childhood. Packed with all the veggies you refused to eat as a child but now love, this meal will fill you up with warmth and quality.

https://www.budgetbytes.com/2016/12/vegetable-pot-pie-skillet-cheddar-biscuit-topping/?utm_content=bufferddfa1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=budgetbytesbuffer Photos and Recipe By: Budget Bytes

5. Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta

Not a huge fan of spaghetti but still want that Italian pasta experience? This simple recipe has your name written all over it!

https://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/07/creamy-tomato-spinach-pasta/ Photos and Recipe By: Budget Bytes

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6. Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Bowls

These insane Quinoa bowls are absolutely delicious, nutritious and so memorable you’ll want to make them everyday.

http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/2015/01/14/sweet-potato-black-bean-quinoa-bowls/ Photos and Recipe By: Spoonful Of Flavor

7. Quick and Easy Vegetarian Ramen

Skip the take out and head home to make a bowl of Ramen that looks like anything but Mr. Noodles! Packed with protein, carbs and veggies, this meal doesn’t take any shortcuts to get to an amazing dish.

https://www.aheadofthyme.com/2017/01/quick-and-easy-vegetarian-ramen/ Photos and Recipe By: Ahead Of Thyme

8. Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese and Dried Cranberries

This recipe is not only perfect for Autumn, but it also makes a wonderful side dish at family get togethers such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

http://www.platingsandpairings.com/pumpkin-risotto-with-goat-cheese-dried-cranberries/ Photos and Recipe By: Platings and Pairings

9. Vegetarian Mushroom, Spinach and Quinoa Risotto with Oven Poached Eggs

Who loves poached eggs? I do! We all know how delicious risotto is, but when paired with rich flavors and a poached egg, it goes from great to incredible.

https://www.supergoldenbakes.com/2017/05/vegetarian-mushroom-spinach-quinoa-risotto.html Photos and Recipe By: Super Golden Bakes

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10. Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole

When you’re looking for a healthier alternative for tacos, this bowl serves up nothing but the best ingredients out there. Swap out the taco shell for wholesome quinoa and your body will thank you.

http://www.platingsandpairings.com/quinoa-taco-bowls-with-guacamole-2/ Photos and Recipe By: Platings and Pairings

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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