As promised, we have put together our favorite Meatless Monday recipes from year one. If you're looking to introduce some vegetarian meals into your routine or looking to expand on what you're already doing, we think you'll find something crave-worthy on this list.You'll notice that we're shameless cheese eaters, but it's often just a topping or small mix-in so don't judge us too harshly.
- Pasta Primavera - This one made an appearance about once a month because it was an easy, hearty meal. It's a great way to get a lot of veggies into a dish. Our go-tos: yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and garlic. In an effort to be carb conscious we also use gluten free pasta (our favorite is DeBoles). Add your favorite pasta sauce and sprinkle on some cheese. We like the Moliterno Gigante variety that is infused with Truffle Paste. Fairway Market has a great blog post about it here.
- Grilled Cheese - Not necessarily the healthiest of our Monday options but we make sure to partner it with a salad or vegetable soup.We also always add tomatoes to our sandwich and have started using gluten-free bread (Udi's is my go-to brand). The Pinterest board has a recipe for the grilled cheese that rocked our socks off by unexpectedly incorporating whole-grain mustard.
- Pear and Spinach Salad - I could quite possibly eat this salad every day because it's that yummy. Pear slices (or apple if you prefer) and pecans on top of a bed of spinach or any other salad greens. Throw in some crumbles of cheese like goat cheese for a little protein and add your favorite balsamic vinegar. We get a cinnamon pear balsamic from The Filling Station in Chelsea Market.
- Vegetable Enchiladas - Because the seasoning of Mexican food is so good, it doesn't need meat to be satisfying. The version we included in this recipe collection features spinach but don't be afraid to experiment and throw in some of your favorite sauteed vegetables.
- Butternut Squash Soup - Admittedly, I've been making this long before we started Meatless Mondays, but now I make it more regularly. This is my recipe which made an appearance at the onset of our 2013 resolution as featured in this post.
- Mujadara - I was introduced to this Lebanese dish about 6 years ago at Kalustyan's, an amazing multi-ethnic specialty food market in New York City. Don't be turned off by the look of it like Ethan was initially (it's kinda grey from the lentils); if you like carmelized onions, you'll love this dish.
- Baked Eggplant Parmesan - We make a variation of this recipe. There's no frying on Meatless Monday.We've found that if we want some crunch, we can get it by baking or using the broiler. Mix some grated parmesan cheese with panko (japanese bread crumbs) and use that for your breading. Spray each side of your breaded eggplant slices with some olive oil and bake for 20-30 minutes (or until golden brown). We often don't add more cheese, they're good enough to eat simply with some spaghetti sauce.
- Baked Zucchini and Tomato Tian - I came across this recipe last summer and it looked so beautiful that I had to try it. You can pair it with some couscous, quinoa, or rice if you want a little more of a fill factor.