Whether you’re going full vegetarian or just looking for more plant-based meals to add to your menu, here are 25 of my family’s favorite meatless recipes.
Raise your hand if you’ve heard the term “plant-based”? It’s not just a marketing term, but a movement toward eating more foods from plants. We all know that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is key to a healthy lifestyle, and many families are looking to also reduce the amount of meat in their diets.
Enter the plant-based movement.
What foods can you eat on a plant-based diet?
Contrary to popular belief, plant-based doesn’t necessarily mean a strictly vegan or vegetarian diet. It’s sometimes referred to as a flexitarian diet.
It means that your diet consists mainly of foods derived from plants, including fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds and beans/legumes. Meat, eggs and dairy can still be consumed, usually in limited quantities.
The bottom line, a plant-based diet is flexible. No foods are completely off-limits!
What are the benefits of a plant-based diet?
There are definitely health benefits to a plant-based diet, including a diet low in saturated fat, rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (from all those fruits and veggies!). This can lead to a lower risk of conditions like heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.
Of course, always talk to your doctor before making any dietary changes to discuss how it might affect you.
Plant-based diets are also more sustainable, as it takes less natural resources like water and land use. It can also help lower pollution and slow deforestation.
Will I get enough protein with a plant-based diet?
We get this question a lot. The short answer, yes! Protein isn’t only found in meat and dairy products, there are plenty of plant-based sources of protein including beans, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Buffalo chicken goes plant-based with these tasty buffalo cauliflower lettuce wraps. All your favorite buffalo wing flavors - buffalo sauce, celery, carrots and blue cheese - get wrapped up for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.
This crispy baked tofu paired with a homemade ginger soy sauce is a better-than-takeout dish you can make at home. As an easy plant-based dish, it’s perfect to serve on a salad, over rice or with your favorite combination of vegetables.
Buddha bowls are full of healthy grains, veggies and protein, and really simple to make. To save time, roast the chickpeas ahead of time and store in a ziplock bag or sealed container until ready to use.
These no-waste, bite-sized veggie nuggets are a simple way to get more veggies onto your child’s plate. Don’t discard those broccoli stems! Turn them into these easy veggie nuggets for a treat your kids will love.
This arugula and quinoa salad is a flavor-packed dish complete with peppery arugula, protein-packed quinoa, fresh peaches, crunchy pistachios and salty queso fresco. Add some grilled chicken to make this salad more hearty, or serve alongside fish for a light summer meal.
This bright, fun, and nutrition-packed dinner is super easy to prepare, and even more fun to put together! This recipe calls for a combo of roasted veggies and fresh veggies but choose what you think will go over best with your family.
There’s always an abundance of veggies like tomatoes, zucchini and mushrooms during the summer. For the pizza recipe, we grill the veggies first to give them a delicious flavor then add to our pizza along with fresh mozzarella for a meal the whole family loves.
Taquitos are a kid-friendly and easy way to get veggies into kiddos, and this homemade version is no exception. Packed with cauliflower, black beans and corn, kids will happily eat these for lunch, dinner or as a snack.
Wait, there’s eggplant in there? This flavorful combo will have the family focused on a second helping rather than the assortment of veggies. Plus, eggplant is often called brain food due to the many health benefits of the vegetable.
Amanda’s marketing, public relations and community outreach experience spans 20 years. She is the mom of two girls and two boxer dogs. You can hear her as the host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, find her cooking alongside her girls in videos on the Produce for Kids Instagram feed or spot her out volunteering with her family. When not in the office, Amanda can be found with her family on the tennis courts or at the dance studio.