Newswise — Strolling through supermarket aisles, it’s impossible not to notice all the amazingly innovative and delicious vegetarian and vegan food products available. Today, you can find a plant-based alternative for almost every animal-product imaginable, from plant-based breakfast sausage and chicken nuggets to coconut whipped cream and cashew cheese.
And for this, we at Meatless Monday are grateful. The meatless movement continues to grow as more people are exposed to the delicious tastes, textures, and flavor combinations that plant-based foods and ingredients have to offer.
We are showcasing our most-viewed Meatless Monday recipes. All of these vegetable-forward recipes utilize familiar flavor profiles, so both vegans and meat-eaters alike can enjoy them together. The only way to get more people eating plant-based foods is to keep on offering delicious meal options, so get in the kitchen and start cooking.
Forget avocado toast and say hello to your new brunch bestie — breakfast lentils.Sautéing the lentils with shallots, paprika, and fresh lemon juice makes for a savory alternative to traditionally sweet breakfast dishes.
Carrot Cauliflower Stew
This carrot cauliflower stew is warm and filling thanks to the roasted carrots, chile powder, and turmeric. A can of chickpeas adds an extra punch of vegan protein, elevating this stew from soup-course to entrée status.
Cauliflower Buffalo Wing Bites
Capture the spicy kick of Buffalo wings without the bones (and the chicken). This super simple recipe for cauliflower Buffalo wings is a definite crowd pleaser. No need to wait for gameday, whip up a batch this Monday.
Jamaican Jerk Tofu
Jerk seasoning is known for being bold, assertive, and hot, using spices like cayenne, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and thyme. Pairing this seasoning blend with the subtle flavor of tofu makes this Jamaican jerk tofu a dish that will certainly wake up people’s palates. Serve the slabs with a vegetable and a side of rice and peas for a complete meal.
Kale, Potato, and Carrot Curry
Coconut milk and fragrant spices make this decadent kale, potato, and carrot curry the perfect meal to cozy up to on a cold Monday night. It’s a great way to use up seasonal produce items like kale, carrots, and potatoes, plus it’s a snap to cook.
Lemon Mint Quinoa Salad
Bright, cool, and refreshing, this lemon mint quinoa salad is the perfect accompaniment to any weekday meal. Fresh mint and toasted almonds give it an herbaceous note and yummy crunch.
Meaty Mushroom Stew
This meaty mushroom stew with garlic mashed potatoes, is as hearty and unctuous as any beef dish. By using mushrooms (cremini and shitake), soy sauce, and tomato paste, you can recreate that savory, umami flavor that you crave from a cold-weather stew.
It’s no surprise that these veggie meatballs also made our list of most popular recipes of all time. Lentils are rich in protein as well as other essential minerals. Adding them to these veggie meatballs makes for a filling, protein-packed dish that can be served with a side of pasta or zoodles.
Pancit is a traditional Filipino dish made with rice noodles that is dressed with soy sauce and often features a combination of chopped meat and vegetables. This vegetable pancit is lighter than the classic version, and incorporates more texture through the use of both crunchy vegetables and succulent cubes of pan-fried tofu.
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