20 Meatless Monday Ideas That Everyone Will Love

vegetable lasagna on a white plate
Photo: *Sherri*

You won't miss the meat in these vegetarian dinner recipes. From classic comfort foods (Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese is wonderfully creamy, and this top-rated Hearty Vegetable Lasagna is packed with Italian flavor) to plant-based takes on meaty favorites (you must try these Quinoa Black Bean Burgers), even the pickiest carnivores will love these Meatless Monday ideas.

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Hearty Vegetable Lasagna

vegetable lasagna on a white plate

Don't worry! Lasagna lovers won't even miss the meat in this hearty vegetarian recipe.

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Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup

Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup

This filling tomato-based soup is quick, easy, and surprisingly low in calories. The secret ingredient? A can of V8!

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Black Bean and Salsa Soup

black bean soup in two turquoise bowls
Photo by bd.weld. bd.weld

Use your immersion blender to make this six-ingredient soup on busy weeknights. Perfect for last-minute dinners, this recipe only takes about five minutes to throw together.

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Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

"These vegetarian burgers are delicious," says recipe creator DownHomeCitySisters.com. "Your carnivorous friends will be impressed. My favorite way to serve is on a whole-wheat bun with garlic-lemon mayonnaise, fresh raw spinach, sliced tomato, and caramelized onions!"

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Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole

Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole
Photo by Allrecipes Magazine.

This easy, cheesy pasta casserole is a comfort food favorite. You won't regret serving it on Meatless Monday.

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Healthy Broccoli Cheese Bake

Healthy Broccoli Cheese Bake on a green background
Allrecipes Magazine

Though it's healthier than a classic broccoli-cheese casserole, this hearty and nutritious dish is full of flavor.

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The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World

The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World in a white bowl topped with cheese
the Michael Hanna

We're not exaggerating here: This truly is the best vegetarian chili in the world. Three cans of protein-packed beans more than make up for the lack of meat.

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Vegetarian Moussaka

Vegetarian Moussaka
Mama Rho

"Wow this recipe is fantastic," says reviewer Susan Richardson Herald. "Followed the recipe just as written and it is absolutely wonderful. Thank you!"

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Veggie Pot Pie

a top-down view of a two-crust pie with a slice cut out

"This recipe is delicious," according to reviewer kdeeryhays. "I would give it more than 5 stars if possible. As a vegetarian who lives in a house full of meat eaters, this recipe was a definite winner with everyone."

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Delicious Black Bean Burritos

Delicious Black Bean Burritos

These quick and easy vegetarian burritos are so good, according to recipe creator Alison, you'll want to have them every night.

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Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Sour cream, cottage cheese, Cheddar, and Parmesan work together beautifully to make this macaroni and cheese extra creamy and indulgent.

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Peanut Noodles

Peanut Noodles with bell peppers on a white plate with chopsticks

It only takes about 10 minutes to throw together this delicious vegetarian recipe. Serve it warm for dinner tonight, then pack the cold leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable Fried Rice

There's nothing quite like a hearty plate of fried rice. Whip up some sriracha mayo to give this recipe a pleasantly spicy kick.

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Authentic Pizza Margherita

Authentic Pizza Margherita on a baking pan
Cynthia Ross

Here's an authentic Italian recipe that'll make you feel like you're eating dinner in Naples. In this case, less is definitely more.

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Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan II up close with basil garnish

This healthier take on classic eggplant Parm is baked instead of fried, so you can feel better about going back for seconds.

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Vegan Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

bowl of Vegan Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry with a side of rice
Vegan Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry. Allrecipes

Your plant-based friends will love this protein-packed vegan curry. Serve with basmati rice and a slice of naan.

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Chef John's Meatless Meatballs

Chef John's Meatless Meatballs in a white bowl

"Thanks to a thorough browning, mushrooms provide more than enough savoriness," according to Chef John. "The garlic, cheese, and parsley do the rest. What really blew me away was how close the texture was to actual meatballs. They are officially approved for use on spaghetti!"

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Plant-Based Tacos

Plant-Based Taco with cauliflower, corn, black beans, avocado on a tortilla in a blue and white bowl
Buckwheat Queen

You can serve this easy vegetarian recipe on Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday. How's that for a versatile dinner?

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Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos

Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos
Chef Mo

"Once you've had one, you'll want another," says recipe creator Karena. "The recipe is a little different from most burrito recipes, but I've had many, many requests for it. Serve these with sour cream, chopped green onions, and salsa."

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Chili Rellenos Casserole

Chili Rellenos Casserole closeup

This quick and easy Mexican casserole is perfect to serve when you have company over. Just don't expect leftovers!

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