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24 Meatless Monday Recipes For Vegans, Vegetarians, And Creative Cooks

A little inspiration for your next meat-free meal.

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Surely you've heard the phrase "Meatless Monday" before.

And if you haven't, I'll quickly explain: it's literally just swapping a vegetarian dish for your regularly scheduled meat-filled dinner once per week.

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But DID YOU KNOW that it's not just about your health — it's for the environment, too.

Per the official Meatless Monday website, there are three key impacts going meatless can do for the environment:

• It reduces fuel dependence on fossil fuel energy since meat based protein is far higher than that of grain-based protein produce.

• It minimizes water usage because the water needs of livestock are much greater than those of vegetables and grains.

• It reduces production of greenhouse gasses carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide — something meat production produces at a significantly higher rate than vegetables.

Got it? Good! Now let's move on to some really tasty recipes for your next Meatless Monday.

1. Macaroni Skillet

Hot For Food / hotforfoodblog.com

A family crowd-pleaser that's easy to make, too. Get the recipe here.

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2. Classic Chickpea Meatloaf

Connoisseurus Veg / connoisseurusveg.com
Connoisseurus Veg / connoisseurusveg.com

A meatloaf that looks so "meaty" you won't believe it. Get the recipe here.

3. Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza

This Savory Vegan / thissavoryvegan.com

Tastes so much like the real thing you may not even notice there's no actual chicken in it. Like it hot? Get the recipe here.

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4. Avocado Pasta

Damn Delicious / damndelicious.net
Damn Delicious / damndelicious.net

Turning your avocado into a carbonara sauce is simple, yet so delicious. Get the recipe here.

5. All-American Quinoa Chili Fries

Eat Happy Eat Healthy / eathealthyeathappy.com

Sign me up. Get the recipe here.

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6. Roasted Chickpea Gyros

Live Eat Learn / liveeatlearn.com

No matter how you pronounce 'em, they'll fill you up. Get the recipe here.

7. General Tso's Cauliflower

Pinch of Yum / pinchofyum.com
Pinch of Yum / pinchofyum.com

So tasty you won't even miss the real deal. Get the recipe here.

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8. Vegan Potstickers

Cilantro and Citronella / cilantroandcitronella.com

When you make your own potstickers you can fill them with whatever you want. Get the recipe here.

9. Hawaiian BBQ Tofu Bowls

Fit Mitten Kitchen / fitmittenkitchen.com
Fit Mitten Kitchen / fitmittenkitchen.com

Pretend you're in a tropical paradise with this good-for-you bowl. Get the recipe here.

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10. Vegetarian Meatballs in an Apricot Balsamic Sauce

Food Graciousness / foodnessgracious.com
Food Graciousness / foodnessgracious.com

Serve them as an appetizer or as the main part of your meal! Get the recipe here.

11. Grilled Chevre and Pesto Sandwich

Keepin It Kind / keepinitkind.com

Nothing beats grilled cheese. NOTHING. Get the recipe here.

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12. Wild Rice Burrito Bowl with Cilantro-Avocado Dressing

All the flavors of Mexican food, minus the meat and dairy. Get the recipe here.

13. Hummus and Avocado Toasts with Roasted Tomatoes

Olives For Dinner / eatliverun.com
Olives For Dinner / eatliverun.com

Amazing presentation for such a simple recipe. Get the recipe here.

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14. Curried Tempeh Salad

Brittany Mullins / Eating Bird Food / eatingbirdfood.com
Brittany Mullins / Eating Bird Food / eatingbirdfood.com

Perfect for sandwiches, picnics, or as the side to your favorite meal. Get the recipe here.

15. Easy Veggie Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust

Nutritional Foodie / nutritionalfoodie.com

This quiche has a gluten free crust made from sweet potatoes. Get the recipe here.

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16. Easy Ginger Garlic Noodles and Broccoli

Fooduzzi / fooduzzi.com
Fooduzzi / fooduzzi.com

You can jazz up this recipe with any veggies you'd like, or go with the author's suggestion and use broccoli and chives. Get the recipe here.

17. Scrambled Tofu and Mushroom Tarts

Vegan Mother Hubbard / veganmotherhubbard.net
Vegan Mother Hubbard / veganmotherhubbard.net

Phyllo dough is the magic ingredient for so many things. Get the recipe here.

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18. Kale Caesar Salad with Crispy Chickpea Croutons

Simply Quinoa / simplyquinoa.com
Simply Quinoa / simplyquinoa.com

Three words: Crispy. Chickpea. Croutons. Yes, please! Get the recipe here.

19. Scrambled Tofu Breakfast Tacos

Ambitious Kitchen / ambitiouskitchen.com
Ambitious Kitchen / ambitiouskitchen.com

Eat like the people of Austin, Texas and get with the breakfast taco craze. Get the recipe here.

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20. Green Goddess Pizza

Well and Full / wellandfull.com
Well and Full / wellandfull.com

I'm drooling. Get the recipe here.

21. Homemade Veggie Burger

Casey Jade / caseyjade.com
Casey Jade / caseyjade.com

There's just something so satisfying about making a veggie burger with your own hands. Get the recipe here.

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22. Vegan Sausage Rolls

Hot For Food / hotforfoodblog.com

Almost too easy for the cute payoff. Get the recipe here.

23. Gluten Free Pesto Pasta Salad

Abbeys Kitchen / abbeyskitchen.com
Abbeys Kitchen / abbeyskitchen.com

Pesto + noodles + tomatoes + olives = get in my belly! Get the recipe here.

24. Veggie Meatball Subs

The Crunchy Chronicles / thecrunchychronicles.com
The Crunchy Chronicles / thecrunchychronicles.com

Be a HERO (heh) and make this dinner for your fam. Get the recipe here.

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