Easy Vegetarian Meals to Make for Meatless Monday

August 18, 2014

If your used to meat being at the center of the plate, replacing it with vegetables may be challenging at first.  The key to making vegetables the center of attention is to season them well so no one will miss the meat.  Whether the means bathing them in a marinade, sticking them on the grill, or simply sprinkling them with salt and pepper.  These vegetarian recipes are quick, easy, delicious and the perfect way to start practicing Meatless Monday.

Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes
Recipe from Brook Cook

Pasta is my go to for a quick and easy meal.  This recipe pairs whole wheat noodles with homemade basil pesto and fresh garden tomatoes.  I like to add cubes of buttery mozzarella for an extra salty bite.

Spinach and Egg Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Recipe from My Bizzy Kitchen

Nothing is quite as simple or pleasurable as a grilled cheese.  This one is layered with a fried egg, spinach leaves and cabot cheese.  Leftover grilled summer squash or fresh tomato slices would also be wonderful in this sandwich.

Grilled Summer Vegetable and Quinoa Salad
Recipe from: Ruffles & Truffles

Grilled vegetables and quinoa salad is a light and healthy summer meal.  This salad is inspired by seasonal vegetables available in your garden and at the farmers market.  Feel free to add some slices of grilled tofu to bump the protein in this dish.

Yellow Tomato Summer Gazpacho
Photo credit: Dana Robinson

Gazpacho, a cold Spanish soup, is one of the easiest soups to make. All the ingredients go into the blender and pureed until silky smooth.  This is a great recipe to use up the last of your summer tomatoes and any other vegetable that's on their leg.

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