Meatless Monday Meal Plan

We are SOOO far from vegetarian but I do try to go meatless now and then, both to show the kids that yes, you can have a meal without a big slab of dead cow, and also to save money. You can't ignore the health benefits, either.What I like about this meal plan is that you don't have to buy 50 million ingredients you've never heard of (unless you're a professional vegetarian). Those of us who are just starting out, or aren't fully committed – this is for you.

Here's another cool thing – these recipes are all very different, but you really don't have to buy a ton of stuff. The mushrooms you buy for the stroganoff you'll also use in the pizza and the pasta, and then the vegetables you'll need for the stir fry are the same you'll use in the cassoulet and the pasta as well! You'll buy a ton of fresh veggies, but that's never a bad thing, right? And as pricy as good produce can be, it's still cheaper than meat.
Here's a quick shopping list – this is just the stuff that's not usually on my list – things that are specific to the recipes in question – I don't think I need to tell you to buy flour, right? LOL
I'm not a vegetarian, and I've got a freezer full of chicken stock that I made myself. So when these recipes call for stock, I'll be using that. But if you really are vegetarian, use vegetable stock. Since you'll have all these yummy veggies in the house, save your scraps in a zipper bag in the freezer, and when you have a bunch, throw them all into your crockpot before bed, add a ton of water and some fresh herbs, and let them simmer all night. When you wake up, you have essentially free vegetable stock. Can't beat that!

Meal Plan Recipes:

Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff
Black Bean Burgers
Apple Glazed Stir Fry
Chickpea Salad Wraps
Shitake Pizza
Roasted Veggie Pasta

These all look great and I can't wait to test them out! Let me know if you try this menu/meal plan and how it works for you! Real-live vegetarians, I welcome your comments!

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  1. I love the stroganoff and black bean burger recipes! I made sure to share with my Mamavation group because it’s always nice to have some alternate recipes on hand πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!!

  2. mmmmm…sweet potato fries! My fav!

  3. We eat sweet potatoes & black beans a lot together! In quesadillas, chili, wraps,casseroles,meatless shepherd’s pie…they’re such a good combo.
    The kids prefer burgers made with lentils over any other bean (and we’ve done them all). The lentils burgers tens to be a little moister.

  4. I’m not a veg girl but these even look good to me. Nice job, Evin!

  5. How do I get my family to eat mushrooms???? No one but me and these recipes sound amazing!

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