We aren't vegetarian but Meatless Monday is nice for the wallet and there are a lot of benefits, both health-wise and for the environment. This whole week is dedicated to Meatless Meal Plan!
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!
This Week's 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 meatless meal plan and how it works for you! Real-live vegetarians, I welcome your comments!