There really is no reason why your family should not start meat-free Mondays! It encourages you all to enjoy a healthy meal together, and might even save you some money without having to buy meat. These meat-free Monday ideas the whole family will love are easy to make and absolutely delicious.
These vegetarian dinners are filling and delightful, and are more than just a boring salad or plate of steamed vegetables!
Here are some great meat-free Monday ideas for the whole family to enjoy:
You really cannot go wrong with veggie pasta. The great thing about this meal is you can make it up to suit what your family loves. Use up all the vegetables in your fridge, or pick out your family’s favourites. Roast up the veggies with some herbs, salt, and pepper. Make up a quick tomato sauce or use one from the store, and mix the sauce and veggies in with some penne pasta. Top with some feta and you have a filling meal!
Curries are ideal for when you need a wholesome meal at home, and you can tone down the spices to make the curry suitable for the whole family. Make your favourite curry recipe, but leave out all the meat. You can make a vegetable curry such as a potato curry, a chickpea curry, or a mixed vegetable curry. Serve with some rice or roti and sambals on the side.
Falafels are a great idea for meat-free Mondays as you can get the kids involved in making up the falafel. You can also purchase ready-made falafels from the store if you don’t want to make them yourself. Layer some tomato sauce, roasted red peppers, falafel, and cheese onto a sub roll and place in the oven until the cheese has melted. You will not even be able to notice the meat-free difference!
Butternut and Spinach Lasagne
Lasagne is a family tried and trusted favourite, and you don’t have to give it up on meat-free Mondays. Make up a white sauce, and layer cooked butternut, spinach, lasagne sheets and the white sauce in a dish. Cook it up until soft and serve with a side salad.
Chickpea and Butternut Burgers
Not only are chickpea and butternut burgers simply delicious, but they are really filling as well. Mash up some cooked butternut, chickpeas, egg and some flour and mix together. Form burger patties and fry or bake until cooked. Serve these on a seed bun with some veggie slaw and garlic mayonnaise for a filling dinner!
Cheesy Veggie Pie
Pies are great to make for the whole family, they are filling and wholesome and are easy enough to cook. Making the cheesy veggie pie allows you to use up all the extra vegetables you had sitting in your fridge. Cook these up and make a cheese sauce to mix together, and fill them into a pie pastry. Leave this to bake and serve with a side salad. The cheesy filling hides the fact that there is no meat!
Try out these meat-free Monday ideas the whole family will love and see how it goes!