So I may be a day or two late on this post, but at least this gives you a couple of days to prepare for next week’s Meat-Free Monday! To learn more about Meat-Free Monday, go visit their website: http://www.meatfreemondays.com/

These recipes are some of my personal favourites and I can assure you, they are all so delicious that you won’t even miss the meat. All recipes listed below are either vegetarian or vegan.

  1. Shakshuka (Vegetarian) // recipe link: http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2010/07/summer-2010-travel-blog-shakshuka/  // Shakshuka is a hearty, full of flavour middle eastern dish. Perfect for colder days and an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and essential dietary fibre.
  2. Zucchini “Meatballs”  (Vegetarian, but can be made Vegan if you omit the egg and swap for an egg substitute, such as a flax egg. The parmesan is also optional) // recipe link: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a48034/zucchini-meatballs-recipe/?utm_content=bufferf2a3e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=buffer // Swap out your regular spaghetti and meatballs for these bits of green goodness. Zucchini is an excellent source of Vitamin A, magnesium and potassium.
  3. Black bean & sweet potato quesadillas (Vegetarian, but can be made vegan if you omit the cream cheese, cheese and sour cream) // recipe link: http://www.kitschencat.com/black-bean-and-sweet-potato-quesadillas/ // Black beans are full of essential dietary fibre and protein. Sweet potato is an excellent source of Vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene, which is what gives the potato it’s orange tint.
  4. Vegetable rice paper rolls (Vegan) // recipe link: http://www.food.com/recipe/vegetable-rice-paper-rolls-354342?layout=desktop // optional vegan peanut dipping sauce recipe link: http://cookieandkate.com/2015/peanut-dipping-sauce/ (omit honey if you are Vegan) // These rice paper rolls almost look too pretty to eat. They are super yummy and packed full of essential nutrients. They are basically your five-a-day in one bite!
  5. Chickpea veggie burger (Vegan) // recipe link: http://runningonrealfood.com/chickpea-veggie-burgers/ // Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein and essential dietary fibre. Bonus: these super filling, super healthy burgers are also gluten-free!
  6. Aubergine bake/Melanzane (Vegetarian) // recipe link: http://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/family/melanzane-parmigiana/ // Aubergine takes on a somewhat meaty texture when it is well cooked through, so this dish is perfect for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. This hearty dish is full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and essential dietary fibre.
  7. “Zoodles” with avocado and pesto (Vegan) // recipe link: http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6f028d243640348bc9df34d9d&id=1342c743a1&e=bb23d1e8ab // Zucchini is full of dietary fibre, which will leave you feeling satisfied for longer. This means you will be less likely to want to reach for a snack within an hour after your main meal.
  8. Paneer Tikka Masala (Vegetarian) // recipe link: http://www.cookwithmanali.com/paneer-tikka-masala/http://www.cookwithmanali.com/paneer-tikka-masala/ // Once you’ve tasted this recipe, you’ll soon be choosing this dish over the chicken version. Paneer is an Indian cottage cheese that is slightly spongey and tofu-like in texture. It is widely enjoyed by meat-lovers and vegetarians alike. This hearty dish is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and protein.
  9. Lentil Dahl (Vegan) // recipe link: http://endurancezone.com/red-lentil-dahl-recipe/ // Lentils are an excellent source of protein and have been known to lower cholesterol due to their high levels of soluble dietary fibre.
  10. Cauliflower fried “rice” (Vegetarian) // recipe link: http://iowagirleats.com/2015/04/10/cauliflower-fried-rice/ // Cauliflower is a great alternative to the rice normally found in this dish. It is naturally gluten-free, rich in Vitamin K, magnesium and protein. The addition of sesame-oil gives this dish the authentic and delicious “fried rice” taste.

Until next time, bone app the teeth 😉

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