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This pesto asparagus egg skillet is praised by vegetarians and meatless-Monday practicers alike. This recipe features shaved asparagus noodles, olive oil, pesto, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and organic baked eggs. | peteandgerrys.com

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14 Vegetarian Dinner Ideas for Meatless Monday

Words by: Family Farm Team

There are so many great reasons to participate in meatless Monday. Some people choose to go meat-free one day a week for personal health reasons, while others do so in support of the environment, hoping to help lower animal agriculture's - and especially factory farming's - carbon footprint. Regardless of your motivations, no one wants to go to bed hungry, let alone on a Monday. The key to success? Fill your dinner plate with nutritious, plant-based ingredients and high quality vegetarian protein sources like eggs. Here are a few hearty meatless dinner recipes to try when Monday rolls around.

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1. Loaded Veggie Burgers

It's a daring statement, but it has to be said: these loaded veggie burgers taste even better than their beefy counterparts. Using your favorite homemade veggie burger recipe or store-bought patties as a base, load up on peppery arugula, grilled zucchini rounds, red pepper sauce, and a runny fried egg for a vegetarian meal that the whole family will love.

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2. Pesto Asparagus Egg Skillet

If any dish proves how versatile vegetables can be, it's this one. The asparagus is shaved into delicate ribbons that act like fettucine, clinging to the pesto and crunchy, cheesy homemade breadcrumbs. This skillet takes under 30 minutes to make, so it's perfect for those insanely busy Mondays that feel extra Monday-ish.

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3. Curried Butternut Squash Soup

This bowl of goodness deserves an award for creamiest soup without the use of cream. Instead, it gets its velvety-smooth texture from cashews, tender butternut squash, and coconut milk, making for a dairy-free, vegetarian, and protein-rich meal that's ready for all the toppings you can throw at it. Toasted pumpkin seeds, cilantro, and roasted peanuts are highly recommended.

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4. Cauliflower Grain Bowl with Hummus and Fried Eggs

Replace the steak or grilled chicken in your grain bowl with a crispy fried egg, a swirl of hummus, and voila! You've got a filling dinner that doesn't skimp on protein nor flavor, keeps you so satisfied that you won't find yourself back in the kitchen at midnight, and is so easy to riff on that you'll probably want it for dinner tomorrow, too.

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5. Eggs Baked in Tomato with Fennel and Feta

This spin on shakshuka has been bulked up with fennel, a celery-esque addition with a licorice-like flavor that pairs perfectly with the rich, rustic, cumin-spiced tomato sauce that poaches the eggs while it bubbles away in the oven. The dish is 100% vegetarian, making in an excellent option for dinner when Monday comes around.

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6. Quinoa and Egg Skillet

Yes, you read the recipe right. This skillet requires just five ingredients, plus olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. It's almost too easy! Simply crisp up the quinoa (it can be leftover or freshly cooked) in a cast iron skillet, crack the eggs over top, dot with fresh tomatoes and basil, and you've got a healthy, meat-free dinner on the table in under half an hour.

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7. Eggs In Zoodle Nests

Swap spaghetti and meatballs for eggs in zoodle nests once a week, and thank us later. While they may not be the starchy, carb-filled ingredient you know and love, zoodles are totally slurpable in their own right–especially when the egg baked into the center of these nests bursts open and coats every zucchini strand in yolky goodness.

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8. Easy Egg Curry

It's so easy to make a great vegetarian curry that you won't even miss the meat. This one calls for eggs as the protein, and it's about as paired down as curry can get. Don't worry; it still delivers on flavor thanks to all the spices, coconut milk, and vegetable stock in the recipe. It's super saucy and makes for a great vegetarian meal on its own or served over rice and steamed vegetables.

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9. Sweet Corn Polenta With Fried Egg and Sun-Dried Tomato Relish

Even if you're a regular meat-eater, it might not even dawn on you that you're enjoying a vegetarian meal when you dig into this from-scratch polenta. The only thing that could make a bowl of sweet corn comfort food better? Sundried tomato and basil relish and a fried egg with crispy, lacy edges.

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10. Pesto Pasta with Poached Egg

Vegetarians rejoice! The key to pesto pasta has finally been cracked. What's the secret ingredient, you ask? A poached egg nestled atop that plate of garlicky, herbaceous noodles, so that each strand gets some yolk action. Adding an egg also brings some protein to a traditionally protein-light dish, making for a nutritionally balanced meatless Monday meal.

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11. Kale and Egg Soup

Who doesn't love a hearty bowl of soup at the end of the day? Here's an easy protein swap: replace the sausage in your favorite brothy bowl of kale and potatoes with eggs that poach right in the vegetable broth. You'll end up with a pot of pure comfort; a soup begging to be ladled into your favorite bowl and finished with Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.

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12. Green Shakshuka

Shakshuka screams versatility; it's not limited to any particular time of day (or night, for that matter). This one is an excellent option for Monday dinners, and an easy way to get in your greens to boot. It's made with a whole pound of spinach sautéed in olive oil, plus shallot, garlic, cilantro, avocado, queso fresco, and eggs, of course.

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13. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Jammy Eggs

For most people, a simple recipe like roasted Brussels sprouts would typically play a supporting role at the dinner table, likely served alongside some variation of steak or grilled chicken. But when jammy eggs and buttery breadcrumbs join the party, this side dish is worthy of entrée status.

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14. Egg Ribbon Pasta with Asparagus and Parmesan

If you've ever doubted how adaptable eggs can be, feast your eyes on this egg ribbon pasta. That's right—no flour...just eggs, butter, salt, and pepper transformed into pappardelle-esque noodles that cradle roasted asparagus spears and blistered cherry tomatoes when the clock strikes dinnertime.

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Lakota

September 02, 2020

Outstanding !!!!! Thank you so very much for sharing!!! I will try each and every recipe for sure since my hens are now laying delicious organic eggs ❤️

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September 02, 2020

How exciting! We're so glad to hear you stumbled upon these recipes. Can't wait to hear what you think of them!

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Debbie

September 01, 2020

These look great, can't wait to try some!

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September 01, 2020

Thank you, Debbie! We can't wait to hear how you like them.

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Carmen

June 23, 2020

I finally find Recipes that I will eat.

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June 24, 2020

We are so happy to hear that, Carmen! We hope you enjoy and please let us know if you have a favorite!

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Erin Fulchiero

June 23, 2020

Yum

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June 24, 2020

We sure think so too, Erin. Enjoy!

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Devrim Bashelvaci

June 28, 2020

I tried pesto asparagus eggs skillet, it was very delicious. All your recipes are looks healthy and yummy. Thank you for sharing!

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June 29, 2020

So glad you enjoyed that recipe, Devrim! We look forward to hearing what other recipes you might give a try as well.

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