Budget friendly meatless meals for the whole family

Budget friendly meatless meals for the whole family

When it comes to meal planning I always try to incorporate a few meatless meals into our weekly plan. Meatless meals are not only great for the budget because meat can get expensive but it’s also a awesome and easy way to get in some extra veggies and pack some meals with extra nutrients and vitamins.

Meatless meals seem to get a bad wrap don’t they? Most people who are strictly meat and potato folks seem to feel that meatless meals can’t be satisfying enough or bulky enough to be served as a meal and so they shy away from switching things up in their meal plan.

I’m here to tell you folks that there are a ton of insanely delicious, easy to make and filling meatless meals out there that wont cost you a fortune to make and will happily feed your family both adults and kiddos alike!

75 Meatless Family Meals | Budget Meals | Meatless Meals | Vegetarian Dinners | Budget Friendly Meals | Easy Weeknight Meals | Food for the whole family

A few frugal tips to make meatless meals even more budget friendly

  • Always peruse your reduced to sell section of the grocery store first. You can score some awesome deals that can make these meals even cheaper to put together.
  • Sub out fresh for frozen! In most cases (save perhaps a stir fry) you really can’t tell the difference
  • If you’re missing an ingredient or two don’t sweat it! Don’t run out and buy ingredients you’ll only use once! Use what you have and make it work!

75 Meatless Meals for the Whole Family

1| 15 Minute Vegetable Lo Mein

2| Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta

3| Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas

4| Chickpea Stew

5| Delicious Zucchini Meatballs

6| Vegan Lasagna

7| Portobello Fajitas

Photo Cred: Budget Bytes – Vegetable Pot Pie Skillet

8| Vegetable Pot Pie Skillet

9| Jalapeno Chickpea Mac N Cheese

10| Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Ricotta

11| Spicy Rice and Bean Wraps

12| Avocado Grilled Cheese

13| Roasted Veggie Sandwiches

14| Caprese Pasta Salad

15| Pizza Roll – Ups

16| Spinach and Tomato Quesadilla with Pesto

17| Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Photo Cred: Betty Crocker – Easy Meatless Lasagna

18| Easy Meatless Lasagna

19| Roasted garlic pasta

20| Slow cooker eggplant Parmesan

21| Lemon Garlic Orzo with Roasted Veggies

22| Butternut Squash Spinach Tortellini

23| Lentil Loaf

24| Better than Chipotle Burrito Bowls

25| Broccoli Rice Stuffed Peppers

26| Zucchini Burrito Boats

Photo Cred: Making Thyme for Health – Mexican Zucchini Burrito Boats

27| Cheesy Enchilada Rice Skillet

28| Avocado Black Bean Burgers

29| Quinoa and Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

30| BBQ Lentil “neat” balls

31| General Tso’s Chickpeas

32| Vegan Cumbo

33| 3 Ingredient Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash

34| Mom’s Vegetarian Pot Pie

35| Ultimate Veggie Mac N Cheese

Photo Cred: Wendy Polisi – Ultimate Veggie Mac n Cheese

36| Mushroom Ricotta Open Faced Sandwich

37| Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

38| Crispy Cauliflower Hot Wings

39| Vegetarian Pasta and Fagioli

40| Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Lime Crema

41| Ricotta and Spinach Calzone’s

42| Roasted Chickpea Gyros

43| Braised Vegetables in Red Wine Reduction over Potato Puree

44| Vegetarian Swiss Chard and Pinto Bean Burritos

Photo Cred: House of Nash Eats – Vegetarian Swiss Chard and Pinto Bean Burritos

45| Teriyaki Bowls

46| Spring Vegetable Pot Pie

47| Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

48| Creamy Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

49| Crispy Potato Tacos

50| Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili Mac

51| Crock Pot Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili

52| Spinach Artichoke Enchiladas

53| Moroccan Vegetables and Chick Peas

54| One Pot Mushroom and Potato Curry

55| Tomato and Onion Spanish Rice

56| Ramen Noodle Stir Fry

57| Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

Photo Cred: Food Folks and Fun – Easy Broccoli Quiche

58| Vegetable Singapore Noodles

60| Southwest Black Bean Polenta Casserole

61| Broccoli and Rice Casserole

62| Buffalo Cauliflower and Chickpea Taco’s

63| Rice and Black Bean Casserole

64| Vegetable Delight Casserole

65| Moussaka Lasagna with Garlic Pesto

66| Bean Burrito Casserole

67| Parmesan Garlic Ramen

68| Veggie Pasta Alfredo

69| Tuscan Pasta Salad

Photo Cred: The Recipe Critic – Tuscan Pasta Salad

70| Mushroom Popover Casserole

71| Savory Vegetable Stuffing

72| Italian Baked Eggs with Chickpeas

73| Cheesy Mexican Bean and Vegetable Casserole

74| Sweet Chili Tofu Bowls

75| Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini

75 Meatless Family Meals | Budget Meals | Meatless Meals | Vegetarian Dinners | Budget Friendly Meals | Easy Weeknight Meals | Food for the whole family

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Do you incorporate meatless meals into your meal plan?



  1. October 4, 2017 / 7:35 am

    Wow, these are fantastic. This is a very very helpful post… most plant based budget meals are somewhat boring. You’ve compiled an incredible assortment. I’m meal planning today for the month so I need to add these in! Thanks!!

    • October 4, 2017 / 7:36 am

      Glad you enjoyed it! Happy planning!

  2. October 4, 2017 / 9:02 am

    LOVE meatless Monday’s and this list is amazing!! Thank you!

  3. October 4, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Loved this post! I have been trying to get my family to start incorporating more meatless meals into our diets and with this masterpost I think it will be easier. Definitely will be sharing!

    Lauren @ Celestial Livin

  4. Casey
    October 4, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    This couldn’t have come at a better time – Ive Started eating more plant based and I’m always looking for ways to save money as a grad student. Delicious roundup!

  5. meredithamand
    October 5, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I’m so excited about this list! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. October 5, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    These sound delicious. I’m trying really hard to convince my boyfriend that meat isn’t a necessity in every meal. Don’t get me wrong, I LOOOOOVVVVE meat, but I can go a couple days without it and still survive lol! He is a meat cutter though, so that kind of directs his thought process

  7. loopycup26
    October 10, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I am going to try these recipes especially since we are on a budget:-)

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