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 they’re also an 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!
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!
run out and buy ingredients you’ll only use once! Use what you have and make it work!
75 hearty meatless meals even the carnivore will love
1| 15 Minute Vegetable Lo Mein
2| Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta
3| Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas
5| Delicious Zucchini Meatballs
Photo Cred: Budget Bytes – Vegetable Pot Pie Skillet
9| Jalapeno Chickpea Mac N Cheese
10| Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Ricotta
15| Pizza Roll – Ups
16| Spinach and Tomato Quesadilla with Pesto
17| Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells
Photo Cred: Betty Crocker – Easy Meatless Lasagna
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
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
32| Vegan Cumbo
33| 3 Ingredient Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash
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
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
47| Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna
48| Creamy Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms
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
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
Photo Cred: The Recipe Critic – Tuscan Pasta Salad
70| Mushroom Popover Casserole
72| Italian Baked Eggs with Chickpeas
73| Cheesy Mexican Bean and Vegetable Casserole
75| Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini
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9 thoughts on “75 Kid Approved Meatless Meals You Gotta Try”
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!!
Glad you enjoyed it! Happy planning!
LOVE meatless Monday’s and this list is amazing!! Thank you!
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
What a fantastic list! Thank you. We’re trying to eat a bit less meat/chicken in our house so this is perfect.
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!
I’m so excited about this list! Thanks so much for sharing!
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
Thank you for sharing. I am going to try these recipes especially since we are on a budget:-)