Whole 30 Meatless Meals that Will Fill You Up

by - Sunday, January 13, 2019

What's the easiest switch you can make for the environment? Eat less meat!

On Mondays, we are exploring vegetarian meals for meat eaters. Cooking with seasonal vegetables can seem really limiting at first, but the possibilities are endless. And it is worth it. Just cutting one day of meat eating out of our diet can keep thousands of tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere a year. No seriously, it's that big a deal. Plus, it's a great opportunity to have some new adventures and try new things. Just another way to take care of the planet AND make life a little bit better!

We, like so many people out there, are using the New Year as a chance for a fresh start. After 4 years of declining eating, we are past due for a good detox from carbs. I love carbs so much, but apparently they do not love me back.

So, we decided to do Whole 30. I think the appeal is that we can manage anything for 30 days. We are already almost halfway there, thank goodness! 

But after years of cutting our meat consumption, I feel like we are reverting back. Our "health plan" is a constant encouragement to eat all the animals. It doesn't even allow beans! Seriously, how mad can you get about a good legume? Really, all that Whole 30 encourages is meat, carrots, and my tears.

So can you do Whole 30 and not eat a beefy meal three times a day? I sure hope so! Here are my favorite vegetarian Whole 30 meals out there. Because I can't be the only one pining for more vegetarian meals (and carbs... everyone on Whole 30 is pining for carbs). Right now, I am eating an egg, avocado, and potato pancake at least once a day. There has to be a better way! 

from 40 Aprons

First, you can do lots of vegetarian and vegan recipes using zoodles instead of noodles (I think a veggie zoodle soup might be really good?), and I love this coconut curry soup from 40 Aprons, because it checks all the boxes. But you know it still has some spice and oomph to it.

from The Real Food Dieticians

I see buffalo cauliflower recipes all over the place while researching vegetarian recipes, but this is the only Whole 30 version I have seen. The Real Food Dieticians' recipe has a really simple recipe. And it uses ghee. Freaking ghee has taken over our house! 

The Real Food Dieticians also have a citrusy brussel sprout recipe that I want to try too. It looks so yummy, and I love a good brussel sprout, and our go to recipe definitely has bacon in it, so we have to find another strategy. 

from Fit Mitten Kitchen

I feel like one of the big challenges of whole 30 is that it takes away most of your food vessels like bread or tortillas (Oh Bread, I miss you so much),  This sweet potato waffle recipe from Fit Mitten Kitchen creates a pretty genius substitute for bread, and you could but all sorts of vegetarian combinations (see: Avocado) on it. 

from What Great Grandma Ate

Since we can't use beans, we have been leaning pretty hard on mushrooms, which are pretty protein heavy. I like this simple recipe for balsamic and garlic mushrooms from What Great Grandma Ate, because garlic is the greatest ingredient ever made. So healthy, so delicious. Thank you to garlic for not abandoning me in my time of need. 

from Natasha's Kitchen

One thing that always works for us is a simple tomato and avocado salad. It's so easy, and as long as you have a good avocado, it's going to be delicious- we basically do the same thing as this recipe from Natasha's Kitchen. It's not seasonal right now, but if you are struggling through Whole 30 (like me) it could be a big help!

Meatless Whole 30 Recipes Vegetarian Vegan

Want more vegetarian recipes to try? Awesome! Adding more meatless meals to your diet is such a fun challenge and you can discover so many things you like. Check out this page for all of the Meatless Monday Recipe Round Ups!

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