Vegetarian Kale Recipes for Meatless Monday that even Meat Eaters will Love

by - Monday, April 22, 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. Cutting down on fish (and only eating sustainable fish) can also help with our huge plastic problem, because plastic fishing nets are the largest source of plastic in our oceans. The production of fish and meat come at a huge environmental cost, and we are simply eating too much.

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!

Vegetarian Kale Recipes for Meatless Monday that even Meat Eaters will Love

To be honest, this is one of the worst seasons to be shopping for produce in the Pacific Northwest. The winter is pretty great for produce, and by the end of spring we are starting to see fruit, but early  spring is rough. Last weekend, we headed to the farmers market, and we saw a lot of carrots, potatoes, and lettuces. Lots of kale and related green-ness, but that was it.

So, clearly it is time to get inspired about kale. This feels tricky, because if you don't eat vegetarian, this is just the kind of rabbit food you imagine vegetarians eat all of the time. So it's especially important, if you are trying to transition yourself or your family into a more plant-based lifestyle, that these recipes don't suck. We are looking for delicious now. 

Let's feel excited about what we have (while also counting down to summer). Time to kale!

If you are going to do a kale salad, do this amazing one from Kitchen Confidante- lemony chickpeas and avocado? You know this thing is absolutely delicious, and chickpeas are pretty filling as well.

This garlic butter and kale rice from Recipe Tin Eats is presented as a side dish, but with a few more veggies, I think it could be a pretty delicious main dish. And if you are feeling iffy about something, pair it with garlic, butter, and carbs. 

If it is still a little wintery where you are, this lemony kale and white bean soup from The First Mess looks so delicious. It's just the kind of recipe that makes your whole home smell good. 

Since kale is a little on the earthy/bitter side, a little sweetness can really balance it out, so this kale and sweet potato hash from Nosh City looks totally delicious. Plus it has an egg on top, so I know lots of people who would be all about it. 

I freaking love pesto. We mostly make our pesto out of basil, but you can also make a delicious pesto out of kale- perfect for tomato salads or pastas. Mad About Food's recipe looks absolutely delicious. 

If you want a hearty soup with lots of flavor, check out this curried cauliflower rice soup from Mommy Cooking. Something really spicy and warm is perfect this time of year. And soups based on coconut milk just makes me happy. 

Ok, do you have a favorite kale recipe? 

Vegetarian Kale Recipes for Meatless Monday that even Meat Eaters will Love

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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