8 Great Meatless Meals To Save You Money

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Meatless meals have saved my budget more times than I can count. If I plan wisely, not only do they save me money, but we also get some extra veggies in our diet.

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Meatless meals have come to my rescue many times over the years. When I hadn’t thawed any meat, when I forgot to get to the store, when I just couldn’t squeeze meat in the budget, meatless has been my friend.

It’s also nice to have something lighter every once in awhile. A meatless meal comes together quickly without a lot of fuss. Like my Greek Eggs. Mmmm. Those are some of my favorites. I think I could probably eat that every day. Or the swoon-worthy Quinoa Salad. Yep, I could almost be a vegetarian.


No matter your reason for going meatless, even if it’s once a week, these 8 great dishes are great for any night of the week.

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Quinoa Salad to Make You Swoon

Want a Quinoa Salad that will make you swoon? This would be it. It’s one of my favorites to make for a hearty, protein-packed lunch. It’s so good, my husband texted me in the middle of the day to tell me how much he loved it.

Get the recipe: Quinoa Salad to Make You Swoon

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Herbed Lemon Linguine with Tomatoes

Enjoy a quick and easy weeknight dinner that’s good enough for guests with this Herbed Lemon Linguine. It’s light and flavorful, a perfect meatless main.

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Southwestern Oven Omelet for Easy Mornings

Make your mornings extra special with this easy oven omelet with a southwestern flair. Flavorful chiles and peppers and sharp cheddar cheese make this meatless egg dish something worth waking up to.

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Greek Orzo Salad

Dotted with sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, marinated artichoke hearts, and tangy feta, this delicious Greek Orzo Salad comes together quickly with a handful of ingredients.

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Picnic Sandwich Recipe

Enjoy eating in the great outdoors with this easy, make-ahead picnic sandwich. Meatless and packed with lots of fresh veggies, it’ll do your body good.

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Quinoa Vegetable Salad

This Quinoa Vegetable Salad is packed with protein and flavor and full of all the colors of the rainbow. It’s perfect for packing.

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadilla

Quesadillas are a quick, easy, and delicious dinner. Try this Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadilla recipe for a meatless version with plenty of flavor.

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What are YOUR favorite meatless meals?

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  1. Katie C. says

    Vegetarian black bean enchiladas. We had them last night. Of course I had some leftover filling so those will go in quesadillas. Very easy to make with stuff I usually have on hand.

  2. Stephanie M. says

    I like macaroni and broccoli.

    1 head of broccoli
    1 lb. penne pasta or any pasta of your choice
    2 – 3 cloves minced garlic
    extra virgin olive oil – about 1/4 cup

    Cut broccoli including stem into bite size pieces. Put broccoli into a large pot and add enough water to boil the pasta in. When broccoli comes to a boil, add pasta and cook till done. Drain water. In a saucepan, heat olive oil; add garlic and sautee till golden. Pour oil and garlic over pasta/broccoli and add salt to taste.

  3. Jodi says

    Last night I made your Easiest Mac and Cheese Recipe. Even my son who doesn’t like sour cream enjoyed it. I will definitely make it again soon. (I used Aldi’s light sour cream, in case anyone else wanted to cut the calories)

  4. Alice E says

    When I sat down and made a list it was longer than I expected. Eggs are a favorite for me and we always have lots of them on hand. A favorite is egg and cheese sandwiches on bread, but just biscuits or pancakes with eggs also show up when I’m more energetic.

    Beans and rice in various combinations with or without cheese. If not flavoring beans with a bit of meat, I sometimes mix more than one variety such as pintos, great northern and navy or pink beans cooked together, since I think it adds flavor. Beans and cornbread is the obvious other side of the beans option and always good. Split pea soup, lentil casserole or soup, and bean soup with kale added are also good.

    Pasta is an easy choice with mac-n-cheese, but I also like to fix linguine with a sauce made by sweating onion slices in olive oil and making a thin white sauce (using 2% milk) and adding a bit of Parmesan cheese.

    I also found an interesting recipe for bulger pilaf on the Bob’s Red Mill Package that has onions and mushrooms that we like either instead of cereal in the morning or as a side, like with lentils or beans.

    Soup is also popular at our house. Vegetable soup or any of the potato soup variations are a real hit especially if I have homemade bread of some sort. Potato soup variations for me include the corn chowders or the versions where I add other vegetables such as spinach or kale.

    I also fix plain cheese quesadillas sometimes.

    • Your onion pasta sounds interesting. Will have to try that. Thanks for the suggestion.

  5. Laura says

    Here in NH definitely soup!! I made squash apple lentil last week (with chicken broth and bacon grease but could easily be vegetarian or vegan). We also love Minesrone or barley bean veggie soup. Chili (New England style ?) goes over well and of course corn chowdah.

  6. Virginia says

    I love meatless meals, my husband not so much, but I cook, so at least once a week I try to get one in. Love veggie omelets or scrambles, pasta with a sauce and lentils for protein (or last night I steamed cauliflower and then pureed that with white beans, some butter and milk for a white sauce with sautéed spinach – it was great!), quinoa/veggie casseroles with various sauces, fried rice with extra eggs, and lots of Mexican variations with beans – casseroles and layered enchiladas are my favorite. And salads for lunch, I can’t get behind salad for dinner, with either hard boiled eggs or cold lentils for the protein.

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