I’ve been wanted to do a post for meat free meals for quite a long time but as you will probably know if you’ve been following me for some time, I’m not the best cook in the world. So I’ve asked some fabulous blogging friends to help me out.
I hope you like these meat free meals and please share your own favourites in the comments below. This collection of meat free meals has come from blogging friends who are a lot more talented in the kitchen than I am. Thank you.
Why To Go For Meat Free Meals
Whilst the idea of being a vegetarian does appeal to me, I’m not there yet but I would very much like to cut down on the amount of meat I eat.
Money – Meat free meals are generally a much cheaper option. When I do my weekly shop, it’s generally the meat items that are the most pricey. Read Meat Free Mondays
Environment – recent studies suggest that Eating less meat or no meat is better for the environment – Read Eating less meat and dairy is an easy way to reduce your climate change impact
Health benefits – 6 benefits of going meat-free for just one day a week
Meat Free Mondays
If you’ve never been on the Meat Free Mondays site please take a look, there’s so much information and tips. The site was launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009, Meat Free Monday aims to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, conserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one meat free day each week.
I really like the idea of having one day where we don’t eat meat. I’m definitely not ready to give it up completely. I’d like to have more than one day but by setting aside 1 day every week to go meat free, well it’s a good starting point.
And to be honest, I don’t prefer meat particularly but I tend to stick with the same old meals that I grew up with, the roast dinners, sausage and mash, spaghetti bolognese, lasagne, shepherd pie, beef stew, steak pie…
So putting this post together with some meat free meals that are going to be really warming through the colder months is for my benefit as much as wanting to help you guys too.
I hope you enjoy trying out these meat free meal ideas. Please let me know your favourites.
TOFU SESAME TOASTS
I really enjoyed this meal. I felt like I was having something really special. I love Chinese takeaways and this is a fabulous little starter. I served it with a sweet chilli sauce as recommended and it was delicious.
I followed this with a Veggie chow mein meal. It was a throw it in and hope for the best meal that worked quite well. I loosely followed a recipe for Chicken chow mein and just left out the chicken and added more veggies.
I love this recipe and it’s going to be a regular in my house. This recipe comes from Alex over at It’s not complicated recipes. Alex has some fantastic recipes including more meat free meals. The Asparagus and Parmesan Filo Rolls are also really delicious, although I cheated and got mum to make these.
Here’s the recipe Tofu Sesame Toasts
INDIAN SPICED RED LENTIL SOUP
Seriously, the flavours in this dish are amazing! I was a little skeptical about the feta cheese topping but it so works. Delicious!!!
This dish is just packed with flavour. On the day I made this my house smelt amazing all day. It was also incredibly filling. I think a lot of people think of soup as a starter but this filled me up for hours afterward and I think the flavours stopped me from wanting to eat anything else afterward which is always a bonus.
This recipe comes from Yolanda over at Put The Kettle On – Yolanda has a whole section on recipes well worth browsing plus some fantastic home and personal development posts.
See full recipe at Indian Spiced Red Lentil Soup
TEMPEH AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH STEW
This is a real winter warmer and I’ll be using this recipe a lot over the coming months. I’ve also substituted the tempeh with chickpeas and that worked nicely too.
I was a little unsure about trying tempeh but I’m so pleased I did and I’ve been using it in a few different recipes.
I’m a big fan of a stew and would normally just go with a beef stew, so this makes a perfect meat free swap and I thoroughly enjoy it. I’ve also served it at a family get together and it was a big winner.
This recipe comes from Chrissy over at Novel Orange – Chrissy’s got loads of recipes on her blog plus a Vegan Tips section well worth reading.
See this recipe Tempeh And Butternut Squash Stew Plus loads more recipes.
OPEN-FACED TOASTED TOMATO PARM SANDWICH
Okay, I have a serious problem with this recipe. I want to eat so much of it. This is such an easy to make recipe and it’s super delicious. I used to live in Spain and we used to have garlic bread with tomatoes, this is an even more delicious take on that idea.
This scrummy delicious recipe comes from Amy at Amy Ever After – Amy has a really good collection of meat free recipes for you to check out.
Here’s the recipe Open-Faced Toasted Tomato Parm Sandwich – Already a firm favourite in my house.
FESTIVE VEGAN CARDAMOM & ORANGE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
Really, can you think of anything better food wise? I haven’t tried this recipe yet, I’m waiting until our December, family Christmas tree party – Yes that’s a thing in my world. I’m so looking forward to these.
This recipe is from the A Balanced Belly blog. Isn’t that a great name for a blog by the way?
See the recipe FESTIVE VEGAN CARDAMOM & ORANGE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES (GF, DF)
There are loads more fantastic recipes on the blog.
This is definitely going to be a favourite midweek meal for me. Maybe a lunchtime option.
Here’s the recipe Butternut squash and sage pasta.
Mediterranean Vegetable Lasagne
ROASTED TOMATO PASTA | PASTA WITH ROASTED TOMATOES, GARLIC AND MINT
I love the tomato and garlic mix of this recipe. It’s always a winner for me and as unusual as I found it, the mint works really well.
This post comes from Sakshi at Delighted Baking This blog is absolutely packed with fantastic recipes of all kinds. It’s well worth checking out.
Here’s the recipe Roasted tomato and pasta
I think this is a brilliant midweek meal. So easy to throw together.
Black Bean, Coconut & Sweetcorn Stew | The Occasional Vegan
This is a brilliant post with a fantastic recipe as well as a really useful review of The Occasional Vegan book by Sarah Philpott. This books on my Christmas wish list now (just saying xx)
Scroll down to the bottom of the post, Black Bean, Coconut & Sweetcorn Stew | The Occasional Vegan for the recipe.
I haven’t had time to try this one yet but doesn’t it look delicious?
I’ve recently discovered cauliflower rice so I’m going to try this recipe with that.
This recipe comes from The Rare Welsh Bit Blog. You can find loads more fantastic recipes on the blog.
HOW TO PAIR WINE WITH VEGAN AND PLANT-BASED DISHES
I know this isn’t a meal but I know some of you reading this will be very appreciative of this little addition. So thank you to Angelica from Green Luxury Living for this contribution. Definitely check out the blog for more recipes, wellness posts and I particularly love the mindfulness posts.
Now, I’m not a wine drinker myself so I haven’t tested these ones out. Maybe you can let me know how you get on with these recommendations. I hope you find your perfect wine for your meat free meals.
Read the post – How to pair wine with vegan and plant-based dishes
Posts I’ve found really helpful – Meat free meals advice
I’ve found a few posts that I’ve found really helpful on the topic of going more meat free. With more meat free meal ideas and tips to make this an easy option for you and your family.
10 ways to eat less meat These are quite simple tips that you can use in your everyday life.
7 steps to eating less meat now From No Meat Athlete
15 ways to cut back on eating meat from people who’ve actually done it I found this post really helpful.
10 easy ways to reduce your meat consumption from Farms Not Factories
18 ways to eat less meat without even trying I love that at the top of this post it says, Calm down, I just said “Less”
Whilst all of these posts have a similar theme (obviously) I found each one useful for a slightly different reason and I hope you do too. Also, I find when I’m trying to do something new, if I hear or in this case read the same message in a slightly different way over and over, it seems to cement the idea into my brain and make the transition easier.
I hope you’ve thoroughly enjoyed this post and enjoy making the recipes. If you’re trying to have more meat free days in your life or if you’ve gone completely meat free, I’d really love to hear from you and hear your tips too.
Happy and healthy wishes.
Thank you to all the amazing bloggers who contributed to this meat free meals post. I hope you’ll go and check out all of the amazing blogs mentioned.