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23 Dinner Ideas For Anyone Trying To Eat Less Meat In The New Year

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23 Dinner Ideas For Anyone Trying To Eat Less Meat In The New Year

These meatless meals are seriously good.

Maybe you’re trying to eat less meat in 2021, or perhaps you want to cut it out of your diet all together. In any case, these vegetarian recipes are affordable, flavorful, and best of all, loaded with protein so you can eat well and feel satisfied as the new year arrives.

A bowl of white bean chili with tortillas, jalapeño, and avocado.


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Canned white beans, chopped green chiles, and frozen corn form the base of this hearty vegetarian chili. Canned coconut milk adds a deliciously creamy taste and texture. Finish your bowl with avocado, jalapeño, tortilla chips, or any of your favorite toppings.

Recipe: White Bean Chili


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Simmered in a homemade tomato sauce, this combination of quinoa and chopped walnuts seriously mimics the taste and texture of a traditional Bolognese meat sauce.

Recipe: Vegetarian Bolognese

Someone dunking bread into a skillet of shakshuka with chickpeas, goat cheese, and herbs.

Someone dunking bread into a skillet of shakshuka with chickpeas, goat cheese, and herbs.


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This easy and tasty meatless pasta is guaranteed to please the whole family. You can even make a big batch of the spinach-stuffed shells ahead of time and store them in the freezer for lazy nights.

Recipe: Spinach Stuffed Shells


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This recipe calls for potatoes and mushrooms tossed in chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, and other spices. You can get creative though and use whatever veggies you like best — from sweet potato to cauliflower.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Veggie Tacos


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You only need a handful of simple ingredients to whip up this cozy pasta dish. If you’re following a vegetarian diet, swap the beef broth for vegetable or mushroom broth. You won’t lose any of the flavor.

Recipe: One-Pot Mushroom Stroganoff


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This meatless balls are made from a mixture of wild rice, mushrooms, eggs, breadcrumbs, and spices. Simmer them in a homemade five-ingredient creamy gravy.

Recipe: Vegetarian Swedish Meatballs

Crispy sesame tofu with broccoli and white rice.

Crispy sesame tofu with broccoli and white rice.


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This Indian-inspired recipe is usually made with chicken, but cauliflower is the perfect vegetarian substitution. Best of all, this dish comes together quickly (and with very little effort) in the Instant Pot.

Recipe: Instant Pot Cauliflower Tikka Masala


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This traditional French salad is usually made with tuna fish, but this recipe calls for canned white beans instead. Served with green beans, radishes, hard boiled egg, potatoes, tomatoes, and artichokes, this salad will fill you up and keep you feeling satisfied.

Recipe: Vegetarian Niçoise Salad


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This Japanese vegetable pancake is a popular street food in cities like Osaka and Kyoto, but it’s actually simple enough to make in your own kitchen. The main ingredients you need are cabbage, scallions, egg, and breadcrumbs, and you can top the pancakes with just about anything.

Recipe: Okonomiyaki (Savory Japanese Pancakes)


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These burgers are made with black beans, bell pepper, onion, breadcrumbs, eggs, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and spices. Mix all the ingredients together, mash it with a fork, shape it into patties, and grill.

Recipe: Black Bean Burgers

A bowl of vegetarian ramen with sliced tofu, mushrooms, scallions, and a soft boiled egg.

A bowl of vegetarian ramen with sliced tofu, mushrooms, scallions, and a soft boiled egg.


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The only ingredient you should go out of your way to buy for this veggie-packed ramen is white miso because it adds a savory, creamy element. Go for whatever add-ins you like best — from mushrooms and scallions to tofu and soft boiled egg.

Recipe: Vegetarian Ramen

A slice of mushroom lasagna.

A slice of mushroom lasagna.


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Rice noodles are stir-fried with zucchini, shredded carrots, onion, and egg. If you don’t want to make the sauce from scratch, just grab your favorite store bought pad Thai sauce.

Recipe: Rainbow Vegetarian Pad Thai


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Tempeh is a great substitute for chopped pork in these egg roll bowls because it crumbles. It’s marinated in tamari, rice wine vinegar, and sriracha, then it’s stir fried with vegetable slaw and scallions.

Recipe: Tempeh Egg Roll Bowls

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