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Meatless Monday Recipes & Tips

Banana Cocoa Almond Smoothie
Banana Cocoa Almond Smoothie

Breakfast

It can be difficult to find a breakfast that ticks all the boxes: carbohydrates for an energy boost, protein to keep you full, and a little fat to sustain you (even after that first cup of coffee starts to wear off). Our Banana Cocoa Almond Smoothie passes this test while tasting great too!

Key Ingredients:

  • Tofu adds some “secret” protein to each sip while also providing a super creamy texture.
  • A pinch Cayenne Pepper adds a subtle, warm chile note to the sweeter flavors of cocoa and cinnamon.

Pro Tip: If you’re more of a savory breakfast lover, skillet potatoes like these are awesome topped with a fried egg for an ovo-lacto start to your day. Want to keep it plant-based? Use oil instead of butter and top with scrambled tofu. Try them with Herbes de Provence Seasoning Salt, Capitol Hill Seasoning, or any of your favorite all-purpose blends.

Smoky Quinoa Burgers
Smoky Quinoa Burgers

Lunch

Many people are often concerned about getting enough protein on a vegetarian diet, but it isn’t actually as hard as you might think. Often, grains need to be paired with legumes in order to have all nine essential amino acids (read: building blocks of protein) to make them “complete.”

Key Ingredient:

Pro Tip: Need a super quick lunch? Top leafy greens with a drizzle of olive oil and white wine vinegar, and sprinkle on Bucktown Brown Mustard & Honey Rub for a honey mustard-dressed salad. Add any of your favorite salad toppings like sliced red pepper, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds, or a hardboiled egg.

Calabrian Hot Pepper Hummus
Calabrian Hot Pepper Hummus

Snacks

Homemade vegetarian snacks are super easy and most can be prepped and portioned for the whole week.

Key Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas are good sources of fiber and protein, so pick up a can (or two) next time you’re at the store. Use them to mix up a batch of Crispy Tan-Tan Chickpeas or Calabrian Hot Pepper Hummus.
  • Nuts are perfect for snacking because they’re packed with nutrients like Vitamin E, protein, and heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Cinnamon Sugar Almonds are great to keep within arm’s reach, but if you like a bit of heat, you should definitely try sweet and spicy Moongphali Chatpata peanuts.

Pro Tip: If you’re pressed for time, skip making your own hummus! Upgrade the store-bought stuff with simple stir-ins like:

Grilled Veggie BBQ Pizza
Grilled Veggie BBQ Pizza

Dinner

Here’s where you can get really creative – there are plenty of ways to make flavorful, meat-free dinners.

Key Ingredient:

Pro Tip: Park Hill Maple & Spice is an excellent choice for roasted vegetables! Sprinkle liberally on quartered Brussels sprouts and cubed sweet potato and roast in a 400-degree oven until tender. Serve the veggies with your favorite cooked legume (like Great Northern beans or chickpeas) on top of brown rice with a jarred or homemade pesto.

A few other great vegetable pairings:

Do you participate in Meatless Monday? Leave a comment with your vegetarian cooking “wins” or favorite Savory Spice + veggie pairing. If you want ideas, check out our vegetarian recipes! As always, if you make a dish that you’re proud of, remember to share it on Instagram or Facebook and tag it with #savoryspiceshop for us to see!

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