Trying to Eat Less Meat? 10 Veggie Dishes for Carnivores

If one of your health goals is to eat less meat, you’ll be happy to know that endless days of salads don’t have to be your future.

Nothing against salads, but sometimes you need something a little heartier and filling, especially at dinnertime. We found ten vegetarian and vegan recipes that will help you meet your meat reduction goals and still fill you up. They’ll also ensure that everyone in your family – even the carnivores – enjoy a healthy, hearty meal.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chard and White Beans A hearty filling of olives, tomato paste, white beans, and Parmesan cheese elevates squash from side dish to dinner.

Mexican Sweet Potato Veggie Medley Get a yummy meal on the table in less than 30 minutes with this Mexican-inspired dish featuring sweet potatoes, corn, black beans, and avocado.

Kale Lentil Soup Tomatoes, lentils, sweet potato, onion, garlic, kale, and bell pepper combine to make a fill-you-up soup perfect for cold winter days and nights. Use vegetable broth to make this truly vegetarian.

Black-eyed Pea Vegan Burgers Black-eyed peas and mushrooms provide just the right texture to make these meatless patties worth sinking your teeth into.

Vietnamese Dan Dan Noodles This recipe is described as the “edgy cousin” to Asian noodles dressed with spicy peanut sauce. We’re in! Ground beef is replaced with tofu for a meatless delight.

Three Cheese and Sage Ravioli A mixture of low-fat cheeses, fresh sage, shallots, and red Swiss chard all wrapped up in wonton wrappers adds up to a healthy and meat-free take on ravioli.

Chickpea Curry This recipe is easily adaptable by mixing up the veggies called for with ones you particularly prefer.

Vegan Pizza A fresh, classic pizza that will make meat eaters forget all about sausage and pepperoni. Vegan Parmesan completes this pie.

Vegan Lasagna Make this comfort food staple on the weekend and enjoy leftovers all week.

Lentil Stew with Winter Vegetables Warm and filling and perfect for feeding a big brood. Root vegetables, lentils, and kale will leave everyone full and satisfied.

Thinking about fully converting to a vegetarian lifestyle? Here are six things you should know, as well as vegetarian tailgate recipes and how to ensure your kids are getting all the nutrition their growing bodies need on a vegetarian diet.

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