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  • 14 Ways to Make Your Next Meal Meatless

    Posted June 12th, 2020 by

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    How hard is it to be creative in the kitchen after months of cooking almost every meal at home? For some people, it may not be—maybe you derive energy from having to work outside your norms and this global pandemic has led you to create culinary masterpieces.

    Then there are the rest of us, covered in oil burns, flour, and tears from having to cook one of the five recipes in our wheelhouse for the 380th time. Curbside takeout and delivery have been a godsend, but we’re at the end of our ropes here. We need inspiration, a culinary intervention, more wine, or all of the above.

    Luckily for those among us feeling this strain, the Cooking Light Diet was conceived to help us make thousands of healthy and delicious meals at home. Our subscription-based service lets members craft weekly meal plans—breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner—based on their dietary preferences and the amount of calories they want to consume in a day. It’s a great way to a) never have to worry about what’s for dinner again, and b) sustainably provide healthy meals for you and yours.

    And if you’re having trouble being creative, we’d totally recommend checking out the vegetarian options available on the Cooking Light Diet. From Creamy-Corn Mushroom Risotto (pictured above) to bulgur burgers and quick breakfast options, there are over a thousand ways to go meatless and up your weekly intake of fruits and vegetables.

    Here are a few of the hundreds of vegetarian meals available when you subscribe to the Cooking Light Diet. Be sure and check out our Facebook Community, too, where members interact daily to share what they’re eating and provide each other with motivation and inspiration to live a more health-driven life.

    Happy cooking!

    Baked Ziti and Veggies

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    John Autry and Randy Mayor

    You’re just 40 minutes away from a cheesy, protein-packed dinner.

    Avocado-Egg Salad Sandwiches with Pickled Celery

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    Jennifer Causey

    A unique twist on conventional egg salad, this recipe makes enough for four sandwiches, so make it on Monday and enjoy it for lunch the rest of the week.

    Banh Mi Pizza

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    Greg Dupree

    This classic Vietnamese sandwich-turned-pizza can come together in less than 45 minutes. And really…just look at how mouthwatering it is.

    Avo-Tahini Toast

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    Iain Bagwell

    This Louvre-worthy work of art can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack.

    Black Bean Tostadas

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    Caitlin Bensel

    Hopefully we had you at “crispy plantains.” This super fast recipe will come in handy the next time you observe Tostada Tuesday.

    Bulgur Chickpea Burgers

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    Jennifer Causey

    Satisfy your burger craving with this veggie-based beauty, featuring a delicious garlicky avocado spread.

    Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    Caitlin Bensel

    Pasta, but make it noodles! Tofu makes this dish extra filling, with each serving providing 20 grams of protein.

    Superfast Farro and Chickpea Salad

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    Jennifer Causey

    If there were a poster child for pantry staple salads, this would be it.

    Whole-Grain Veggie Burrito Bowl

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    Jennifer Causey

    This hearty bowl will leave you feeling satiated without feeling too full, the latter being a common diagnosis after eating most any restaurant burrito bowl.

    Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    Jennifer Causey

    A healthy, cheesy pizza for dinner? Yes, please. Pro tip, though: Make sure and open some windows before you start drying out your cauliflower. It’s gonna be smelly.

    Spinach, Hummus, and Bell Pepper Wraps

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    Victor Protasio

    This quick 10-minute lunch can be your go-to whenever it’s time to head back into the office.

    Zesty Kale and Sweet Potato Bowl

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    Scott Rounds

    Toasted almonds and cotija cheese give this savory bowl both crunch and creaminess.

    Portobello Cheeseburgers

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    Lee Harrelson

    Anytime you enjoy portobello and Gorgonzola together is a good time in our book.

    Poblano Sopes with Avocado Salad

    meatless mains on Cooking Light Diet

    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Pan-seared tortilla cakes topped with fresh veggies and queso fresco? Yes, please.

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