These frugal meatless dinner ideas are tasty, hearty and won’t break the bank!
If you’re hoping to add some fresh new recipes to your meal plan and find some new favorites to put into rotation, you’ll love these recipes below. Not only are they meatless dinner ideas that are delicious and satisfying, but they’re easy on the wallet too! From stews, soups and chilis to buddha bowls and tacos, these meatless dinner ideas won’t disappoint.
Benefits Of Eating Meatless Meals
I’ll admit, I love eating meatless meals. In most cases, they are so much easier to make, and it saves me time. Life is busy, and if I can save time in the kitchen, then I am going to call that a win. We are not vegetarians, we just try to cut back on meals with meat here and there.
- Eating meatless meals will save you lots of money. It’s amazing how expensive all sorts of meats are. Typically, we just head to the store and grab what we want. But when you look over your receipts, it’s almost shocking how quickly things add up when you are buying lots of meat.
- Another benefit of eating meals without meat is that you will be not just eating something delicious, but healthy too. The nutrients you get from foods that are based on fruits and vegetables are so good for you. You can feel great about munching on healthy food and feeding it to your family. Eating meatless allows you to eat lower calorie food with a lot less fat. One of the most important benefits is the fact it will lower your heart disease and you may just lose a few pounds too!
Steps to Go Meatless
Going from being a complete carnivore to eating a plant based diet is drastic and I understand that. But I am going to give you a couple of tips and tricks our family used to eating LESS meat on a weekly basis. Like I said, we are not vegetarian but we are wanting to eat more plant based meals.
Step One: Start off by going meatless for one day a week for a month or two. If that sounds like it is too much, step back a bit further and just do Meatless Monday dinners for a month or two first. The key is to START!
Note: Habits take around 30 days to form. Since you are only doing this once a week for 4-6 weeks, it may take longer for you to adjust to the one day a week.
Step Two: Once you feel comfortable making the meatless meals once a week on a consistent basis, move on to try to get two days a week in. This process I found much harder and still need to work on it all the time. I grew up eating beef all the time so this switch is a challenge, but I am motivated to keep on track.
Step Three: Once Step Two is done, make your own next goal to go meatless. Decide if you want two or three days a week or are you trying to go full time. Also do a self assessment to see if you are better to go “cold turkey” (the irony of that saying isn’t lost on me!) and go all in vs the gradual method. As long as you are reaching the goal, it is all right!
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