If able to stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, you’re probably stocked up on groceries and using what you have at home. You may not have all the ingredients to make lots of homemade meals completely from scratch, but you can definitely take a recipe and replace some ingredients with store-bought goods.
You can use meatless grounds/crumbles, tenders, meatballs, deli slices, and more in the recipes we gathered for you below. These are difficult times, but staying fed and nourished should still be easy.
We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Budget-Friendly Archives!
1. Cheeseburger Macaroni
Source: Cheeseburger Macaroni
2. Lentil and Beet Meatballs With Pasta
Beets are truly one of the most under-appreciated vegetables. They are nutrient-rich, provide a mesmerizing color to whichever dish you add them to, and are extremely versatile. For this Lentil and Beet Meatballs With Pasta recipe by Jyothi Rajesh, the crimson vegetable, along with red lentils, onions, spices, and bread crumbs, are formed into veggie meatballs. Place them atop a bed of hot spaghetti and just like that, you have a simple yet hearty dinner.
3. Quesadillas With Cashew Mozzarella and Chipotle Cream
These vegan Quesadillas by Megan Sadd are made with homemade cashew cheese and chipotle cream. They’re melty, gooey, stretchy, spicy, and best of all? They take just 20 minutes to prepare, including the made from scratch cashew mozzarella! Feel like celebrating yet? You will when you taste these!
4. The Easy Fix Veggie Sandwich
Source: The Easy Fix Veggie Sandwich
You know that sinking feeling when – desperate for food – you walk into a deli, knowing that all you’ll be able to get is a sandwich with the veggie fixings… What does a vegan sandwich look like at your standard deli? Shredded iceberg lettuce, sun-starved tomatoes, a few desultory slices of onion, and maybe a pickle chip or two. The deck is stacked against us because the deli case is filled with slices of salami, ham, turkey, capicola, mortadella, pepperoni, Swiss, American, Muenster, Havarti, and provolone. Simply no room for roasted veggies, blackened tofu, chickpea salad, or tempeh bacon. Not even enough room for a mere schmear of peanut butter. But this The Easy Fix Veggie Sandwich by Annie Oliverio is delicious!
5. Chicken and Waffles
Source: Chicken and Waffles
Crispy fried “chicken” on top of a fluffy stack of waffles… What could be better?! Whether it’s the hot sauce baked into the tofu chicken, the sprinkle of rosemary, or the truffle oil in the waffles, this dish of Chicken and Waffles by Gabrielle St. Claire is full of tasty surprises.
6. The Best Lasagna Ever
Source: The Best Lasagna Ever
7. Soft Tacos With Walnut Meat
Source: Soft Tacos With Walnut Meat
8. Sofritas Burrito Bowls
Source: Sofritas Burrito Bowls
Get your Mexican food fix with these delicious and filling Sofritas Burrito Bowls by Tori Cooper with all the flavors! If you’re making this for your family you can obviously change up what you put in your bowls. You can also skip making the Spanish rice and simply serve plain steamed rice if you like. Using this all as filling for tacos and burritos is also an option. Oh, or make loaded nachos!
9. Pasta Bolognese
Source: Pasta Bolognese
You will love this Pasta Bolognese by Azucena Noriega! This traditionally meaty Italian dish is given a vegan makeover with beefy soy protein crumbles. The delicious homemade sauce gives this entrée that authentic Italian flavor. Yum!
10. Hummus, Carrot, Cucumber, Avocado, and Sprouts Sandwich
Sometimes perfection lies in simplicity and if nothing else this Sandwich by Aine Carlin is the personification of that. Clean, simple, honest ingredients that will tickle those tastebuds, fill your belly, and (if I may be so bold) leave you with a self-satisfied grin that only a really good “sammich” can induce.
Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home!
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Here are some great resources to get you started:
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
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