10 Budget-Friendly Dinners for Meatless Monday

10 Budget-Friendly Dinners for Meatless Monday

Sheela Prakash
Mar 5, 2017
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It always feels good to start the week off with a wholesome dinner that won't set back your budget. Luckily, following Meatless Monday — the practice of making dinner meat-free every Monday — can make that quite easy to accomplish, particularly if you lean on affordable pantry staples like canned beans and tomatoes, root vegetables, and tofu. Here are 10 great vegetarian recipes that won't break the bank.

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1. Vegan Sweet Potato Chowder

Puréeing some of the sweet potatoes give this chowder a velvety mouthfeel without the use of any dairy. Leftovers keep well for up to five days, so make a big batch Monday night and then save money by enjoying if for lunch throughout the week.

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2. Curried Chickpea & Spinach Baked Potato

A humble baked potato can become a wholesome, hearty dinner when it's piled with good things. Here, canned chickpeas and spinach are sautéed with onions, garlic, and curry to become this fragrant topping.

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3. Sheet Pan Honey-Sesame Tofu and Green Beans

If you have soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil tucked away in your pantry, then you've got this simple vegetarian recipe covered. Beyond it being wallet-friendly, it's also friendly for your kitchen sink, as it's a one-dish affair.

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4. Spinach and Refried Bean Quesadillas

Quesadillas just might be budget bites at their finest: they're quick to prepare, versatile, and comforting. An extra-affordable can of vegetarian refried beans is what boosts the staying power of this rendition.

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5. Sweet Potato-Chickpea Patties with Sriracha-Yogurt Dip

Aside from the sweet potato, you probably have all the ingredients to make both the patties and the dipping sauce in this recipe. You're going to want to make a double batch of these to turn into breakfast and lunch all week long.

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6. Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Canned black beans and frozen corn join forces with high-protein, gluten-free quinoa in these colorful stuffed peppers. Since they take a little time to prepare, feel free to assemble them on Sunday and simply bake them off Monday night.

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7. Skillet Mac and Cheese

Everyone deserves to celebrate surviving Monday with a big helping of macaroni and cheese. This easy, no-fuss recipe comes together in one skillet and calls for whatever kind of cheddar cheese you have on hand.

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8. 10-Minute Black Bean Tacos

This is the mother of all pantry recipes, as the filling relies on nothing but a can of black beans and a few dried spices. To keep it extra budget-friendly, feel free to go with either the diced avocado or dollop of sour cream.

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9. Spinach, White Bean, and Taleggio Pizza

Canned white beans add protein and fiber to this meatless pizza. Opt for store-bought dough to keep it easy and feel free to swap in another cheese like mozzarella or provolone if Taleggio isn't on your shopping list.

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10. 20-Minute Spicy Tomato-Mushroom Tortellini

A bag of frozen cheese tortellini should be a staple in all kitchens, as it's cheap and always a crowd-pleaser. Here it's tossed with a quick sauce made from nothing but a can of tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms and onions, and a generous pinch of red pepper flakes.

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