Trying to figure out what to make for your next #meatlessmonday? Here’s a list of recipes full of fruits, vegetables, and other items you can sustainably source.
Lentil Vegetable Soup
Lentils are an awesome sustainable food because they need very little water and fertilizer to grow. They are also a great source of vegan protein with 18 grams of protein per cup. One of my favorite ways to serve them is in this lentil vegetable soup. It takes me about 20 minutes to prepare and cooks in about 30 minutes.
While recipes are a great guide, I always try to add a few of my own touches. I LOVE spicy foods so I add 2 chopped jalapeños to my vegetables. I also spice with a bit of garlic powder for more flavor. For those of you who make your own vegetable broth, this is a great chance to put it to use!
This is one of my favorite meals because it’s easy to prepare and ready to go the next morning. Besides being easy, there is so much room for customization to your recipe! My go recipe usually looks like this:
- 1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 Cup Plain Oat Milk
- 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
- ½ Sliced Banana
- 1 Handful Chopped Strawberries
- Cinnamon as Desired
This recipe is naturally sweet and has lots of fiber to keep you feeling full. Here are some other recipes to try! You can always use any milk alternative or even water. Serve either warm or cold.
Coconut Mango Smoothie
Smoothies are a quick, tasty way to incorporate more fruit and vegetables in your diet. This coconut mango smoothie is easy to prepare and can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months! Store without adding coconut milk and add it in when you are about to blend.
If you aren’t into the texture of kale, spinach or other greens are a great substitute. Milk or another milk alternative can be used if you do not have coconut milk. I also like to add chia seeds for extra texture and lime for more flavor.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Wings are a staple weekend food to share with friends around drinks. Instead of using chicken for your wings, try to opt for cauliflower as a more sustainable option.
You can even use milk alternatives and skip the ranch to make this buffalo cauliflower wing recipe completely vegan. A trick to keep your wings crispier is to return them to the broiler after you add the sauce until they are sticky and caramelized.
Vegetable Fried Rice
While take out fried rice is delicious, it can be loaded with grease. This vegetable fried rice recipe is a healthier take but equally delicious! My favorite part is the option to use any vegetables you would like. This is a perfect opportunity to stop at your local farmers market and pick out whatever is in season.
If you want to make this recipe completely vegan just take out the eggs and the oil that goes with them.
Creamy Pasta Primavera
Believe it or not, this pasta primavera recipe is completely vegan! This recipe calls for carrots and peas, but depending on what is in season, other vegetables such as fresh tomatoes or peppers are great too.
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Eating sustainably doesn’t have to mean getting rid of comfort food! Try making this broccoli cheddar soup which can be completed in about a half-hour!. Add to a bread bowl and it tastes just like Panera.
I like to make this recipe with coconut milk and vegan butter to cut down on dairy while keeping the rich, creamy texture.