Our Favorite Meat-Free Meal Plans This Year

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My family is about as omnivorous as they come, but we eat vegetarian meals regularly and often dedicate whole weeks of our meal plans to eating meatless. Choosing vegetable-, grain-, and legume-based dinners helps us try new foods, eat more produce, and keep our grocery budget in check.

This week instead of sharing my personal meal plan, which is frankly eating up candy canes and leftover cheeses, I’ve rounded up our 10 most popular vegetarian meal plans from the last year.

This is one of my personal favorite meal plans because it rounds up everything warming, cozy, and full of fall flavor that you could ever want in one week.

Meal Plan Highlights

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This meal plan features about two hours of (easy and doable!) upfront prep on a Saturday or Sunday. After that, each weeknight dinner comes together in just 20 minutes or less.

Meal Plan Highlights

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Kathryn Taylor from Cookie and Kate shared a few of her go-to meal plans with us this year. This one includes a week’s worth of meat-free dinners.

Meal Plan Highlights

  • Extra Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls

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Summer feels like the best time to load up everyone’s plates with gorgeous vegetables! This meal plan certainly makes a case for ditching BBQ chicken once a summer in favor of a BBQ tofu that you can make in the oven.

Meal Plan Highlights

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Thinking about making the jump and going fully vegetarian? Ease your way in by starting with these five super-practical — and customizable — recipes.

Meal Plan Highlights

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The gang’s all here! Veggie lasagna, an easy frittata, creamy butternut soup — all the family favorites that even the pickiest eaters won’t mind.

Meal Plan Highlights

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I’ve honestly lost count of how many times I have made, eaten, frozen, and often given this particular slow cooker soup away. It kind of doesn’t matter what else is on the meal plan that week — this soup makes it a winner.

Meal Plan Highlights

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This meal plan was perfect fuel for the harried holiday weeks — and it made me feel like a virtuous family cook for keeping things fresh and vegetable-forward.

Meal Plan Highlights

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This one’s more of starter inspiration than a full-fledged meal plan, but it’s still worth including here. In it, you’ll feast on everything from Buddha bowls to nachos.

Meal Plan Highlights

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Another meal plan from Cookie and Kate’s Kathryn Taylor — which was full of new-to-me vegetarian recipes that sound as delicious for January as they did in November.

Meal Plan Highlights

  • Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup
  • Better Broccoli Casserole
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