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Everyday Meat-Free Meals

Updated on June 17, 2015

Quick, easy & tasty meat-free dinners for every day of the week

When you've decided to eat no meat - or fewer meaty meals - it can be difficult to rustle up ideas for everyday dinners that are quick and easy. I don't know about you but I never seem to have enough time but yet I want to make sure that we eat well and reasonably healthily but I don't want to be spending hours cooking.

There was a time when my default 'quick and easy' meat-free dinner was invariably a quick pasta dish but after many years of cooking, I've developed quite a collection of recipes that I'd like to share with you.

This page has new recipes every week so be sure to come back regularly. The new ones are uploaded every Monday morning.

Although I try to stay away from processed foods as much as possible, quick and easy meat-free cooking does demand a few convenience foods which is fine by me when they're balanced out with fresh vegetables and salads. (Of course, when I use a convenience food - ready-made pastry for example - it's a great idea to make your own if you have time.)

If you're looking for a particular recipe, do let me know. There are lots of people who can help and every recipe you see here is tried and tested - every week.


Images © BritFlorida. Yes, I've named the days of the week after songs - just for fun.



Well, Mondays can be a little manic, can't they? It's good to have a recipe that takes just a few minutes to assemble. Then you can leave it in the oven to cook whilst you relax.(With a glass of wine to wind down after the day.)

You can read the recipe here.



If you know about rhyming slang, then you'll know that 'ruby' is curry. (Ruby Murray was a popular UK singer in the 1950s.) I unashamedly use ready-made sauces and pastes - they are better than my own homemade versions (And SO much quicker).

Click here for more.



Ah, the middle of the week. But we can just see the weekend on the horizon. Of course, it's also Wine-Down Wednesday so I want something I can put in the oven whilst I relax with a glass of red.

Here's the recipe.



It's mean of me, I know, but I limit desserts to once a week. Oh, and birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and other occasions so it's not too mean. On Wednesdays we usually have a salad for dinner then pig out on dessert. Yum.

Click here.



Friday's here at last. That doesn't mean that I have plenty of time though - I still want a recipe that's quick and easy. If the price is right too, so much the better. I love to cook on a budget.

A lovely Friday recipe.



Even if Saturday is a no-work day, for many of us it's just as busy. Grocery shopping, house cleaning, laundry, all those chores we've been saving up during the week. Phew. A quick and easy recipe is required.

Very tasty - click here.



Just because it's Sunday and I have a little more time, that doesn't mean that I want to spend ages cooking. Quick and easy is best, especially when the food is so delicious.

Read the recipe here.

See the books below for more inspiration for meat free meals. They are highly recommended and will give you many delicious recipe ideas.

Recommended cookbooks

The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen
The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen

Although I seem to have hundreds of recipes, most have started life between the pages of a cookbook somewhere along the line.I've been in love with French food ever since the first time I visited as a child. I love the simplicity and perfect attention to detail.

Betty Crocker Easy Everyday Vegetarian: Easy Meatless Main Dishes Your Family Will Love! (Betty Crocker Cooking)
Betty Crocker Easy Everyday Vegetarian: Easy Meatless Main Dishes Your Family Will Love! (Betty Crocker Cooking)

When I came to live in the States,I had to get used to different measurements. Suddenly I was dealing in cups of flour and sticks of butter rather than kilos and liters.This book made it easy though with some truly brilliant recipes.


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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I hope you enjoy it Sara - we do:)

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      Shamim Rajabali 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Must try your cheese and vegetable bake. Pinned it on my recipe board. Thanks for sharing.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I'd like to try the lasagna rolls, but the link under it leads to the Wellington Mushroom recipe.

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      4 years ago from France

      They all look good, but I particularly like the idea for Saturday night - sounds like my kinda roll! :0)

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      They all look good! Pinning.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      Love it! Your recipes are always so good.

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      4 years ago

      I agree with Barbara, pinning to my good food board!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I'm definitely pinning this to my food board - I'm often stumped on how to be creative without using meat in a meal - appreciate these ideas

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Margaret Schindel: Oh, I think the stuffed cabbage is my absolute favourite!

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      Margaret Schindel 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts

      These sound delicious! I'm especially taken with the stuffed cabbage recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @writerkath: Thank you!

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      4 years ago

      The Mushroom Wellington sounds lovely! Great idea for a lens!


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