Meatless Monday Recipes: Mexican edition

Meatless Monday is a nonprofit initiative aimed at encouraging people to go meatless one day a week, for their health and the health of the planet. If you haven’t heard about it, click here to find out more about the campaign. If you pledge to go meatless on Mondays, you’ll receive a weekly email packed with delicious recipes.

That’s the secret of going meatless: having lots of terrific vegetarian alternatives. The criteria for the recipes I post here are that they be quick, easy, and delicious. Most of the time, since they’re meatless, they’re healthy and frugal as well. I think that’s a win/win/win/win/win. Wow.

My readers came through again with some super ideas that I can’t wait to try.

First, Betsy from Married with Luggage says these black bean quesadillas, which are part of the Omega diet plan for healthy hearts, are delicious. Saute one small diced onion, one grated carrot, and 1/2 cup chopped purple cabbage in a small amount of canola oil for 3 minutes. Add 2 cups cooked spinach, 3 T chopped cilantro, 1 can of drained black beans, salt to taste, 1/2 tsp. cumin, and 1/2 tsp. chili powder and cook until the spinach is wilted. Heat tortillas until crisp, add filling to each, top with 1 T cheese, and fold over. Serve with salsa.

Next, Alea from Premeditated Leftovers suggests Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos. Visit her blog to get the details. I really can’t wait to try this delicious combination of sweet potatoes, beans, spices, and cheese.

Around our house, we always like to have the ingredients on hand for an impromptu taco or burrito meal. Just combine any or all of the following for a quick and tasty option: corn or flour tortillas, black or refried beans, salsa, cilantro, cheddar or swiss cheese, avocado or guacamole, peppers, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and sour cream.

Thanks for your Mexican-inspired ideas! Readers, please share your favorite meatless recipes in the Comments section, and I’ll include them in the next Meatless Monday recipes post. And click here to check out previous Meatless Monday installments for other terrific reader suggestions.


  1. Alea says

    Although I did recommend the Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos, I found this delicious recipe at Laura's blog I'm Losing It Here. The link correctly takes you to Laura's recipe.

    I had an opportunity to make Betsy's recipe which is very good. I love the addition of grated carrot and cabbage in the quesedilla.

    Thanks for compiling Meatless Monday recipes; they are a wonderful resource.

  2. elizabeth carmen says

    Oh I will definitely be trying those sweet potato burritos. They sound incredible!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Forest Parks says

    I love swet potato burrito's… I go meatless every day so i'll be joining in every week :).

    Also, If using cheese make sure it has no cow rennet in it if you want to be truly meatless.


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