5 Approachable Meatless Meals to Make This Month

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5 Approachable Meatless Meals to Make This Month

Hi beautiful readers!

I’m still in Kauai this lovely Monday morning (are you following on Instagram?)  We spent the first part of the week in Poipu and then traveled north to Princeville on Saturday.  For those of you who are newer to Running in a Skirt, Hawaii is my happy place. 🙂  Hawaii was the first big vacation the Hubs and I took together (almost 9 years ago now!) and we loved it so much we got married on Maui a few years later.  We also got to go back for our 4th wedding anniversary.  I wrote about our last trip and wedding, so if you need a little tropical love to hold you over until I get back here are some of those posts.  The one about the lava field was pretty crazy!

Since January is prime healthy living time, I didn’t want to leave you high and dry without any healthy living inspiration to get moving and cooking so I also put together this post.

You probably know this, but I live a mainly plant based lifestyle.  I do eat fish and seafood, but I’d say when not traveling 80-90% of my diet is vegetarian.  I don’t try to push my mainly vegetarian lifestyle on anyone, even you guys.  BUT I do think that everyone can benefit from adding more plant based meals to their routine.  Even if you love meat and have no intentions of giving it up, going meatless once a week can help your health tremendously!  It can reduce the risk of heart disease, fight diabetes and even possibly reduce your risk of cancer!  Plus vegetarian food as less of a carbon footprint AND is often much cheaper.

I feel like since I cook for both myself (a pescatarian) and the Hubs (a meat lover) I’ve developed a knack for recipes that both meat eaters and vegetarian like. So I thought I’d put a little challenge out there for you guys to try some new meatless meals this winter.  These five are all very easy, filling and delicious.  They aren’t filled with ingredients you can’t find at a regular grocery store and are very approachable for everyone.  Since it’s winter, I included a few of my favorite soups and three of these recipes can be made in the Crock Pot!

I hope you will give them a try!  If these don’t fit your fancy, scan my Vegetarian Meals page for more ideas!

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5 Meatless Meals to Make This Month

Crock Pot Vegetarian Black Bean Enchilada Stack

This mexican stack is like enchiladas, but without the rolling.  It’s tasty, delicious and on my regular meal rotation.  You can also make this very similar version in the oven.

Crock Pot Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole recipe / Running in a Skirt


Crock Pot Award Winning Vegetarian Chili

I made this chili for a cook off with other meat eating contestants and won!  Over time I turned the recipe into a crock pot friendly one and the result is one of my most prized recipes.


30 Minute Kale Tortellini Soup

If you want a cozy, veggie packed soup for dinner and you didn’t start the crock pot in the morning… this soup is it.  The tortellini are filling, delicious and make this meal very approachable.


Crock Pot Vegetarian Taco Soup

This meal is one of the most popular on my site in the winter months and is a favorite of mine!  It’s crazy easy and really good.

Vegetarian Taco Soup Crock Pot Recipe - so tasty and simple! Perfect weekday meal./ Running in a Skirt

20 Minute Kale Pasta

I make this recipe once every two weeks or so because I love it so much.  You can make it a bit healthier by the type of pasta you use, or just go for the classic kind depending on your mood.  I’ll often look for a box with added protein!

Healthy & Easy Kale Pasta recipe / Running in a Skirt

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Hope you will consider trying some of these meals.  You can click over to the individual recipes and pin them to your favorite pinterest board from there.  Happy cooking!

Tomorrow I’m sharing a new recipe for a healthy Greek Yogurt Caesar Salad Dressing.  Hope to see you then.

Your turn!

What is your favorite meatless meal?

Does your family ever eat vegetarian?

By | 2019-03-28T16:11:44-04:00 January 8th, 2018|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Recipe Roundup, Vegetarian Meals|9 Comments


  1. Lisa Ballantyne January 9, 2018 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Such wonderful recipe ideas Julie! And all of them so healthy! Thank you! And enjoy the rest of your time in beautiful Maui1

  2. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups January 8, 2018 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    I hope you are having a wonderful time! Hawaii is such a beautiful place, I can’t wait until I can make a trip there again. Thanks for the meal ideas, these all look delicious!

  3. Sana January 8, 2018 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    I hope you are having the best time in Hawaii!! I really hope 2018 will bring a lot of cooking into my life 🙂

  4. Deborah Brooks January 8, 2018 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    All about those soups and chilis this week! Have a great time in Hawaii

  5. [email protected] January 8, 2018 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    I am so jealous that you are in Hawaii right now. It has been freezing here all that last week. I try to eat vegetarian a few times a week. I love veggie chili!

  6. Erinn January 8, 2018 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    I’m not into cooking at all, but these recipes actually look easy to make (for someone like me!).
    I love Mexican food so much. Hope you’re having a great trip!

  7. Diane Royer January 8, 2018 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Thanks Julie. I usually do breakfast and lunch meatless and have some meat for dinner. I love having veggie meals. Thanks for sharing these recipes. I really enjoy your recipes and have incorporated several into my routine meal plan.

  8. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real January 8, 2018 at 7:29 am - Reply

    I totally need to check out that enchilada bake recipe! Give me all the Mexican flavors lol. I’ve been following on Instagram and everything looks beautiful. Sounds like you’re having an amazing trip!

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