24 Meatless Recipes that Carnivores Will Love (2024)


24 Meatless Recipes that Carnivores Will Love (1)

By carnivores, I mean the diehard meat lovers, of course. The ones who don’t believe dinner is complete without it. My brother is one, and I love him, so I’m not passing judgment here. One of the best compliments I hear on the blog is that your beloved “carnivore” enjoyed one of my recipes so much, he (or she!) didn’t even miss the meat.

I’ve rounded up the hearty recipes that get the most accolades from meat lovers below. You’ll notice a few common threads—they are presented in a familiar form (tacos, enchiladas, lasagna) and include hearty ingredients like beans, lots of veggies, quinoa and nuts. None of them are trying to be a meat dish, mind you, and you won’t find any meat substitutes with funny ingredients here.

One of the most common myths about meatless meals is that they won’t fill you up. When you’re cooking hearty vegetarian recipes made with fiber- and nutrient-rich whole foods, I dare you not to feel full! Protein comes in many forms, such as whole grains, nuts and seeds, eggs, dairy, tofu and even kale. Furthermore, most Americans are consuming more than enough protein in their diets. I’ve been a vegetarian for over seven years now, and I am stronger than ever (no thanks to protein powders)! Let’s get on to the recipes.

24 Meatless Recipes that Carnivores Will Love (2)

1) Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce

Gluten free and easily vegan (see notes)

“And I made those tacos tonight, it was fantastic although I have to admit that I cheated and bought the chipotle sauce from the store;) My husband who is a meat lover really loved them as well!” – Cecilia

2) Spinach Artichoke Lasagna


“Great recipe; thank you for sharing with Scott and all the rest of us! My husband and I are just starting to explore a diet with fewer animal products, and this was a great way to kick off a week of meatless meals!… I’m sold on the flavor and the friendlier nutrient profile! I’m so glad we landed on your site, and can’t wait to try some of your other recipes! Thanks, again!” – Melissa

24 Meatless Recipes that Carnivores Will Love (4)

3) Quinoa Vegetable Soup with Kale

Gluten free and vegan

“I just found this recipe via pinterest! I made the soup yesterday and I absolutely love it!! Never thought of quinoa in soup but this makes so much sense! I am always looking for ways to add protein without adding meat so this is great and my whole family loves it! (I’m a college student by the way, not a mom, in case you couldn’t tell. lol) This soup is great for all ages!!” – Maya

4) Thai Mango Cabbage Wraps with Crispy Tofu and Peanut Sauce

Gluten free and vegan (see notes)

“Thank you so much for these delicious and easy to make recipes! My husband and two young children really enjoyed the fried rice and mango tofu lettuce wraps. I have bookmarked your site for more help in the future! Your site has really helped me as I navigate a full time career and eating vegetarian and gluten free.” – Erin

5) Kale, Black Bean and Avocado Burrito Bowl

Gluten free and vegan

“Cooked this for my family tonight. Trying to get them to eat less meat and it went down a treat. Especially loved the marinated kale! Going to try the sweet potato and green rice bowl next :)” – Bethany


Vegan option

“I made these carrots for Thanksgiving, and they were my favorite dish of the day. The sweetness of the carrots with the creamy sauce and nutty flavor of the farro made for a great combination. And overall it was an easy dish to make. I found the farro, crème fraiche and colorful carrots at Whole Foods.” – Rachel

7) Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Pepita Dip

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I’m so glad I found your site. Another excellent recipe! I made this tonight for my husband (a big meat fan) and he loved it, too. The feta really made it for me. Will make again and again!” – Erin

8) Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup

Gluten free and vegan

“I made this for dinner a couple of nights ago and it was amazing! My husband is a big meat eater and he always feels unsatisfied with vegetarian dishes. But he loved this and it kept him full for a couple hours. We had this with whole wheat rolls, and it was such a nice combination. We are really picky and most new recipes don’t make it onto our menu rotation, but this will be made over and over again.” – Anastasia

24 Meatless Recipes that Carnivores Will Love (10)

9) Spinach Artichoke Enchiladas


“I made these tonight for dinner for my family of five. I am vegetarian, my three daughters (ages 7 to 13) and husband are certainly not. My girls devoured this meal and my husband told me he would eat less meat if vegetarian tasted this good. Thank you!” – Amy

10) Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

Gluten free, vegan option

“Delicious! I added mushrooms (using up what I had) and broccoli (for color) and it was awesome. I was even bold enough to serve it to my husband’s parents who do not usually do meatless meals! There was only one spoonful left at the end, so I think it was a hit. Thanks!” – Natasha

11) Spicy Sweet Potato and Green Rice Burrito Bowls

Gluten free and vegan

“Just made this for this evenings dinner. Just awesomly delicious. Even my husband (die hard meat eater) was pleasantly surprised and loved it. He is glad there is left overs for tomorrows lunch. This is a winner.” – Margaret

12) Easy Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Fresh Oregano

Gluten free, vegan option

“…My husband’s not usually crazy about most meatless meals I make, but he LOVED this. I will definitely be making it again. Thank you so much, Kate!” – Katie

13) Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado

Gluten free and vegan

“This was soooo delicious! I served it to company last weekend and they scraped the pot clean, even though one of them usually prefers meat at every meal. My two modifications: I added one extra can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, and served with sour cream. My boyfriend keeps asking “Are you sure there aren’t leftovers?”” – Julie

14) Roasted Cauliflower, Freekeh and Garlicky Tahini Sauce

Easily vegan

“Just made this for my family. My 16 y.o. vegetarian daughter pointed out the recipe. It is absolutely delicious!!! Really satisfying, without all the guilt of a heavy meal. We loved it and will be adding it to our regular favorites. Super easy too!! This is a must make!!” – Sheila

15) Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Crispy Baked Tofu with Honey-Sesame Glaze

Gluten free and vegan

“Another amazing recipe, perfect combination of sweet and spicy. I pitched this to my meat loving boyfriend as vegetarian general tso’s, and it worked! Every recipe I cook from this blog is so delicious – all I want to know is when is the Cookie and Kate cookbook release date! Thank you, Kate, your recipes have renewed my love of cooking and make breaking bread with loved ones even more special.” – Ailla

16) Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce over Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Rice

Gluten free and vegan

“This recipe is awesome…I made it for my whole family (8 people!) at Christmas and earned some major veggie-friendly brownie points with my mostly meat-eating kin. And then devoured an entire bag of celery eating up the leftover sauce…” – Helen

17) Veggie Black Bean Enchiladas

Gluten-free option, vegan option

“This was just delicious! Thank you! Even my boyfriend, who tends to have meat with all of his meals, enjoyed them as an entree.” – Hillary

18) Spicy Kale and Coconut Stir Fry

Gluten free, vegan if you skip the eggs

“I almost never comment on blogs, but after making this recipe for the second time in two weeks I knew I had to. This stir fry is amazing – my husband (a dedicated meat eater) said that he wanted to have it every week! Success! Thank you for your delicious recipes and gorgeous photos!” – Kate

19) Portobello and Poblano Fajitas

Gluten free and vegan if you skip the feta

“Made these tonight and LOVED them! The hubby and I are generally meat eaters, but we’re trying to do meatless Monday this new year, and these will be a new addition to our rotation, meatless Mondays or not! Thanks for the great recipe!” – Dizydes

20) Curried Cauliflower Soup

Gluten free and vegan

“I have made this soup several times and not only do I love it, my husband asks for it regularly. Most men are meat and potatoes, especially mine, so that says a lot! We love Tia food and the hotter, the better. To increase the spice we add jalapeño and red pepper flakes to this recipe but we stick true it. I have made it for friends and they were “wowed.” This recipe is a MUST try!! Love it!! Thank you for sharing!!!!” – Deanna

21) Sweet Potato Burrito Smothered in Avocado Salsa Verde

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“Made these tonight. They were really good. My hubby even liked them. Great meatless Monday dinner. Thank you.” – Tracy

22) Homemade Vegetarian Chili

Gluten free and vegan

“We had this recipe today and it was delicious. My husband the meat eater loved it. We will have chili for lunch and dinner the whole week.” – Suheyl

23) Quinoa Black Bean Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Gluten free and vegan

“Wow, had these for dinner tonight and so delicious. My partner said “these taste better than the meat variety”.” – Candice


Gluten free (just choose gluten-free toppings and buns) and vegan

“…I devoured one in a burger bun with cheese, red onion, tomato, gherkins and guacamole. I too love spice so I add a few birds eye chillies to my ‘mole. My carnivore husband also was amazed at the flavour from them and was asking for more! This recipe will be one I’ll use for a long time to come. Thank you so so much for sharing!” – Cat

24 Meatless Recipes that Carnivores Will Love (26)

More resources you might appreciate: 13 make-ahead breakfast recipes, 16 recipes that pack well for lunch and 20 simple weeknight dinners. You can shop my essential kitchen equipment here. Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest for a steady stream of recipe inspiration!

Share This Post

24 Meatless Recipes that Carnivores Will Love (2024)


What is the best food for non meat eaters? ›

27 Delicious And Healthy Meals With No Meat
  • Light Swiss Chard Frittata. ...
  • Broccoli Quinoa Burgers. ...
  • Hearty Chickpea Stew with Pesto. ...
  • Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Pasta e fa*gioli Soup. ...
  • Quinoa Fried Rice. ...
  • Spinach Lentil Soup. ...
  • Curry Grilled Vegetables with Chickpeas and Creamy Polenta. ...
  • 15 Minute Mushroom Stroganoff. amuse-your-bouche.com.
Sep 20, 2014

What foods have no meat? ›

Johns Hopkins nutritionists recommend five foods — high in protein and other nutrients, but with no meat — and explain their health benefits.
  • Eggs. Eggs are a great source of protein. ...
  • Tree Nuts. Tree nuts include walnuts, almonds and pecans — don't confuse them with peanuts, which are legumes. ...
  • Legumes. ...
  • Soy. ...
  • Yogurt.

What meals to eat without meat? ›

No Meat Recipes
  • Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (w/ Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette) A Life Delicious. ...
  • Peach Cilantro Farro Salad. A Life Delicious. ...
  • Herb Salted Smashed Potatoes. A Life Delicious. ...
  • Creamy Roasted-Poblano Potato Soup. ...
  • Cajun Chickpea Burgers - Wholehearted Eats. ...
  • Enchilada Power Bowls with Spicy Tofu - Full of Plants.

How do you get meat lovers to eat vegetables? ›

How to Get a Meat-Eater to Try Vegetables
  1. Don't Try to Convert Anyone. First off, never try to convert anyone over to your diet. ...
  2. Buy a Cookbook and Start Planning Meals Together. ...
  3. Make Sure the Food is Filling. ...
  4. Be Creative with the Mock Meats. ...
  5. When Eating Out, Opt for Ethnic.
Mar 7, 2015

What can I replace eating meat with? ›

Protein rich plant foods

Some whole foods, such as beans, lentils, chickpeas, and mushrooms, contain protein or have a meaty texture and can work well as meat substitutes. Food manufacturers often include these types of food in their vegetarian and vegan products.

What are the benefits of no longer eating meat? ›

And people who don't eat meat, called vegetarians, generally eat fewer calories and less fat. They also tend to weigh less. And they have a lower risk of heart disease than nonvegetarians do. Research shows that people who eat red meat are at a higher risk of death from heart disease, stroke or diabetes.

Can you actually live without meat? ›

Healthy adults are fully capable of eating and digesting meat. Still, nutritionally and biologically, you can live without it. That said, humans are social animals whose beliefs about eating meat also depend on their cultural and religious norms.

What happens when you give up meat for a month? ›

Following a no-meat diet for 30 days may positively affect your cholesterol levels. High levels of blood cholesterol increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and increased consumption of meat, which contains a considerable amount of saturated fats, may increase the cholesterol level in your blood.

Can you live off not eating meat? ›

The majority of humans could healthily live their whole lives without eating meat (i.e. being a vegetarian). Being a healthy vegan (no animal products at all) is harder, and requires some way to get vitamin B12. Some humans, though, DO need to eat meat to be healthy.

What can I eat instead of meat and chicken? ›

Vegetarian-Friendly Chicken Substitutes
  • Tofu. Tofu is one of the most well-known meat alternatives in the world and can be used to substitute almost any type of meat. ...
  • Beans and Sprouts. ...
  • Nuts. ...
  • Plant-Based Meat. ...
  • Potatoes. ...
  • Seitan.

What happens when you only eat meat and no vegetables? ›

Health impacts from eating only meat

As one might expect, carnivores face a whole host of nutrient deficiencies from cutting out all other food groups. Two of the biggest issues are a lack of fibre and carbohydrates, Virjee explained, which can lead to constipation, a common side effect of the diet.

What do you call a person who eats both meat and vegetables? ›

A person who eats meat and vegetables is called an omnivore. The word "omnivore" comes from the Latin words "omni," meaning "all," and "vore," meaning "to eat." So, an omnivore is a creature that can eat both plants and animals. Humans are natural omnivores, and most people in the world eat a diet that is omnivorous.

Do plant-based eaters eat meat? ›

The diet consists primarily of food made of plants: fruits and vegetables in addition to nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes. A plant-based diet is not a vegetarian or vegan diet; you can eat poultry, beef, eggs, fish, and dairy products, however most of your nutrient intake is coming from plant-based food sources.

How can I eat healthy if I don't like meat? ›

Choose high protein foods.

Great vegan protein sources include legumes (beans, lentils and peas), seeds and nuts. Learn about protein-packed meatless meals. If you have certain health conditions like a history of breast cancer or kidney disease, talk to your doctor about which protein sources are right for you.

What nutrients do you lack if you don't eat meat? ›

Intake and status of vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, zinc, iodine, calcium and bone turnover markers were generally lower in plant-based dietary patterns compared to meat-eaters. Vegans had the lowest vitamin B12, calcium and iodine intake, and also lower iodine status and lower bone mineral density.

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Duncan Muller

Last Updated:

Views: 6204

Rating: 4.9 / 5 (79 voted)

Reviews: 94% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Duncan Muller

Birthday: 1997-01-13

Address: Apt. 505 914 Phillip Crossroad, O'Konborough, NV 62411

Phone: +8555305800947

Job: Construction Agent

Hobby: Shopping, Table tennis, Snowboarding, Rafting, Motor sports, Homebrewing, Taxidermy

Introduction: My name is Duncan Muller, I am a enchanting, good, gentle, modern, tasty, nice, elegant person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.