Cutting back on meat doesn't mean a life of blah salads. Here are 10 easy-to-make flexitarian recipes to get you started.
Ground Cauliflower Tacos with Spicy Almonds and Crunchy Slaw
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When taco cravings strike (and, oh, you know they will), stick to your meat-free guns and pull this out of your arsenal of flexitarian recipes. The cauliflower base is jazzed up with traditional taco spices so you won't miss the ground beef one bit. (Still wondering if meatless-ish eating is for you? Here's why you should seriously consider following a flexitarian diet.)
Get the recipe: Ground Cauliflower Tacos with Spicy Almonds and Crunchy Slaw
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Asian Mushroom Wellington
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This recipe calls for packing a Chinese-flavored mushroom mixture into a puff pastry for a vegan twist on the usually meat-heavy dish.
Get the recipe: Asian Mushroom Wellington
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The Ultimate Mediterranean Bowl
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For the girl who just can't get enough Mediterranean flavors, say hello to your new fave. Falafel, parsley salad, hummus, olives, and whatever sauces your heart desires meet up in one delicious bowl. (Try these other bowl recipes for warm winter comfort food.)
Get the recipe: The Ultimate Mediterranean Bowl
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Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole
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Concerned you won't feel full after a no-meat meal? No worries here. This hearty, vegetable-packed casserole, with layers of salsa, tortillas, beans, veggies, and cheese, will keep you satisfied. (Discover even more mouthwatering vegetarian and vegan Mexican recipes.)
Get the recipe: Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole
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The Vegan Delight Avocado Toast
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The flexible part of the flexitarian diet means you get the best of both worlds: your favorite carnivore dishes and also inventive vegan creations, like this showstopping toast topped with avocado, hummus, roasted tomatoes, and hemp hearts.
Get the recipe: The Vegan Delight
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Lemongrass Chicken Bahn Mi Bowls
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Flexitarians are allowed to dig into meat a few times a week, but you still want to make it count. And it will with this refreshing recipe, which is essentially a bahn mi sandwich with chicken in bowl form.
Get the recipe: Lemongrass Chicken Bahn Mi Bowls
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Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles
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Flexitarianism calls for cutting back on your fish intake, but there's no need to ban it from your diet entirely. It's hard not to dig this flexible way of eating, especially since the shrimp in this 20-minute dish delivers nutrients that are tough for vegetarians to source, like protein and vitamin B12.
Get the recipe: Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles
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Loaded Vegetable Spring Quiche
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Based on beauty alone, this quiche, which is filled with springtime faves like ramps, mushrooms, and peas, easily gets a 10. The taste and nutritional profile live up to that perfect score, too. (Get excited for warmer weather with these 20 fresh spring recipes for any diet.)
Get the recipe: Loaded Vegetable Spring Quiche
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Tempeh Sausage Stuffed Squash
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Spoiler: This recipe is a lot easier to make than it looks. And, to keep the surprises going, the tempeh adds a meat-like flavor even though the entire dish is vegan and gluten-free.
Get the recipe: Tempeh Sausage Stuffed Squash
Cheddar Jalapeño Chicken Burgers with Guacamole
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A love for burgers may be the reason you're a flexitarian and not a full-blown vegetarian in the first place. Plan on making this toppings-heavy chicken burger whenever you're prepping for a meaty meal (it can easily be made with beef or turkey too, if those are more your jam).
Get the recipe: Cheddar Jalapeño Chicken Burgers with Guacamole
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