Are You Ready for No Meat March?

No Meat March is right around the corner! Are you willing to go meat free for 31 days?

For someone who grew up on a meat-and-three type diet, eating vegetarian or vegan might seem a little bit daunting, which is why I’m a big fan of giving meatless eating a go in little spurts. From Meatless Monday to The Weekend Vegan Challenge, there are lots of fun ways to dip your toe into meatless eating without totally committing to life-long plant-based eating.

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If you’re ready to take meatless eating a little bit further, next month is a great opportunity! The Girls Gone Green are launching No Meat March 2013, a month-long vegetarian challenge.

Like I said, cutting out meat from your diet can seem a little bit extreme if you’re used to centering your plate around the meat. Take that steak away, and what’s left? Maybe some sad, steamed veggies? A side salad? Possibly a baked potato? That’s no fun at all!

Luckily, vegetarian and vegan eating goes way beyond a salad and a baked potato. It’s all about reimagining that plate to make plant-based foods like beans, veggies, nuts, and whole grains the stars of the show.

You don’t have to do this without support! On the next page, check out the intro video for No Meat March along with a list of vegetarian recipes to help you get started!

No Meat March

10 Vegetarian Recipes

The key to a successful month of vegetarian eating is arming yourself with delicious recipes! Here are some vegetarian recipe ideas to kick off your No Meat March!

potato soup

1. Potato Soup with Mushrooms and Kale – You can serve up a big bowl of this soup for a one-dish meal, or serve crusty bread and a salad to go on the side.

2. Homemade Veggie Burgers – Sure, you can buy veggie burgers pre-made, but the homemade variety are a lot less processed. Serve with a side salad or maybe some yummy oven fries.

3. Beans and Greens with Herbed Polenta – This tasty plate is a meal all on its own. Beans and greens are such a delicious combo!

4. Vegan Enchiladas – This healthier take on a Mexican favorite is filling, delicious, and kid-friendly.

5. Lentil Loaf – You can create a more traditional plate by making this bean-and-nut-based loaf the star of the show! This is great with some greens on the side and a dollop of mashed potatoes.

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6. Manicotti with Pesto Cashew Cheeze – Who doesn’t love pasta for supper? These little rolls will warm your heart without giving you heart disease!

7. Mussaman Curry – Mmm…you won’t miss the meat in this deeply-seasoned Thai curry.

8. Minestrone Soup – Make some garlic bread to go with, and you are in business!

9. Gnocchi and Vegetable Italian Stir Fry – Rich gnocchi and lots of healthy veggies make for a filling – and surprisingly quick – supper.

10. Raw Marinated Mushrooms and Kale with Walnut Cheese – Stuffed portobello mushrooms pair deliciously with massaged, raw kale.

If you’re ready to take the plunge, you can take the No Meat March pledge to get started!

Image Credit: photo by Becky Striepe

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Dan B.
Dan Brook2 years ago

I'm meatless all the time for the last 30 years and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made!


It's best for your health, your spirit, your family, public health, the animals, and our environment.

Diane L.
Diane L.2 years ago

Bill K., calves are "cute". Adult cows are far from "cute". If not used for meat, or providing milk, then what use ARE they? They don't make good companions, and serve no other purpose. Big enough, then OXEN can be used to pull wagons (I'm told OXEN are technically just cows). There is no reason to mistreat any animal, whether it's raised for consumption at a later date, or kept for a companion animal, or protection or to herd livestock. ALL animals deserve proper feed, water, shelter and respect. Ever spend some time on a farm that raised cows? I'm guessing not. They are not the brightest bulbs in the package and often very difficult to handle, with Dairy cows being the "most" docile.

BTW, never heard of dogmeat being better for arthritis. Since I do have OA, I've read everything available on the topic. Sounds like myth and rumor to justify killing dogs, same as rhino horn is supposedly medicinal and tiger bones are an afphrodesiac.

Bill K.
Bill K.2 years ago

Dee - it's just your opinion that cows are not cute and cuddly. Some people like them. But whether you think they are or aren't it's no reason to treat them worse than dogs and cats. Dog meat by the way is supposed to be good for arthritis and in some cultures is an acceptable food. Don't let your personal biases decide which animals are to be treated poorly and which are to be loved. Either animals are commodities to be treated like things or they're not. A cow feels the same pain and fear a dog does.

Jennifer L.
Jennifer L.2 years ago

Veggie lasagna for dinner tonight!

Sandy Mailloux
Sandy Mailloux2 years ago

This works out perfectly with my plan to start the Eat to Life Plan!!

Ursula Margrit Joos


Dee Williams
Dee Williams2 years ago

I eat mostly vegetables because I love vegetables. It's not because I am trying to save the lives of cows and other animals. They are on this planet for human consumption. Cows are not cuddly or cute like dogs and cats. But when these animals ARE housed and then slaughtered, it should be done humanely.

Cali Calero
Cali Calero2 years ago

What a great idea. I love it!!!!!!! It's often hard to stay veggie when going out to a restaurant, especially with a group. I use to help find vegetarian friendly restaurants that every one will enjoy. 31 days is a great way to try it, without a commitment. Great idea.

Deanna R.
Deanna R.2 years ago

Meatless March? No problem. I'll be sure not to eat any.

Ernie Miller
william Miller2 years ago

we may be forced to eat less if the Dept of Ag has fewer inspectors after sequestration