Gather round, my hunter-gatherers! You juiced! You went Paleo! You Whole30’d for like…a whole 30 minutes until you realized you couldn’t drink. You gave up drinking! On Tuesdays, anyway. Well, one Tuesday.  At least until that happy hour. Hours? Unclear. You’ve dropped those New Year New You resolutions like you were going to drop that “winter weight” you’ve been carrying since June.  Eh, maybe next year.

See, your aim was too high! The changes that really stick are the little ones, the small shifts that don’t require long-term deprivation, sacrifice, or sweating at the gym. Give yourself a break and start fresh with a midwinter reset.

This one is easy. Just skip meat one day a week. Try embracing Meatless Mondays, or if the only thing getting you through Monday is a sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich, no big deal—just pick a different day. To make it easy, here is a list of vegetarian recipes that will make you forget you’ve actually made a commitment to being veggie at least one day a week. Trust us, you won’t even miss the meat.

1. Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with French Onion Soup

I don’t think I need to say more. Toasted cheese and onions inside a meaty roasted mushroom. Decadent.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

2. Panzanella with Kale, White Beans, and Cranberries

This is technically a salad, but think of it more like a deconstructed sandwich. Filling, loaded with vitamins, and so easy to make.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

3. Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

This protein-packed dish is perfect for big-batch cooking since it makes a totally portable lunch option.
Photo and recipe from Ambitious Kitchen

4. Vegetable Pot Pies

Exactly what you’re craving on a chilly night, but simple to prepare and you won’t even notice that there’s no dry bland chicken in it.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

5. Thai Peanut Pasta

Stretch your backup pasta skills with a one-pot Thai version that’ll wake up your taste buds and pretty much clean up after itself. Unlike your significant other.
Photo and recipe from Your Cup of Cake

6. Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

Caramelizing the squash gives this salad great texture, and the tahini dressing is even better than your favorite shawarma-joint takeout’s without that heavy feeling after.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

7. Black Bean, Green Chili, and Manchego Enchiladas

Cheesy goodness with a quality cheese and just a few ingredients, these gorgeous and quick enchiladas will be gone before you can pour yourself a cheat-margarita.
Photo and recipe from Minimalist Baker

8. Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

The best part of this recipe is that it won’t take up the whole fridge like making an entire lasagna, not to mention it’s endlessly customizable with whatever veggies and cheese you’ve got on hand.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

9. Grilled Tofu Torta

Tortas are the savory Cronut: combining the best of both worlds by fusing the hearty sandwich with the burrito. Seriously, just try to turn that down.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

10. Indian Chickpea Curry with Spinach

Warm and hearty, this is the perfect stew to wow your vegetarian friends. The curry flavors deepen with a night in the fridge if you miraculously end up with leftovers.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

11. Fried Avocado Tacos with Slaw

Creamy and crunchy and packed with good fats. Try frying up the avocado in some coconut oil for an added health boost.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

12. Mexican Vegetable Stew

Almonds and real Mexican oregano are the secret stars of this recipe, which comes together quickly and is both smoky and bright with cilantro and lime. Plus it’s so good for you that you can eat seconds with no consequences!
Photo and recipe from CHOW

Vanessa W. Simmons is a former cook living in San Francisco, helping to run a food business. She’s probably hungry, but if not she could eat.
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