Photo: Squire Fox

With these recipes on hand, you won’t even miss the meat. We promise.

June 27, 2017

Summertime is a celebration of fresh produce. The grocery store is filled with juicy tomatoes, peppery arugula, and colorful summer squash at every turn. Take this as an opportunity to feed your family seasonal ingredients and consider taking meat off the menu once a week.

As more consumers turn toward the plant-based supermarket aisles, cutting your animal protein consumption, even just one night a week, can have some serious impact on your health and the world. By incorporating meat free options into your meal plan you help cut meat consumption, increase your intake of plant nutrients, and help reduce your carbon footprint. Plus, meat free meals are just as delicious, colorful, and healthy as their meaty counterparts.

Here are our picks for healthy, meatless Cooking Light Diet recipes to plan every Monday this July.

 Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

July 3: Summer Squash Pizza

Who says no to pizza? Top pizza crust with zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, basil, and cheese for a summery, meatless pizza that the whole family will love.

View recipe: Summer Squash Pizza

 Photo: Randy Mayor

July 10: Red Lentil Rice Cakes with Simple Tomato Salsa

The perfect summer salsa is made from tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, and capers for a fresh bite over these delicious lentil cakes. Lentils are a powerhouse food, full of plant-based protein and fiber.

 View recipe: Red Lentil Rice Cakes with Simple Tomato Salsa

 Photo: Randy Mayor

July 17: Pan-Crisped Tofu with Greens and Peanut Dressing

The star of this super simple salad is the peanut dressing. Experiment with some new ingredients, like miso, mirin, rice vinegar, and ginger to create an Asian inspired dressing with the crunch of peanuts.

View recipe: Pan-Crisped Tofu with Greens and Peanut Dressing

 Photo: John Autry

July 24: Golden Corn Salad with Fresh Basil

When you think of vegetarian poolside grilling, fresh corn is first to come to find. Mix it with tender potatoes and creamy goat cheese to top off a pile of peppery arugula; you’ll get a Meatless Monday dinner that screams summertime.

View recipe: Golden Corn Salad with Fresh Basil

 Photo: Squire Fox

July 31: Wheat Berry Salad with Melon and Feta

Feta cheese and sweet watermelon is a match made in heaven this time of year. Add English cucumber, yellow grape tomatoes, fresh mint, and sunflower seeds to make the traditional duo pop. Simply toss it with wheat berries for the most filling, perfect summer dinner.

View recipe: Wheat Berry Salad with Melon and Feta

The Cooking Light Diet is extremely diet preference friendly. If you’d like to learn more about the Cooking Light Diet or the recipes included in this guide, visit CookingLightDiet.com, or email us at feedback@cookinglightdiet.com.

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