Start your back-to-school meal planning off right with some of our favorite veggie-forward recipes.

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Fall is in the air, and we're excited to cook up toasty dishes for chilly nights. But since September also brings a new school year, shorter daylight hours, and less vibrant produce to keep us excited about cooking, we've compiled our best meatless Monday mains as inspiration to help make this seasonal transition as delicious as possible. Read on to discover healthy, meat-free options you can enjoy while following meal plans on the Cooking Light Diet

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September 4: Skillet Mushroom Mac and Cheese 

This is your ultimate one-pan cheesy pasta dish with meaty mushrooms, all for under 450 calories. Did we mention it's super kid-friendly? 

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September 11: Sweet Potato-and-Red Lentil Curry

The rich, aromatic curry flavor of this dish will warm you up on a chilly fall evening. The best part? The slow cooker does all the work.

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September 18: Black-eyed Pea Cakes with Corn Salsa

Use up the last bit of sweet summer corn for these delicious dinner-ready cakes. Prep your patties on Sunday for an easy sear-and-eat Monday night. 

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September 25: Skillet Vegetable Lasagna 

Weeknight lasagnas can be a little too much work. This simpler version cooks down on the stovetop and utilizes the broiler for a quick finish. 

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Bonus: Tempeh Gyros with Tzatziki

If you're feeling adventurous and looking for something filling, this main uses both tempeh and silken tofu for a double dose of protein.


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