Victor Protasio

Take advantage of the warm weather with picnic perfect dinners that'll help you hit your #meatlessmonday goals.

Arielle Weg
May 04, 2018

It’s finally time to go all-out with spring cooking. We’re talking about grocery baskets with asparagus, zucchini, mushrooms, spring onions, artichokes, and peas for unforgettable, bright meals.

Whether you’re tossing together a quick dinner before soccer practice or looking for a leisurely Monday night picnic on the patio, here’s your definitive guide to planning #MeatlessMonday this May.

May 7: Black Bean Tostadas with Cabbage Slaw

Caitlin Bensel

Everything you love about nachos, packed onto a single, crunchy tostada shell. Creamy refried black beans are blended with fresh pico de gallo for a mouth-watering base, then topped with cabbage slaw for a refreshing spring main.

View the recipe: Black Bean Tostadas with Cabbage Slaw

May 14: Pasta with Shaved Asparagus

Jennifer Causey

Shaved down asparagus adds a sweet crunch, while bright seasonal peas and salty Parmigiano-Reggiano combine for a delicate pesto and round out this cheesy, springy pasta.

View the recipe: Pasta with Shaved Asparagus

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May 21: Zucchini-Mushroom Caprese Bowl 

Greg DuPree

Your farmers’ market bounty just met its match. Fresh zucchini, mushrooms, spinach, and basil come together in this veggie-forward Italian masterpiece. And did we mention it’s under 300 calories?

View the recipe: Zucchini-Mushroom Caprese Bowl

May 28: Charred Spring Onion and Baby Artichoke Pizza

Victor Protasio

A fresh base of lemony ricotta is the perfect canvas for deeply charred green onions and artichokes. You’ll never turn to boring takeout pizza again.

View the recipe: Charred Spring Onion and Baby Artichoke Pizza

Bonus: Soba, Snow Pea, and Asparagus Toss

Victor Protasio

This 20-minute dish brings out-of-the-box flavors like sesame oil, Chinese hot mustard, and rice vinegar together to make a dreamy dressing. Crunchy carrot ribbons add texture to the bowl, while hearty soba noodles make for a super-filling meatless main.

View the recipe: Soba, Snow Pea, and Asparagus Toss