Spicy Vegan and Vegetarian Meals

Mondays mean not eating meat across many parts of the world. If you'd like to be part of the initiative for a better environment, better treatment of animals and a healthier you, try these recipes. These 10 vegan and vegetarian meals are all bursting with delicious flavors, healthy ingredients and spicy touches. Best of all, they're quick and easy meals you can enjoy today. 

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    Spicy tofu and vegetable stir fry
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    This quick and easy stir fried meal can be served for lunch or dinner. It's packed with protein and vegetables.  

  • 02 of 10
    Jalapeno Tofu Scramble
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Mushrooms are one of many vegans' go-to proteins, and here they've been paired with tofu to create a protein-packed vegan scramble. The heat comes from both fresh and pickled jalapeños, and it's served in warm tortillas. This vegan meal may be served as a breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

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    Massaged Kale Salad with Strawberries and Red Pepper
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    The classic soup and salad pairing works wonderful on Meatless Mondays. Massaged kale with seasonal fruit and a touch of spice is a great salad that can be modified to your personal taste. 

  • 04 of 10
    Vegan Chili with Spicy Green Peppers
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

     A bowl of chili doesn't have to have meat, and in this vegan version you won't even notice its absence. Enjoy a bowl with some corn bread or warm tortillas and it will keep you full for hours. (Top with grated cheese for vegetarian option.) 

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  • 05 of 10
    Buttery Peanut Butter, Banana Toast
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    If you need a little extra energy after a workout (or between meals) this buttery peanut butter toast with banana slices is what you should eat. Peanut butter provides a does of protein to help keep you full. 

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    Chipotle Spiced Egg Salad

    Chipotle Spiced Egg Salad
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Who doesn't love egg salad? In this version the classic egg salad gets a spicy and smokey makeover from chipotle peppers. Grab your favorite bread and spread a good, thick layer of the egg salad. It's delicious as lunch or a light dinner. 

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    Snow Peas with Gernika Peppers & Red Chili Flakes
    Stir Fried Snow Peas with Gernika Chilies. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    You can serve the vegetables in this healthy stir-fry over rice (like brown rice) or even with some fluffy quinoa. This vegan dish is so super easy and quick to prepare. 

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    spicy cinnamon lentils
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Lentils are often referred to as "the poor man's meat" because of the huge protein content they provide. This healthy legume is so easy to prepare, inexpensive and can be cooked in so many ways. This simple lentil soup is full of aromatic spices and given its spicy touch by Sriracha hot sauce. The combination is fantastic. 

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  • 09 of 10
    Vegetable Pizza with Tofu and Sriracha
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    There is everything to love about pizza, but when you're looking for a low-carb and high-protein alternative this pizza is for you. Instead of wheat, a slice of tofu is used for the base. The toppings are just like regular pizza. Your whole family will love this meal and your kids can even help prepare it.  

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    Gluten-Free Corn Pasta with Spicy Cilantro & Cotija Cheese
    Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    For busy people, a healthy pasta dish is always a great cooking option because it comes together so quickly. This gluten-free pasta is coated with a vibrant green pesto, which is made with cilantro, Cotija cheese, and almonds. Pair the noodles with either a green salad or with an appetizer-sized bowl of soup for a complete meal.