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This Week’s Meatless Meal Plan | 07.14.14

Vegan Southwest BLT Salad

This week starts out with salad and ends with pizza — because pizza is the best way to end the week, isn’t it? Especially when it’s a pizza topped with barbecue sauce and crispy tofu. That’s a pizza that says “Hello weekend!” We’ve also got a chickpea salad with grilled corn, cheesy quesadillas filled with veggies and homemade cilantro pesto, and Thai sweet potato nachos. Everything is better with peanut sauce!

Here’s this week’s meatless meal plan.


Vegan Southwest BLT SaladVegan Southwest BLT Salad from Henry Happened // What’s the best thing about this salad? The smoky coconut bacon? The zesty dressing? The fresh sweet corn? It’s impossible to choose! I’m pretty sure this is going to be your new favorite salad.

Tuesday Chickpea Salad with Honey Garlic Lime Vinaigrette from How Sweet It Is // There are many chickpea salads out there, but the sweet, garlicky dressing on this one takes it over the top. And hooray — more corn!


Mushroom Zucchini Quesadillas with Cilantro PestoMushroom Zucchini Quesadillas with Cilantro Pesto from Oh My Veggies // You could serve these quesadillas with salsa on the side, but you don’t really need it because they’re packed with flavor thanks to a generous layer of cilantro pesto.


Thai Sweet Potato Nachos RecipeThai Sweet Potato Nachos from Oh My Veggies // Did you know that in Thailand, they make nachos with sweet potatoes and peanut sauce? No, they don’t, that’s a lie. But these Thai-inspired nachos are still a winner, even if they’re not authentic.


Barbecue Tofu PizzaBarbecue Tofu Pizza from Kitchen Treaty // Barbecue and pizza, together at last! You worked hard this week, so sit back and enjoy a slice of pizza. Don’t sit too far back though, that’s a choking hazard.

Tips for This Week’s Plan

  • Fresh corn doesn’t last very long! Grill all 4 ears on Monday — use half of the grilled corn for the BLT salad and the other half for Tuesday’s chickpea salad.
  • Don’t have an outdoor grill? No worries! An indoor grill or grill pan will work just fine for grilling the corn. Just make sure to shuck your corn first.
  • You’ll have extra tortillas — cut them into strips, brush them with oil, and bake them in the oven as an addition to Monday’s salad.
  • There’s a lot of lime juice in this week’s recipes! Instead of buying a separate lime for zesting, just zest one of the ones you’ve already bought for the pesto.
  • The coconut bacon is so good, you’ll probably want to use all of it on your BLT salad! But if you’ve got extra, we’re posting a recipe later this week that calls for it (spoiler alert: it’s a dessert!), or you can give our Strawberry Salad with Coconut Bacon recipe a try.
  • The crispy tofu recipe that tops the pizza calls for vegetable or canola oil, but grapeseed or any other high smoke point cooking oil works too.
  • Vegetarian Meal Plan & Shopping List - 07.14.14Click here for a printable version of this week’s meatless meal plan and shopping list, then click on the links above to print out each recipe. Now you’re set for the week!

    Find more dinner ideas from our Meatless Meal Plan archives.

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  • Reply
    Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    July 11, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I can’t believe how scrumptious that BBQ and Tofu pizza looks. And peanut sauce is always a winner in my house, let’s just say it’s always part of my husbands birthday meal.

    I agree, fresh corn never lasts very long, but why? Fresh strawberries too, I’ve noticed ones that I pick from the field only last a day but the much inferior grocery store ones can last a week. Doesn’t make any sense to me! I thought fresh would last longer.

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      Kiersten Frase
      July 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Ah, but the inferior grocery store strawberries are bred to last long! Which is why they’re so hard and terrible. 🙂 Strawberries should not crunch when you bite into them!

      My little trick for corn is to cook it in advance when I need it for later in the week. It doesn’t work if you’re keeping it on the cob, but if you’re just using the kernels, it’s fine!

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    July 11, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hahaha. loved the comment about Thai nachos. I was totally fooled for a second there 😉 This meal plan looks great, love how it starts super healthy and gradually edges towards the pizza 😀

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      July 11, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Kare has pizza for dinner every Friday, so I think I’ve picked up that habit too. 🙂

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    July 11, 2014 at 8:48 am

    That all looks so delicious, and your photography is stunning!

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      Kiersten Frase
      July 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks! Although the first photo is from Henry Happened – I took my own picture, but it was pretty awful, so I didn’t use it. Must remember to add dressing to my salads after photographing them from now on. 😉

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    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes
    July 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    That Vegan Southwest BLT Salad is still on my mind! Kiersten I’m happy to say that with the help of your blog I’ve officially turned vegetarian :D. That Barbecue Tofu Pizza will be the perfection celebration today especially since I already have some tofu in the fridge waiting on me!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      July 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Yay! I never set out to “convert” people with Oh My Veggies, but I love knowing that what we do makes meatless eating seem a little bit easier. You have so many amazing vegetarian recipes on your site, I’m sure you will be eating very well!

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    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
    July 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Yummy options as usual!

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