Holiday Gift Ideas from Meatless Monday!

December 18th, 2017

This holiday season, let Meatless Monday help you make your gift-giving a little bit easier. If you know someone who has been resolving to eat healthier or give something back to the planet, here are a few items to help them get started.


Reducetarian by Brian Kateman

Perfect for someone who is hungry to find out more about why it’s a good idea to reduce meat consumption. Reducetarian contains over 70 essays by a group of experts and “influential thinkers” (including Meatless Monday founder Sid Lerner) who offer up several reasons why eating a more plant-based diet will save our health and the health of the planet. It also includes 40 meatless and reduced-meat recipes by Pat Crocker.

MeatLess by Kristie Middleton

As a senior food policy director at The Human Society of the United States, Middleton offers her expertise on reducing the amount of animal products you consume whether you are a “passionate meat-lover or vegan-curious.” MeatLess includes recipes, tips, swaps, and guidance on how to eat less meat and more plants.

The Plant-Powered Diet by Sharon Palmer

Palmer’s book encourages the shift towards plant-based meals by putting produce at the center of the plate. She shares a wealth of information about the benefits of whole grains, healthy fats, balanced nutrition, and seasoning with herbs and spices. Her book also debunks many common myths, asserting that it’s possible to get healthy food on the road and adequate protein from meatless meals.

What the Fork Are You Eating? by Stefanie Sacks

Long-time Meatless Monday friend Stephanie Sacks identifies the most offensive ingredients in our food and shows how we can cut (or at least minimize) them from our diets. The book is an overview of what’s really in your food and contains an action plan with 50 delicious recipes.

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Completely Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition by Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman’s original How to Cook Everything Vegetarian was such a hit the first time around that the award-winning food writer decided it was time for an update. This fall, Bittman released a new edition which includes new recipes and information about the benefits of reducing meat consumption.

30-Minute Italian by Fabio Viviani

The Top Chef Fan Favorite released a new cookbook this past spring that includes simple, meat-free meals with an Italian spin. If you know someone who wants to try Meatless Monday but is short on time, 30-Minute Italian is a great pick!

PNW Veg by Kim O’Donnel

As the author of two previously published vegetarian cookbooks, Kim O’Donnel became curious about the bounty in her own backyard, the Pacific Northwest. While not a strict vegetarian herself, she was excited to find that “it wasn’t just easy to eat vegetarian in the land of the geoduck and the Dungeness crab, it was extraordinary.”

28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot by Jessica Jones, MS, RD, CDE and Wendy Lopez, MS, RD

Written by Registered Dietitians Jessica Jones and Wendy Lopez of the blog Food Heaven Made Easy, this new cookbook has four weeks of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that are all purely plant-based. Made with health – and not dieting – in mind, Jones and Lopez outline a completely customizable menu of meals that put the focus on “rebooting” the body with balanced meals without animal proteins.

Bowls of Goodness: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes Full of Nourishment by Nina Olsson

Food blogger Nina Olsson (Nourish Atelier) released Bowls of Goodness this year, a celebration of simple, delicious, and undeniably healthy meals in bowls, all of which are vegetarian. In addition to giving bowls a boost, Bowls of Goodness acknowledges the history of bowls tracing back to our most ancient human ancestors. And what better food to put in bowls than the healthiest, prettiest produce and grains?

Love Thy Legumes by Sonali Suratkar

Nutritionist and Johns Hopkins graduate Sonali Suratkar is using her first cookbook to celebrate legumes and educate people on how they may improve blood sugar, assist in weight loss, and ease the digestive system. With tons of recipes and beautiful pictures, Suratkar is sure to entice any reader curious about one of the healthiest plant-based food varieties!

Read It Before You Eat It: Taking You from Label to Table by Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN

If you ever wanted to take a registered dietary nutritionist with you when you went food shopping, this is the only book you’ll need. Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN provides easy-to-understand information about deciphering food labels and balancing your daily meals. When you go shopping for Meatless Monday, take this book with you to ensure that you only cook with the best ingredients.

Delivery Services:


Meatless Monday + Veestro

While Veestro is a big hit with vegans and vegetarians, it’s hugely popular with people who still eat meat, making them an ideal delivery service for Meatless Monday. Introduce your friends and family to Veestro with a gift card so they can taste a new kind of fast dinner!


Another health-focused delivery service with a vegetarian plan, HelloFresh is also offering gift cards so busy families looking for a plant-based change for dinner can try a meal before making a commitment to a subscription.


Do you know a takeout addict? Sometimes it’s great to have a prepared meal delivered fast. GrubHub provides easy delivery from vegetarian restaurants (and restaurants with vegetarian offerings). With a gift card, you can say “Dinner’s on me” on Meatless Monday.