Meatless Mondays from A-Z {MMAZ}

While enjoying lunch in Denver with Kirk, I came up with a “crazy” idea. My meal had caper berries and I LOVE those, but I realized I haven’t ever cooked with them at home. Why not? Thinking about it, I realized I tend to cook with a lot of the same ingredients. It’s my own comfort zone.

I love challenges as a way to help motivate me to step out of my comfort zone, so what about a cooking challenge?! As I brainstormed ideas, I decided it would be fun to cook through the alphabet, building a recipe around an ingredient with the letter of the alphabet I was on. For example, starting with A – I could build a recipe around “artichokes”. Make sense?

As the idea evolved, I decided I might not be the only one who would enjoy the challenge, so the weekly link-up here on Better With Veggies was born!  Since this blog is already built around a plant-based diet, I built on the concept of Meatless Monday to show how many AWESOME meals can be created without meat!

You can join the fun at any time – pick your favorite letter and jump in on that week. Even better, start next week and make it a weekly tradition! Or, just come by on Mondays to see what others have created around the ingredient of the week.

How Does It Work?

In round 1, you were challenged to create a new meatless recipe each week for the featured ingredient. It was a lot of fun for those of us who love the challenge of creating an original recipe, but I also heard from some of you who don’t feel ready to create recipes yet. This time EVERYONE can join!

In Round 2, we’ll choose 2 ingredients per month. You’ll have a chance to create an original recipe for each, then a chance to cook an existing recipe for one or both! Participate in one or both weeks – it’s up to you!

  • Create a Recipe: the first week will be our usual link-up of original recipes created with the featured ingredient. It can be easy, complicated, or in between. Snacks, appetizers, salads, dinner – whatever inspires you that day! The goal is help you get creative and try something new, but you can also link up to a recipe you posted previously.
  • Cook a Recipe: after cooking each of the month’s ingredients, the third week is a link-up of recipes you cooked with one (or both) of the featured ingredient. I encourage you to choose one of the recipes created for MMAZ that month, but you can use one you found somewhere else too.The only big rule is to never share the full recipe on your post, but we encourage you to link back to the recipe on the creator’s website.

Round 2 Ingredients

Ingredients are announced a month at a time – always at least 1 week before the recipes are posted. You can always find the latest list below if you miss the big announcement!

Interested in looking back? You can still find all the Round 1 #MMAZ posts here!

I’m Ready to Join!!

Just add the MMAZ button to your post and link up to your recipe including the ingredient of the week! (Grab the code for the logo below). On the MMAZ post each week, you’ll see a link to add your own recipe (including a photo!) at the bottom of the page. That’s it!

Post Logo for June:

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Already a Participant? Grab the sidebar version below to show your #MMAZ love all week!

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Any questions? Please feel free to send me an email and I’ll help you out.


  1. says

    Love the idea of doing the “cook” week for each ingredient in Round 2! I tried to participate in Round 1, but had a hard time creating recipes and getting the post up within the right time frames. I think this will definitely make it easier for more people to participate more.
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  2. says

    Please note you have put June instead of July in your list of dates thought you had abandoned it for a minute! I love this concept and hope to join in next month. I don’t have a clue what to do with heart of palm, don’t even know what it is and how to buy it!!
    Sandra recently posted…Carrot and Apple SaladMy Profile

  3. Karen Morse says

    Hi Heather,
    I just found your site and have enjoyed reading through the Meatless Monday A-Z posts — what a great idea!
    I am also a nutrition and fitness blogger, as well as a health coach and include a new meatless post every Monday on my blog, The Wellness Scientist.
    I see the last ingredients were posted in August. Will you be continuing this challenge? Hope so! Nice to meet your virtually! We have a lot in common :-) Hope we can be blog buddies! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    -Karen @WellnessScience
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