Vegetarian Dish

best vegetarian main dish to serve at a special dinner

The best vegetarian main dish to serve at a special dinner is a delicious and filling vegetable lasagna. It's easy to make, and it's sure to please any crowd.
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60 Perfect Vegetarian Dinner Recipes - Weeknights just got easier | Hurry The Food Up

When your to-do list is as long as your arm, the kids aren’t in bed and you can’t be bothered to spend the next hour in the kitchen, the best thing you can have is a quick and easy vegetarian dinner recipe.

Lucky for you, you don’t even need to hunt around for an exciting, easy recipe that will charge up the taste buds and still be ready in no time. The best quick vegetarian dinner ideas are here, ready for your perusal.

This is a compilation of our favourite quick-to-prepare, vegetarian meals, ranging from vegetarian casseroles to vegetarian fried rice to vegetarian pasta recipes – basically whatever you fancy!

There’s also a good deal of vegan recipes hiding amongst these delicious vegetarian dinner ideas, so there’s something for everyone.

Vegetarian Dinner Ideas – where do I start?

I’ve been vegetarian for a long time now but I haven’t forgotten how intimidating it can be to make the leap to a vegetarian diet.

The good thing is that you’ve found this blog, and we have all kinds of vegetarian recipes for beginners!

The best place to start is by checking out our guide on how to go vegetarian. If that doesn’t convince you, you start incorporating the vegetarian dinner recipes below into your meal plans to see how you like them.

You might have heard that it’s too hard to get all the right nutrients with a vegetarian diet, but there’s no need to worry. If you pay attention to your diet and make sure you’re eating healthy vegetarian meals, you will have no trouble getting the nutrients you need.

Plus, these quick vegetarian dinner recipes are good for your health – they help to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses, AND good for the planet (the UN said so!)

And if you are looking to lose weight, then these dinner recipes would make the perfect addition to our vegetarian weight loss meal plan.

So if you’re new to a vegetarian diet, check out these easy vegetarian dinner recipes to get you started. And if you’re already a vegetarian (or a vegan), then you already know how delicious a meatless chili sin carne or a vegetarian sloppy joe can be!

Bonus: incredibly simple but so tasty592 calories per serving

A delicious peanut sauce compliments this fantastic stir fry with simple to follow cooking tips. Beginner friendly and super quick to make!

Ready in: 40 minutesRecipe by: FlavorMosaicBonus: delicious, filling, can be stored for a while in the fridge486 calories per serving

This Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole is like a Mexican Tortilla Casserole that is packed with vegetables and melted cheese! It is an easy Make-Ahead Mexican dinner that freezes well and your family will love!

Bonus: easy, cheesy, crispy405 calories per serving (1 medium pizza)

These pizza pancakes are perfect for lunch or dinner – super simple and full of the most exciting base and taste combos make it the best of both worlds!

Bonus: creamy, hearty, simple579 calories per serving

This creamy leek risotto is easy to make, filling and oh-so comforting. We show you how to speed it up, too – good food shouldn’t be slow!

Ready in: 22 minutesRecipe by: IndianAmbrosiaBonus: simple, healthy and tasty285 calories per serving

Paneer Jalfrezi is a colorful vegetarian stir fry made with cottage cheese, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and powdered spices.

Ready in: 20 minutesRecipe by: SaporitoKitchenBonus: light, easy and delicious recipe327 calories per serving

Creamy Sundried Tomato Pasta is a light and easy weeknight dinner that can be made in just 20 minutes! Rigatoni pasta is mixed with goat cheese and sundried tomatoes for a light and creamy sauce that the whole family will love.

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUpBonus: nutritious, tasty, versatile329 calories per serving

Our delicious vegan take on the trendiest cafe food of the moment, Mushrooms on Toast. It’s perfect for everything from a savory breakfast to a light dinner.

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUpBonus: high in protein, easy to make, versatile848 calories per serving

Melted cheese and baked beans is a UK favourite when it comes to baked potatoes – and we have the perfect recipe and cooking instructions!

Ready in: 20 minutesRecipe by: TheVegConnectionBonus: fresh and satisfying368 calories per serving

This recipe brings the comfort food goodness of fried rice and the spicy tang of kimchi together in this Korean twist on an old classic. It’s a quick and easy way to turn your leftover rice into a stunning new meal!

Ready in: 1 hour 20 minutes (just 10 min prep)Recipe by: DeliciousLittleBitesBonus: delicious, satisfying, and budget-friendly389 calories per serving

Tuscan Spaghetti Squash is an easy vegetarian meal perfect for busy week nights. With only 18 net carbs per generous serving, it’s naturally low carb, keto friendly, and gluten free.

Ready in: 20 minutesRecipe by: ChefSavvyBonus: versatile and super easy219 calories per serving

Crispy Parsley Pesto Gnocchi! Homemade potato gnocchi pan fried then tossed with an easy parsley pesto sauce. This dish is bursting with flavor and is surprisingly easy to make!

Bonus: quick, easy and delicious462 calories per serving

This easy jackfruit burger is the vegan alternative to pulled pork – and it rocks! Mega-tasty and no little piggies are harmed anywhere along the line.

Bonus: easy, fast, tropical580 calories per serving

This virtually vegan mango curry is refreshing, tropical, super-quick and soooooo easy! Don’t miss out on this one.

Ready in: 20 minutesRecipe by: ForkfulOfPlantsBonus: mega delicious and filling

These vegan pierogi mimic traditional Polish pierogi ruskie, with mashed potato, tofu cottage cheese, and smoky mushroom bits. Eat them as they are, or enjoy them as fried or baked pierogi!

Ready in: 20 minutesRecipe by: WholeSomeYumBonus: mega quick106 calories per serving

The ultimate guide for how to make stir fry vegetables! This healthy vegetable stir fry recipe with simple sauce takes just 10 minutes. Plus, get a full list of the best stir fry veggies and lots of tips.

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUpBonus: simple but so satisfying dish678 calories per serving

This elegant baked potato is a well of sophistication. Impress the neighbours, nay, impress anyone with this cultivated classy classic.

Ready in: 50 minutesRecipe by: CozyCravingsBonus: tasty, filling and tasty452 calories per serving

These Poblano Black Bean Quesadillas are SO good if you’re looking for a veggie quesadilla, and even if you’re not. Delicious sautéed poblano peppers, black beans, and onions, stuffed between melty jack cheese in a crispy tortilla.

Ready in: 1 hour 25 minutes (just 10 minutes prep)Recipe by: EatSomethingVeganBonus: simple and crispy213 calories per serving

These Garlic Smashed Potatoes are full of flavor and really tasty. Perfectly browned and deliciously crispy, they’re just the side dish you want to add to your dinner table.

Ready in: 40 minutesRecipe by: PipingPotCurryBonus: easy and quick, can be made ahead and frozen391 calories per serving

Healthy Vegetarian Mexican Rice and Bean Casserole is easy to make and filled with cheesy goodness, along with brown rice and lots of veggies. This is an easy gluten free & vegetarian casserole for a weeknight dinner or your next party!

Ready in: 20 minutesRecipe by: HealthySeasonalRecipesBonus: quick, hearty and flavorful319 calories per serving (2 tacos)

These Vegan Tacos are ready in just 20 minutes. They are made with sautéed veggies and black beans and topped with all the best plant-based toppings.

Ready in: 45 minutesRecipe by: GoodFoodBaddieBonus: sweet, tangy, ridiculously good302 calories per serving

Say goodbye to take-out as you revel in the glorious flavors of these Baked Orange Cauliflower Wings! Enjoy the wonderful taste of crispy baked cauliflower drenched in sticky, sweet, and savory orange sauce! This easy recipe will quickly become your favorite! Plus, it’s Vegan and completely Gluten-Free!

Ready in: 40 minutesRecipe by: TheRisingSpoonBonus: creamy, light, healthy

A creamy tomato basil soup that’s cozy, healthy, and quick to prep. If you love Panera Bread’s tomato soup, you’ve got to try my easy homemade version! This uses simple ingredients from your pantry & fridge, so you can make it all year long when you’re craving comfort food.

Ready in: 20 minutesRecipe by: LoveAndGoodStuffBonus: fun to make and eat 😉681 calories per serving

A vegetarian spin on Taco Bells’ classic wrap with lentils and guacamole.

Bonus: mega healthy and nutritional505 calories per serving

Melted Feta and Veggie Bake. Easy and quick. 10 minutes prep time, then for 30 minutes in the oven. High in vitamins A, C and B6, protein and fiber.

Ready in: 50 minutesRecipe by: ThePowderedApronBonus: a bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and absolutely delicious!413 calories per serving

These vegetarian mushroom tacos are packed with flavor and topped with a sweet pineapple salsa, easy pickled red onions, crunchy cabbage, and buttery avocado.

Bonus: easy to make, versatile, full of taste240 calories per serving

No longer will your Brussel Sprouts with balsamic cream or vinegar lay unloved at the table. These are the BEST sprouts ever and MUST be tried by all!

Ready in: 30-40 minutesRecipe by: TheGourmetRDBonus: delicious, healthy, and satisfying salad460 calories per serving

Taco salad made with spicy roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, tortilla chips and avocado-cilantro dressing.

Ready in: 35 minutesRecipe by: TheCleverMealBonus: delicious, satisfying, and budget-friendly329 calories per serving

Scrumptious and full of flavor, this pasta with peppers makes a terrific vegetarian pasta dish. The slowly cooked peppers mingle with the sweet red onion, the garlic and the savory Kalamata olives. Finish with balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive and fresh basil. All BIG flavors!

Bonus: nutritious, healthy420 calories per serving

The sexiest lentil stew you have ever eaten. A nutritional powerhouse, this recipe is here to kickstart your year – and your health.

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUpBonus: high protein, quick, delicious354 calories per serving

This easy vegetarian shakshuka recipe breaks everything down into simple steps for a great Shakshuka result every time!

Ready in: 30 minutesRecipe by: NourishPlateBonus: light, easy and delicious recipe107 calories per serving

Simple and delicious lentil dhal made with just a few pantry ingredients. It is healthy and packed with plant-based protein.

Bonus: super healthy and nutritious salad520 calories per serving

In this superfood salad red lentils and quinoa are jazzed up with crunchy almonds, tangy olives and creamy avocado.

Ready in: 50 minutes (only 5 min prep)Recipe by: AddSaltAndServeBonus: super easy and hearty Italian soup231 calories per serving

Pasta e Fagioli is an easy 50 minute soup that is full of Italian flavor and accented with ditalini, orzo, or other small pasta cooked al dente.

Bonus: versatile, delicious, healthy326 calories per serving

There’s no better use for mushrooms than with garlic and cream – and if you want it, we know how to make it vegan without sacrificing taste. Your call.

Ready in: 15 minutesRecipe by: DriveMeHungryBonus: quick, easy yet tasty270 calories per serving

Try this easy and fast recipe for vegetarian Thai basil tofu stir fry aka Tofu Pad Krapow. Stir fried ground tofu with garlic, ginger, and veggies in a spicy, savory soy sauce!

Ready in: 25 minutesRecipe by: EatTheGainsBonus: easy and fun225 calories per serving

Eggplant slices topped with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, this low carb Grilled Eggplant Pizza makes a perfect easy, light, and gluten free meal!

Ready in: 1 hour (just 10 minutes prep)Recipe by: GirlHeartFoodBonus: super comforting and delicious

This vegetarian stuffed spaghetti squash recipe is loaded with lots of veggies, pasta sauce and generously covered with melted mozzarella cheese. It’s filling, delicious and simply a family favourite!

Ready in: 30 minutesRecipe by: WentHere8ThisBonus: spicy, creamy, simple282 calories per serving

Spicy Potato Curry (Aloo Curry) is made with tender chunks of potato and tomatoes cooked in a rich and creamy, spicy coconut curry sauce. It comes together in about 30 minutes and is incredibly simple to make!

Ready in: 45 minutesRecipe by: MightyMrsBonus: quick, easy, cheesy278 calories per serving

Quinoa Enchilada Bake is a perfect vegetarian main dish that is filling and delicious. Filled with quinoa, black beans, corn and melted cheese.

Ready in: 40 minutesRecipe by: WholeSomeYumBonus: quick and easy prep239 calories per serving

This easy zucchini gratin recipe is a cheesy zucchini casserole that everyone will love! Healthy, low carb, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious.

Ready in: 30 minutesRecipe by: Watch What U Eat Bonus: yummy and nutritious350 calories per serving

Filled with greens, beans and carbohydrates all-in-one pot spinach rice recipe. It is healthy and full of proteins, fibers and vitamins. Ideal recipe for busy times.

Bonus: simple and healthy dish596 calories per serving

This cheesy, crispy, oven favourite broccoli cheese casserole is low effort and high reward – complete with cheat tips!

Bonus: hearty, healthy, easy487 calories per serving

A spicy, creamy corn chowder that’s satisfying and filling. Simple to make, ready in 25 minutes. Vegetarian and healthy. Tastes best when it’s cold outside.

Ready in: 15 minutesRecipe by: ContentednessCookingBonus: super easy and delicious300 calories per serving

It is an amazing entirely vegan and gluten free Mexican inspired dish. Made with a creamy and spicy Enchilada sauce, and full of fresh vegetables. Comfort food that you can easily customize to your taste.

Ready in: 40 minutesRecipe by: PinchAndSwirlBonus: combination of sweet and savory442 calories per serving

This salad is a savory, salty, sweet, tangy combination that will have you nodding your head in satisfaction with every bite.

Bonus: colourful and full of health benefits494 calories per serving

Quick and creamy Avocado Pasta that’s healthy and vegan. High in fiber, vitamin C, iron and good fats. Easy to make in under 15 minutes.

Ready in: 30 minutesRecipe by: StaceyHomemaker

Bonus: easy and freezer-friendly249 calories per serving

Vegan lentil sloppy joes are sure to be a hit because they’re classic comfort food that everyone knows and loves! The flavorful tangy sauce has two secret ingredients that will make you want to lick every last drop of sauce off the plate.

Bonus: simple to make, tasty and flavourful619 calories per serving

Everybody should know how to make veggie fried rice. Hands down one of the most delicious and easiest ways to use up leftovers. Ready in max. 15 minutes!

Ready in: 20 minutesRecipe by: NourishNutritionBlogBonus: mega easy and nutritious

Amazingly delicious and easy tacos! You can add whichever veggies you have on hand, and love them all the same! This is a great idea for a tasty vegetarian dinner.

Bonus: creamy and comforting287 calories per serving

This is not some bland version of a traditional potato soup, but a full blown delicious recreation built from scratch – all vegan of course!

Bonus: exciting flavours and quick prep383 calories per serving

Pineapple Fried Rice. Some food pairings were just meant to be together, and this is one of them. Get your sweet, crunchy and tropical hit right now!

Bonus: super quick preparation, delicious and healthy, can be stored for a while in the fridge315 calories per serving

This low-carb pie that’s keto-friendly is incredibly tasty – and the best thing – it takes only five minutes to prep! Seriously!

Ready in: 25 minutesRecipe by: MyKitchenLove Bonus: creamy, easy, healthy

Comfort food defined pasta packed with vegetables and that family-friendly Alfredo flavour.

Bonus: easy, healthy, fun610 calories per serving

The beets are bangin’ in this eye-catching dish. Highly nutritious, beetroots are an awesome addition to any pasta meal – including this beauty. Get your vegetarian dinner ideas right here!

Bonus: creamy, cozy and spicy442 calories per serving

So comforting you want to sit in it. Only vegan ingredients, great taste and ready in 20 minutes. High in protein and fiber. You won’t be disappointed!

Bonus: simple, healthy, delicious289 calories per serving

Crispy Tortilla Pizza. A healthier way to eat pizza with the same great taste that you love. Ready in just 25 minutes, you won’t look back!

Ready in: 30 minutesRecipe by: TheKitchenGirl

Bonus: easy and so delicious180 calories per serving

Healthy black beans, sweet potatoes, homemade enchilada sauce, and corn tortillas are baked with a stretchy cheese on top.

Bonus: quick, healthy, refreshing and satisfying taste367 calories per serving

Who said meat free recipes can’t deliver? This meatless (aka vegan) chili proves that you can still enjoy your favourite meals, but in a new, animal friendly way.

Ready in: 30 minutesRecipe by: TheStingyVegan

Bonus: mega easy and healthy331 calories per serving

This vegan jambalaya is quick and easy to make, full of spice and flavour and a great one-pot meal. Beans and mushrooms stand in for shrimp and sausage for a totally plant-based, gluten-free and oil-free version of Southern comfort food that’s just as good as the original!

Bonus: easy, tasty and full of health benefits, can be stored for a while in the fridge301 calories per serving

This coconut curry is the easiest one we’ve ever made, but mixes it up with the top brass. You won’t find a better effort vs taste curry ANYWHERE!

This is one of our all-time favourite quick vegetarian dinner recipes. Try it out now:

That’s all folks! Hopefully one of these vegetarian dinner recipes will quell the hunger in your belly or solve your dilemma of what to make as a vegetarian main meal.

Since there’s everything from vegetarian tacos, to vegetarian jambalaya, to vegetarian curry, we’re pretty sure you can find the perfect addition to your rotation of vegetarian weeknight dinners on this list.

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