Here is my newly updated, 20 BEST Vegetarian Dinner Recipes! These “tried and true” recipes are reader favorites and are hearty, flavorful and comforting. Whether you are wanting to eat more veggies or just consume a little less meat, or shift into a more whole foods plant-based lifestyle- you’ll find some good inspiration here. Take a look and pick out a couple to try this week! Please tell us your favorites in the comments below!
If shifting into a more plant-based lifestyle, this is a good place to start. Start with one-two vegetarian meals a week and see how your body and family respond. My guess is you won’t even miss the meat! If you are considering the vegan diet… take a peek at these 40 Mouthwatering Vegan Dinners, and sign up for the email newsletter and get my free PLANT-BASED Recipe Guide!
Bust out those beautiful vegetables and let’s get cooking! Many of the vegetarian dinners you’ll find here are simple and easy- and many are vegan adaptable! All are hearty, satisfying and delicious- meaning, your family may not even notice they are vegetarian. 😉 I hope you enjoy these and let me know your favorites in the comments below. Happy cooking!
Emerald Dal – is one of the most flavorful, plant-based, vegetarian meals on the blog! This version is packed full of spinach making it especially high in nutrients and flavor! Rich, fragrant, and loaded with protein, think of this Indian- inspired dinner like you would, Saag Paneer, but substituting lentils instead of the Cheese! Super tasty and healthy.
Broccoli Quinoa Cakes! These Broccoli Quinoa Cakes can be made in 30 minutes & are a delicious healthy vegetarian meal that your whole family will love!
Cozy up with a comforting bowl of Butternut Risotto with Leeks and Spinach made with very little fuss, in your Instant Pot or on the stovetop! Vegan-adaptable and Gluten-free.
Eggplant Lasagna made with no-boil noodles and topped with Arugula Pesto. A delicious, healthy vegetarian dinner recipe that is comforting and nourishing.
Vegetarian Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) loaded up with fresh veggies! Add an egg or keep it vegan! An easy tasty vegetarian recipe that can be made in minutes!
Orecchiette Pasta with Broccoli Sauce – a simple vegetarian pasta recipe with a flavorful Tuscan-style Broccoli Sauce! An easy and delicious vegetarian dinner recipe that highlights beautiful broccoli!
Roasted Chile Rellenos Recipe – a lightened up recipe (with the addition of black beans) and simplified by roasting (instead of frying) the peppers and the Rancheros sauce ingredients all together on one sheet-pan – saving a step! Delicious and satisfying!
Farmers Market Vegetarian Enchiladas with black beans and your choice of veggies (like red bell pepper, sweet potato zucchini or corn) and Homemade 5 Minute Enchilada Sauce! Easy, Healthy and full of delicious Mexican Flavor! Vegan and Gluten-free adaptable!
Mushroom Wellington with Rosemary and Pecans- a simple, elegant main dish, that can be made ahead, perfect for special gatherings or holiday dinners. This is actually VEGAN!!!
One of my personal favorites -Indian-Spiced, vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with lentils, veggies and fragrant Garam Masala, topped with curry mashed potatoes. Truly one of the most delicious vegetarian recipes on the blog!
Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Toasted Walnuts, Garlic, Parsley and Lemon Zest – a delicious fall-inspired dinner recipe!
Butternut Tamales with flavorful Pumpkin Seed-Cilantro Sauce over a bed of seasoned black beans, topped with pickled onions and crunchy radishes! A flavorful vegetarian dinner. Vegan adaptable! Can be made ahead!
Butternut Lasagna with Wild Mushrooms and Sage- a hearty, delicious vegetarian lasagna is perfect for the weeknights (make it ahead) and special enough for your holiday table!
Simple Celery Soup- comforting, affordable and flavorful, that can be made in 35 minutes. Healthy, delicious and vegan adaptable, a delicious fall dinner recipe!
Kyoto Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Miso, Ginger and Scallions – an easy vegetarian recipe that is healthy and full of amazing flavor!
Polenta Lasagna with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce – a flavorful vegetarian main dish that is hearty like lasagna, but made with polenta instead of noodles! Filled with spinach, mushrooms and ricotta and topped with Smoky Red Bell Pepper Sauce. ( Recently updated)
Farro Bowl with Kale, Figs and Goat Cheese drizzled with a Maple-Mustard Dressing. A simple easy vegetarian meal that is perfect for midweek meals.
Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This highly adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights!
Warm Lentils with Wilted Chard and Beets – and crumbled goat cheese. A delicious, healthy vegetarian dinner recipe perfect for fall.
This vegetarian Cornbread Casserole takes just 20 minutes of prep before baking in the oven. When it comes out, it smells amazing and is beautifully golden. A simple tasty vegetarian dinner.
Korean-style, Kimchi Fried Rice! A fast and healthy vegetarian weeknight dinner, packed with flavor & veggies, topped with an Egg (or Crispy Tofu). Swap out Cauliflower Rice for Low Carb! Healthy and full of flavor! Feel free to make your own homemade kimchi, soooooooo easy!!!
Tomato Risotto with Saffron- This summery risotto is made with juicy vine-ripened tomatoes, and infused with saffron. It can be kept vegetarian or top it off with smoky shrimp.
Flavorful Aloo Gobi! Indian-Spiced Potatoes and Cauliflower with Masala Spices- an easy authentic healthy Indian classic that can be made on the stovetop! Vegan adaptable.
Vegetarian Kimchi Burritos! A 20-minute vegetarian dinner recipe, loaded up with healthy veggies, black beans, leftover rice and flavorful kimchi! Easy and delicious!
This fragrant, turmeric-infused, Indian Fried Rice is full of healthy veggies and can be made in under 30 minutes. Vegetarian, Gluten-free and Vegan adaptable, it is a fast and easy vegetarian meal- great for using up leftover rice and veggies in the fridge.
A flavorful hearty white bean stew from Tuscany, called Ribollita with cannellini beans, lacinato kale, and vegetables, served with crusty bread, drizzled with a Lemon Rosemary Garlic Oil.
Creamy Mushroom Soup with Garlic chips and Rosemary – a delicious easy recipe that can be made in 30 minutes. Serve this for a special gathering or with crusty sourdough bread for a quick and simple vegetarian meal.
Palak Paneer! Pan-seared Paneer (or substitute tofu) is bathed in the most luscious delicious spinach sauce -you will want to drink it -infused with fragrant Indian spices. A simple authentic vegetarian recipe, perfect for weeknight dinners. (Aka: Saag Paneer!) One of my favorites!
French Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich with caramelized onions, melty Gruyere and toasty bread. A cozy vegetarian dinner perfect for the colder months! Serve with a green salad and call it dinner!
A soothing and comforting North Indian Butternut and Potato Curry hailing from Rajasthan, featuring winter squash and potatoes, using whole spices and ghee, served over fluffy basmati rice.
My favorite “Eggs for Dinner” meal- Shakshuka! Bursting with North African Flavors, this tasty Baked Egg dish makes for a healthy, fast and flavorful meal!
Creamy Artichoke Soup! A simple delicious recipe using frozen artichoke hearts that can be whipped up in minutes. Full of amazing flavor. Vegan adaptable! This soup is good any time of year, but I love it in the fall- earthy and oh so flavorful!
Roasted Butternut Squash- Stuffed 3 ways! A quick and healthy weeknight recipe, perfect for fall! Vegan adaptable and gluten-free.
Lemony Corona Beans- giant buttery white beans seasoned with olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs, pecorino and lemon zest. Serve as a vegan or vegetarian main – or as a side dish or add to salads and Buddha Bowls.
Indian Coconut Lentil Curry with Turmeric Coconut Chips – can be made in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop. Infused with fragrant Indian spices, this recipe is not only delicious, it is is vegan and gluten-free! So flavorful and comforting!
Roasted Butternut Enchiladas with Quick Mole Sauce – topped with cilantro, avocado and toasted sesame and pumpkin seeds. A fast and delicious vegetarian dinner recipe full of amazing flavor!
Cassoulet Vert – a modernized, vegetarian White Bean Stew with Lemony Kale Pesto that can be made in an Instant Pot! Fast, healthy delicious!
Homemade Tomato Soup with Halloumi Croutons. Kind of like having a grilled cheese sandwich on the side, but without the bread! Made with fresh, end of summer tomatoes! Low carb and Keto-friendly.
Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash- an oldie but goodie here on the blog! Roasted spaghetti squash stuffed with peppers, corn, black beans, cheese, enchilada sauce and Mexican seasonings.
Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa, Eggplant, and Chickpeas with flavorful Zhoug Yogurt. A delicious Middle Eastern-inspired vegetarian dinner!
Instant Pot Mushroom Stroganoff – a simple, easy vegetarian weeknight dinner that is creamy, hearty and full of delicious depth and flavor!
Thai Broccoli Soup with Coconut Milk – bursting with Thai flavors! An easy, healthy and delicious fall dinner recipe!
This fall-inspired recipe for Roasted Butternut Tikka Masala can be made vegan with chickpeas. The fragrant tomato coconut sauce is infused with Indian spices. Vegan & Gluten-Free! A healthy delicious dinner recipe, perfect for fall!
Fall Nourish Bowl with Roasted Cauliflower, Kale, Carrots and Spiced Lentils with a healing Turmeric Dressing! A simple vegan dinner recipe, that highlights fall produce!
Mushroom Baked Ziti with Ricotta and Spinach- a simple, vegetarian, one-pan meal that is perfect for fall!
Creamy Polenta with Wild Mushrooms, Garlic and Sage. A simple EASY vegetarian dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes.
Tunisian Chickpea Stew with Carrots (and their tops), turmeric, harissa paste and Yogurt! A healthy vegetarian dinner recipe, perfect for fall!
Moroccan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes w/ chickpeas, apples, onion, garlic & cilantro and flavorful Moroccan spices. Keep this vegan or add “smoked” yogurt.
These White Enchiladas with Roasted Poblano Sauce can be made vegetarian by substituting roasted cauliflower. Just as good as the chicken, if not better, in my opinion! The sauce wins the prize though, super tasty!
Make a couple of these vegetarian dinner recipes this week and let me know your favorites in the comments below!
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