Vegetarian Meals Under 300 Calories

Maximize your health benefits with vegetarian meals featuring low-calorie meatless dishes..

  • Grilled Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizza
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Grilled Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizza

    It only takes 15 minutes to get this five-ingredient meatless pizza on the table.
  • Roasted-Vegetable Lasagna
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Fonda Shaia

    Roasted-Vegetable Lasagna

    No one will miss the meat in this lasagna that’s packed with sweet and mellow roasted squash, bell peppers and onion, rich cheeses and fresh herbs.
  • Brandade of White Beans with Baby Artichokes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Brandade of White Beans with Baby Artichokes

    Brandade most often refers to a salt cod puree popular throughout France, but in this vegetarian version, it's a rich puree of beans topped with grilled artichokes.
  • <p>Chickpea and Vegetable Tagine</p>

    Chickpea and Vegetable Tagine

    This simple stew, boldly flavored with exotic spices and packed with vegetables, is endlessly adaptable. You can try it any time of year with seasonal vegetables, adjusting the liquid and cooking time accordingly.
  • Red Lentil–Rice Cakes with Simple Tomato Salsa
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Red Lentil-Rice Cakes with Simple Tomato Salsa

    Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, these salsa-topped cakes make a satisfying vegetarian entrée and offer a great way to use leftover basmati rice.
  • Spinach-Feta Calzone Casserole
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Spinach-Feta Calzone Casserole

    This updated casserole is a cross between a vegetarian calzone and the classic Greek dish spanakopita.
  • Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Sriracha Mayonnaise
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr  

    Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Sriracha Mayonnaise

    Pair a basic side salad with tasty Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Sriracha Mayonnaise for a simple, flavorful meatless meal.
  • <p>Red Lentil Burgers</p>
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Food Styling: Blakeslee Wright Giles; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen

    Red Lentil Burgers

    The classic version of these meatless burgers comes from Turkey, where cooked lentils are combined with fine bulgur to make the "meat" for the patties.
  • Veggie Piglets in Blankets with Dipping Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Veggie Piglets in Blankets with Dipping Sauce

    Use veggie sausage links in this meatless version of pigs in a blanket. With only four ingredients, it’s an easy recipe for the kids to help with.
  • Eggs with Chickpeas, Spinach, and Tomato
    Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Eggs with Chickpeas, Spinach, and Tomato

    If you can find them, use farm-fresh eggs to make this quick one-skillet ­supper really shine.
  • Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

    Online reviewers claim that this vegetarian dish is one that they would not hesitate to serve to company. The chunks of butternut squash with the buttery pasta, Asiago cheese and pine nuts make a superb dish.
  • <p>Roasted Zucchini and Black Bean Tostadas with Crisp Radish Relish</p>

    Roasted Zucchini and Black Bean Tostadas with Crisp Radish Relish

    The protein-packed tostadas are piled high with veggies, making them very filling despite having very few calories. The radish relish gives a hit of bright crunch to the tostada; sour cream adds a cool, creamy finish.
  • Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper, and Goat Cheese Bread Pudding
    Tina Cornett; Melanie J. Clarke

    Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper, and Goat Cheese Bread Pudding

    Serve this savory bread pudding with a mixed green salad for a simple and satisfying supper.
  • Zucchini Fritters

    Zucchini Fritters

    These pan-fried delights weigh in at just 104 calories per two fritters, allowing you to choose your side dishes. We suggest brown rice or quinoa and roasted cherry tomatoes.
  • Baked Eggplant with Savory Cheese Stuffing
    Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Baked Eggplant with Savory Cheese Stuffing

    Make a satisfying low-calorie vegetarian dinner by stuffing eggplant with tomato, peppers and cheese. Feta cheese adds tang and body to the stuffing.
  • <p>Summery Stuffed Poblanos</p>

    Summery Stuffed Poblanos

    When stuffed with brown rice, veggies, and cheese, poblano peppers make for a hearty vegetarian meal on the grill.
  • Vegetarian Burritos
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Vegetarian Burritos

    These burritos are so flavorful and simple to make. The spinach-mushroom filling is packed with healthy ingredients, but the ooey-gooey cheese is what sells kids on this combo.
  • <p>Vegetable Hash with Poached Eggs</p>

    Vegetable Hash with Poached Eggs

    A vegetable medley--onions, potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, and tomatoes--serves as the base for this colorful meatless main.
  • Pan-Crisped Tofu with Greens and Peanut Dressing
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Pan-Crisped Tofu with Greens and Peanut Dressing

    Pan-fry slices of firm tofu and top with a flavorful mixture of miso, mirin, rice vinegar and fresh ginger. Serve over gourmet salad greens for a colorful and elegant presentation.
  • Artichoke Quiche
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Artichoke Quiche

    This quiche has a cheesy rice crust instead of a pastry crust, so not only is it a hearty meatless main dish, it’s also gluten free.
  • Meatless Meatballs over Herbed Spaghetti Squash
    Oxmoor House

    Meatless Meatballs over Herbed Spaghetti Squash

    Reminiscent of classic spaghetti and meatballs, this meatless recipe will please both vegetarians and meat lovers. Spaghetti squash is a low-carb alternative to traditional pasta noodles, while soy meatballs stand in for the beef variety.
  • Wild Mushroom and Lentil Cottage Pie
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Wild Mushroom and Lentil Cottage Pie

    The combination of Yukon gold potatoes, mushrooms, soy sauce, and tomato paste provides the hearty flavor and mouth feel that meat often provides in recipes. A light drizzle of truffle oil makes this dish irresistible.
  • Soy-Glazed Tofu
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Soy-Glazed Tofu

    Flavor tofu with a sweet and savory glaze of rice vinegar, orange juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, and brown sugar. Serve over rice noodles tossed with fresh veggies for a colorful, nutrient-packed meal.
  • Mediterranean-Style Frittata
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Mediterranean-Style Frittata

    Using a combination of whole eggs and egg whites keeps this cheesy egg dish low in calories. It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch or a light supper.
  • Majorcan Vegetable Pizza (Coca de Verduras)
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Majorcan Vegetable Pizza (Coca de Verduras)

    Coca is a crust or pastry that’s popular in Catalonia area of Spain. It can have either a savory or a sweet topping—here it’s topped with savory mixture of onion, eggplant, zucchini, and tomato.

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