25 Easy and Delicious Vegetarian Recipes
Vegetarian Burrito Bowls
These easy, delicious veggie bowls can be on your table in less time than it takes to drive to the local taco joint.
Extra-Crispy Veggie-Packed Pizza
Our taste testers loved this pizza’s crunchy crust and zingy zucchini salad, but the real hero was the halloumi—a dry, salty cheese similar to feta (which you could sub if you can’t find halloumi). Sodium amounts vary among brands, so check the label.
Cauliflower Masala with Tofu
Try an Indian-inspired meatless dish for dinner tonight. We suggest serving with lime wedges and warm naan.
Avocado and Marinated Zucchini Veggie Sandwich
Incredibly colorful and packed full of flavor, this loaded veggie sandwich is something to behold. Amping up store-bought hummus with avocado makes for an insanely tasty spread that you can use on all sorts of sandwiches throughout the week while marinating the raw zucchini slices softens is crunch and infuses it with flavor. If you’re packing this sandwich in the morning to take for lunch, even better. As the assembled sandwich sits for a bit, the flavors will be able to marinate further and the hummus will better bind the sandwich together—just be sure to toast your bread.
Upgrade option: Soak 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms in 1/2 cup boiling water for 10 minutes. Reserve the liquid, and add to stock in place of water; cook porcini with button mushrooms.
Cheesy Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower
With ricotta and parmesan, this cheesy pasta dish is a weeknight favorite.
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Roasted Veggie Mac and Cheese
Easy Butternut Squash Casserole
This delightful twist on sweet potato casserole is sweet, warm, and comforting. If you're short on time, use Whole Foods' canned butternut squash purée instead of roasting your own. Marshmallows are optional, but recommended.
Vegetarian Asian Lettuce Wraps
Crisp lettuce wraps make for a light and delicious dinner that comes together quickly. This recipe features hearty mushrooms and vegetarian ground beef for the filling, and spices things up with bold, Asian-inspired flavors. Drizzle extra hot sauce over the top of each cup for a spicier bite, or mix in a tablespoon of brown sugar right before serving for a sweeter option.
Get Crispy Veggie Quesadillas in an Air Fryer
Filling but not heavy, air fryer quesadillas make a quick and satisfying weeknight supper. Black beans bring protein and fiber to the party; peppers and zucchini bring color, crunch, and up your daily veggie count. Shop for sprouted tortillas at well-stocked supermarkets; regular whole-wheat tortillas will work in a pinch. Be sure to secure the quesadillas with a toothpick during cooking; the air flow in your fryer can blow them open until the cheese melts and seals everything together. Public Service Announcement: These quesadillas pair perfectly with ice-cold beer; limes optional.
Quick and Easy Meatless Chili
Spaghetti with Vegetarian “Meat” Sauce
There’s nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of meaty, cheesy pasta. This version is just as meaty as its beef-based counterpart, but uses vegetarian ground “beef” in place of the animal protein. We mixed in fresh spinach for added veggie goodness, and portobello mushrooms for a next-level umami flavor and meaty texture. Enjoy this sauce over plain spaghetti, or use it in your favorite lasagna or baked ziti recipe when you have vegetarian guests at the table.
Baked Ziti and Summer Veggies
Add pops of color to this 40-minute baked ziti with summer veggies like squash, zucchini, and tomato.
Asian Stir-Fry Quinoa Bowl
A stir-fry quinoa bowl brimming with fresh veggies and tofu is a healthy replacement for the days you just can't kick the craving for takeout.
Vegetarian Chipotle Nachos
Meatless soy crumbles are an easy replacement for ground beef in Tex-Mex dishes like nachos, tacos, and burritos. Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce add a rich smokiness to these main dish nachos.
Black Bean Burrito Bake
Try this vegetarian version of a favorite Mexican dish. Chopped chipotle chiles add smoky heat to the filling, made from black beans, corn, and sour cream.
Grilled Eggplant Provolone
If you're tired of eggplant parmesan, liven up your dinner table with this grilled variation, complete with homemade Grilled Salsa.
Chili-Glazed Tofu over Asparagus and Rice
Pack healthy protein, green veggies, and brown rice into one meal with this five-star tofu dish.
Summer Veggie Salad
If meatless Monday is part of your weekly menu, try Summer Veggie Salad. Pine nuts and Manchego cheese add protein to the salad. You can swap in less-expensive walnuts and Parmesan, if desired.
Black-Eyed Pea Cakes with Adobo Cream
Dishes made mainly from legumes, like black-eyed peas, are easy on the pocketbook and nutritious to boot. Serve with rice and basil-topped sliced tomatoes.
Grape Tomato, Olive, and Spinach Pasta
We love small, sweet grape tomatoes in this quick meatless pasta dish, but you can sub cherry tomatoes or larger tomatoes that have been seeded and diced.
Two-Tomato, Basil, Goat Cheese Frittata
Juicy grape and plum tomatoes combine with fresh basil and creamy goat cheese for a wow-worthy breakfast or brunch dish.
Greek Eggplant Skillet Dinner
Protein-rich tofu teams up with meaty eggplant in this Greek-inspired skillet supper. Pick up San Marzano tomatoes if you can find them; their sweet flavor and low acidity balance the flavors of this dish. Crush them gently with your hands before chopping to release any excess juices. Be sure to purchase extra-firm tofu so that it holds its shape. Serve with toasted whole-wheat pita bread.