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20 Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

    Whether you follow a strict vegetarian diet or are simply looking to incorporate more meatless meals into your routine, here are twenty healthy vegetarian dinner recipes for you to add to your meal plan! 

    20 Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

    One of the easiest and most delicious ways to boost the nutrition in your diet is to incorporate more meatless meals. Even just one vegetarian dinner recipe a week is a great way to get out of your comfort zone. It also allows you to try new vegetables, and stretch your weekly food budget.

    Grilled Pesto Pizza with Mozzarella and Arugula - vegetarian dinner recipe

    Loaded with seasonal vegetables and bursting with flavor, these recipes are simple, easy and very filling. In fact, your family may not even notice they’re eating vegetarian meals.

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    Benefits of Eating Meatless

    Eating vegetarian dishes one or two times a week is a great way to get an added boost of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. A plant-based diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes and nuts, is rich in fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. And people who don’t eat meat — vegetarians — generally eat fewer calories and less fat, weigh less, and have a lower risk of heart disease than non-vegetarians do.

    Eggplant Parmesan - vegetarian dinner recipe

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I add protein to these dishes?

    Absolutely! For example, I love adding shrimp to the garlic roasted vegetable pasta or tossing shredded chicken on the pesto pizza.

    Are these vegetarian dinners freezer-friendly?

    The soups, stews, curries and casseroles are great to freeze and will often last up to 3 months in the freezer; however, I don’t recommend freezing pizza or pasta.

    Will I save money by eating vegetarian dishes?

    You just might! Minus some delicacies, pound-for-pound plant foods tend to cost less. If you’re on a budget and trying to eat healthy, I highly recommend trying to eat at least one vegetarian dinner option a week.

    Are these meals filling? Will I still be hungry?

    These vegetarian dinner recipes are VERY satisfying. Loaded with veggies and hearty grains, these dishes are flavorful and will leave you feeling full. With lots of different options, including many different cuisines, I encourage you to give them a try!

    Thai Green Vegetarian Curry Recipe

    Whether you’re a vegetarian or just shifting to less meat in your diet, these hearty and satisfying meatless recipes are ideal for easy weeknight dinner options. Check out this list of 20 healthy and flavorful vegetarian dinner recipes! Give them a try – you won’t be disappointed!

    Garlic Roasted Vegetable Pasta

    3.81 stars average
    35 minutes
    A quick and easy meatless main or healthy side dish, your family will love this vegetarian Garlic Roasted Vegetable Pasta.
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    Vegan Lentil Chili

    This deliciously easy vegan lentil chili is sure to impress! With stove-top, Instant Pot, and slow cooker versions all in this post, you can whip it up any way you choose with minimal effort. Whoo!
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    VEGAN LENTIL CHILI

    Vegan Two Bean Enchilada Casserole

    This Vegan Two Bean Enchilada Casserole is an inexpensive and easy to make healthy recipe for your quick and easy weeknight meals.
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    Vegan Two Bean Enchilada Casserole

    Healthy Eggplant Parmesan

    4.89 stars average
    1 hour 10 minutes
    A healthier version of an Italian comfort classic, your entire family will love this flavor-packed Baked Eggplant Parmesan with Crispy Panko Topping.
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    Twice Baked Kale and Pecorino Acorn Squash

    This twice baked acorn squash is stuffed with tuscan kale, hearty freekah and pecorino romano for a lovely fall side with a hidden protein boost.
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    TWICE BAKED KALE AND PECORINO ACORN SQUASH

    Thai Green Vegetable Curry

    5 stars
    25 minutes
    The ultimate fast and easy weeknight dinner recipe, this vegetarian Thai green curry is packed with fresh flavors! 
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    Spiralized Beet Quinoa Salad

    This fun, healthy salad is packed with wholesome ingredients, protein, vitamins and minerals. Spiralized beets make a wonderful alternative to other spiralized vegetables and pasta.
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    Grilled Pizza with Pesto and Mozzarella

    4.75 stars average
    16 minutes
    This fast and easy grilled pizza recipe is made with bright pesto, fresh mozzarella and topped with a lemony arugula salad.
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    Grilled Pesto Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella - A fast and easy summer pizza recipe

    Southwestern Chipotle Vegetable Soup

    5 stars average
    45 minutes
    This hearty vegetable soup is packed with southwestern flavors including chipotle peppers, fire roasted diced tomatoes and warm cumin. 
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    Chipotle Vegetable Soup - a healthy vegetarian recipe

    Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

    5 stars average
    30 minutes
    A healthy, fresh spin on the Italian food classic, you’re going to love this hearty and delicious grilled eggplant Parmesan. The ultimate vegetarian comfort food recipe!
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    Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Curry

    Sweet Potato Curry made with coconut milk, curry paste and sweet potatoes makes the perfect meatless recipe the whole family will enjoy!
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    QUICK AND EASY SWEET POTATO CURRY

    Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry with Chickpeas

    4.39 stars average
    8 hours 10 minutes
    Satisfying and comforting Indian inspired vegetarian dish packed with protein and full of flavor thanks to warm spices.
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    Vegan Pumpkin Black Bean Chili

    This Vegan Pumpkin Black Bean Chili is thick, rich, hearty, and totally, 100% free from animal products. You won’t even miss the meat!
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    Mediterranean Vegetable Wraps with Freekeh

    These Mediterranean Vegetable Wraps with Freekeh (a whole grain) are unbelievably good! Artichoke hearts, roasted peppers and spinach are all a great way to #VegItUp. 265 calories and 7 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP.
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    Slow Cooker Coconut Curried Eggplant

    Eggplant and zucchini slow cooked in a creamy tomato sauce with Indian spices. Serve with cauliflower rice for a flavorful vegan and gluten-free meal!
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    Slow Cooker Coconut Curried Eggplant

    Cauliflower Vegetable Fried Rice

    5 stars average
    25 minutes
    A healthy spin on the Chinese takeout classic, this vegetable fried rice is made with riced cauliflower then seasoned toasted sesame oil and fragrant ginger.  
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    Cauliflower Vegetable Fried Rice

    Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

    These Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers are a meatless meal that will even satisfy the meat-and-potatoes crowd!
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    SOUTHWESTERN QUINOA STUFFED PEPPERS

    Cozy Gratin with Butter Roasted Tomatoes, Beans and Kale

    A comforting gluten free gratin made with butter roasted tomatoes, beans, kale, and pantry staples.
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    Cozy Gratin with Butter Roasted Tomatoes, Beans, and Kale

    Kale and Sweet Potato Brown Rice Bowls

    Make yourself this crazy delicious vegan brown rice bowl with roasted sweet potatoes, kale and chickpeas all coated in a savory peanut sauce. 18 grams of protein and 20 grams of fiber per bowl!
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    Kale and Sweet Potato Brown Rice Bowls

    Restaurant Style Red Thai Curry

    Make Restaurant Style Red Thai Curry at home using a few simple ingredients under an hour. It’s a one-pot recipe that can be adapted to fit vegan and gluten-free lifestyle.
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    RESTAURANT STYLE RED THAI CURRY

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    8 Comments

    1. Wow, so many delicious and inspired meal ideas! Your Article is Wonderful! A lot of Great Tips and Very nicely written. I have learned a lot from your article Thank you By Liz DellaCroce for sharing with us.

    2. I like incorporating meatless meals into my plan, but a lot of times I worry about the lack of protein in meatless recipes – not because I think meat is the only way to get protein, but because a lot of the recipes seem to have no protein at all or minimal amounts. As an example, for me the Quick & Easy Sweet Potato Curry on your list is a no go because there is no real protein source. I will just make sure I find vegetarian recipes that meet my needs.

      1. Hi Susan – I think you make a very valid point. Everyone has different dietary needs and I know while many American’s struggle to get enough protein in their diet, many of us exceed the amount we *need* every day as well. That would be for you to discuss with a nutritionist of course but I hope some of these inspire you to add a few meatless meals into your routine from time to time – if anything because they are delicious. :)

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