Whether you’re going vegetarian full-time or just trying to eat meat less often (hello, Meatless Mondays!), having some easy vegetarian recipes on hand is a great idea. As a bonus, you’ll also have some ideas for what to cook when you’re hosting a dinner or BBQ and need something tasty for your vegetarian friends. Many of these recipes can also be modified to be vegan, gluten-free, or keto if you’re trying to accommodate those diets.
And let’s be clear: vegetarian meals are anything but boring. We’ve found plenty of cozy pasta dishes, fresh flavorful salads, comforting soups, and hearty sandwiches everyone’s sure to love. There are even veggie options for some of your favorite family dishes, like pizza and burgers. Even your family’s pickiest eater is sure to ask for seconds with these healthy vegetarian recipes. Also, many of these meals can be prepped ahead of time, making them perfect for those busy weeknights. Some of them even keep well in the fridge so you can eat them for lunch all week long. With healthy fruits and veggies and plenty of grains like farro and quinoa, these dishes are filling and will leave you feeling healthy. There are also plenty of indulgent options, like cheesy casseroles that are perfect when you’re in the mood for something cozy.
Get started on your meatless menu planning with these tasty and easy vegetarian recipes everyone will enjoy. And when you’re done with dinner, we’ve got plenty of ideas for desserts the whole crew is sure to love.
Who says you can't enjoy a good burger AND stick to your meatless meal plan? This eggplant burger has tons of flavorful spices and goes perfectly with some melty cheese and a brioche bun.
The tofu in this dish gets a sweet-salty flavor thanks to the blend of soy sauce, brown sugar, and chili garlic sauce. It pairs perfectly with the fresh cucumbers and scallions.
Get the Sticky Tofu Bowl recipe.
These tangy marinated peppers add a big dose of flavor to your easy weeknight pasta.
Get the Marinated Pepper Pasta recipe.
Turn this fresh, 15-minute meal into a light vegetarian dinner with grilled bread!
Get the Peach Caprese Salad recipe.
Tomatoes cooked with spices and onions until they're melt in your mouth, then topped with eggs and baked, make this comfort food for any time of day. Serve with toasts or pita for sopping up every last bit of the umami-packed sauce.
Get the Shaksuka recipe.
The warm spices of this cozy stew will get you through any chilly day. You can make it in your Instant Pot, too!
O.G. vegetarian go-tos, kale and cauliflower, join forces in this killer combo. Feta, pine nuts, and raisins add to the party.
Lucky you! This meal is rich, comforting, and a complete protein.
Get the Coconutty Rice and Peas recipe.
Ready in 20 minutes, and gluten-free to boot! A juicy sliced Granny Smith adds a sweet-tart note.
Who says subs need to be packed with meat? Great for game night, just make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand.
Get the Provolone Veggie Party Subs recipe.
Yes, it's totally vegan, and yes, you will want seconds! You can make this hearty warming meal in your slow cooker or an Instant Pot.
Get the Smoky Vegan Black Bean Soup recipe.
Only 8 ingredients stand between you and the coziest meal ever. Baking the polenta makes it even easier!
Even the veggie adverse find it hard to say no to pizza. Try it with broccoli, too!
Get the Roasted Cauliflower Pizza recipe.
The crunchy, nutty apricot topping is not to be missed.
Two classic flavors meet in the epitome of comfort food. Consider this health-ish.
Get the Tomato Soup Mac 'n' Cheese recipe.
Tofu doubters: Pan-fried tofu will blow your mind.
Spinach and fennel keep this dinner-party worthy dish just on the right side of healthy.
Only 20 minutes stands between you and this dinner winner. Roasting the red peppers give this sauce some added depth.
Get the Pasta with Red Pepper Alfredo recipe.
Tofu gets pan-fried then served over a hearty bowl of quinoa studded with veggies. Savory and oh-so-satisfying.
Get the Crispy Tofu Bowl recipe.
Pre-made ravioli doesn't have to be boring. Panko-crusted eggplant for the win!
Get the Speedy Eggplant Parmesan recipe.
Your avocado toast is getting a makeover. The crunchy chickpeas are irresistible - make a double or triple batch!
These spuds are fully loaded with none of the guilt.
Sometimes you can't be bothered to cook for longer than 15 minutes. On those days, these noodles are your BFF.
Get the Veggie Lo Mein recipe.