55 Easy Vegetarian Recipes for the Whole Family

Yes, vegetables can be delicious.

vegetarian recipes   butternut mole enchiladas
Mike Garten

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.

easy vegetarian recipes chickpea salad smashed cucumbers
Mike Garten
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Chickpea Salad with Smashed Cucumbers

This crunchy, fresh, protein-packed salad definitely deserves a spot on your family's dinner menu. It also keeps well in the refrigerator, so it's a perfect make-ahead meal.

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easy vegetarian recipes roasted eggplant veggie burgers
Mike Garten
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Roasted Eggplant Veggie Burgers

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.

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easy vegetarian recipes zucchini linguine
Mike Garten
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Zucchini Linguine

Pasta is a go-to vegetarian dish, for obvious reasons. This cozy dish packs in plenty of veggies, thanks to the shredded zucchini and microgreens. Fresh, fluffy parmesan is the finishing touch.

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easy vegetarian recipes sticky tofu bowl
Mike Garten
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Sticky Tofu Bowl

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.

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easy vegetarian recipes marinated pepper pasta recipe
Mike Garten
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Marinated Pepper Pasta

These tangy marinated peppers add a big dose of flavor to your easy weeknight pasta.

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vegetable paella
Danielle Daly
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Vegetable Paella

This dish takes inspiration from traditional Spanish-style paella but leaves out the meat and fish for extra veggies instead!

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vegetarian recipes   mushroom and brussels sprouts pizza
Mike Garten
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Mushroom and Brussels Sprout Pizza

Shiitake mushrooms and two kinds of cheese elevate this pie beyond the typical red sauce pizza. The best part? You can get it on the table in 25 minutes!

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vegetarian recipes   cauliflower alfredo
Mike Garten
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Cauliflower Alfredo

The comfort food you've been waiting for: This deceptively decadent-looking pasta contains no cream or butter, is packed with fiber (and flavor!), and just happens to be vegan.

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peach caprese salad
Mike Garten
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Peach Caprese Salad

Turn this fresh, 15-minute meal into a light vegetarian dinner with grilled bread!

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tomato recipes  shakshuka
Mike Garten
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Shakshuka

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.

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vegetarian recipes - Pressure Cooker Winter Squash and Lentil Stew 
Mike Garten
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Pressure Cooker Winter Squash and Lentil Stew 

The warm spices of this cozy stew will get you through any chilly day. You can make it in your Instant Pot, too!

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vegetarian recipes  orecchiette with white beans and spinach
Mike Garten
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Orecchiette With White Beans and Spinach

Hearty orecchiette pasta gets a flavor boost from plenty of golden garlic and Parm. Not eating gluten? Make it with one of our favorite gluten-free pastas.

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vegetarian recipes - Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad

O.G. vegetarian go-tos, kale and cauliflower, join forces in this killer combo. Feta, pine nuts, and raisins add to the party.

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vegetarian recipes - Coconutty Rice and Peas
Mike Garten
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Coconutty Rice and Peas

Lucky you! This meal is rich, comforting, and a complete protein.

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vegetarian recipes - Peanutty Edamame and Noodle Salad
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Peanutty Edamame and Noodle Salad

Ready in 20 minutes, and gluten-free to boot! A juicy sliced Granny Smith adds a sweet-tart note.

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vegetarian recipes - Provolone Veggie Party Subs
Mike Garten
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Provolone Veggie Party Subs

Who says subs need to be packed with meat? Great for game night, just make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand.

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vegetarian recipes - Smoky Vegan Black Bean Soup
Mike Garten
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Smoky Vegan Black Bean Soup

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.

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vegetarian recipes - Butternut Mole Enchiladas
Mike Garten
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Butternut Mole Enchiladas

No one will guess the secret ingredients in this crowd-pleaser. Bonus: Follow our pointers for cutting butternut squash and you'll be putting it in everything.

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vegetarian recipes - Mushroom Ragu and Polenta Egg Bake
Mike Garten
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Mushroom Ragu and Polenta Egg Bake

Only 8 ingredients stand between you and the coziest meal ever. Baking the polenta makes it even easier!

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vegetarian recipes   roasted cauliflower pizza
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Roasted Cauliflower Pizza

Even the veggie adverse find it hard to say no to pizza. Try it with broccoli, too!

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vegetarian recipes - Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup

The crunchy, nutty apricot topping is not to be missed.

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vegetarian recipes   tomato soup mac n cheese
Mike Garten
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Tomato Soup Mac 'n' Cheese

Two classic flavors meet in the epitome of comfort food. Consider this health-ish.

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vegetarian recipes   sweet and sticky tofu with baby bok choy
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Sweet and Sticky Tofu With Baby Bok Choy

Tofu doubters: Pan-fried tofu will blow your mind.

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vegetarian recipes   spinach and gruyere potato casserole
Mike Garten
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Spinach and Gruyere Potato Casserole

Spinach and fennel keep this dinner-party worthy dish just on the right side of healthy.

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vegetarian recipes   pasta with red pepper alfredo
Mike Garten
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Pasta with Red Pepper Alfredo

Only 20 minutes stands between you and this dinner winner. Roasting the red peppers give this sauce some added depth.

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vegetarian recipes   crispy tofu bowl
Danielle Occhiogrosso
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Crispy Tofu Bowl

Tofu gets pan-fried then served over a hearty bowl of quinoa studded with veggies. Savory and oh-so-satisfying.

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vegetarian recipes - Speedy Eggplant Parmesan
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Speedy Eggplant Parmesan

Pre-made ravioli doesn't have to be boring. Panko-crusted eggplant for the win!

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BBQ Chickpea & Cauliflower Flatbreads with Avocado Mash - Healthy Sandwiches
Mike Garten
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BBQ Chickpea & Cauliflower Flatbreads With Avocado Mash

Your avocado toast is getting a makeover. The crunchy chickpeas are irresistible - make a double or triple batch!

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SuperCarb Loaded Sweet Potatoes
Mike Garten
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Supercarb Loaded Sweet Potatoes

These spuds are fully loaded with none of the guilt.

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vegetarian recipes   veggie lo mein
Mike Garten
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Veggie Lo Mein

Sometimes you can't be bothered to cook for longer than 15 minutes. On those days, these noodles are your BFF.

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