Need a little healthy meal inspiration? I’ve got you covered with this roundup of easy, and super satisfying vegetarian recipes! From comforting soups to veggie fritters to plant-based flatbreads, you’re bound to love many of these tasty ideas.
Welcome To Healthy, Vegetarian Cooking!
Have you been trying to eat less meat throughout the week? Or find new, exciting ways to cook with vegetables and fruits? First, let me say “good on ya!” It’s always a smart idea to incorporate more plant-based foods, whether you’re a vegetarian or omnivore. But if you’re new to vegetarian cooking, here’s a few things to keep in mind that will make the transition a whole lot easier.
Replace meat with your favorite vegetables. Whether it’s a stew, taco, or grain bowl, vegetables can easily substitute meat in your favorite recipes. Think cauliflower, sweet potato, tofu, broccoli, or chickpeas. Just head over to the produce section and you’ll find a plethora of hearty, colorful vegetables that are just as filling.
Get your protein fix with delicious plant-based ingredients. You’d be surprised how many plant-based ingredients have just as much protein as meat such as beans, lentils, or even cashews. And let’s not forget that they’re filled with a range of vitamins and minerals. In other words, they’re the best of both worlds.
Utilize spices and sauces to amp up the flavor! Unique spice blends, fresh herbs, and flavorful sauces can make all the difference – turning a boring recipe into mouth-watering one. And as you cook more vegetarian meals, you’ll learn how to create the best aromatic combinations.
Easy & Healthy Vegetarian Recipe Favorites
To get you started, here’s a few reader favorite vegetarian recipes! They’re flavorful spins on classic dishes, and easy to whip up on busy weekdays – gotta love that!
Shakshuka: Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, a pan of warm shakshuka never fails! Plus, it only takes 30 minutes to make.
Zucchini Noodle Caprese: This chilled veggie pasta is filled with fresh caprese flavors, including a homemade basil pesto sauce that will have your taste buds dancing.
Curried Egg Salad: Honestly, you can’t beat an egg salad for a quick and easy meal. This one’s filled with warm curry spices and tastes amazing straight out of the bowl!
Avocado Egg Salad: Another crowd favorite is this avocado spin on egg salad. It’s ultra creamy, refreshing, and filled with healthy fats to keep you full.
Zucchini Fritters: Come zucchini season, these crisp golden patties are a must! And you can freeze an extra batch for later (aka meal prep savior).
Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh: If you’re looking to sneak in more veggies, this tabbouleh swaps bulgar for cauliflower rice making it gluten-free, light, and fresh.
Cauliflower Fried Rice: For a healthy Asian flair, this cauliflower fried rice is a delicious low-carb option that can be whipped up fast!
Protein-Packed Vegetarian Dinner Recipes
Looking to get your protein fix without meat? I’m happy to report that there’s tons of plant-based ingredients that are brimming with not just protein, but loads of vitamins and minerals. So next time you’re at the store, stock up on things like chickpeas, lentils, or chia seeds. You’ll be surprised at how much protein these little guys pack!
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad: Chickpeas are tossed with tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, feta, and a sprinkle of parsley. Then drizzled with a zesty lemon vinaigrette for the ultimate vibrant salad.
Falafel: This is hands down one of my favorite chickpea recipes. Falafel balls are filled with chickpea and herb goodness, with a dash of earthy spices that will take you back to the Middle East.
Falafel Flatbread: If you love falafels, but want more versatility, this flatbread is for you! Just spread a layer of hummus or tzatziki, then top it with fresh vegetables, toasted, nuts, hard boiled eggs, and so much more.
Very Best Lentil Soup: Turn your bag of lentils into an insanely comforting soup! All you need to do is simmer them with veggies, roasted tomatoes, and a squeeze of lemon for a touch of brightness.
The beauty of vegetables is that a quick roast or sauté is all you need for those succulent flavors and textures to come out. And with some minced garlic, a dash of spices, or a simple sauce, these vegetarian recipes will remind you just how tasty simple veggies can be.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts: When roasted, Brussels sprouts have this irresistible crispiness on the outside, with soft, tender insides. Try them tossed with a sweet balsamic glaze – the results are pretty magical.
Roasted Broccoli: I guarantee this will be your new favorite way to eat broccoli. The crown becomes extra crisp and the oil, garlic, and lemon combo adds a bright, savory touch.
Honey Glazed Carrots: The name says it all, especially if you love carrots. All you need to do is toss carrots in a spiced honey glaze, and roast in the oven until beautifully caramelized.
Sautéed Cabbage: You won’t believe how sweet and flavorful cabbage leaves get when sautéed with ghee, garlic, and onions.
Garlic Sautéed Spinach: In just 10 minutes, you’ll have delicious, garlicky leafy greens. Eat these as a side or sneak them into a variety of recipes!
Baked Sweet Potato: A simple process of washing, poking, and baking creates perfectly cooked sweet potatoes! Best of all? You can eat one as a side or stuff it with extra veggies for a meal in itself.
Garlic Ginger Bok Choy: With the help of garlic and ginger, you’ll have a tasty bok choy side that will pair perfectly with any Asian meal.
Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower: Turn your average cauliflower into a deliciously spiced and toasty side with the help of za’atar spices, chopped dates, and fresh herbs.
Salads really are one of the best ways to let vegetarian ingredients shine. Just layer leafy greens or other vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds to create the bowl of your dreams. And to keep it interesting, get creative with mixing textures and flavors. Here’s a few ways to do it!
Israeli Salad: This is one tasty yet simple combo of tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion and fresh herbs.
Roasted Cauliflower Soup: It may sound bland, but don’t underestimate it. This is one tasty low-carb soup that’s extra garlicky.
Beet Soup: What’s not to love about this soup? It’s packed with nutrients, has hints of fresh ginger and garlic, and I mean… look at that gorgeous red hue.
Carrot Ginger Soup: Carrots and ginger serve as the perfect spicy, sweet, and savory combination.
Cream Of Celery Soup: Who knew celery soup could be so good? All you need are celery, leek, onions, stock, and coconut milk to make it extra creamy.
Best Breakfast Vegetarian Recipes
Let’s not forget about the most important meal of the day: breakfast! I’ll show you how to get creative with eggs, sneak in more veggies, and turn a humble bowl of oats into an exciting one. And while some vegetarians eat eggs and some don’t…there’s something for everyone on this list!
Huevos Rancheros: Spruce up your fried egg with pico de gallo and black beans layered on a crisp tortilla.
Green Shakshuka: Add extra greens to your morning meal with this healthy green spin on shakshuka! Load up your skillet with Brussels sprouts, spinach, zucchini, and a sprinkle of fresh herbs.
Easy Oatmeal Recipe: A bowl of creamy oatmeal is the perfect option when you need a break from eggs. Plus, you can make it extra fancy with an array of fruits, nuts, seeds – you name it.
Chia Seed Pudding: These small but mighty seeds are packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Plus, they gel up beautifully into this delicious pudding that can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a snack.
Don’t Forget To Master These Vegetarian Recipe Basics
Now that you’ve got lots of recipe inspiration whirling in your brain, let’s take a step back and make sure you have the basics down. Whether you need to make batch of zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice, these tutorials will help you make quick, throw-together meals!
The Very Best Vegetarian Dips And Spreads
Aside from the basics above, these dips and spreads are just as important! You can dollop hummus onto a grain bowl, spread vegan tzatziki in a veggie wrap, or dip flax seed crackers into guacamole as a snack. They’re an easy way to amp up flavors, textures, and a little excitement in your meals.
Best Ever Guacamole: This one’s creamy, chunky, and authentic – basically everything a fab guacamole should be.
Last but not least, snacks! The dips above are great for pairing with crisp veggies such as celery, cucumber slices, or red bell peppers. But if you’re in the mood to munch on something crispy, chewy, or nutty – you’re going to love these snacks.
Zucchini Chips: Get your veggie snack fix with these ultra crisp zucchini chips!
Apple Chips: For chips with a hint of natural sweetness and a dash of cinnamon.
Baked Zucchini Fries: While these may not be everyday snacks, when zucchini season is in full swing you must make a batch.
Kale Chips: I say it’s time to make kale chips cool! They’re so easy to make with a sprinkle of salt and drizzle of olive oil.
Get healthy meal inspiration with these easy, vegetarian recipes! Choose from comforting soups, protein filled dinners, hearty breakfast ideas and everything in between. What to make first? Give this zucchini noodle caprese a try!
8ouncessmall balls of buffalo mozzarella, in water
2tbspraw pine nuts, plus extra for garnish
1cuppacked basil leaves
black pepper, to taste
toasted pine nuts
fresh basil leaves
Toast the pine nuts in a skillet on medium low heat for 5 minutes. Then add them to a food processor.
Toast the cashews in the same skillet for 10 minutes, tossing gently. Then transfer to your food processor.
Add the the remaining pesto ingredients into your food processor except the olive oil. Pulse until everything is mixed, then slowly pour in the olive oil with the food processor on. Keep blending until the pesto is smooth and creamy. Set aside.
Use a spiralizer to create zucchini noodles, then add them to a large bowl.
Slice your tomatoes in half and place into the bowl with the zucchini noodles. Slice the mozzarella balls in half and add to the bow.
Using a spoon or spatula, remove all of the pesto from the food processor and add to the bowl. Mix all of the ingredients together until well combined, and serve!