60 Vegetarian Dinner Recipe Ideas You Need to Try

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Yay, you’re trying to cut back on meat. But don’t fall into the salad, pasta and stir-fry boredom spiral. Here are 60 vegetarian dinner recipe ideas you absolutely need to try.

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1. Pizza with Zucchini and Bell Peppers

This cheater’s veggie ’za starts with store-bought seeded flatbread which helps it stay crisp and cuts down on cooking time.

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2. Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet

How much protein can we pack into one skillet? (Answer: a lot.)

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3. Grilled Peach and Halloumi Salad with Lemon-Pesto Dressing

Introducing a salad that’s worthy of your Instagram page and won’t leave you feeling hungry.

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4. Grilled Zucchini Chickpea Tacos

Just because you’re going meatless doesn’t mean you have to stick with salad. Bring on Taco Tuesdays.

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5. Healthy Vegetarian Stir Fry

Trust us—you’re going to want to put this decadent cashew cream sauce on everything.

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6. Cauliflower Meatballs

Yep. They exist. (And they’re delicious.)

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7. Quick Guacamole Quinoa Salad

Looking for a meal that’s fast, easy and protein-rich? You’ve found it. (Oh, and it’s totally delicious, of course.)

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8. Caprese Salad

The addition of zucchini adds a certain non lo so (that's Italian for je ne sais quoi) to this classic dish. Look at you, all fancy.

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9. Turkish Egg and Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Sometimes you’ve just gotta eat breakfast for dinner. Tonight is one of those nights.

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10. Baking Sheet Quesadillas

Making dinner for a crowd? Easy. Just don’t forget the salsa.

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11. Whole-Wheat Spinach and Artichoke Pizza

Delivery? We laugh in the face of delivery. (And it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish.)

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12. Blackberry-Peach Grilled Cheese

A summery update on a classic. (But it’ll still pair nicely with your favorite soup.)

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13. Thai Salad with Peanut Tempeh

Get to know tempeh, guys. It’s plant-based, full of protein and super easy to cook with.

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14. Poblano and Portobello Fajitas

Fajita lovers rejoice—this family favorite is loaded with vegetables and flavor (and you can make it as spicy as you like).

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15. Tomato Basil Soup

So much better than the stuff you can get from a can. Don’t forget extra bread for dipping.

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16. Creamy Garlic Herb Mushroom Spaghetti

Swap out the boring marinara in a jar for something a little more interesting—and so much more decadent.

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17. Cauliflower Fried Rice

Our favorite vegetable never disappoints, especially in this better-for-you-than-takeout dish.

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18. Hearty Chickpea Noodle Soup

Loaded with veggies, chickpeas and hearty pasta, this guy is sure to fill you up.

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19. Zoodle Stir-Fry

Swap out regular noodles for extra veggies. (Psst...It’s OK if there are no leftovers.)

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20. Orecchiette with Spring Greens

Topped with roasted almonds for extra crunch. So simple, yet sooo good.

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21. Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Tip: Make extra chickpeas and sprinkle them on everything.

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22. Peanut Noodle Soup With Lime Mango

Easy enough for a weeknight but elevated enough for a weekend dinner party.

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23. Gazpacho with Cucumber, Red Pepper and Basil

A refreshing warm weather soup that’s ready in just 15 minutes.

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24. Rainbow Collard Wraps

Get your five-a-day in one sitting. Served with peanut dipping sauce because why the hell not?

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25. Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan

Got dinner guests? Whip up this super-impressive meal in 30 minutes.

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26. One-Pot Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese

Love cheese but hate doing dishes? This one’s for you.

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27. Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Curried Lentils, Carrots and Yogurt

Who says eating healthy has to be boring? Not us.

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28. One Pot Cacio e Pepe Israeli Couscous

We’re big fans of this cheese and pepper combo. Keep it simple and serve this guy on its own or dish it up as a hearty side.

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29. Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry

Got a curry craving? Ditch the takeout menu and whip this guy up instead.

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30. Watermelon Poke Bowls

Crunchy, refreshing and fish-free.

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31. Catalan Chickpeas and Spinach

Just because you’re going meatless doesn’t mean you have to stick with salad.

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32. Irish Pub Spinach and Artichoke Melt

The homemade potato chips are a must.

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33. One-Pan Eggs with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Proof that you don’t need meat to get your protein fix. And the best part? Practically zero dishes to wash up after.

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34. Vegetable Lo Mein With Crispy Tofu

Add whenever veggies your heart desires.

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35. Vegetarian Meatballs

The secret? Cauliflower, brown rice and quinoa. Even your meat-loving friends will be impressed.

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36. Squash Coconut Curry

A hearty main dish that’s even better the next day for lunch.

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37. Thai Salad and Cauliflower Rice Wrap

These guys are delicious on their own but you could also serve them with a side salad to make them even more filling.

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38. Grilled Vegetables With Balsamic and Basil

Aka a taste of summer. You might wanna make extras of this one.

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39. Vegan Tacos With Chipotle Lime Mayo

Well, doesn't that look spectacular? Hint: For extra creaminess, add smashed avocado on top.

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40. Cacio E Pepe Pasta

Made with just four ingredients, this one’s a definite crowd-pleaser.

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41. Mini Spanish Tortilla with Zucchini

We give you permission to eat directly from the skillet.

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42. Easy 5-Ingredient Corn Soup

We’re obsessed with the crunchy sesame seed topping.

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43. 10-Minute Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

This is the stuff that dreams are made of.

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44. Bibimbap Bowls

This traditional Korean dish gets a vegetarian twist.

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45. Grilled Watermelon Steaks

No barbecue is complete without a few thick slabs of spiced watermelon on the grill.

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46. Rainbow Vegetable Skewers

No filter necessary—they’re as naturally gorgeous as they are delicious.

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47. Quiche with Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Crust

Same eggy, cheesy deliciousness, but with a crispy crust made of sweet potato slices. Now it’s your chic, tasty go-to for dinner.

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48. Baked Zucchini ‘Ziti’ Spirals with Mozzarella

This lightened-up version of baked ziti has all the cheesiness but none of the carbs.

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49. Vegetarian Sushi Cups

These little guys are the cutest.

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50. Veggie Niçoise Salad with Red Curry Green Beans

Bright, vibrant and colorful, just like you.

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51. Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Veggie steaks are so in right now.

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52. Pesto Zoodles

Is it cool if we swim in this sauce?

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53. Vegetarian Chili

Make a double batch and freeze it for a rainy day.

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54. Roasted Beet Tartare

Ooh, aren’t you fancy?

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55. Butter Baked Cucumber Tostadas

Never tried baked cucumbers? You’re totally missing out.

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56. Roasted Cauliflower Sliders

Our favorite veggie strikes again.

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57. Egg and Veggie Breakfast Bowl

It's perfect for any time of day, in our opinion.

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58. Heirloom Pan con Tomate

You’ve indulged in Italian bruschetta more times than you can count. But have you met its Spanish cousin, pan con tomate?

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59. Seasoned Steamed Eggplant

Eggplant has never been more silky soft, tender and delicious.

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60. Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables

Spoon over polenta, pasta or a pile of greens for a veggie-friendly main dish.

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