50 reader-favorite easy vegetarian dinner recipes that can be made quickly and with easy-to-follow steps, including tasty inspirations from all over the world!
If you’re anything like me, weeknight dinners can be a struggle. For some it’s relaxing and meditative to cook after a long day of bustling. For others, it’s another chore. As someone falling squarely in the middle, I appreciate a wholesome dinner that’s also way easy to make. Which is why today I’m sharing a few of my favorite easy vegetarian dinner ideas with you!
When things get busy, the last thing we want to think about is cooking dinner! And that’s why it’s great to have a mental note (or a blog to look at) filled with quick and easy meals that you can whip together in hardly any time at all.
In fact, here’s 50 of them. Yep, 50 quick and easy vegetarian dinner recipes that you can enjoy on even the craziest of evenings! So dive in, see what you like, and get ready to whip together some insanely tasty meals.
These vegetarian dinner recipes are a collection of my favorites from over the years, inspired by my experience as a nutritionist and travels around the world. Which will you try first?
15 Minute Buddha Bowls
Stock up your belly with all of the main micros with 15 Minute Buddha Bowls. These bowls are filled with fresh veggies and lemony hummus dressing, making them the perfect complete and nutritious dinner! (15 minutes to make)
This Khao Soi recipe, a coconut curry noodle soup hailing from northern Thailand, fuels you up with all the essentials while being packed with flavor! Made with traditional egg noodles and oyster mushrooms, it’s a satisfying vegan-friendly meal!
Enjoy something breakfast-y for dinner with this easy Shakshuka recipe. It's a traditional North African meal that's easy to make and requires hardly any clean up because it only uses one dish! Plus, the flavor is unmatched. (30 minutes to make)
Roasted Chickpea Gyros
This Roasted Chickpea Gyros recipe is an easy vegetarian dinner for feeding everyone on busy weeknights! Made with lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, chickpeas, and a tasty tzatziki, these gyros are filled with savory flavor in each and every bite. (30 minutes to make)
Kimchi Tempeh Tacos
Remember the Kimchi I mentioned above? Picture that, but in tacos! These Kimchi Tempeh Tacos are an easy, Asian-inspired taco recipe that's sure to please your tastebuds and leave your stomach feeling nice and full. (20 minutes to make)
Thai Vegetarian Coconut Curry
First up, enjoy a 5 star taste with hardly any prep work! This Thai Vegetarian Coconut Curry is an easy, flexible curry recipe that transforms boring weeknight dinner into something exciting and totally gourmet. (30 minutes to make)
Baked General Tso's Cauliflower
Regular cauliflower? Boring. General Tso's Cauliflower? Exciting! But for real, this Baked General Tso's Cauliflower is an easy yet incredible tasting dish. The homemade sauce is simply next level! (30 minutes to make)
Coconut Kidney Bean Curry
And why have just one curry flavor when you can have two? Whip up Coconut Kidney Bean Curry for something new and different. It's an easy, flavorful dinner that's perfect for busy weeknights and is ready in under 15 minutes. (15 minutes to make)
20 Minute Taco Soup
An award-winning taco soup recipe made with pantry staples? Yes, please! This recipe is packed with flavor and perfect for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Plus, it's ready in less time than it takes to say 20 Minute Taco Soup! (20 minutes to make)
Easy Kimchi Ramen Hack
Upgrade your ramen with this Easy Kimchi Ramen Hack. It takes a regular packet of instant ramen and transforms it into something that's packed with veggies and overloaded with the perfect amount of flavor. (15 minutes to make)
These Halloumi Burgers will be the vegetarian burger of summer! With hot halloumi cheese and juicy tomatoes, it has everything you could ever want or need from a burger!
Take your favorite brunch recipe home and enjoy it for dinner with this authentic Huevos Rancheros recipe! It's an easy, healthy, and delicious and includes all of the staples: black beans, Pico de Gallo, tomatoes, and more. (30 minutes to make)
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Next up on the cauliflower line up is this creamy and filling Cauliflower Mac and Cheese. This ultra-easy dish is ready in just 15 minutes and is totally low-carb and keto approved! Say what?! (15 minutes to make)
Everyday Kale Salad with Avocado and Apple
Next time you don't feel like cooking, whip up this Everyday Kale Salad with Avocado and Apple. This dish comes together in just minutes and is the perfect way to get your greens in for the day! Use your favorite type of apple for an extra sweet touch. (25 minutes to make)
Portobello Mushroom Gyros
Next up on our list of whip-it-together-after-a-long-day meals we have these tasty Portobello Mushroom Gyros. These vegetarian gyros are seasoned with Mediterranean spices, sautéed to meaty perfection, and drizzled with a creamy tzatziki. (15 minutes to make)
Oyster Mushroom Philly Cheesesteak
Vegetarians can totally enjoy a cheesesteak! Or, should I call it a cheesemushroom? This Oyster Mushroom Philly Cheesesteak takes everything good and comforting about a cheesesteak and delivers it in a meatless, vegetarian-friendly way. (25 minutes to make)
Air Fryer Pizza
Step aside frozen pizza, there’s a new guy in town. We’re talking about the Air Fryer Pizza! These are perfectly crispy, easy to make, personal pan pizzas that are about to revolutionize pizza night. (12 minutes to make)
What's Kimchi Bibimbap, you ask? It's a traditional Korean dish made with kimchi, mushrooms, roasted veggies, and a delicious gochujang sauce. It's kind of like a Buddha bowl, but with a more intense flavor. (30 minutes to make)
Vegetable Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Elevate your Vegetable Vietnamese Spring Rolls with this delicious recipe filled with fresh veggies and an almond coconut dipping sauce. It's the perfect meal for hot evenings! (30 minutes to make)
Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Pesto
Serve up some pasta fit for a king with this Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Pesto. The spiralized zucchini is tossed into creamy basil flavor by being coated in the avocado pesto. It's a delicious low carb and gluten-free meal! (15 minutes to make)
Fresh Veggie Lettuce Wraps
Keep things cool and fresh with these Fresh Veggie Lettuce Wraps. Each wrap is packed with colorful veggies and drizzled with an Asian-style almond butter sauce for peak flavor. They're low-carb, easy to make, and surprisingly delicious. (15 minutes to make)
Asparagus Noodles with Pesto
Next up in the faux-pasta world is this dish of delicious Asparagus Noodles with Pesto! These are like bright green fettuccini and make the perfect low-carb dinner. (15 minutes to make)
Vegan Nachos with BBQ "Pulled Pork" and Queso
Vegans can enjoy "meat" nachos too with these "pulled pork" loaded chips! These Vegan Nachos with BBQ "Pulled Pork" and Queso are piled high with easy mushroom BBQ pork and a cashew-based queso cheese sauce. It'll knock your dairy-free socks off! (30 minutes to make)
Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowls with Yum Sauce
Enjoy a vibrant and easy dinner with these Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowls. These are packed with colorful and delicious flavor and are drizzled with a creamy, protein-packed yum sauce for extra goodness. (30 minutes to make)
Vegetarian Chicken Salad
Top your favorite sandwich or salad with this delicious Vegetarian Chicken Salad recipe, a quick combination of chickpeas, apples, and the classic chicken salad add-ins!
King Oyster Mushroom Pulled Pork
By shredding king oyster mushrooms, seasoning with spices, and baking, you can create a vegan mushroom pulled pork that rivals the real stuff! The perfect pulled pork alternative for sandwiches, tacos, nachos… or whenever you need vegan pulled pork. (30 minutes to make)
Corn and Pulled Mushroom Vegetarian Tacos
These vegetarian pulled “pork” mushroom tacos are loaded with adobo-spiced pulled mushrooms (which have the same texture and taste like pulled pork) and a fresh corn ceviche that adds sweet crunch. Best vegetarian taco recipe of all time? Quite possibly. (30 minutes to make)
Mediterranean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Enjoy hearty, herby flavor with these delicious Mediterranean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Made with chickpeas, tomatoes, and a hummus and garlic sauce, they’re a healthy and satisfying dinner option!
Tempeh Vegan Burrito Bowl
This bowl of Tempeh goodness is a vegan's dream. A flavor-packed meal, Tempeh Vegan Burrito Bowls are made with tempeh taco meat and copycat Chipotle cauliflower rice! (25 minutes to make)
Stovetop Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Enjoy an alt-mac and cheese meal with this Stovetop Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese! It's a recipe perfect for savory cravings that does the trick each and every time. (25 minutes to make)
Tempeh White Bean Chili
Load up on the ultimate bowl of protein and flavor with this Tempeh White Bean Chili recipe. It’s made with chickpeas, lime juice, and sauerkraut for an interesting combo that totally hits the spot!
Pepper and Gorgonzola Risotto
Risotto is a pretty under-appreciated dinner, considering the amount of flavorful creamy goodness it packs into one bowl. With two cheeses, spinach, green onions, and lemon, this Pepper and Gorgonzola Risotto is no exception! (30 minutes to make)
Soyrizo Tacos with Adobo Crème
These Soyrizo Tacos are stuffed with homemade vegan chorizo and quick-pickled red cabbage topped off with a smoky adobo crème. (15 minutes to make)
Portobello Mushroom Burgers
With melted sharp cheddar, the perfectly meaty texture, and best-ever Fancy Sauce, these panfried Portobello Mushroom Burgers are the vegetarian recipe that’ll have you craving mushrooms for dinner. (15 minutes to make)
Enchilada Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Need a healthy vegetarian dinner outside of your usual routine? These Enchilada Quinoa Stuffed Peppers are flavored with a quick homemade enchilada sauce and baked to bubbly, cheesy perfection. (30 minutes to make)
Vegan Rainbow Spring Rolls
Craving something fresh and delicious (with a little “wow factor” thrown in)? Here it is! These Vegan Rainbow Spring Rolls are as tasty as they are colorful and make the perfect quick dinner. (30 minutes to make)
Quinoa Vegetable Soup
Who says soup has to be boring? With this Quinoa Vegetable Soup, boring isn't possible. This bone-warming brothy soup has the flavors of chicken noodle soup but the healthiness of veggie soup! (27 minutes to make)
Creamy Cauliflower Soup
Healthy Cauliflower Soup that’s ultra-creamy AND easy AND vegan? It’s happening and it is so much tastier that you can imagine. Whip up a batch for the entire family to devour. (25 minutes to make)
Roasted Pepper & Gouda Grilled Cheese
Get cozy with a warm and cheesy Gouda grilled cheese with roasted red bell pepper and a sweet and savory mayonnaise toasty sauce. It's extra perfect when paired with tomato soup! (30 minutes to make)
Eggplant Parmesan Poppers
These Eggplant Parmesan Poppers have all the deliciousness of eggplant parmesan, in bite-sized form! Throw 'em together for a quick and easy appetizer-style bite, or enjoy them as a side! (25 minutes to make)
Easy Mushroom Risotto
For a dinner that breaks from your usual routine while also being a flavorful classic, give this Easy Mushroom Risotto recipe a try! Packed with wild mushrooms, wine, and cheese… what more could you want from a dinner? (30 minutes to make)
Roasted Chickpea Stuffed Avocados
Spicy roasted chickpeas, creamy avocado, and tangy garlic yogurt sauce make these flavorful avocados absolute nutritional powerhouses! Each bite is filled with savory goodness. (30 minutes to make)
3 Cheese Roasted Grape Pizza
This mouth-watering 3 Cheese Roasted Grape Pizza is packed with savory roasted grapes and 3 types of creamy, gooey cheese. Because just one type of cheese isn't enough! (30 minutes to make)
Cucumber Sushi Rolls
These Cucumber Sushi Rolls are an easy and refreshing way to enjoy vegetarian sushi, without all the hassle! It's a great meatless option that serves as the best side or main course ever. A fun take on the classic. (30 minutes to make)
Crispy Avocado Tacos
These Crispy Avocado Tacos are a creamy, crispy vegetarian taco dish with fresh pineapple salsa and a creamy chipotle sauce. They're perfect for your vegetarian Taco Tuesdays! (30 minutes to make)
Vegan Tuna Sushi Bowl
This Vegan Tuna Sushi Bowl has plant-based tuna made with tomatoes, and all the fixings of your favorite poke bowls. And no, we didn't forget the spicy mayo! (30 minutes to make)
Asparagus Pizza with Burrata and Arugula
This Asparagus Pizza with burrata and arugula is a simple yet downright delicious flatbread to whip up on pizza night. Creamy burrata piled with tender asparagus, fresh arugula, and lemon! (30 minutes to make)
Tempeh Vegetarian Chili
This vegetarian chili will warm your bones with delicious plant-based protein this winter. With tempeh, veggies, beans, and a blend of spices, this is a simple chili that you would never believe is meatless. (30 minutes to make)
Broccoli Cauliflower Soup
Cheesy broccoli soup is a favorite in restaurants, but did you know you can easily make your own at home? This broccoli and cauliflower soup recipe is easy, delicious, and ready in under 30 minutes!
Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Roasted Grapes
These Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Roasted Grapes are the perfect, quick dinner for all appetites. Crispy yet soft, savory, sweet, cheesy, herby, and fun!
- 3 cups leafy greens like spinach, kale, or lettuce
- 1 cup cooked grains like quinoa, couscous, bulgur, or brown rice
- 1 15-oz can legumes like chickpeas or beans
- 1 cup fruit like blueberries, chopped apple, or sliced oranges
- 1 cup veggies like shredded carrots, sliced radishes, or chopped tomatoes
- 1 avocados sliced
Dressing (choose one)
- 1 cup romesco sauce
- 1 cup Yumm sauce
- 1 cup tzatziki
- Filling: Divide all fillings into 4 servings bowls.
- Serve: Drizzle with desired dressing and serve immediately.
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