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Do you struggle to find tasty, nutritious, and crowd-pleasing Vegetarian Dinner Recipes? This list is here to be your ultimate inspiration!

A white bowl with vegetables and potatoes
Table of Contents
  1. Vegetarian Recipe MVPs
  2. Recommended Tools to Make Vegetarian Recipes
  3. Vegetarian Soups & Stews
  4. Vegetarian Casseroles
  5. Vegetarian Mexican Dinner Recipes
  6. Vegetarian Stir Fries
  7. Vegetarian Pasta Dinners
  8. Family-Favorite Vegetarian Dinners
  9. Frequently Asked Questions

If the thought of vegetarian dinner recipes makes you think of sad, boring food that leaves you missing the meat, then prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

You’ll be amazed at what you can make for dinner without meat!

The recipes on this list are not only good for you, but they taste fantastic too.

From Crockpot Lentil Soup to Paneer Tikka Masala, the vegetarian recipes on my website are packed with filling, flavorful ingredients.

What a vegetarian should eat for dinner doesn’t need to be different from the non-vegetarians at the table.

These delicious recipes will be enjoyed by everyone you serve them to (meat eaters or not)!

Healthy Greek Mac and Cheese with Crispy Pita Chip Topping

Vegetarian Recipe MVPs

When it comes to creating stellar vegetarian recipes, there are a few common vegetarian foods that I love to use. These ingredients are useful for providing protein, flavor, or texture to the dish.

  • Tofu (or Tempeh). An excellent protein swap for dishes that traditionally use meat. I also enjoy eating Crispy Tofu and Air Fryer Tofu on their own.
  • Beans. Full of fiber and protein, beans will keep you fuller for longer. They also have a delightfully creamy texture.
  • Veggies. From bell peppers to potatoes to broccoli, loading up on veggies can help add delicious flavor and make a dish more filling (thank you, fiber).
  • Grains. I love incorporating whole grains into vegetarian meals to make them more satisfying. Grains are a major crowd-pleaser too.

Versatile Vegetarian Side Dishes

These tasty side dishes will pair well with almost any of the vegetarian main dishes below.

Healthy vegetarian tacos

Now, let’s get to those tasty vegetarian dinner recipes!

Vegetarian Soups & Stews

A bowl of hearty vegetarian chili

Some of our favorite vegetarian weeknight dinners are these hearty and cozy soups. These classic recipes have all the flavors you love and are great for meal prep.

Vegetarian Casseroles

Vegetable lasagna in a baking dish

If you enjoy warm, comforting casseroles, you’ll love these healthy vegetarian dinner recipes!

Vegetarian Mexican Dinner Recipes

Vegetarian Rice Bean Burrito

Plant-based Mexican food is just as flavorful and satisfying as the original. Serve these recipes with tortilla chips, salsa, and avocado (or the Best Guacamole Recipe) for a healthy and easy vegetarian dinner recipe.

Vegetarian Stir Fries

Vegetable lo mein in a skillet

From tofu stir-fry to vegetarian recipes with noodles, these delightful stir fries are certain to please everyone at your table and rival your favorite takeout dishes.

Vegetarian Pasta Dinners

Pasta Alla Norma in a Skillet

Packed with vegetables, these pasta recipes are ideal for vegetarian meals. They make an easy weeknight dinner that the entire family will enjoy!

Family-Favorite Vegetarian Dinners

A bowl of tofu tikka masala with naan bread

From Indian vegetarian dinner recipes with warm spices to pizza with fresh herbs, these recipes will be a hit! Serve the curry recipes with basmati rice and Homemade Naan for an extra special meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are 5 Quick Vegetarian Dinner Recipes?

Need dinner ready fast? Pesto Pasta, Naan Pizza, Green Curry, Cavatelli and Broccoli, and General Tso’s Chickpeas are all wonderful 30-minute vegetarian meals (some even take less than 30 minutes).

Can Vegetarians Eat Cheese?

Yes, vegetarians can eat cheese. Cheese (and other animal products) are safe to use in vegetarian meals. Vegans, however, do not eat cheese. You’ll find a large selection of vegan recipes here.

What Can’t Vegetarians Eat?

While there are a few variations of vegetarianism, most vegetarians abstain from meat, poultry, fish and shellfish, insects, and animal-derived stock and fats.

More Delicious Vegetarian Main Meals

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Erin Clarke

Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. Hi there!

    If you could simply cut to the chase for the first recipe/photo with the mashed taters, carrots and peas, you would do me a good deed. I simply cannot wade through all of what you have to offer, but I do appreciate it. Any title for that recipe? thx.