If you’re stuck for ideas on what to cook for dinner tonight, then why not switch things up a little bit with some vegetarian recipes? It has been widely considered and declared that eating purely vegetarian at least once a week is good for your gut, and allows you to soak up all those amazing nutrients from veggies alone.
If you’re interested in a vegetarian diet during the week, try implementing this in your weekly routine by starting “Meatless Mondays“, a global initiative that encourages people to reduce their consumption of red meat. This way you have a set day for your vegetarian recipes and meal ideas and can go about the rest of your week any way you wish.
So, if you’re going to start practising some meatless days, then you’re going to need some creative, easy and delicious vegetarian recipes that will fill you up soundly, ones that will leave you happy and satisfied. If this is the case, then you need these 10 vegetarian recipes that you can easily make for dinner!
1. Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry
When you start vegetarianism, you instantly look for the veggies that are bound to leave you feeling full, as if you will never miss the absence of red meat. Think mushrooms, eggplants, zucchini and so on. Other veggies that leave us feeling full are definitely sweet potato and chickpea, and why not combine the two with this creamy sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry from Cook It Real Good?
This recipe is simple and easy to make, made in just under thirty minutes and freezes wonderfully for those nights throughout the week you don’t wish to cook again. Serve this curry with a bowl of your choice of rice, brown or white, or try cauliflower rice for a low-carb version.
2. Baked Spinach Mushroom Quesadillas
Quesadillas really are just something else, aren’t they? Baked with some ooey gooey cheese and you’ve surely got yourself a winner dinner every time! Quesadillas can easily be made with black beans or in this case, spinach and mushroom!
These baked spinach mushroom quesadillas are a perfect easy vegetarian recipe to make for dinner. Made in under thirty minutes, these are a simple weeknight vegetarian dinner and can easily feed a hungry family as well, when cutting up into smaller pieces. The best part is adding good mozzarella cheese to make them as gooey as possible. Bake in the oven and presto!
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3. Pineapple Fried Rice
If you’re a massive fan of fried rice like the rest of us, it’s time to start expanding your fried rice knowledge. Somewhat savoury and somewhat sweet, pineapple fried rice is a perfect combination of both battling flavours and this pineapple fried rice recipe from Healthy Nibbles and Habits has a perfectly earthy undertone through it to keep itself grounded.
This pineapple fried rice uses the gorgeous turmeric spice to really enhance that golden hue and add some hearty flavour. Made in under thirty minutes, it’s healthier and fully vegetarian, and definitely an easy recipe idea for dinner!
4. Mushroom Stroganoff
For whatever reason you wish to turn some hearty traditional meat dishes into vegetarian recipes, you’re probably hoping that you won’t miss the meat when you eat your vegetarian dish. And that’s especially possible with this purely mushroom stroganoff recipe from Gimme Some Oven, which eliminates the inclusion of beef in this traditional meat dish, and simply uses mushrooms.
And according to the creator, is arguably even better than the original! Made in around 30 minutes, this mushroom stroganoff is perfect on top of some freshly boiled egg noodles, and is best served immediately for the ultimate comfort food enjoyment.
5. Vegetarian Japanese Pan Noodles
Japanese pan noodles are the perfect Meatless Monday recipe and are an excellent way to make a quick, easy dinner for the family. These vegetarian Japanese pan noodles from Sweet Phi are packed full of flavours such as soy sauce and hoisin sauce to really give that rich, savoury taste to these flavourful noodles. Easily made in twenty minutes, these are the perfect weeknight vegetarian meal.
6. Shakshuka with Feta and White Beans
Okay, if you haven’t yet hopped on the shakshuka-crazed bandwagon recently, then now’s definitely the time to try. Shakshuka is an egg dish made with tomatoes and beans and derives from the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean regions. It is hearty and combines a rich tomato sauce tied in with the eggs. And this shakshuka with feta and white beans recipe from A Couple Cooks can easily be a breakfast or dinner recipe, but either way, it cooks in under 40 minutes and is super simple to make.
7. Vegan Mexican Cauliflower Rice
If you’re eager to try the new trend of cauliflower rice to reduce carb consumption, then you can easily implement it into your vegetarian recipes with this vegan Mexican cauliflower recipe from Eat Drink Shrink. This rice dish is super easy to make in just fifteen minutes and is super affordable as well.
8. Healthy Tacos
Of course, when we think of tacos, we want them full of loads of flavour and spices, meat mince and more. But this versatile dish can easily be turned into one of your favourite vegetarian recipes, such as these healthy tacos from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. These are made with a gorgeous cilantro or coriander ‘pesto’ which makes them truly shine, and are easily made in forty minutes.
9. Pumpkin Pasta in Parmesan Garlic Cream Sauce
With Autumn just around the corner, pumpkin is slowly coming into season and we definitely need all the gorgeous pumpkin recipes. And why not add this pumpkin pasta in parmesan garlic cream sauce recipe from Family Style Food to your kick-off of the festive season? This pumpkin pasta is easy, creamy and is perfect for a chiller day.
10. Cauliflower Tikka Masala
And to finish off our list of easy vegetarian recipes, this cauliflower tikka masala recipe from Bianca Zapatka is a must-try if you’re hoping to try out a vegetarian diet soon. This recipe is super healthy, gluten-free, vegan and ridiculously easy to make in just one pot for dinner in just twenty minutes!