Jan 5, 2024
50 Best Vegetarian Recipes – Love and Lemons
Find our best vegetarian recipes below! Ranging from hearty veggie burgers to healthy grain bowls, they’re easy, flavorful meals that everyone will love.
If you want to find vegetarian recipes, you’re in the right place! ALL the recipes on Love & Lemons are vegetarian, and after 10+ years of blogging, I have hundreds of easy vegetarian meals on the site.
To get you started, I’ve rounded up 50 of my most popular vegetarian recipes. They include meatless classics like vegetarian lasagna and hearty vegetarian chili, protein-packed veggie burgers, healthy grain bowls, easy comfort foods, and more. Whether you’re a lifelong vegetarian looking to refresh your dinner rotation or you’re experimenting with vegan or vegetarian meals for the first time, you’re sure to find something you love.
My Top 5 Vegetarian Dinner Recipes
The recipes below are vegetarian essentials—think a crowd-pleasing lasagna, seriously flavorful falafel, and the best-ever veggie burger. If you’re looking for veggie-packed meals that everyone (meat eaters included!) will love, you can’t go wrong with these.
This freezer-friendly lasagna is one of my favorite recipes for entertaining! Filled with creamy ricotta, marinara sauce, and roasted veggies, it’s always a hit.
This easy homemade falafel bakes in the oven (no frying required!). Stuff it into pita with tahini sauce, pickled onions, herbs, and fresh veggies for a flavorful vegetarian meal.
How to Make a Frittata
Ready in 30 minutes, a frittata is a quick and easy vegetarian breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This recipe is super flexible—have fun customizing it with whatever veggies, herbs, or cheese you have on hand!
Best Veggie Burger
With over 350 5-star reviews, this vegan burger is a serious fan favorite. Made with mushrooms, walnuts, and brown rice, it has a smoky, savory flavor and AMAZING meaty texture.
Don’t like eggplant? This comforting dish might change your mind. Readers call it “outstanding,” “superb,” and “WONDERFUL!” Try it to see why!
Healthy Vegetarian Recipes
These vibrant vegetarian meals put plants at the center of the plate.
A fragrant mushroom broth creates the flavorful base for this nourishing vegan ramen. Load up your bowl with toppings like scallions, baked tofu, and chili crisp!
Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers
Tip: Prep the rice and bean filling a few days ahead and store it in the fridge. That way, these tasty stuffed peppers will be easy to assemble on a weeknight!
Cauliflower Fried Rice
This extra-veggie fried rice features cauliflower rice instead of regular. Quick, fresh, and SO flavorful, it’s one of my favorite vegetarian dinner recipes.
Sesame Soba Noodles
These nutty, savory noodles are ready in 20 minutes, so they’re a great dinner for a busy weeknight. Save any leftovers for lunch the next day. They pack up perfectly!
Roasted Cauliflower Tacos
A creamy avocado sauce loads these meatless tacos with flavor.
This 30-minute recipe is almost more veggie than pasta. Make it for a bright, energizing weeknight meal!
Seasoned vegetables add exciting textures and flavors to this Korean-inspired rice bowl. Topped with a fried egg and spicy gochujang sauce, it’s a satisfying vegetarian meal.
Best Buddha Bowl
If you want to find vegetarian recipes that are as healthy as they are delicious, then these Buddha bowls are for you! They’re packed with good-for-you ingredients like brown rice, chickpeas, roasted sweet potatoes, and kale. A sunny turmeric tahini sauce adds tons of flavor.
Whole Roasted Cauliflower
This “roast” is a stunning vegetarian main dish for a dinner party or special occasion. Serve wedges over farro with a handful of arugula to make them a meal.
30-Minute Vegetarian Dinner Ideas
Meet my Meatless Monday heroes! These vegetarian dinner recipes cook up in 30 minutes flat, so they’re perfect for busy weeknights.
Pass the pita! Shakshuka is traditionally eaten for breakfast, but because it’s delicious, filling, and cooks in a single skillet, it’s an excellent vegetarian dinner too.
Sheet Pan Gnocchi
Hate doing the dishes? You’ll love this recipe. Vegetables, feta, and store-bought gnocchi roast together on a single sheet pan. No boiling required!
Avocado Sweet Potato Tacos
Tip: Don’t skip the pickled onions! They add a pop of bright flavor that takes these tacos over the top.
Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl
Quinoa is one of my favorite plant-based proteins. A grain-like seed, it’s delicious in salads, stews, and bowls like this one. This refreshing recipe makes a great weeknight dinner, but you can also meal prep the components for a healthy lunch!
This pantry pasta is simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s bland. Cremini mushrooms and balsamic vinegar add rich flavor to the hearty tomato sauce.
My creamy, tangy peanut sauce is the star of this easy noodle bowl. It tastes great on pretty much anything, so feel free to change up the veggies here. I love adding roasted broccoli, bell peppers, and snap peas, to name a few!
Portobello Mushroom Burgers
They’re juicy, meaty, umami, and so easy to make. Serve these 20-minute burgers on toasted buns with all the fixings.
High Protein Vegetarian Meals
These vegetarian recipes don’t skimp on protein. Hearty ingredients like beans, tofu, and eggs make them satisfying meatless meals.
This smoky, spicy plant-based chili is delicious on its own, but fixings like Greek yogurt and pickled onions make it even better. Serve it with a slice of jalapeño cornbread or a handful of tortilla chips.
Banh Mi Sandwich
This vegetarian version of a Vietnamese banh mi is stuffed with tamari-lime tofu instead of meat. Fixings like pickled veggies, cilantro, and spicy mayo make it bright and refreshing. You won’t find a better plant-based sandwich!
With a custardy egg filling and flaky, buttery crust, this simple spinach quiche is a luxurious vegetarian meal. I love it with a little green salad on the side!
This epic burrito bowl features not one, but TWO plant-based proteins: black beans and Chipotle-inspired tofu sofritas. Tip: The sofritas freeze well. Keep a batch on hand so that you can quickly assemble burrito bowls for weeknight dinners and lunches!
Black Bean Burger
You can have these easy homemade veggie burgers on the table in 30 minutes. They’re smoky, spicy, and delicious with almost any fixings. Top yours with classic ketchup and mustard, a scoop of guacamole, or even chipotle sauce!
These meatless balls are crisp on the outside, tender in the middle, and filled with wonderful savory flavor. Just add spaghetti and tomato sauce for a comforting vegetarian dinner.
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Ever tried tempeh? It’s a plant-based protein made from fermented soybeans, and it’s the secret ingredient in this recipe. It adds satisfying texture and nutty flavor to the herb and mushroom filling!
Crispy Sesame Tofu
Why get takeout when you can make irresistible sesame tofu at home?! Serve it over cilantro lime rice with steamed veggies and spicy mayo.
Comforting Vegetarian Recipes
We’re talking creamy pastas, cheesy pizzas, and a fragrant weeknight curry.
These vegetarian stuffed shells are filled with creamy spinach ricotta and nestled in marinara sauce. Tip: They pair perfectly with homemade garlic bread!
These easy, cheesy enchiladas are a hit with the whole family! Our kiddo always asks for more. Make the enchilada sauce a day ahead (or use store-bought) so that the recipe is quick and easy to assemble.
There’s no heavy cream in this creamy pasta. Instead, blended cauliflower creates its luscious texture! Trust me, it totally works. Readers call it “amazing” and “a winning recipe!”
Easy Coconut Curry
Don’t feel tied to the butternut squash and cauliflower in this recipe—almost any veggies taste delicious in the aromatic coconut broth. Add carrots, bell peppers, or whatever’s in your fridge!
Homemade Mac and Cheese
It’s the ultimate comfort food…and it just so happens to be vegetarian.
This simple, elegant risotto is perfect for a date night in.
Easy Baked Ziti
This baked pasta might be comforting, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on veggies! There’s a full pound of spinach mixed in with the noodles, sauce, and cheese.
Favorite Veggie Pizza
Don’t order delivery! Topped with roasted red peppers, artichokes, and fresh basil, this homemade veggie pizza is so much better.
Popular Vegetarian Soup Recipes
Readers love these meatless soups! Serve one with crusty bread or a gooey grilled cheese sandwich for a delicious vegetarian meal.
An herb-flecked tomato broth surrounds tender veggies, noodles, and beans.
Butternut Squash Soup
With 1500 5-star reviews, this creamy soup is one of the most popular recipes on Love & Lemons. Make it on a cold day. Seasoned with ginger, rosemary, and sage, it’s the best way to warm up!
Yes, it is possible to use a whole head of cabbage! This recipe pulls it off in one go.
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
One of Jack’s favorite vegetarian recipes! Tip: Top your bowl with homemade croutons. They offer a great crunchy contrast to the creamy, cheesy soup.
You can make this recipe two ways. Use heavy cream for a classic tomato soup, or swap in coconut milk for a dairy-free version. Surprisingly, you can’t taste the coconut one bit!
Instant Pot Lentil Soup
This hands-off recipe is a dream on busy nights. The Instant Pot does most of the work for you!
More Easy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes
These recipes prove that meatless cooking doesn’t have to be fussy. They’re quick, easy, and delicious. Trust me, you want them in your dinner rotation!
Feta fans, get ready. You’re going to LOVE this meatless dinner idea! Simmer chickpeas and kale in a spiced tomato sauce. Then, add slabs of feta and bake until tender. Finally, scoop it all up with pita or crusty bread. YUM, right?!
Vegan Mac and Cheese
No cheese here! Sweet potatoes, cashews, and nutritional yeast blend into the ooey gooey vegan cheese sauce. Kids and adults will love it!
These Japanese savory pancakes are easy to make with 5 ingredients. But to take them to the next level, you’ll need toppings. Dress them up with mayo, pickled ginger, nori, and more!
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
An Italian classic with a twist. I add fresh kale and lemon juice (is anyone surprised?) to this 20-minute garlic and parsley pasta.
Bok Choy Stir Fry
We all need an easy stir fry recipe in our back pockets, and this one’s mine. I like to add noodles, but the vibrant veggie mixture would be equally tasty over rice.
Perfect Baked Potato
With crispy skin and fluffy insides, this baked potato will be the best you’ve had. For a crave-worthy vegetarian meal, load it up with vegan sour cream, tempeh bacon, and ALL the fresh chives.
It’s a classic for a reason! San Marzano tomatoes, melty mozzarella, and fresh basil combine to create a perfect pizza.
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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and prepare the pasta according to the package instructions, cooking until al dente. Drain and toss with a drizzle of olive oil to prevent sticking. Set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 8 minutes, or until softened. Add the mushrooms, garlic, salt, and several grinds of pepper and cook for another 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the mushrooms are tender.
Stir in the balsamic and tamari, then add the lentils and marinara. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, or until the sauce is well-combined and heated through.
Add the pasta to the skillet and toss to combine. Portion onto plates and serve with Parmesan and fresh parsley for garnish.