50+ Healthy Vegetarian Meals

By Alexandra Caspero on January 22, 2018
A collection of my favorite weeknight dinners.

Looking for more healthy vegetarian meals? I know I’m always on the hunt for healthy weeknight dinners, and I figured that you likely are as well. These are actual healthy vegetarian dinner ideas, recipes that take roughly 30 minutes from start to finish. That’s about the maximum amount of time I want to put forth for a weeknight meal; so I can spend the rest of the evening hanging with my two men, catching up on housework and relaxing. 

There are plenty of healthy vegetarian meals you can choose from here that can easily be incorporated into your weekly dinner rotation. Meatless Mondays just became a whole lot more exciting with these easy vegetarian meals. From hearty, warming lentil chilli to fresh and delicious stir frys, you’ll find something here to try!  There is something here for meat lovers and plant based foodies alike!

Enjoy this round-up of 50+ healthy vegetarian meals, that are mostly vegan! 

50+ Healthy Vegetarian Meals


1.Instant Pot Lentil Chili

Looking for a healthy, quick chili? Try this vegan and gluten-free lentil chili made with lentils. This recipe also includes directions for the slow-cooker if you prefer to make it in the morning for dinner that night.

Vegan Tofu Egg Salad
2. Tofu Egg Salad

Egg salad that tastes and looks like traditional egg salad, but made with tofu! I make a batch of this at least every week, one of my favorite healthy vegetarian meals.

Summer Vegetable Curry

3. Summer Vegetable Curry

I’m obsessed with the yellow curry, it’s one of my favorite weeknight meals. While I use summer vegetables here, feel free to substitute with any vegetables that are in-season and you have on hand.

kimchi fried rice

4. Vegan Kimchi Fried Rice

This fried rice is perfect for nights when you don’t feel like cooking and need a healthy vegetarian dinner using leftover brown rice. Tofu, bok choy, mushrooms, rice, kimchi and a spicy stir-fry sauce. Vegan and easily gluten-free.

Oven Roasted Fajitas

5. Oven Roasted Veggie Fajitas

You knew these were going to make an appearance, didn’t you? Hands down these are one of my favorite meals. I love that I can make a big pan of them for dinner one night and then use the leftovers for veggie fajita enchiladas the following night. A must-make (and save.)

6. Butternut Squash Quinoa Casserole

The combination of flavors just work here. Butternut squash and other vegetables mixed together with quinoa makes a delicious vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan friendly casserole for the whole family.

Potato, Spinach and Sausage Soup

7. Potato, Spinach and Sausage Soup

Super simple to put together, this one is a healthy weeknight dinner keeper. Potatoes, faux sausage and spinach in a spicy cashew cream sauce.

red curry coconut stir fry

8. Red Curry Coconut Stir-Fry

I love a good curry sauce and this red curry version is perfect for weeknights. Tofu and vegetables simmered in a red curry sauce and served over rice.

15-minute vegan pad thai

9. 15 Minute Vegan Pad Thai

Who doesn’t love a good pad thai? Especially one that’s ready in just 15 minutes (or, at the max, 25 minutes depending on your culinary quickness.) Either way, this dish is loved by so many of you.

Crunchy Veggie Bowls with Warm Peanut Dressing

10. Crunchy Veggie Bowls with Warm Peanut Dressing

I’m obsessed with these crunchy veggie bowls, they’ve got everything I want for a quick dinner: brown rice pasta, lots of vegetables, a soft boiled egg for protein and a warm peanut sauce to top things off.

Linguine with Shiitake Wine Sauce

11. Linguine with Shiitake Wine Sauce

Date night pasta for weeknights. Linguine with a super meaty shiitake wine sauce.

Linguine with Shiitake Wine Sauce

12. Healthy One-Pot Enchilada Pasta

I share this recipe all the time; it’s so unbelievably good- a combination of my two favorite things: pasta and Mexican food.

Polenta with Mushroom Bolognese

13. Polenta with Mushroom Bolognese 

This healthy vegetarian dinner is so delicious– comfort food at its best! Crispy polenta rounds with mushroom bolognese sauce. Ready in just 30 minutes and easily vegan.

Vegan Potato and Chorizo Tacos

14. Vegan Potato and Chorizo Tacos

My goodness do I love these tacos. And, I’m in good company. BL has asked for them at least twice in the past few weeks, which is always my litmus test on whether a recipe is good.

20 Minute Sweet Potato Noodles with Spinach

15. 20 Minute Sweet Potato Noodles with Spinach

Spiralized sweet potatoes tossed with spinach, drenched in peanut sauce, and topped with crunchy peanuts. Increase the protein factor by topping with baked tofu.

20 Minute Vegan Pasta

16. 20 Minute Vegan Pasta

Another quick 20-minute dinner. Spinach and garlic tossed with pasta, plus a trick for making silky, restaurant-worthy pasta at home.

vegan sheet pan stir fry with tofu and vegetables

17. Sheet Pan Vegetable and Tofu Stir-Fry 

For this quick and easy dinner, dump everything onto a sheet pan, toss with homemade stir-fry sauce and bake. That’s it! Add in cooked grains as desired and eat.

Vegan Ramen Bowls with Edamame

18. Vegan Ramen Bowls with Edamame

These vegan ramen bowls are ready in less than 30 minutes, ramen noodles in a dried mushroom broth with carrots and edamame.

Pasta Checca with Burrata

19. Pasta Checca with Burrata

Have you had checca sauce before? It’s a no-cook tomato sauce that’s perfect for quick weeknight meals. I’m pairing this one with spaghetti and hunks of fresh burrata cheese.

tofu tinga tacos

20. Vegan Tofu Tinga Tacos 

If you love spicy food, you’ve gotta try these vegan tofu tinga tacos. They are super easy to make and ready in less than 30 minutes.

Spicy Sheet Pan Tofu and Green Beans

21. Spicy Sheet Pan Tofu and Green Beans

Sheet pan dinners are one of my favorite quick meal options. This entire dinner is made on the sheet pan: baked tofu and green beans in a spicy soy-based sauce.

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower Pasta

22. Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower Pasta

A salad and pasta together in one easy meal. Roasted broccoli and cauliflower with pasta, parmesan, lemon and garlic. One of my favorite healthy vegetarian meals!

Zucchini and Lentil Tacos

23. Vegan Zucchini and Lentil Tacos

Everything taste better in taco form. Charred, slightly smoky zucchini, corn and lentils tucked into warm tortillas and topped with a spicy jalapeño sauce.

Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers

24. Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers

Hearty and satisfying vegetarian chickpea burgers with a creamy cucumber-dill yogurt sauce. Perfect on their own or paired with a side salad.

Tropical Tofu Tacos with Mango Salsa

25. Tropical Tofu Tacos with Mango Salsa

Tropical Tofu Tacos with Mango Salsa! Jerk seasoned tofu with quick mango salsa, shredded cabbage and sliced avocado.

Vegetable Jambalaya

26. Vegetable Jambalaya

It can certainly be challenging to satisfy everyone when feeding a mix of carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians and vegans, but this dinner gets the job done. A hearty mix of vegetables, rice, black eyed peas and plenty of spice.

7 Ingredient Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

27. 7 Ingredient Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

7 ingredients and ready in just 20 minutes. Homemade sun-dried tomato pesto tossed with rotini. For extra protein, add in a can of white or garbanzo beans.

Vegetable Cacciatore with Polenta

28. Vegetable Cacciatore with Polenta

This Vegetable Cacciatore with Soft Polenta is incredible! All of the flavors of a traditional cacciatore and served over creamy soft polenta. Vegan and gluten free options.

Easy Vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice

29. Easy Vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice

Ready in less than 20 minutes, low-calorie, low-fat, low-carb and DELICIOUS! Plus, Vegan and Gluten-Free.

One Pot Kale Broccoli Chickpea Pasta

30. One Pot Kale Broccoli Chickpea Pasta

One pot meals are music to my weeknight dinner making heart. I love recipes that are not only ready in less than 30 minutes, but require only one pan to clean afterwards. As someone who can easily dirty half a dozen dishes for a “weeknight” meal, this dinner is a welcome change.

Fettuccini with Arugula Pesto and Sweet Corn

31. Fettuccini with Arugula Pesto and Sweet Corn 

Oh man, I love this fettuccini. Noodles tossed with arugula pesto, sweet corn and mozzerella balls. Simple to throw together and easily customizable with different pestos.

Skillet Cauliflower Rice

32. Skillet Cauliflower Rice

Feeling too tired to cook dinner? This skillet comes together fast with frozen riced cauliflower and sweet potato, a can of black beans, kale and pantry spices.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta with Ricotta and Peas

33. Creamy Mushroom Pasta with Ricotta and Peas

Brown rice pasta in a creamy mushroom sauce? Sign me up. I love frozen peas in my pasta and this dish is the perfect balance of sweet, meaty and creamy.

Easy Vegan Drunken Noodles

34. Easy Vegan Drunken Noodles

You guys love these easy noodles! Spicy sauce with rice noodles and vegetables. Easier and healthier than Thai takeout!

Instant Pot Vegan Burrito Bowls

35. Instant Pot Vegan Burrito Bowls

These vegan bowls are perfect for busy weeknights. Super flavorful Mexican rice with avocados, lettuce, tomatoes and more!

Grilled Potato and Halloumi Burrito Bowls

36. Grilled Potato and Halloumi Burrito Bowls

Yup, another burrito bowl! You’ve gotta try these healthy bowls, packed with grilled vegetables, potatoes, halloumi, salsa and guacamole. The perfect gluten-free, vegetarian dinner.

vegetarian beet reuben

37. Vegetarian Beet Reuben Sandwich 

I’m obsessed with this sandwich! Homemade thousand island dressing, swiss cheese, pickled beets, sauerkraut on rye bread. Ready in just 10 minutes!

vegan chickpea salad on a bagel

38. Avocado Chickpea Sandwich

Are you noticing a theme? This smashed chickpea sandwich with avocado is ready in just 10 minutes and perfect for busy weeknights.

Corn and Black Bean Enchiladas with Chipotle Stout Sauce

39. Corn and Black Bean Enchiladas with Chipotle Stout Sauce

These take a bit longer than 30 minutes to whip up, but the extra effort is worth it. I’m including these because you should make two batches- one for dinner tonight and one to place in the freezer for easy reheating whenever you are too tired to cook.

Lentil and Vegetable Curry

40. Lentil and Vegetable Curry 

I’ll say it for the hundredth time, I love a good curry. This version is packed with lentils, potatoes, and frozen mixed vegetables to enjoy with rice and naan. A must-save for weeknight meals.

Sweet Potato Hummus Quesadilla

41. Sweet Potato Hummus Quesadilla

I love my sweet potato hummus, it’s a nice change of pace from the regular version. Slather leftovers on tortillas with black beans and a little cheese for an easy weeknight dinner.

Spicy Coconut Quinoa and Black Beans

42. Spicy Coconut Quinoa and Black Beans

My friend Rachael is a fantastic cook and this spicy coconut quinoa bowl is one of my favorites, made entirely in the Instant Pot.

vegetarian quesadillas

43. Lentil, Mushroom and Spinach Quesadillas 

Spicy spinach, lentil and mushroom filling with pepperjack cheese. Ready in less than 30 minutes.

Buffalo Chickpea Lettuce Wraps

44. Buffalo Chickpea Lettuce Wraps

Mmmm, these lettuce wraps are so amazing. Roasted chickpeas in a buffalo sauce on lettuce leaves with homemade vegan ranch, avocado and tomatoes.

bowl of one pot pasta puttanesca with olives, capers and parsley

45. One Pot Pasta Puttanesca 

If you love spicy puttanesca sauce, you’ve gotta try this quick and easy recipe. Made entirely in one pot, with lots of capers, olives and red pepper flakes.

grilled vegetable orzo salad

46. Grilled Vegetable Orzo Salad 

A great lunch, dinner on it’s own or a side dish. Grilled asparagus, grilled onion and tomato and a lemon mint dressing.

Vegan and Gluten Free Ranch Bowls

47. Vegan Ranch Bowls

Gluten-Free, Vegan Ranch Bowls! These salads bowls are packed with vegetables and ranch-roasted chickpeas!  11g fiber and 12g protein per serving.

vegan and glutenfree tofu and vegetable stir fry

48. Sesame Ginger and Tofu Stir-Fry 

Looking for a healthy dinner option? This is it! Perfectly crisp tofu, broccoli and carrots in a sesame-ginger-garlic sauce.

skillet of zucchini noodles with primavera

49. Zucchini Noodle Pasta Primavera

This healthy vegan pasta primavera is a gluten-free, grain-free dish and is so delicious! If you want a healthy, vegetable filled dinner, you’ve gotta try this.

two vegan black bean tacos

50. 10 Minute Vegan Black Bean Tacos

Want a quick weeknight meal!? Try these vegan black bean tacos. Super healthy and delicious.

Roasted Indian chickpeas with tamarind sauce, yogurt and cilantro

51. Quick Indian Chickpeas

Dinner is ready in just 15 minutes! Roasted Indian chickpeas with spices, tamarind sauce, yogurt and cilantro.

Collard Green Pasta! Shredded collards tossed with hot pasta, garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes and seasoned bread crumbs. Dinner is ready in just 20 minutes! Vegan | www.delishknowledge.com

52. Collard Green Pasta

Garlic breadcrumbs taste just like parmesan in this simple pasta dish! Shredded collards tossed with hot pasta, garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes and seasoned bread crumbs. Dinner is ready in just 20 minutes.

One Pot Vegetable Pasta! Throw everything in a pot and you are done! Loaded with vegetables like peas, spinach and mushrooms. | www.delishknowledge.com

53. One Pot Vegetable Noodles

I love one-pot vegetable dinners. Throw everything into a pot, and you are done! Loaded with vegetables like peas, spinach and mushrooms in a light cream sauce.

Fresh ginger-sesame sauce stir-fried with udon noodles, quick fried tofu and spinach! So much healthier than take-out! | delishknowledge.com

54. Sesame Garlic Stir-Fry Noodles

Oh man, these garlic stir-fry noodles are so, so good. Udon noodles tossed with a gingery-garlic sauce and faux-fried tofu. Grab the chopsticks, you’ll want to make this dish.

Looking for more healthy vegetarian meals? Head here for hundreds of vegan and vegetarian dinner ideas. 

Healthy Weeknight Recipes- mostly 30 minutes are less! Want a healthy, quick weeknight meal? Enjoy this round-up of 30+ vegetarian, mostly vegan, recipes. | www.delishknowledge.com

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Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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    1. Steffi
      January 24, 2018 AT 12:35 pm

      Hey Alex,

      thanks so much for this article, it’s a real life-saver for me! Lately I ran out of ideas and this list is an awesome place to start searching. I’m already filling my “what to cook next” list with great ideas and they are even manageable on work days! You just made my day – thank you. 🙂

    2. Cara
      January 22, 2018 AT 11:40 pm

      Amazing list… but how do I choose where to start?! It’s like going to a vegetarian restaurant where I can eat anything on the menu. It’s almost easier when I only have a couple options! ☺️

      1. Alex
        January 23, 2018 AT 8:29 am

        Ha! YES! I know the feeling- when I order almost everything on the menu, just because I can 🙂 Enjoy!

    3. Erin
      January 22, 2018 AT 9:26 pm

      We must have the same taste because these look AMAZING! Thank you SO MUCH for making this compilation and sharing it. I can’t wait to try these out.

      1. Alex
        January 23, 2018 AT 8:28 am

        Enjoy! Hope you find some that you love as much as I do 🙂

    4. Kelly @ trial and eater
      January 22, 2018 AT 4:27 pm

      All of these look sooo good! Thanks for adding to my recipe list!