Being a vegetarian might restrict you in terms of eating meat, but opens you up to a world of possibilities when it comes to recipes. Forget those time-consuming, difficult to follow recipes that turn out just okay, because after checking out these yummy and easy to make vegetarian meals, you’ll never look back. This list will inspire you to whip up something delicious in no time!
1. Spinach mac and cheese
This classic comfort food gets a twist with the first meal on this list! If your delicious pasta dish needs a bit of a healthy addition or some extra flavor or texture, then check out this recipe. Simply make a cheese sauce using any of your favorite cheeses, some flour, butter, and milk, then add some sauteed spinach and noodles. Throw on some bread crumbs or crispy onions and bake, or simply eat it plain with the sauce. This delicious meatless meal is a great vegetarian option!
2. Southwest Veggie Quesadillas
If you’re looking for the simplest of simple vegetarian meals, then look no further. These southwest veggie quesadillas are great for lunch, dinner, or anything in between. The best part is you can fill these with anything you like, whether it be black beans, corn, fresh tomatoes, or jalapenos. All you need other than that is tortillas and your favorite melty cheese and you’re good to go! Enjoy these with some chunky salsa or sour cream, or add some hot sauce to amp up the flavors!
3. Vegetarian pot pie
If your craving a creamy, delicious, and hearty meal, check out this vegetarian pot pie. It has all the good stuff from a traditional chicken pot pie but obviously leaves out the chicken. You can make the puff pastry layered on top of the veggies from scratch, but if you’re looking for a quick fix, you can’t go wrong with pre-made dough. After sauteeing all your favorite veggies together in a cream sauce, simply pour into a baking dish and layer the puff pastry on top. The hardest part of this recipe will be waiting for it to cook in the oven!
4. Stuffed zucchini boats
Get ready to sail away with this next vegetarian meal. These yummy-looking stuffed zucchini boats are filled with healthy ingredients that don’t include any meat. All you need are a couple of zucchinis, plus anything you’d like to fill them with. You could use chickpeas, corn, black beans, tomatoes, or anything you like! Bake these until the zucchini is at your desired texture and top with cheese for a quick vegetarian meal.
5. Roasted cauliflower tacos
Even though tacos are traditionally filled with some type of meat, they don’t need it to be delicious! A great meat alternative for a lot of vegetarian meals is cauliflower, which adds lots of texture and is easy to flavor just how you like it. Crisp up your cauliflower in the oven, or you could even deep fry it for even more flavor and texture. Cilantro and lime would go great with these tacos, plus any toppings of your choice. Stuff into a crispy taco shell and enjoy!
6. Lemon broccoli pasta
It doesn’t get much simpler than pasta, so why not cook some up but with a twist? This lemon broccoli pasta is perfect for those super busy weeknights where you just don’t have the time or energy to cook up a big meal. Just grab some broccoli, a lemon, and some pasta, and you’re one step closer to a delicious meat-free meal. The acidic lemon sauce will go perfectly with the broccoli and leave you feeling satisfied! Top with some parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes and enjoy your new go-to meal.
7. Creamy veggies and noodles
To continue on with yummy vegetarian pasta recipes, the next meal we have on this list is creamy veggies and noodles. Similar to the idea of the veggie pot pie, this dish is filled with all your favorite veggies, plus a nice portion of carbs. Simply cook up some vegetables in a cream sauce, then add your pasta. Eggs noodles work best with this dish, but feel free to change this up however you please! This meal is also great to eat as leftovers for a quick lunch the next day.
8. Mashed potato bowls
It’s undeniable that mashed potatoes are one of the greatest foods ever created. So why not add even more flavor and fun to the already perfect, buttery dish? This is a great meal to make if you’re short on time because you can make it as simple or as complex as you like. Just top your mashed potatoes with any topping you desire. Anything from corn to cheese to beans will work so get creative! Add some spices, sauces, or sour cream for an even creamier taste. This delicious vegetarian dish is all up to you.
9. Vegetarian chili
A tasty, hearty meal doesn’t have to include meat. And when you taste this vegetarian chili, you won’t miss it at all! Make this chili with as many beans as you like for extra protein, and add in lots of tomatoes, chilis, and spices for flavor. This is a simple one-pot meal that you won’t have to stress too much over. Don’t forget to top with some tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, or sour cream! You’ll never go back to your old chili recipe after this!
10. Veggie egg cups
Change breakfast for the better with these tasty veggie egg cups. This recipe is super simple to make, and it’s fun too! You’ll need some sort of pastry dough to create the base of the cup, then fill with a mixture of eggs and your favorite veggies. Bake until cooked and you’re ready to eat! Enjoy these alone, or pair with a side of fruit for a complete breakfast.