When your to-do list is as long as your arm, the kids aren’t in bed and you can’t be bothered to spend the next hour in the kitchen, the best thing you can have is a quick and easy vegetarian dinner recipe.
Lucky for you, you don’t even need to hunt around for an exciting, easy recipe that will charge up the taste buds and still be ready in no time. The best quick vegetarian dinner ideas are here, ready for your perusal.
This is a compilation of our favourite quick-to-prepare, vegetarian meals, ranging from vegetarian casseroles to vegetarian fried rice to vegetarian pasta recipes – basically whatever you fancy!
There’s also a good deal of vegan recipes hiding amongst these delicious vegetarian dinner ideas, so there’s something for everyone.
Vegetarian Dinner Ideas – where do I start?
I’ve been vegetarian for a long time now but I haven’t forgotten how intimidating it can be to make the leap to a vegetarian diet.
The good thing is that you’ve found this blog, and we have all kinds of vegetarian recipes for beginners!
The best place to start is by checking out our guide on how to go vegetarian. If that doesn’t convince you, you start incorporating the vegetarian dinner recipes below into your meal plans to see how you like them.
You might have heard that it’s too hard to get all the right nutrients with a vegetarian diet, but there’s no need to worry. If you pay attention to your diet and make sure you’re eating healthy vegetarian meals, you will have no trouble getting the nutrients you need.
So if you’re new to a vegetarian diet, check out these easy vegetarian dinner recipes to get you started. And if you’re already a vegetarian (or a vegan), then you already know how delicious a meatless chili sin carne or a vegetarian sloppy joe can be!
Beetroot PastaCheck out the recipe here
The beets are bangin’ in this eye-catching dish. Highly nutritious, beetroots are an awesome addition to any pasta meal – including this beauty. Get your vegetarian dinner ideas right here!
Cheesy Zucchini CasseroleCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: WholeSomeYum
This easy zucchini gratin recipe is a cheesy zucchini casserole that everyone will love! Healthy, low carb, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious.
One Pot Spinach RiceCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: Watch What U Eat
Filled with greens, beans and carbohydrates all-in-one pot spinach rice recipe. It is healthy and full of proteins, fibers and vitamins. Ideal recipe for busy times.
Vegan Coconut CurryCheck out the recipe here
This coconut curry is the easiest one we’ve ever made, but mixes it up with the top brass. You won’t find a better effort vs taste curry ANYWHERE!
This is one of our all-time favourite quick vegetarian dinner recipes. Try it out now:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup broccoli (or use green beans)
- 1 spring onions
- 1 sweet potato
- 2 carrot
- ½ zucchini
- 2 sticks lemongrass
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 1 tbsp yellow curry paste (or red for hotter, green for hottest!)
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 can chickpeas (15 oz = 435g, drained and rinsed)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 lemon (juiced; lime works too!)
- 1 cup basmati rice (cooked; whole grain rice is nice too)
- ½ cup cashews (roasted; or use peanuts)
- If serving with rice, get that cooking now according to package instructions.
- Grate the sweet potato and the carrots.
- Chop the spring onion, broccoli, and zucchini.
- Add the olive oil to a large pan and fry all the veg on a medium heat. This needs about 5-7 minutes.
- Next, add the curry powder and curry paste, and the beaten (smack it with a heavy spoon a few times to let out the flavour) lemongrass.
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
- Stir and fry for another couple of minutes then add the coconut milk, chickpeas, lemon juice, maple syrup and salt. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Alright, that's it. Take out the lemongrass. Serve with rice and top with roasted cashews or peanuts. Easy. Awesome.
Broccoli Cheese CasseroleCheck out the recipe here
This cheesy, crispy, oven favourite broccoli cheese casserole is low effort and high reward – complete with cheat tips!
Spicy Corn ChowderCheck out the recipe here
A spicy, creamy corn chowder that’s satisfying and filling. Simple to make, ready in 25 minutes. Vegetarian and healthy. Tastes best when it’s cold outside.
Vegetarian Fajita PastaCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: ContentednessCooking
It is an amazing entirely vegan and gluten free Mexican inspired dish. Made with a creamy and spicy Enchilada sauce, and full of fresh vegetables. Comfort food that you can easily customize to your taste.
Farro Salad with Green Olives, Hazelnuts and RaisinsCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: PinchAndSwirl
This salad is a savory, salty, sweet, tangy combination that will have you nodding your head in satisfaction with every bite.
Quick and Creamy Avocado PastaCheck out the recipe here
Quick and creamy Avocado Pasta that’s healthy and vegan. High in fiber, vitamin C, iron and good fats. Easy to make in under 15 minutes.
Lentil Sloppy JoesCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: StaceyHomemaker
Vegan lentil sloppy joes are sure to be a hit because they’re classic comfort food that everyone knows and loves! The flavorful tangy sauce has two secret ingredients that will make you want to lick every last drop of sauce off the plate.
Vegetarian Fried RiceCheck out the recipe here
Everybody should know how to make veggie fried rice. Hands down one of the most delicious and easiest ways to use up leftovers. Ready in max. 15 minutes!
The Easiest Black Bean TacosCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: NourishNutritionBlog
Amazingly delicious and easy tacos! You can add whichever veggies you have on hand, and love them all the same! This is a great idea for a tasty vegetarian dinner.
Vegan Potato SoupCheck out the recipe here
This is not some bland version of a traditional potato soup, but a full blown delicious recreation built from scratch – all vegan of course!
Pineapple Fried RiceCheck out the recipe here
Pineapple Fried Rice. Some food pairings were just meant to be together, and this is one of them. Get your sweet, crunchy and tropical hit right now!
Low-Carb Spinach and Cheese PieCheck out the recipe here
This low-carb pie that’s keto-friendly is incredibly tasty – and the best thing – it takes only five minutes to prep! Seriously!
Cauliflower Alfredo with PeasCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: MyKitchenLove
Comfort food defined pasta packed with vegetables and that family-friendly Alfredo flavour.
Spicy Black Bean Soup (20 Min, Vegan)Check out the recipe here
So comforting you want to sit in it. Only vegan ingredients, great taste and ready in 20 minutes. High in protein and fiber. You won’t be disappointed!
Crispy Tortilla PizzaCheck out the recipe here
Crispy Tortilla Pizza. A healthier way to eat pizza with the same great taste that you love. Ready in just 25 minutes, you won’t look back!
Skillet Enchiladas: Black Bean Sweet PotatoCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: TheKitchenGirl
Healthy black beans, sweet potatoes, homemade enchilada sauce, and corn tortillas are baked with a stretchy cheese on top.
Mouthwatering Meatless Chili Con CarneCheck out the recipe here
Who said meat free recipes can’t deliver? This meatless (aka vegan) chili proves that you can still enjoy your favourite meals, but in a new, animal friendly way.
JambalayaCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: TheStingyVegan
This vegan jambalaya is quick and easy to make, full of spice and flavour and a great one-pot meal. Beans and mushrooms stand in for shrimp and sausage for a totally plant-based, gluten-free and oil-free version of Southern comfort food that’s just as good as the original!
That’s all folks! Hopefully one of these vegetarian dinner recipes will quell the hunger in your belly or solve your dilemma of what to make as a vegetarian main meal.
Since there’s everything from vegetarian tacos, to vegetarian jambalaya, to vegetarian curry, we’re pretty sure you can find the perfect addition to your rotation of vegetarian weeknight dinners on this list.