21 Vegetarian Dinner Ideas - Perfect for Busy Evenings

21 Vegetarian Dinner Ideas – Perfect for Busy Evenings

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Your to-do list is as long as your arm, the kids still aren’t in bed and you really can’t be bothered to spend the next hour in the kitchen. Luckily, there’s no need!

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 vegetarian dinner ideas are here, ready for your perusal.

This is a compilation of our favourite quick-to-prepare, easily made dinner meals, ranging from soups, to pastas, to casseroles you can just throw in the oven – whatever you fancy!

The recipes are from both us and other bloggers whose food we love. The dinner recipes are also a good mix of both vegan and vegetarian, so there’s something for everyone.

Beetroot Pasta

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4.69 from 54 votes
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: Lisa & HurryTheFoodUp

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 Casserole

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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 Rice

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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 Curry

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4.64 from 122 votes
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: Cris & HurryTheFoodUp

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:

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4.72 from 25 votes
Course Mains
Cuisine Indian, Thai, Vegan, Vegetarian
Time 25 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 301kcal


  • 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.


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Broccoli and Cheese Baked Potato Casserole

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Ready in: 1 hour (5 minutes to prepare, 55 minutes to cook)
Recipe by: TrialAndEater

This broccoli and cheese baked potato casserole is a super easy dinner with just 5 ingredients plus spices! Vegetarian, gluten-free.

Spicy Corn Chowder

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4.62 from 42 votes
Ready in: 25 minutes

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 Pasta

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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 Raisins

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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 Pasta

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4.71 from 71 votes
Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

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 Joes

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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 Rice

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4.73 from 43 votes
Ready in: 15 minutes

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 Tacos

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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 Soup

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4.88 from 41 votes
Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

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 Rice

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4.84 from 18 votes
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: Timo & HurryTheFoodUp

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!

Crustless Spinach Cheese Pie

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Ready in: 32 minutes
Recipe by: LowCarbYUM

Crustless spinach pie is a very simple dish that is great for those just starting out on a low carb diet. Can be baked in a pie pan or a square dish.

Cauliflower Alfredo with Peas

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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)

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4.71 from 44 votes
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

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 Pizza

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4.77 from 30 votes
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

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 Potato

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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 Carne

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4.78 from 72 votes
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

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.

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 it folks! Hopefully one of these vegetarian dinner recipes will quell the hunger in your belly – if they don’t, leave us a comment and let us know what you’d like to see in the list.

About Hauke Fox

I'm always on the lookout for these damn smart recipes. You know, those that only take a few minutes to put together and taste delicious. Vegetarian Cooking at home is a way to take back control over what I eat. I don't like what many companies do to animals and the environment with their products.


  1. Looks like I’ve got a whole line up of veggie packed dishes! Yum! Thanks for including my Cauliflower Alfredo!

  2. Hauke…thanks so much for including my skillet enchiladas in this healthy lineup! I’m having a proud moment – I really value your content. Keep rockin it! Thanks again and Happy 2018 to you…Cheers!

  3. woah, I love the huge variety of options you give here.. Being a vegetarian this is surely going to be helpful in the coming days, in terms of ideas on what to make.

  4. I am 12 years old and a vegitarian and this provides many helpful and easy ideas for my family. I will try to make as many as I posobly can!!

  5. KeeKee Del Arichee

    Where are the recipes ? I see the photos, but no links to the recipes.

  6. These look and sound amazing, yum! I am going to attempt a vegetarian diet for a month and these are definitely going to help, thanks Dave!

  7. What a great list! Saved almost every recipe on here!

  8. 5 stars
    Just made the coconut curry rice and vegggy dish and it was outstanding!
    My 16 yr old daughter and I are going green to help save the planet anyway we can !
    Thank you for the quick and great recipes!

    • That’s so awesome Paula! Really glad you enjoyed – and are doing whatever you can for the planet. Us too, one step at a time! Thanks for writing 🙂

  9. What a great site! And what you say: tasty does not have to be complicated at all

  10. 5 stars
    I really like the Vegan Coconut Curry. It looks so fancy and delicious, I want to try it now. Definitely try the remaining recipes when I have time. Thank you for sharing the best recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    Thanks for the Amazing recipes. Just loved the Black Bean Tacos recipe and I am gonna try that tonight.
    Hope you have an amazing 2020 !

  12. Thank you for such a great site! I’ve found several recipes here that I am going to try. Great ideas.

  13. Oh, and I’m making your fried rice tonight. Have the rice cooking now so it will be cooled and ready for later. This sounds amazing! I’ll be adding firm tofu pieces as well. Can’t wait!

  14. Made the fried rice last night – appreciate the quick and easy walk-through! Bookmarked this page for sure 🙂

  15. Wow! amazing list. I’ve found some good recipes here that I am going to try.

  16. 5 stars

  17. I got hungry just by seeing this pictures, they all look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipes, they’ll save a lot of week meals.

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