30+ Vegetarian Recipes For Beginners: 2023 Edition
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Are you a freshly-minted vegetarian, on the lookout for easy vegetarian recipes to try out? Has your well of best ideas to keep yourself fed on a plant-based diet run dry?
Are you a beginner cook, daunted by the wealth of complicated-looking recipes out there that just seem out of your reach?
Beginner vegetarian cooks! Reveal yourselves! (You rock!)
I have vegetarian recipes that will keep even the most newbie cooks of you happy, recipes that are easy to put together, full of healthy ingredients, and do not need a background in nutritional science to translate.
Easy (and tasty!) recipes for those new to vegetarian cooking to enjoy – that’s the mandate. And boy, do I have some tasty AND easy vegetarian recipes for you or what?
I love my vegetarian recipes. They are a great way of getting my 5-a-day. Whether you are looking for a simple, delicious meal or a healthy vegetarian recipe for the next Meatless Monday, I got you covered.
I have quick vegetarian recipes for the whole family to enjoy!
Whether it is your first time cooking or you are a seasoned professional new to vegetarian cooking, I have plenty of delicious ideas to keep your taste buds happy.
If you are new to the wonderful world of vegetarianism and are stuck, unsure how to get going, I have an easy primer to get you going.
Now, on to my selection of vegetarian recipes for beginners!
Easy for beginners to master, not too much faff, and good for the whole family to enjoy – that’s a promise!
Veggie Breakfasts for Beginners
Easy Tomato OmeletteCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: a foolproof recipe that even a brand-new cook can master!
Mastering the art of the perfect omelet is a basic kitchen skill that shouldn’t be overlooked. This tomato omelet recipe provides you with step-by-step instructions for making a filling breakfast or simple supper that is cooked to perfection, every time.
Easy Vegetable FrittataCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: what an easy and delicious way to break your fast!
This simple vegetable frittata is full of veggie goodness and packed with protein. Give it a go, we dare you!
Avocado Toast with Cottage CheeseCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: the 5-minute breakfast you will be able to do in your sleep!
Avocado Toast with a creamy, cheesy twist! Cottage cheese is the perfect partner to the creamy avocado and makes for a tasty and healthy breakfast (check out these cottage cheese snacks for more ways to use this awesome ingredient).
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Yogurt Breakfast with Raspberry CompoteCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: a simple and satisfying way to start your day
Healthy and easy breakfast that you can make in a jiffy! Even when you’re feeling pressed for time, you will have healthy options to turn to.
Avocado Spinach SmoothieCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan, AND ready in 6 minutes!
Want a breakfast smoothie that will actually fill you up? Try our super-charged, protein-packed avocado spinach smoothie (and check out these vegetable smoothies if you enjoyed this one!)!
Healthy Huevo RancherosCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: quick and easy traditional Mexican breakfast
A simple and easy meal that will fill you up with all the good stuff and keep you full through to lunch, so you don’t have to snack between meals.
Kat’s Vegan Overnight Oats in a JarCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: could anything be easier than a no-cook recipe?
What’s the next best thing to someone bringing you breakfast in bed? Collecting a ready-made breakfast from the fridge, obviously! This delicious, Vegan Overnight Oats in a Jar only takes a couple of minutes to throw together, then ‘cook’ themselves overnight.
The 2 Ingredient Banana Egg PancakesCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: banana + egg = pancake!
Seriously, a 2-ingredient pancake deserves the “World’s Easiest” crown and every vegetarian beginner cook should have it in their repertoire.
Veggie Lunches for Beginners
Chickpea Salad with QuinoaCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: a winner of a recipe from just a handful of ingredients
When you need only 15-20 mins to put together a colorful, tasty, and healthy salad that you will keep going back for more, it has got to be a keeper, right?
Leek and Potato SoupCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: delicious, warming, and ready in under 30 mins!
Tired of soups that leave you feeling hungry? Try our fiber and protein-packed leek and potato soup with white beans now!
High Fibre Avocado Citrus Salad with FetaCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: the hardest part of this recipe is ensuring you got ripe avocado!
After something different for lunch? Try this avocado and citrus salad with feta – it’s sweet, and sour & packs a punch! And takes only 10 mins to put together!
Greek PitasCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: 10 mins recipe that every vegetarian beginner cook can rely on
High in vitamins A, C, and iron. Bursting with fresh tomatoes, this quick vegetarian recipe is perfect as a snack or healthy lunch (and if you like it, why not check out our low calorie vegetarian lunches here!).
Vegetarian Banh MiCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: delicious, high in protein, and really easy to make!
Need a tasty sandwich that’s healthy too? Try our vegetarian banh mi, light and healthy take on the Vietnamese classic!
Vegan Lettuce WrapsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: super fun DIY lunch or snack to enjoy with friends or family
Looking for a light lunch or snack? Try our vegan lettuce wraps, inspired by Korean ssam & filled with crispy tofu! Make it your own by adding your favorite toppings!
Lentil TabboulehCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: classic Middle Eastern dish that’s healthy and involves minimal cooking
Looking for an easy tabbouleh recipe? Get a load of our lentil tabbouleh – a protein-packed take on the classic dish!
Watermelon and Feta SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: fruity and fresh salads that can be made in ten minutes are a must for lunch
This exceptionally quick and easy watermelon and feta salad is incredibly tasty – and we even include a guide to picking the right watermelon! Nothing stopping you from giving it a go right away, is there?
- 32 oz watermelon
- 2 handfuls arugula (roughly 150g or 5oz)
- 3 oz low fat feta cheese
- ½ lemon (zest and juice)
- 2 sprigs mint, fresh
- 1 handful walnuts
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cut the watermelon into small cubes. Give the arugula a good wash. Add both to a bowl.32 oz watermelon, 2 handfuls arugula
- Crumble the feta cheese and add that, too.3 oz low fat feta cheese
- In a separate bowl, mix the olive oil with the salt and pepper, add the lemon juice and zest and the chopped mint leaves.½ lemon, 2 sprigs mint, fresh, 2 tsp olive oil, Salt and pepper to taste
- Dress with the olive oil and herbs mix before serving.
- Garnish with crumbled walnuts.1 handful walnuts
The Ultimate Avocado SandwichCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: made from just six simple ingredients
It’s time to make the humble lunchtime cheese sandwich something to be proud of again!
Veggie Dinners for Beginners
Tomato Mozzarella BreadCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: super simple, 5-minute recipe for those lazy summer evenings
Tomato Mozzarella Bread. Easy to make Italian tomato and mozzarella bread. High in calcium and Mediterranean flair. Proof that vegetarian dinners can be easy AND delicious.
Vegan Broccoli CasseroleCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: cheesy and easy weeknight dinners are here!
Looking for healthy comfort food options? This vegan broccoli casserole is hearty, filling & surprisingly light! One of our best vegetarian meals ! Try it now!
Sweet Potato TacosCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: light, healthy, and quick to whip up
Tender sweet potatoes and warm tortillas come together to give taco night a healthy twist! Don’t let the ingredient list scare you – these bad boys can be whipped up oh so easily!
Chickpea Spinach SaladCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: a high protein, high fiber meal ready in 7 minutes!
The PR person of the salad world, eating this salad once is enough to turn salad-haters into fans and to open up a whole new world of flavourful, filling salad possibilities.
Dragon NoodlesCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: easy vegetarian meal loaded with delicious chili and ginger
Love spice? Love noodles? Love to not slave over a hot stove? How about all these things in one healthy package? Try our delicious spicy dragon noodles now!
Bean and Pasta Vegetarian CasseroleCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: the perfect comfort food for those cold nights
A dump-and-bake dish that will please everyone, this bean and pasta vegetarian casserole makes a perfectly healthy dinner.
High-protein Burrito BowlCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: want to seem like a seasoned chef with minimal effort? Stop scrolling!
Egg-free, gluten-free, and ready in 20 minutes, this meal is one you can just throw together with minimal effort.
Vegan Chickpea CurryCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: a 5-star recipe for all the noobs out there!
Our awesome vegan take on the insanely popular dish. Ridiculously tasty and nutritious – just look at all that protein, fiber, and iron.
Chickpea WrapsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: really quick and easy to make
Wrap and roll, baby! These are really easy to make, super tasty, and oh-so-satisfying. We’ll even show you how to roll them properly!
Easy Sweetcorn FrittersCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: channel your inner Ina Garten with a fraction of effort!
Sweetcorn fritters can be made for any weeknight tea with the family. Served as a main or side dish, they’re so yummy!
High Society Cucumber Sandwiches with Cream CheeseCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: posh sandwiches made easy!
The ultimate guide to cucumber sandwiches. Know the traps to avoid and the tricks to making the best cucumber sandwiches available in polite society.
Easy Nachos with Tangy GuacamoleCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: a super simple dish that won’t let you down
Tangy and tasty guacamole with crispy nachos that are healthy, vegan, and very easy to make. High in good fats, fiber, vitamin C, and iron. 10 minutes.
½ Cup Low Fat Yogurt with Dried FruitsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: zero cooking necessary!
A dollop of cool, creamy yogurt, a sprinkling of your favorite dried fruits, a garnish of some nuts and toasted seeds, and hey presto! One happy belly!
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Questions That Need Answers
How do you plan a vegetarian menu?
By referring to websites like ours! 😉
Seriously though, a good vegetarian menu contains plenty of leafy greens, fresh vegetables, fresh herbs, lentils & beans, and plenty of flavorful sauces to add some pizzazz. Like our buddha bowls, which are so delicious you will not miss the meat and are so simple to put together.
Here’s a two-day menu plan to get you started. If this whets your appetite (heh!), take a look around the rest of our website, where we have plenty of menu ideas.
What is the easiest vegetarian recipe for a beginner to follow?
I’d say, vegetarian fried rice. And I will tell you why it is the easiest – you make it with leftovers. Cut up your favorite vegetables, toss in some scrambled eggs, maybe some canned black beans for added body and it is the easiest stir fry in the world.
If you are looking for more, check out this collection.
I am a meat eater and want to transition to a vegetarian diet. How can I do this?
My wonderful colleague, HTFU’s very own Hauke, has written the definitive guide to going vegetarian. It is a veritable masterclass in all this vegetarian full of the whys and wherefores of becoming vegetarian, as well as helpful tips and the pitfalls to be avoided.
From there, you can browse through our site to select your favorite vegetarian meals to try out and enjoy.
Just remember to be open to trying new things!
Can vegetarians eat eggs and dairy?
Yes, and they are known as lacto-ovo-vegetarians. Plant-based meals form the bulk of their diet and they get the added nutrients from eggs, milk, yogurt, cream and cheese, and other dairy products.
As a vegetarian, my favorite vegetarian recipes are meatless recipes. If you are struggling to come up with ideas for tasty meals cos you are on a budget, I have some good news for you! We also have put together a handy compilation easy for students or if you are looking for cheap vegetarian meals.
So there you go! A quick and easy collection of vegetarian recipes for beginners to try and master (and if you like these, why not move on to our healthy vegetarian snack ideas – also easy to make and delicious!). Give them a test drive and come back here and tell me all about it!