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    The 40 BEST Meatless Dinner Ideas (Vegetarian Recipes)

    Looking for some great new meatless or vegetarian recipes? We have you covered!

    This great collection of easy Meatless Dinner Ideas has plenty of great recipes for you to try. We’re sure your family will love these meatless dishes!

    You’ll find fresh salads, light bowl meals, tasty tacos, cozy soups, family friendly vegetarian pastas and so much more!

    Cook your way through all of these great meatless recipes, you’re sure to find some new favorite vegetarian meal! Enjoy…

    The 40 BEST Meatless Dinner Ideas.

    1. Eggplant Parmesan

    Do you like Italian food? Do you like comfort food? This Eggplant Parmesan is the perfect combination of both! No one is going to miss the meat with this great dish!

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    2. Fasolada

    Fasolada is the ultimate Greek comfort food. This white bean soup is notable for a very generous drizzling of olive oil. Yum! This is one of our favorite meatless recipes!

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    3. Mediterranean Pasta

    This Mediterranean Pasta is your new weeknight best friend. It’s super quick, like 20 minutes quick, and has great flavors the whole family will love

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    4. Palak Paneer (Saag Paneer)

    Palak Paneer, aka Saag Paneer. One of the most famous Vegetarian North Indian curries all over the world. Learn how to make restaurant style Palak Paneer right in your kitchen. It’s so much easier than you would think to make this delicious, finger licking Indian spinach and cottage cheese curry. 

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    5. Mushroom Stroganoff

    This mushroom stroganoff is a great meatless twist on the original dish. It’s creamy and delicious and makes great comfort food!

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    6. Pasta alla Norma

    Pasta alla Norma is a light and flavorful Sicilian pasta dish. It has plenty of veggie power from tomatoes and eggplants. This is one of our favorite meatless dinners!

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    7. Spicy Noodles

    These Spicy Noodles are a super quick, like 15 minute quick, weeknight dinner that is bursting with spicy and umami flavors.

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    8. Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

    Quick, easy, healthy… this vegetarian black bean chili, based on Panera’s black bean soup, whips up in half hour or less!

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    9. Gigi Hadid Pasta (Spicy Pasta Alla Vodka)

    What is Gigi Hadid Pasta? Simple… Pasta made by Gigi Hadid, which broke the internet when it went viral on instagram and tiktok. If you look closely, it’s the same delicious creamy and cheesy pasta alla vodka, with a slight makeover – it gets pleasantly spiked with heat from red chili flakes.

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    10. Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup

    What is Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup? Nostalgia in a bowl! Hearty tomato soup topped with crunchy croutons and molten gooey cheese. So so cozy!

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    11. Cannellini Beans 

    This Cannellini Beans recipe is the best ever! Generously seasoned with garlic, herbs and olive oil, they’re a great meatless dinner or side dish.

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    12. Moroccan Lentil Soup

    Give your regular lentils an exotic makeover with this delectable soup. The warm and flavorful combination of Moroccan spices will forever change your idea of a bowl of lentils.

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    13. Vegetable Korma

    This is a creamy cashew based curry with a medley of veggies that would pair perfectly with rice or your favorite naan bread.

    Try one of the most popular comfort foods out of India and you will be amazed with all the subtle flavors that goes in the making of this vegetable curry.

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    14. Moroccan Couscous

    Give regular couscous a colorful makeover by adding a bunch of veggies and earthy spices. This Moroccan Couscous recipe is a great side dish that goes with a variety of mains.

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    15. Balela Salad

    Let me present you Balela deliciousness!! So colorful, so easy, so refreshing… This hearty colorful salad comes from many Middle Eastern countries and is bursting with flavors and textures.

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    16. Sicilian Pasta

    This Sicilian Pasta is a 20 minute meal bursting with flavor from olives, capers, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes and great flavor enhancers!

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    17. Shakshuka

    Shakshuka: so much more than your regular eggs! Who says eggs have to be only for breakfast? This Middle Eastern shakshuka is a great meatless dinner idea!

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    18. Cauliflower Peas Masala

    This Cauliflower Peas Masala, or Gobi Matar, is a classic example of homestyle Indian vegetables. Simple, tasty and healthy. Try this dish and experience the flavors of an everyday Indian household!

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    19. Rainbow Pasta Salad

    This Rainbow Pasta Salad is quick, easy, and very colorful. Take it to your next pot-luck, or make a big batch and have lunches for days!

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    20. Israeli Couscous Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

    This gorgeous Israeli Couscous Salad is light and fresh, yet at the same time oh so satisfying. Pearled couscous are tossed with tons of veggies, feta cheese, Kalamata olives and a refreshing dressing. Great potluck contender!

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    21. Aloo Palak

    This mild Indian sauté, aloo palak, is a great vegetarian or vegan dinner option. It whips up in about half an hour. If you love curries give this quick dinner a try!

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    22. Paneer Jalfrezi

    Paneer Jalfrezi is a quick and easy stir fry featuring cottage cheese veggies like bell peppers, and great Indian spices. It’s a simple meatless dinner for busy weeknights.

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    23. Green Rice Casserole

    Creamy, cheesy goodness with plenty of veggie power from spinach and peppers. This might become a new family favorite!

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    24. Dal Tadka

    Dal, a staple in every Indian household. There are countless varieties. This is one of the most popular, it is always found in any Indian restaurant.

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    25. Roasted Veggie Tacos

    An easy vegetarian tacos recipe filled with easy roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes, black beans and topped with a vegan chipotle lime cashew crema. These roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos are totally weeknight-friendly, made in 40 minutes or less, making this the perfect vegetarian taco recipe for meatless nights.

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    26. Mushroom Pot Pie

    Chances are, you’ve never had a pot pie with mushrooms before. Whether you have or you haven’t, this mushroom pot pie is sure to impress and become a household staple. If you want a pot pie for dinner but want to mix things up, this mushroom pot pie is for you.

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    27. Orange Cauliflower Bowls

    What is orange cauliflower? It’s like orange chicken, but the chicken is replaced with cauliflower and this dish is covered in a wonderful sauce. This is a great meatless twist on a takeout classic.

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    28. Goat Cheese Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomato Quiche

    Nothing goes together like cheese and tomatoes, and this goat cheese spinach and sun-dried tomato quiche is totally delicious! It’s baked in a homemade pie crust, and it’s somehow super salty, savory, and creamy all at once.

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    29. Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

    This broccoli quinoa is creamy, cheesy, and super comforting, and it has a rich and velvety sauce. It can serve as a hearty meatless dinner.

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    30. Roasted Cauliflower Burrito Bowls

    As you may know, we are big fans of bowls here. It’s super nice to have a meal that gets put neatly into a bowl, and doesn’t take as much effort to put together. These roasted cauliflower burrito bowls are spectacularly spicy and they’re super fulfilling.

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    31. Mozzarella and Tomato Caprese Flatbread

    If you’re looking for a vegetarian meal, a delicious appetizer, or a flatbread everyone will love, look no further! This mozzarella and tomato caprese flatbread uses fresh tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and more to make a great flatbread.

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    32. Corn and Zucchini Chowder

    If you’ve never used zucchini in a chowder before, you’re missing out! It uses corn that’s light and fresh, as well as, of course, zucchini! The two vegetables pair very well, and they are a match made for each other.

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    33. Ravioli with Tomatoes Asparagus Garlic and Herbs

    This four cheese ravioli with tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, and herbs is paired with fresh vegetables and coated in a buttery garlic herb sauce, balsamic vinegar, walnuts, and perfect parmesan. Delicious vegetarian recipe.

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    34. Ultimate Vegetable Pizza

    If you’re vegetarian, or if you just want something lighter, we’ve got you covered! This ultimate veggie pizza is bursting with flavor, and it has cherry tomatoes, artichokes, bell peppers, olives, red onions, and baby spinach.

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    35. Pasta Primavera

    Primavera is a great easy dinner option when you crave pasta without the heavy sauces. It’s a light, meatless meal packed with a variety of fresh veggies.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    36. Mushroom Ravioli with Spinach

    Mushroom Ravioli and Spinach is a super easy recipe the whole family will love. Tender ravioli are tossed with sautéed spinach, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes for a hearty and fulfilling meatless night option.

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    37. Creamy Vegetable Pot Pie

    Many people prefer having their vegetables creamy, like in the form of creamed spinach. While they aren’t quite as creamy as that, this recipe uses wonderful veggies in a creamy vegetable pot pie, which is a perfect mix between solid veggies and having them totally creamed.

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    38. Mediterranean Flatbread

    Mediterranean flavors always shine any time of the year, especially on pizzas and flatbreads. This Mediterranean flatbread mixes things up and uses kalamata olives, artichokes, roasted red peppers, and more! YUMMM.

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    39. Vegetable Stir Fry

    Looking for an Asian stir fry on meatless nights? This vegetable stir fry is just for you! This recipe uses mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, baby corn, red and yellow peppers, but you can practically throw in any veggies on hand. Try green beans, snow peas or asparagus. Some days, you can even add some extra protein like chicken or shrimp or beef.

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    40. Cacio e Pepe

    Now you can’t get more simple than this Italian classic, Cacio e Pepe. Tender noodles tossed with parmesan cheese, freshly cracked black pepper in a light sauce. So easy, yet so tasty. Perfect answer for that last minute “oh no, what’s for dinner?”!!

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    So there you go, forty great meatless dinner ideas. Don’t they all look so delicious? Which ones will make their way into your regular rotation?

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    The 40 BEST Meatless Mains

    This great collection of easy Meatless Dinner Ideas has plenty of great recipes the whole family will love. We love this Mediterranean pasta:


    • 8oz pasta
    • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    • 1/4-1/2 tsp red chili flakes
    • 10oz cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 3/4 cup kalamata olives, halved
    • 8oz marinated quartered artichoke hearts
    • 1 tsp dried oregano
    • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    • Feta cheese, crumbled, for garnish
    • Salt and pepper, to taste


      1. In a large pot, boil pasta according to directions on package. Drain.
      2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
      3. Add garlic and red chili flakes. Stir and cook for one to two minutes.
      4. Add cherry tomatoes and cook one to two minutes.
      5. Stir in pasta, oregano, parsley, olives and artichoke hearts.
      6. Garnish with feta cheese and serve.


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