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30 Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipes: Meat-Free Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

These easy recipes for vegetarians will win over everyone!

Updated September 25, 2017

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If you're a vegetarian, you know that it can sometimes be hard to find recipes that fit your dietary needs. With 30 Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipes: Meat-Free Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, you don't need to look any further! So many recipes out there include meat in one way or another, whether it's a sprinkling of bacon bits, a cup or two of chicken stock, or a full cut of beef. It's especially difficult to find vegetarian dinner recipes that will please the whole family, since kids tend to be picky eaters!

To give you a hand, we've rounded up 30 of the best vegetarian recipes on our site — just for you! All of these vegetarian meal ideas are kid-friendly recipes and will be a hit with everyone in your family, making your weekly cooking that much easier. You'll find breakfast ideas for vegetarians, side dishes, vegetarian dinner recipes, and more. These recipes use vegetables to their full advantage, combining them with spices and seasonings to create vegetarian dishes that pack a punch. No matter what meal you're cooking, you'll find plenty of vegetarian recipe ideas here that will suit your needs! You will love exploring new types of cuisine when you take a look at these vegetarian meals. In addition, many of these recipes are easy to make, so you can get them on the table without much fuss. Whether you've been a vegetarian for years or just want to try cooking something new, these recipes are sure to please.

30 Easy Vegetarian Recipes: Meat-Free Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Easy Vegetarian Recipes for Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you're looking for an easy vegetarian breakfast, the following breakfast recipes have your back. Each recipe is filling, nutritious, and of course, vegetarian! Whether you're craving salty or sweet, there are vegetarian breakfast recipes here for you. These recipes can be served any day of the week, but are also special enough to serve at your family's next big brunch, too. If you're pressed for time, you could prepare some of these recipes the night before. You'll love starting your day on the right foot with these hearty, filling, and delicious recipes!

  1. Vanilla Almond Granola: If you have never made your own granola, then you are in for a treat. This recipe is easy to make and will be a delightful start to your morning. 

  2. The Best Pancake Recipe: Are you looking for an egg-free take on the classic pancake recipe? Then you will want to check out this recipe! You will use soy or rice milk in this vegetarian breakfast dish.

  3. Parsi Eggs: Spice up your life — and your mornings — with this egg recipe. This is one hearty dish that will fill you up!

  4. Sweet Potato Waffles: Add some pizzazz to your breakfast table when you serve these waffles! Whether you drizzle maple syrup on top or load them up with fresh fruit, these waffles will be a hit.

  5. Mozzarella Tomato Basil Frittata: Get your favorite cast iron skillet. It's time to get cooking with this easy frittata recipe! It's also perfect for brunch or breakfast.

  6. Blueberry Breakfast Cake: Dessert for breakfast? Don't mind if we do! This breakfast cake will be the perfect addition to your next brunch with friends.

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

By the time lunch rolls around, you're probably craving something that's not too heavy but will give you that energy boost you need to get through the day. These vegetarian lunch recipes include sandwiches and salad recipes that are full of veggies to get you out of that midday slump! If you're tired of preparing the same sandwich or want to eat something more nourishing than whatever you could find in a vending machine, then these vegetarian meals are for you. You'll love the bold variety of flavors and seasonings in these recipes! In addition, some of these recipes can be made in advance, so add these recipes to your meal prep rotation.

  1. Greek Veggie Panini: This is one vegetarian recipe that is almost too easy to make. You'll love stepping up your sandwich game when you add this panini recipe to the mix.

  2. Mediterranean Couscous Salad: Are you tired of the same sandwich for lunch at work? Shake things up with this easy couscous salad, which is loaded with vegetables and flavor.

  3. Grilled Vegan Caesar Salad: If you're a vegan who misses the classic Caesar salad, then this recipe is for you. You'll love the unique taste that is achieved by grilling the lettuce!

  4. Kasha with Vegetables: If you bring this to work, we're positive your coworkers will be jealous. This vegetarian recipe is also perfect for vegans.

  5. Fried Mozzarella Panini: Add a little bit of nostalgia to your lunchtime routine with this elegant take on the traditional grilled cheese. Serve this sandwich with a bowl of tomato soup!

  6. Cubanelle Peppers Stuffed with Farro: You'll be counting down the minutes to lunch with these stuffed peppers on the menu! This recipe can work as a side dish or as the main course.

  7. Peruvian Quinoa and Vegetable Salad: This make-ahead recipe will shake off the doldrums of your usual lunch dishes. This salad is perfect for dining al fresco, too!

  8. Penne and Vegetable Salad: Make the most of the spring harvest with this recipe! You'll love the combination of flavors and textures, too. 

  9. Focaccia Sandwich with Tomatoes and Peppers: After you eat this sandwich, you just might be too full to eat dinner! This hearty dish is loaded with tomatoes and peppers, and is sure to win over everyone at your next game watch party.

Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Finding meatless recipes for weeknight meals can be a hassle, but these vegetarian dinner recipes are mmm-azing. Filling and flavorful, each of these delicious vegetarian recipes is chock-full of vegetables and spices to create a unique dinner experience you won't soon forget! We've even included a recipe for mushroom caps, which can be served as sandwiches or incorporated in some of your favorite vegetarian meals for added flavor. The next time you feel your meal planning is stuck in a rut, make sure to change things up with these recipes. You'll love having an assortment of meals right at your fingertips that are anything but dull and tasteless. 

  1. Enlightened Eggplant Parmesan: End your weeknight on the right note with this delicious main course. This recipe is for vegetarians, but it is so hearty that even meat-eaters will love it, too.

  2. Sunflower Seed and Quinoa Burgers: Are you a vegetarian who still craves the occasional burger? Then this recipe will check all the boxes, as it's easy to make and flavorful, too. You can serve these burgers with some of your favorite toppings, too.

  3. Cannelloni with Eggplant Sauce: This recipe is prepared right in your slow cooker. It can't get any easier than that! You'll love having this dish on hand for those cold winter nights.

  4. Spinach and Corn Rolled Enchiladas: These enchiladas will be the perfect dinner to make on those busy weeknights. Delicious and satisfying, these enchiladas will win everyone over with their flavor.

  5. Jamaican Jerk Kabobs: Tofu is skewered and seasoned to create this tasty dinner recipe! You can serve these kabobs on a bed of rice and with a fresh salad on the side.

  6. Brown Rice Chili: What can be cozier than relaxing with a good book while dinner is prepared in the slow cooker? This recipe for dinner uses a number of ingredients you already have on and can cook while you get caught up on your favorite TV show or read a book. 

  7. Roasted or Grilled Portobello Caps: This five-ingredient recipe for portobello caps will give you endless possibilities! The mushrooms can be used in sandwiches, as pizza toppings, or even on their own. 

Vegetarian Recipes for Side Dishes

Sometimes it's the side dish that makes the meal. Each of these vegetarian side dishes goes perfectly with any dinner. Non-vegetarians will love them too, so they're perfect to bring along to a potluck or dinner party! Some of these side dishes are so hearty, they could just about be served as the main dish at a potluck or for a busy weeknight dinner. You'll love the bold use of flavors in these tasty side dishes.

  1. Sauteed Fingerlings with Asparagus and Mint: Tender and delicious, this is one side dish you won't want to miss. This recipe is also an economical addition to your meal planning. 

  2. Quinoa Pilaf with Toasted Sunflower Seeds: This five-ingredient recipe couldn't be easier to make! You'll love having this recipe at your fingertips.

  3. Baked Zucchini with Parmesan: When life hands you zucchini, make this recipe! This is the perfect solution for anyone with a zucchini plant that just won't stop producing the squash.

  4. Chickpeas with Spinach: If you're pressed for time, then this recipe is just what you need on those busy weeknights. You'll love the use of chickpeas and spinach in this recipe.

  5. Sauteed Spring Vegetables with Spices: Make a special trip to your favorite farmers market so you can get the ingredients for this recipe! You'll love serving this dish with any meal. 

  6. Greek Lemon-Mint Beans and Vegetables: Whether you serve this recipe as a side dish or the main course, there is no denying it will be a hit! This is one recipe you can't miss.

  7. Zucchini, Sweet Corn, and Basil Penne with Pine Nuts and Mozzarella: This recipe just says "summer"! You might want to double this recipe; otherwise, you will be left with nothing but an empty serving platter.

  8. Zucchini and Tomato Gratin: Although this is a side dish, you can easily serve this recipe as the main course for any meal. If you're a gardener, then you'll relish the opportunity to incorporate the tomatoes and zucchini grown in your yard in this recipe.

Tips for Adapting to a Vegetarian Diet

After taking a look at the recipes above, you're likely ready to get cooking. And who can blame you? Whether you want to slowly add vegetarian options to your weekly meal planning or plan to dive in and make only meat-free meals going forward, there are a few things to keep in mind. 

* There is more than one type of vegetarian diet: What is a vegetarian diet, anyway? According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several ways that people identify as vegetarians. From pescatarians (those who eat fish, but not meat) to vegans (those who do not eat animal products) and everything in between, the vegetarian diet is fluid and allows for some flexibility. 

Talk to a medical professional: It's one thing to prepare the occasional vegetarian meal, but if you're planning to stick to a vegetarian diet, then National Institutes of Health advises talking to a medical professional. They can help you navigate ways to eat healthy and to make sure you're getting protein and vitamins.

* Try different types of cuisine: If your entire household is adapting to a vegetarian diet, then consider easing into it. Allow and encourage the members of your household to provide input regarding meal ideas, too. 

What is your favorite vegetarian meal to share with friends?

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If you like caesar salad, you HAVE to try it grilled in the summertime. The creamy dressing goes so well with the slightly wilted and charred lettuce.

Oooh! That vanilla almond granola looks delicious! Added to my list.

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