15 Beginner Vegetarian Recipes
If you've recently become vegetarian, or just want to add more meat-free meals to your dinner rotation, these beginner recipes are a great place to start. Learn how to make vegetarian versions of traditionally meaty dishes like stroganoff and chili, or adventure to international flavors with fried rice and lentil tacos. No matter what route you choose, you'll enjoy cooking these easy-to-make recipes.
Hearty lentils cooked in a chipotle sauce take the place of ground beef in these plant-based tacos. Set out everyone's favorite toppings like guacamole, sour cream, and salsa for a DIY taco bar.
Chef John's Shakshuka
Shakshuka may look impressive, but it's deceptively simple to make. Onions, peppers, and tomatoes are cooked down into a chunky sauce, which is then topped with whole eggs and salty feta cheese. It's great for both breakfast or dinner.
There's no need to order out when you've got this handy recipe up your sleeve. The pre-made crust is layered up with garlicky spinach, fresh tomatoes, and two types of gooey cheese.
The Best Baked Rice and Beans
Rice and beans are a classic vegetarian staple, and this version is practically foolproof. Instead of using the stovetop, you'll be cooking everything in the oven, resulting in irresistibly fluffy rice and tender beans. To make this recipe vegetarian-friendly, substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
Vegetarian Potato-Leek Soup
Nothing will warm you up quite like a creamy soup, and this leek and potato recipe is ready in under an hour. "The perfect soup: simple, straight-to-the-point and genuine," says Buckwheat Queen.
Ginger Veggie Stir-Fry
Stir-fries are a great way to get more plants on your plate. This version cooks veggies like broccoli, carrots, and snow peas, then coats them all in a garlic and ginger sauce. Serve up over steamed rice or noodles.
Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff
Portobello mushrooms are the star of this pasta, making a hearty texture and creating a boost of umami flavor. Some recipe reviewers suggest adding a dash of soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce for extra richness, but be sure to buy a vegan version of the latter; Worcestershire traditionally contains anchovies.
Farmer's Market Vegetarian Quesadillas
Quesadillas can be as simple or dressed up as you wish, and this recipe pulls out all the stops. Packed with plenty of veggies like zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, and squash, everything is melted together with rich Cheddar cheese in a whole wheat tortilla.
Protein-Packed Vegetarian Fried Rice
You'll have an answer for "Where do you get your protein?" with this handy recipe that features both eggs and tofu. Each serving contains nearly one-fourth of your daily recommended intake of protein.
Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos
Don't let the unusual ingredients list, like yellow mustard and soy sauce, scare you off. These unique burritos are the perfect balance of savory kidney beans and decadent sweet potatoes. Best part? These can be batch cooked and frozen for quick future meals.
The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World
This title is no boast, containing a trio of beans, three types of peppers, and vegetarian "beef" crumbles, this hearty chili will please even the most dedicated of meat-eaters.
Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwich Filling
Chickpeas are the star of this delicious sandwich filling. They're mashed up with a little mayo, lemon juice, dill, and chopped vegetables for a creamy dish that can't be beat. Put a scoop on salad, in a sandwich, or just eat as-is with crackers.
Vegetarian Sheet Pan Dinner with Chickpeas and Veggies
Cooking your whole meal on a single sheet pan makes dinnertime easier and clean up nearly non-existent. Butternut squash, carrots, onions, and two types of potatoes are cooked up with crispy chickpeas for this satisfying dish.
You can have this impressive meal on the dinner table in under an hour and no one will guess how easy it was to make. "This was excellent," says Buckwheat Queen. "It tastes just like ragù alla Bolognese is supposed to taste. I think the red wine and nutmeg are key."