Our 15 Best Meatless Dinner Ideas
Skipping the meat doesn't mean you have to skip flavor in these delicious vegetarian dinners. Mix up a batch of hearty black bean burgers, bake rice-stuffed bell peppers, or layer up a spinach lasagna. No matter which of these 15 recipes you choose, there's something for everyone in the family to love in this collection of meatless main dishes.
Brown Rice Buddha Bowl
Grain bowls are easy to customize with your favorite veggies and proteins, and this Asian-inspired version is no different. Tofu, chickpeas, veggies, and rice all stack together before getting a drizzle of tangy sesame dressing.
Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers
Forget frozen veggie burgers. All you need are a handful of ingredients to create these crave-worthy black bean burgers. If you like your patties extra firm, many reviewers suggest using two eggs instead of one.
Crazy Creamy Chickpea Curry
Heavy spices are balanced out with rich coconut milk in this vegan-friendly dish. "The recipe is great," says Feleesa. "I made double the recipe so that my family of four adults could have it for the workweek. They loved it!"
Chef John's Shakshuka
This one-pot dinner packs in plenty of veggies and protein thanks to the eggs. If you're serving heat-sensitive palates, dial back on the jalapeño and cayenne.
Pad Thai with Tofu
Recreate your takeout favorite at home with this easy pad Thai recipe. Don't skip the tamarind concentrate; it's worth searching for in Asian or Indian grocery stores because of its distinct tangy flavor.
Artichoke Spinach Lasagna
"I have made this recipe now several times, and it always comes out perfect," says LauraKKH. "Even people who hate spinach love this recipe."
Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos
Dress up your basic bean burrito with the addition of roasted sweet potatoes. This recipe makes a big batch of 12, but leftovers are perfect for freezing and reheating in the microwave.
Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwich Filling
Great for lunch or dinner, this sandwich filling features mashed chickpeas with mayo, herbs, and chopped veggies. Serve on a hearty slice of sourdough, or stuff into a pita.
Two types of cheese — ricotta and Monterey Jack — are featured in this ultra creamy recipe. Even spinach haters will be tempted to try a bite.
Stuffed Peppers My Way
"I love these, and make them about 3 times each month," says Post-It Poet. "My vegetarian husband loves these as well."
California Grilled Veggie Sandwich
This isn't your average veggie sandwich. Zucchini, squash, bell peppers, and onions are all grilled to perfection, before being tucked into focaccia bread with a tangy garlic mayo.
Vegan Potato Soup
For when you just need an easy and comforting dish for dinner, this vegan potato soup will check all the boxes. If you like a chunky soup, set aside a few scoops of vegetables before the puréeing step.
Red Lentil Curry
"This is a rich and hearty lentil curry, great as a main meal rather than as a side dish like the more traditional Indian dhal," says recipe creator Emma Maher. "Don't let the ingredient list faze you, this really is an easy dish to make."
Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)
"This may sound like a plain recipe, but believe me, it's wonderful," says recipe creator Melissa Mueller. "It is an easy-to-make Middle Eastern comfort food that combines lentils, rice and delicious fried onions."