Healthy Vegetarian Main Dish Recipes

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Chickpea Curry

Rating: 4.24 stars
522
We usually recommend preparing the beans at home, but using canned chickpeas allows for a fast, convenient dish.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Rating: 4.17 stars
73
This is a combination of many recipes and experimentation. It has gotten the thumbs-up from all who have tried it so far. It can also be made with TVP, ground turkey, or even ground beef instead of tempeh.

Bean Quesadillas

Rating: 4.44 stars
298
Easy and yummy! Veggies, beans, and cheese sandwiched in tortillas. You could add or substitute any vegetables that you'd like. Serve with sour cream and rice.

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Rating: 4.21 stars
90
This was the first vegetarian recipe I ever made--green peppers stuffed with a mixture of brown rice, nuts, dried cranberries, tofu and cheese. Substitute soy cheese for the Parmesan to create a vegan delight.

Penne Pasta with Cannellini Beans and Escarole

Rating: 4.09 stars
121
This is a great pasta dish. The hardest part of the whole recipe is cutting the escarole. It is fast, simple, and delicious! What more could you ask for? With a loaf of Italian bread it goes a long way. Enjoy!
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Lentils And Spinach

Rating: 4.32 stars
311
This is my own adaptation of an Indian recipe. It doesn't look like much, but it is surprisingly yummy. Serve this for dinner over hot rice or a diced baked potato. Pair with carrots, cauliflower, or a fresh sliced tomato for a full meal.

Tomato and Garlic Pasta

Rating: 4.45 stars
171
There is nothing nicer than the flavor of fresh tomatoes. You can use canned, but the trouble you take to prepare this dish is worth it. You prepare the sauce while the pasta is cooking, no long hours of waiting. Great if you want meatless pasta.

Quick Black Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.26 stars
223
Some say beans and rice is the most nutritious and well balanced meal in the world! Try adding your favorite chutney or salsa to this dish when you serve it!

Gnocchi I

Rating: 4.29 stars
450
This simple potato, flour, and egg recipe is one my family has used for generations.

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Rating: 4.38 stars
2664
You will never want to eat frozen veggie burgers again. These are so easy, and you'll be proud to have created such a vegetarian delight.
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Black Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.34 stars
910
The perfect meal! Preparation Time: 20 minutes. This recipe is from The WEBB Cooks, articles and recipes by Robyn Webb, courtesy of the American Diabetes Association.

Chana Masala (Savory Indian Chick Peas)

Rating: 4.34 stars
145
Indian food is not just curried sauces. It's not too exotic either. Unless 'exotic' is code for 'yummy and full of flavor.' This dish features a healthy mixture of chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, and spices. Both carnivores and vegetarians will enjoy this meal. My kids love it. Leave out the green chile if the kiddies will be eating. Serve over basmati or jasmine rice and enjoy. Namaste y'all!
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Inspiration and Ideas

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

This delicious meatless sloppy joe is made with crumbled tempeh, vegetables, and a sweet and spicy sauce.

Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwich Filling

"Serve this tasty sandwich spread on crusty whole grain rolls or pita bread, with lettuce and tomato." – FISHLOVE

Pasta with Arugula and Tomatoes

Rating: 5 stars
5

This is a super-simple, quick pasta recipe that tastes best with cherry tomatoes or other sun-ripened tomatoes. It is perfect during the summer months when tomatoes are in season.