Vegetarian Bean and Pea Main Dish Recipes

Peas and beans are big components of a vegetarian diet, and you'll find over 520 ways to include them with rated & reviewed vegetarian bean, pea, and lentil recipes.

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Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

Rating: 4.7 stars
These vegetarian burgers are delicious! Your carnivorous friends will be impressed. My favorite way to serve is on a whole-wheat bun with garlic-lemon mayonnaise, fresh raw spinach, sliced tomato, and caramelized onions!
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Quinoa and Black Beans

Rating: 4.65 stars
Very flavorful alternative to black beans and rice. Quinoa is a nutty grain from South America.
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Double Crust Bean Pie

Rating: 4.57 stars
Black beans, cheese, bell peppers, onion and spices baked between 2 pie crusts.

Mujaddara Arabic Lentil Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars
Enjoy a great tasting dish to share with family and friends. Special dish for vegetarians, and one of our favorite meals. Instead of placing the onion on top you can mix it along with the lentils and rice before serving. It makes a perfect meal with a fresh green salad. Also you can use 2 cups of vegetable broth instead of 2 cups of water to cook the lentils.

Lentil Cakes (Patties)

Rating: 4.38 stars
These wonderful patties have undergone several transformations since I first tried them. I have used different soup mixes to season them, and added chopped nuts for texture. They are tasty with a tomato sauce topping or baked in a mushroom sauce for a fancy dinner. I like them best fixed up like a hamburger with lettuce, tomato, cheese, mayo, ketchup and alfalfa sprouts on a bun or good home-made bread!

Easy Vegetarian Red Beans Lasagna

Rating: 4.51 stars
This recipe is really easy, quick, delicious, and only requires a few ingredients.

Vegan Bean Taco Filling

Rating: 4.58 stars
Taco filling using fried beans as its base. Great with taco shells, tortillas, or chips.

Barbeque Seitan and Black Bean Burritos

Rating: 4.55 stars
This is an easy, hearty meal for a family or dinner party--burritos also freeze well! Great served with salsa and sour cream! Habanero chile peppers are extremely hot! You might only need half of one to generate enough heat for your tastes! Be careful when you chop the habanero chile, remember to use gloves!

Red Lentil Curry

Rating: 4.5 stars
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. Don't let the ingredient list faze you, this really is an easy dish to make. This dish is great served with basmati rice.

Chickpea Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.47 stars
This Greek-style pasta salad would also be good tossed with fresh avocado and mint.

Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Tomatoes

Rating: 4.45 stars
Beans and greens are a perfect combination, earthy and satisfying. This recipe for Swiss chard with garbanzo beans, onion, and fresh tomatoes is brightened with lemon juice and makes a perfect vegetarian main dish or a tantalizing side dish for fish or meat.

Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas

Rating: 4.64 stars
These vegetarian black bean and rice enchiladas are just as satisfying as those served in restaurants.

Inspiration and Ideas

Unbeatable Bean Burgers
Once you've gotten comfortable with  making bean burgers, play around with your favorite legume varieties and spice mixes. You're sure to mix up something delicious.
Our Best Falafel Recipes
Falafel's a fave! We're big fans of these deep-fried chickpea patties.

Black Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.34 stars

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.