45-Minute Vegetarian Main Dish Recipes

Find vegetarian recipes that cook in 45 minutes or less, and be ready to sit down to dinner in under an hour.

Staff Picks

Eggplant Parmesan I

Rating: 4.5 stars 545
This makes a delicious entree served with a salad and garlic bread.


Rating: 4.5 stars 47
Greek spinach pie.

Coconut Tofu Keema

Rating: 4.5 stars 210
A warm, savory Indian favorite, easy to make and exciting to eat. Serve over hot rice, with yogurt on the side, which may be added to taste to cut the heat and add sweetness.
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Mini Frittatas with Quinoa

Rating: 4.5 stars 105
Savory bites equally excellent hot or cold. Ideal for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Rating: 4.5 stars 243
Oven roasted cauliflower steaks seasoned with a simple lemon-garlic sauce.

Easy Fried Eggplant

Rating: 4.5 stars 315
This fried eggplant is golden and crisp, best served with fresh tomatoes.

Spinach Enchiladas

Rating: 4.5 stars 1430
If you like spinach and Mexican food, you'll love these easy vegetarian enchiladas made with ricotta cheese and spinach.

Ginger Veggie Stir-Fry

Rating: 4.5 stars 708
I just whipped this up one day when I felt like a stir-fry but did not have all the ingredients called for in some of the stir-fry recipes on this site. I used certain veggies I had on hand, but any seasonal veggies may be used. It has a mild ginger flavor that can be enhanced according to taste, and is filling yet light on the tummy! Tofu may be added. Serve over a bed of steamed jasmine rice.

Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos

Rating: 4.5 stars 2777
Once you've had one, you'll want another. The recipe is a little different from most burrito recipes, but I've had many, many requests for it. Serve these with sour cream, chopped green onions, and salsa.

Chef John's Shakshuka

Rating: 4.5 stars 266
This North African one-dish-meal is so fast, easy, and delicious. Be sure to cook your sauce until the veggies are nice and soft and sweet. Once the eggs go in, you can finish covered on the stove, or just pop the pan into a hot oven until they cook to your liking.

Baked 'Fried' Breaded Eggplant

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
This oven-fried eggplant is a delicious alternative to deep-fried eggplant; easy and quick to make in the oven! Came up with this idea when looking for an easier way to make this family dish.

Potato Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 195
Potato cakes are great for breakfast. Mashed potato cakes with a cheese surprise in the middle.

Inspiration and Ideas

Authentic Mexican Enchiladas
Rating: Unrated 79
This is the real thing! Corn tortillas are dipped in a home made sauce, fried, filled with Mexican queso fresco, then topped with sour cream, lettuce and tomato. My mother in law is from Mexico and taught me to make this delicious dish! Serve with authentic refried beans, it has a taste different from the norm--so good!
Bean Quesadillas
Rating: Unrated 435
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.
Mushroom Stir-Fry
Rating: 4.5 stars 5

Who needs meat when you can make this stir-fry using a medley of mushrooms? Shiitake mushrooms have a meaty texture and earthy flavor that is bound to please both vegetarians and carnivores alike! The beech and enoki mushrooms add visual appeal and a mix of textures. The recipe makes just enough sauce to coat the vegetables, but feel free to double the sauce ingredients if you'd like extra to serve over rice or noodles.