Vegetable Main Dish Recipes

Browse over 2,940 kitchen-approved vegetable-based main dishes from eggplant parm to vegetable stir fries. Do dinner right with a healthy dose of vegetables!

Staff Picks

Jorge's Pasta-less Eggplant Lasagna

Rating: 4.67 stars
Roasted eggplant strips take the place of pasta strips and feta cheese takes the place of mozarella. This is a fun and delicious twist on the Italian favorite.

Chef John's Stuffed Peppers

Rating: 4.8 stars
This recipe's roots can be traced back to the Great Depression, when farmers first began selling the unripe peppers out of necessity. Of course, we did what Americans always do when faced with a new variety of food, we stuffed meat in it.

Chile Rellenos

Rating: 4.2 stars
Delicious green chiles stuffed with cheese, dipped in a special batter and fried in canola oil.

Taco-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Rating: 4.43 stars
This is a fairly simple to make dish that satisfies the low-carb lifestyle. When I'm feeling the need for a taco, this dish will suffice! It was so tasty that even my 5-year-old approved it! We will definitely be making this again. Guacamole and salsa also make great toppings for these.

Cauliflower Fried 'Rice'

Rating: 4.59 stars
This is a low-carb option for those who want all the flavor of Chinese fried rice but none of the guilt.


Rating: 4.66 stars
This is a great way to use some of the fresh garden vegetables abundant at this time of year. Zucchini, mushrooms, onion, and tomatoes are cooked until tender, wrapped in warm tortillas, topped with cheese and baked until bubbly.

Shrimp Florentine with Zoodles

Rating: 4.64 stars
Quick, easy and healthy shrimp dinner made with zoodles instead of pasta.

Vegetable Pot Pie

Rating: 4.44 stars
Delicious and warm.

Chakchouka (Shakshouka)

Rating: 4.68 stars
Chakchouka (also called shakshouka) is a Tunisian and Israeli dish of tomatoes, onions, pepper, spices, and eggs. It's usually eaten for breakfast or lunch, but I think it's tasty anytime. And it's easy to make. It is similar to the Turkish dish 'Menemen' and to the Latin American breakfast dish 'Huevos Rancheros.'

Delicious Egg Salad for Sandwiches

Rating: 4.64 stars
This is a wonderful-tasting egg salad sandwich that you will definitely devour. It's really good on rye.

Gourmet Mushroom Risotto

Rating: 4.8 stars
Authentic Italian-style risotto cooked the slow and painful way, but oh so worth it. Complements grilled meats and chicken dishes very well. Check the rice by biting into it. It should be slightly al dente (or resist slightly to the tooth but not be hard in the center).

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Rating: 4.69 stars
No two spaghetti aglio e olio recipes are alike, but this one is pretty true to the classic method. The key is slowly toasting the garlic slices to a perfect golden-brown in the olive oil. If it's too light, you don't get the full flavor and if it's too dark it gets bitter. My advice? Do it perfectly.

Inspiration and Ideas

Spaghetti Squash Casserole in the Shell
Rating: Unrated
"I love almost any squash recipe, and this one makes a great meal all by itself. Quick, easy, and one of my favorite ways to make spaghetti squash!" – JBaudreau
Eggplant Tomato Bake
Rating: Unrated
"This recipe is delicious—it's good by itself or with pasta." – Taryn Bradley

Fried Rice Restaurant Style

Rating: 4.37 stars

A quick fried rice like you get at your favorite Chinese restaurant. A couple of eggs, baby carrots, peas and soy sauce is all you need.