These Healthy Vegetarian Meals are a great way to eat more plant-based – you'll want to make them all the time, Meatless Mondays or not!
How to Make Tasty Vegetarian Dinners
You don’t need meat to make a delicious meal! There are plenty of amazing recipes out there that are fully vegetarian. With the right spices, ingredients and plant-based proteins, you can make a dish that’s so tasty, you won’t even notice that the meat is missing. Are you into meal prepping? Try these vegetarian meal prep recipes!
The Best Vegetarian Protein Sources
One thing to keep in mind when you're cooking vegetarian meals is to make sure you get enough protein! Here's a breakdown of some of my favourite vegetarian protein sources.
- Tofu and tempeh: between 16.9 and 21.8 grams per 1/2 cup serving
- Lentils: 18 grams per 1 cup serving
- Quinoa: 8.1 grams per 1 cup serving
- Chickpeas: 7.3 grams per per 1/2 cup serving
- Edamame: 16 grams per 1 cup serving
- Black beans: 8 grams per 1/2 cup serving
- Hemp hearts: 9.5 grams per 3 tbsp serving
- Chia seeds: 2 grams per 1 tbsp serving
- Almonds: 7 grams per 1/4 cup serving
- Nutritional yeast: 8 grams per 2 tbsp serving
Whether you've been wanting to try out Meatless Mondays or you're fully vegetarian, these staple dishes are the perfect base for a vegetarian meal! Learn to make them in a variety of ways and your choices are endless. You can decide to prepare them as a side or as a complete meal for even more flexibility.
Vegetarian Rice Dishes & Bowls
These vegetarian rice dishes and meal prep bowls are amazing! They use a variety of proteins, like legumes or tofu, to make a delicious and satisfying meal. They're proof that eating vegetarian doesn't have to be boring!
Vegetarian Soups & Chilis
These hearty vegetarian soups and chilis are so comforting! They're all high in protein and fibre and they're packed with flavour. They'll fill you up when it's cold and dreary.
Pasta's one of my favourite dishes to make vegetarian. These pastas come together so easily with a mix of different vegetables. Pair them with a side salad to get even more vegetables in!
Vegetarian Salads & Sandwiches
This wouldn't be a good vegetarian meal round up if I didn't include salads! These salads are great for meal prepping and will definitely fill you up thanks to their hearty ingredients. I also included two go-to sandwich recipes that make excellent lunches!
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Frequently Asked Questions
There are lots of benefits of being a vegetarian. It can lower your blood pressure, improve your heart health, reduce your risk of diabetes and promote bone health.
Plant-based protein is any source of protein that comes from plants with no animal products or meat. Some of the best sources of plant-based protein are tofu, lentils, beans, nutritional yeast and hemp seeds.
A vegetarian diet excludes all meat while a vegan diet excludes meat and any animal products, including milk or dairy.
35+ Vegetarian Meals Even Meat Eaters Will Love
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 block extra-firm tofu see optional marinade below
- 1 cup store bought falafels
- 1 cup edamame
- 1 medium-sized sweet potato, chopped into small cubes
- 1 cup mushrooms, sliced in half
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 cup cauliflower florets
- 1 cup red onion, sliced
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cup water
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup roasted red pepper
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 2 tbsp nuts and seeds
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup 1/4 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pinch salt & pepper
- 1/2 cup 1/2 cup tamari or soy sauce
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 425 F. Add parchment to a sheet pan, then drizzle sweet potato, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower and red onion with olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes until fully cooked.
- Meanwhile, cook quinoa with water and olive oil in a rice cooker or on the stovetop, and stir dressing ingredients together (you may need to use a blender or an immersion blender if the tahini is hard to stir)
- During this time, you can also prepare the rest of the ingredients, including cutting tofu into cubes (if using tofu) and marinating in the ingredients listed above.
- Serve roasted vegetables over quinoa and alongside proteins and extras of choice. Drizzle with tahini dressing, then serve and enjoy!