You don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy mouthwatering meatless dishes. Once you taste any one of these meat-free meals, you’re going to be happy you discovered them. Everything from a full-flavored salad or soup to a pasta bake or hearty stew is possible without the meat. Dive into this collection of meatless recipes and pick out the dish you want to try first. If you’re trying to save on grocery expenses, eat less meat or you simply want to try something deliciously different, these are the perfect recipes for you.
Italian Frittata Recipe
Straightforward to make and a treat to eat, this Italian vegetable frittata recipe is definitely a winning recipe. It’s simple to prepare, and you can mix and match the fillings depending on what you have in the refrigerator. It’s the perfect way to use up any vegetables or cooked meats you need to use up.
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Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Transform traditional Italian comfort food with this recipe for homemade sweet potato gnocchi with roasted garlic sauce. The perfect vegetarian main course or flavorful side dish, this dish is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of patience.
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Eggplant Parmigiana with Vodka Sauce
Try this authentic Italian recipe for eggplant parmigiana, which is a comfort food favourite. Baked with a flavorful tomato and vodka sauce, this delicious vegetarian dinner idea is a hearty and satisfying meal bursting with tasty flavors.
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Elevate your pasta game with this delicious and flavorful mushroom ragu vegan pasta sauce, made with garlic, wine, herbs, and a variety of fresh vegetables. This homemade spaghetti sauce is perfect for vegans or anyone who loves a hearty and healthy meal, and is sure to become one of your new favorite meatless recipes.
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Samosas in Rice Paper
These gluten-free vegan samosas made with rice paper offer all the flavor and texture of traditional potato and pea samosas without the gluten or meat, and are easy to make using homemade gluten-free samosa wrappers. This will become one of your favorite meatless meals!
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Kung Pao with Tofu
This vegan Kung Pao made with tofu is a delicious Chinese-inspired dinner recipe that’s just as good as the traditional chicken version. Whether you’re a vegetarian or simply looking for a Chinese food tofu recipe, this dish is sure to satisfy your cravings.
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Acorn Squash Soup With Turmeric
This delicious acorn squash soup is a heartwarming treat that will surely become a staple on your menu during winter months. Brimming with the goodness of acorn squash and a medley of other nutritious ingredients, it’s a bowlful of tasty comfort.
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This easy minestrone soup will warm your bones from the inside out. It’s packed with fall seasonal vegetables and beans and has layers of warm Italian spices. You can make it with quinoa or tiny pasta shapes as you prefer.
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Cauliflower Broccoli Bake With Alfredo
Craving some creamy goodness? This cauliflower broccoli bake with alfredo sauce will satisfy your cheesy cravings. It’s packed with cauliflower rice, broccoli, alfredo sauce, and parmesan cheese. Serve it as a side dish or make it a full meal by adding in some chicken.
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Instant Pot Lentil Soup
A hearty and delicious meal, this Instant Pot lentil soup is simple enough to serve on busy weeknights and fancy enough for a tasty weekend dinner. This healthy, filling, warming, and delicious comfort food comes together quickly in your pressure cooker.
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Stuffed Acorn Squash
A delicious, vegan dish for your next holiday gathering! This stuffed acorn squash recipe with quinoa is easy to follow and sure to please a crowd with it’s sweet and savory flavors and mix of textures!
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Thai-Style Tempeh Green Curry
A simple family-friendly vegetarian dinner recipe that is perfect for weeknight meals, meal prep, and beyond! Customize this simple dinner by using any fresh or frozen vegetables you have on hand for a quick and tasty 30-minute meal!
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Vegan lasagna soup is a one-pot meal that the whole family will love. Packed with Italian flavors, this deconstructed lasagna can be made in less than 30 minutes, making it a perfect meal for a busy weekday night.
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Shakshuka With Feta
Shakshuka consists of poached eggs cooked in a rich spiced tomato sauce. It has become really popular due to its simplicity and flavour. This one-pot breakfast meal is flavoured with spices such as smoked paprika, cumin and harissa and combined with feta cheese and spinach to add more texture, umami and yumminess.
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Vegetable Korma (In 30 Mins)
This 30-minute vegetable korma recipe is the perfect way to have a delicious dinner without breaking the bank or spending hours in the kitchen. So put on your apron and get ready to whip up this easy korma sauce and load it with chickpeas, carrots, green peas, potatoes, green beans, and mushrooms.
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The Best Falafel Sandwich
Fresh lettuce leaves, sweet and tangy tahini sauce, and crispy falafel in pita bread are how to make the best falafel sandwich. Find out how easy it is to make this popular Middle Eastern vegetarian street food from scratch and from the comfort of your home.
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This delicious vegan mushroom Wellington is a tasty plant-based twist on a classic dish with the perfect blend of savory mushrooms and aromatic herbs encased in flaky pastry!
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The Best Vegetable Lasagna
This easy and delicious vegetable lasagna is meatless and is made with layers of pasta, ricotta cheese, and roasted vegetables. It’s a great way to get your daily dose of vegetables!
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Red Lentil Dahl With Coconut Milk
This easy red lentil dahl with coconut milk is delicious comfort food for sure. It requires only one pot, a few simple ingredients and is ready in 30 minutes. Served with rice or homemade naan, it’s the perfect healthy dinner option for when you’re short on time.
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White Bean Chili
If you’re looking for a vegetarian white bean chili recipe that checks all of the boxes, this one is it! It’s loaded with flavor (lime, cilantro, spices), protein and fiber (beans and corn) plus simple ingredients that you already have in your pantry (broth, onion, garlic). Serve with a ton of toppings and you’ve got a delicious, filling and nutritious meal.
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Easy Bean And Cheese Burrito Recipe
This is the bean and cheese burrito recipe you’ll find yourself making on repeat! Not only is it made with simple and nutritious ingredients, but it’s also ready to eat in just 10 minutes.
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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
Low-carb creamy tomato basil soup is packed with tangy tomato and fresh basil; all blended into a smooth, velvety texture—a comforting bowl of the best tomato soup that’s perfect for any meal!
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Southwestern Stuffed Zucchini
These zucchini boats are stuffed with vegetarian chorizo, black beans, corn, peppers, salsa verde, and melted cheese. A must for summer– you’ve gotta try this vegetarian stuffed zucchini recipe.
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Vegetarian Pasta Bake With No Cook Noodles
This one pot dish is no-boil. Just throw everything into a casserole dish and bake! Pasta, tomato butter sauce, cheese, and meatless Italian sausage are all you need.
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Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
An easy recipe made with pantry staples that’s perfect for chilly winter days, this vegan red beans and rice recipe is so satisfying and the whole family is going to love it.
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Pasta Puttanesca Without Anchovies
This vegan pasta puttanesca only needs a few ingredients and is perfect for those who want something fast but still bursting with flavor.
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Creamy Pumpkin And Sage Pasta
This pumpkin and sage pasta is perfect for fall! It’s creamy, comforting, and can be easily tweaked into vegan pumpkin sage pasta!
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Eggplant Curry: An Easy Aubergine Curry Without Coconut Milk
This aubergine curry tastes delightfully flavoursome. The creamy roasted aubergine marries well with the luscious well-balanced spiced sauce.
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Easy Japchae (Korean Glass Noodles Stir Fry)
An easy authentic japchae noodle recipe (Korean glass noodles stir fry) made with perfectly chewy glass noodles, seasoned lightly with sweet and savory japchae sauce, toasted sesame oil, and a variety of vegetables, and made without boiling the noodles.
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Looking for a delicious, quick and easy, restaurant-quality Hakka noodle recipe, just like takeout? Look no further! This flavorful Indo-Chinese dish is the perfect addition to any meal!
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Lentil Sloppy Joes
These lentil Sloppy Joes are a perfect, quick and easy, meatless Monday meal.This deliciously simple meal can be cooked in a slow cooker or an Instant Pot, or you could even make it with the stove. Sloppy Joes with lentils are hearty and truly delicious.
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