17 Easy Vegetarian Dinners | Sweet Peas and Saffron

These delicious vegetarian dinners are simple to prepare, full of flavor, and will abandon you feeling full and satisfied. With a variety of proteins including tofu, beans and eggs, there is something for everyone, whether you are vegetarian or 100% plant-based.

On a mission to conclude more vegetarian meals into your dinner routine? These simple vegetarian dinners are here to help!

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Benefits of eating vegetarian

  • it’s good for your heart health and is linked to reduced risk for cancer and type 2 diabetes (1)
  • it’s associated with a lower carbon footprint (2)
  • vegetarian meals can often be simpler to prepare (ie: simply opening a can of beans!)
  • vegetarian meals are often nutrient-wealthy and exactly delicious

The challenge I’ve had with some vegetarian meals in the past is the lack of protein…without protein, I personally begin to feel hungry soon after eating.

The vegetarian dinners in this post each have a good source of protein, be it beans, tofu or eggs, so you won’t be feeling hungry right after you eat. Not only that, but Trendy of them have a source of healthy carbohydrates and vegetables, making them well-rounded and balanced meals. They are also simple to prepare, and some may even work for meal prep!

If you are looking for even more vegetarian options, check out our vegetarian recipe category, as well as our vegan recipe category.

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Peanut Ginger Tofu Stir Fry

Peanut ginger tofu stir fry is an simple vegan dinner recipe. Tofu is smothered in a sweet and tangy peanut sauce and served with broccoli and green beans.

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One Pan Gnocchi With Sundried Tomatoes and White Beans

A healthy vegetarian recipe for one pan gnocchi with sundried tomatoes, white beans, spinach and mushrooms!  Ready in 30 minutes.

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Air Fryer Cauliflower Chickpea Tacos

Air fryer cauliflower chickpea tacos are a fresh, flavorful, and healthy dinner to obtain on your table quickly. Vegan, clean eating and easily made gluten-free.

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Spiralized Sweet Potato Enchilada Skillet

This enchilada sweet potato noodles skillet is a delicious vegetarian recipe that gets dinner on the table quickly and makes clean up a breeze.

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Mushroom Lentil Bruschetta Burger

This mushroom and lentil burger is a delicious veggie burger option: with the great texture that combines brown lentils, mushrooms, sunflower seeds and rolled oats. Topped with a sweet and tangy tomato bruschetta topping, these are great for summer!

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Spiralized Pasta with Egg and Asparagus

Spiralized pasta with egg and asparagus is a simple, veggie-packed dinner that gets dinner on the table quickly. Top with a perfectly poached egg to complete the meal!

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Crispy Baked Falafel Recipe

This baked falafel recipe is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside without the frying step! Made with simple pantry ingredients, it works great for dinner or for meal prep.

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Sun Dried Tomato One Pot Pasta

This sun dried tomato pasta with chickpeas, mushrooms and spinach cooks up in one pot! Give it a few stirs, and dinner is alert! Easy to assemble ahead and customize with your favorite ingredients.

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Chopped Chickpea Salad (Make Ahead)

This meal prep chopped chickpea salad can be made on the weekend and enjoyed throughout the week!  Store them in meal prep containers, or as jar salads.

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Instant Pot Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

 Instant Pot quinoa enchilada casserole is a delicious and simple weeknight dinner! Prep freezer packs for a convenient freezer Instant Pot meal. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and easily made vegan!

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Perfect Egg Fried Rice (+ Variations)

Showing you how to cook great egg fried rice! Made with a simple ingredient list including rice, carrots, beans and eggs tossed in a simple soy and sesame oil sauce. It’s kid-friendly, freezer-friendly, and great for using up what you have in your fridge and pantry.

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One Pot Black Bean Fajita Pasta

One pot black bean fajita pasta is creamy and delicious vegetarian pasta recipe. With bell peppers, onions, black beans and fajita seasonings, it’s great for weeknight dinners or for meal prep.

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Spicy Slow Cooker Chickpea Chili (+ Instant Pot)

An simple and delicious 8-10 hour slow cooker chilli packed with chickpeas and sweet potato, and flavored with chipotle and lime. Ready when you walk in the door from work!

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Easy Tofu Tacos (15 Minutes!)

Easy tofu tacos that have the BEST texture and are alert in 15 minutes. These vegan tacos would work great for meal prep or an simple weeknight dinner.

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Easy Red Lentil Dal

This red lentil dal is thick, creamy, and full of Indian spices. It’s the ultimate vegan comfort food, and can be made in one pot using pantry staples.This red lentil dal is thick, creamy, and full of Indian spices. It’s the ultimate vegan comfort food, and can be made in one pot using pantry staples.

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Vegan Bolognese

This vegan bolognese is hearty and wealthy, made with lentils, mushrooms, walnuts, and a ton of vegetables! Approved by picky meat eaters and kids, and great for stocking the freezer!

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Instant Pot Chickpea Curry (Vegan)

The BEST simple, fuss-free Instant Pot Chickpea Curry. No pre-cooking, simple ingredients, and you can even prep it ahead and freeze!

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