15 vegetarian dinner recipes that aren't pasta

Whether you observe Meatless Monday or are a full-time vegetarian, these tasty meat-free meals are simple and fulfilling.

By Today's Parent
15 vegetarian dinner recipes that aren't pasta

Best vegetarian meals (that aren’t pasta)

Mushroom Quesadilla

You can stuff any virtually veggie into a quesadilla when there’s plenty of melted cheese involved. Mushrooms and spinach are a winning combo, but leftover roasted and cubed sweet potato and cauliflower florets are pretty tasty too. Get the recipe: Mushroom Quesadilla

Cheesy quesadillas on white boardPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Barley Risotto with Mushroom, Zucchini and Peas

Barley stands in for rice and gives this risotto a nutty, chewy twist. Get the recipe: Barley Risotto with Mushroom, Zucchini and Peas

bowl of thick risotto with veggies and cheesePhoto: Roberto Caruso


Summer Squash Strata

This strata—like a fritata or omelet with bread baked in—is packed with squash, which just disappears into the egg and cheese. Side it with a simple green salad. Get the recipe: Summer Squash Strata

plate of egg strata with tomato and salad on sidePhoto: Jodi Pudge

Red Lentils with Sweet Potato and Apricots

This sweet-savoury stew is extremely hearty, with 16 grams of protein per serving. Get the recipe: Red Lentils with Sweet Potato and Apricots

bowl of lentil and sweet potato stewPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Cheese and Apple Crumpet French Toast

French toast gets a savoury makeover in this breakfast-for-dinner recipe. Fluffy store-bought crumpets soak up all the flavour. Get the recipe: Cheese and Apple Crumpet French Toast

A plate full of crumpets with sauce on them next to a salad with peachesPhoto: Erik Putz


Chickpea Burgers

You’ll want to double this batch and keep the freezer stocked—simply place uncooked burgers on a parchment- or foil-lined tray and freeze in a single layer, then transfer to a resealable bag. This way burger night can be any night! Get the recipe: Chickpea Burgers

A chickpea burger topped with mayo and cabbagePhoto: Maya Visnyei

Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

The traditionally indulgent broccoli-cheddar lightens up with milk instead of heavy cream. To make it vegan, thicken it with cashew milk and skip the cheese or add your favourite dairy-free option. Get the recipe: Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

pot of broccoli soup on a stovetopPhoto: Erik Putz

Campfire Huevos Rancheros

This is one of those easy meals that you probably have all the ingredients for and can make at any time of day. Kids can customize their portions of egg and beans and add as much sour cream, salsa and cheese as they please! Get the recipe: Campfire Huevos Rancheros

15 vegetarian dinner recipes that aren't pastaPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Mexican Quinoa

This healthy and satisfying one-pot meal also makes an excellent filling for a wrap or burrito. You’ll love the sweet crunch of corn in there. Get the recipe: Mexican Quinoa

bowl of quinoa with tomatoes, black bean and cornPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Grilled Portobellos with Quinoa Salad

Grilled portobello mushrooms are the steak of vegetables: Juicy, meaty and so delicious. Small-but-mighty quinoa makes the perfect filling—for the mushrooms and your belly. Get the recipe: Grilled Portobellos with Quinoa Salad>

grilled zucchini ribbons and portobello mushroom cap filled with quinoa saladPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Baked Falafel Nuggets with Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Falafels are essentially healthy vegetarian nuggets for kids. Stuff them into a pita or make them part of a tapas-style supper with chopped raw veggies and a good creamy dip. Get the recipe: Baked Falafel Nuggets with Tomato-Cucumber Salad

falafel with tahini dressing and a tomato and cucumber saladPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Coconut Chickpea Curry

This easy curry is flavourful without being spicy, but you can easily make it more mild by stirring in a spoonful of plain yogurt. Get the recipe: Coconut Chickpea Curry

plate of curry on ricePhoto: Maya Visnyei

Sesame and Sweet Chili Tofu

Need dinner in a hurry? This mild, almost custardy tofu dish comes together in just five minutes! Get the recipe: Sesame and Sweet Chili Tofu

plate of tofu with a sweet chili glaze alongside bok choyPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Kitchen Sink Cheese Omelette

The genius of an omelette: It works with virtually any leftover (read: forgotten, wilted) veggies hiding in the fridge. Get the recipe: Kitchen Sink Cheese Omelette

skilled with omelette with cheese and veggiesPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Vegetarian Pho

Individual bowls of fragrant vegetable broth and rice noodles can easily be customized for kid and grown-up tastes (hint: try smoked tofu for kick!). Get the recipe: Vegetarian Pho

bowl of pho with chopsticksPhoto: Andrew Grinton

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This article was originally published on Apr 23, 2019

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