Heart-Healthy Vegetarian Recipes

Jam-packed with flavor, these vegetarian dinner ideas are delicious and heart-healthy. You won't miss the meat!

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Baked Penne Florentine


Baked Penne Florentine

    With nutrient-rich ingredients like spinach and beans, this dish packs 15 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber. You definitely won't go hungry!

Red Beans and Rice Burgers

    Let potassium- and protein-packed beans do the heavy lifting in this vegetarian take on a classic dinner idea. Make the burger patty using red kidney beans, spices, rice, and breadcrumbs.

Mixed Bean Cassoulet

    Using dry beans in this recipe helps to cut sodium, which can be harmful to your health. This baked chili-like dish is packed with protein and fiber without using meat.

Trattoria-Style Spinach Fettuccine

    To cut the fat in this recipe, use dried tomatoes that aren't packed in oil and substitute reduced-fat feta cheese for regular feta.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Ooey-gooey grilled cheese takes a not-so-standard twist with the addition of sliced tomatoes. Serve it alongside raw vegetables to complete the meal.

Asparagus-Zucchini Frittata

    This frittata is packed with veggies and sprinkled with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Barbecue Tempeh Wraps

    Heart-healthy tempeh is high in protein and fiber and works like meat in many of your favorite recipes. Enjoy barbecue flavors on a meat-free menu by making this tempeh-based vegetarian wrap.

Chili Bean-Stuffed Peppers

    This six-ingredient slow cooker meal makes the perfect stress-free dinner. Simply assemble the peppers and let the slow cooker take over.

Macaroni and Cheese

    Update a childhood favorite for an adult's waistline with multigrain pasta, mixed veggies, and reduced-fat cheese and milk. Dig in!

Farfalle with Mushrooms and Spinach

    Mushrooms and spinach add flavor and nutrients to this pasta dish. It will only take you 20 minutes start to finish.

Healthy Caesar Salad

    Our creamy substitute for fat-laden Caesar dressing is the perfect topping to this irresistible dinner salad.

Mushroom, Asparagus, and Tofu Quiches

    These flavorful quiches are packed with veggies and have just 108 calories per serving.

Vegetable Lasagna

    Layers of zucchini, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, leeks, and spinach pack this dish with heart-healthy vegetables. You'll still get the lasagna noodles, cottage cheese, eggs, and mozzarella that you expect from the classic meat recipe.

Spinach and Feta Omelet

    This easy 20-minute meal is perfect when you're craving something different. Filled with mushrooms, onions, and spinach, this feta-topped omelet is sure to be a hit.

Linguini with Fresh Veggies

    Garlic is a potent antioxidant, believed to help lower blood pressure and cut the risk of stroke and heart disease. Enjoy the flavor garlic adds to this tasty pasta dish.

Caramelized Onion Pizza

    Slowly cooking onions in oil, a technique known as caramelizing, brings out the natural sugars in this otherwise harsh vegetable. That touch of sweetness is the perfect complement to the smoky flavor in this grilled pita pizza.

Ginger Squash Soup

    Butternut squash has only 80 calories a cup but is packed with fiber and vitamins, especially vitamin A. In fact, a cup has more than four times your daily requirement of vitamin A.

Gorgeous George Burger

    Enjoy a soy-based burger that tastes as good as the original. Plus, it's a cinch to put together on a busy evening.

Quick Quesadilla Pockets

    Next time you're at the store, check out the many different types of tortillas available. You can buy whole wheat, high fiber, and even omega-3-enriched tortillas to make this quick quesadilla.

Southwestern Black Bean Cakes with Guacamole

    Guacamole tops these tasty vegetarian burgers. If you're worried about the fat in guacamole's avocados, remember that they contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

Tofu and Eggplant

    Japanese eggplant, which is smaller and has a thinner skin than the American variety, adds color and bulk to this stir-fry without adding many calories. In fact, 1 cup of eggplant has only 20 calories.

Spicy Garbanzo Bean Soup

    To make this soup truly vegetarian, substitute reduced-sodium vegetable broth for the chicken broth. Organic vegetable broth also would work.

Tossed Salad Pizza

    For a change of pace from the typical hot and cheesy pizza, serve this fresh-tasting salad pizza loaded with tantalizing Mediterranean flavors. If you're watching your sodium intake, leave out the olives.

Red Lentil and Roasted Vegetable Salad

    If you can't find red lentils in your supermarket, try a gourmet food store or Indian market. Or just use readily available brown lentils in place of the red.

Salsa Bean and Cheese Pizza

    This Tex-Mex pizza uses corn tortillas as the base instead of a pizza crust. It's a super-fast meal full of protein from the beans and cheese, making it great for busy weeknights.

Lentil and Veggie Tostadas

    High-fat meat and cheese top typical restaurant tostadas. This healthier version is piled high with veggies and cilantro- and cumin-spiked lentils.

Pasta with Red Pepper Sauce

    Red peppers contain more than 100 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C -- more than oranges! Make this versatile red sauce a mainstay in your kitchen and use it to top polenta, vegetables, beans, and pasta.

Tunisian Vegetable Chili

    This chili is served over couscous, a type of grain that's common in Middle Eastern cuisine. For a nutrition boost, use whole wheat couscous instead of regular. Couscous also is available in an organic version.

Hopping John Grits Polenta

    Filled with whole grain brown rice, fiber-rich black-eyed peas, and vitamin-packed veggies, this recipe makes a complete Southern-style meatless meal.

Greek Lentil Pasta

    Lentils come in many colors, including green, yellow, and black, but brown lentils are the ones most commonly found at supermarkets. Lentils are high in protein, making them mainstays in vegetarian dishes. A 1/2-cup serving has as much protein as 1 ounce of meat.

Pasta with Garbanzo Beans

    Heart-healthy garbanzo beans help fill you up in this meat-free dinner. A tangy topping made from chopped tomatoes and feta cheese crowns this dish.

Tex-Mex Spinach Omelet

    Mix up your basic eggs with this Southwestern twist on the omelet. Spinach is full of folic acid, which can help your heart health.

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