Quick & Easy Vegetarian Dinners

Move hearty and rewarding vegetables to main-dish status with our collection of easy meatless meals. With vegetarian recipes for pasta, pizza, soup, and sandwiches, these simple dishes transition from stove top to table in less than an hour.

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    Chickpea Alfredo with Spring Veggies

    Chickpeas certainly can't replace chicken, but they put their own delicious spin on this Alfredo sauce recipe. The beans make the sauce super creamy, while lemon, garlic, and spices bring the flavor.

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    Texas Spicy Black Bean Chowder

    Black beans add protein and fiber to this spicy chowder, which is about to be your new meatless comfort food. Top with chopped tomatoes, and serve with a side of tortilla chips.

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    Lentil Veggie Burgers

    Homemade veggie burgers are just as simple to make as your meaty, grilled go-tos. Mushrooms and lentils are the base for these skillet-cooked burgers.

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    Veggie Tostadas with Cauliflower Mash

    This taco night, swap soft shells for tostadas and meat for mash. Steamed cauliflower, sour cream, and chipotle pepper all mixed together add more filling flavor than you’d imagine.

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    Pizza Primavera

    Save time by skipping the homemade crust and using whole wheat flatbreads to hold your favorite pizza toppings. Two types of cheese—Pecorino Romano and mozzarella—bring creamy flavor and protein to the vegetarian dinner. 

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    Sheet-Pan Chickpeas and Eggs

    When we say quick and easy, we’re not joking. This vegetarian recipe takes just 10 minutes of hands-on time, and only five ingredients.

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    Pinto Bean Burgers

    Opt for canned pinto beans as a speedy and cost-conscious meatless protein source. Seasoned with cumin, salsa, and chili powder, the pureed beans make a fast and flavorful burger alternative.

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    Peanut-Sauced Veggies and Noodles

    For those nights when you need to pull off a meatless meal in minutes, try this peanut veggie bowl. Watch as we show you how to prepare the easy vegetarian recipe that utilizes on-hand ingredients and a creamy homemade sauce.

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    Sweet Potatoes with Roasted Pepper Stuffing

    Speed up twice-baked potatoes with the help of your microwave. After quick-cooking, mash the pulp of sweet potatoes with cream cheese, roasted red peppers, and balsamic vinegar before stuffing the fluffy filling back into the shells and broiling until crispy.

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    Beans and Greens with Corn Bread Croutons

    Punch up canned white beans with tangy onions cooked in red wine and leafy collard greens in this vegetarian dinner. Pop cubes of purchased corn bread into the oven for crisp, golden croutons.

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    Broccoli Rabe over Polenta

    At only 9 calories per cup, broccoli rabe has a long list of health attributes, including high amounts of vitamins A and C and fiber. Complement the bitter green with creamy polenta, bright roasted peppers, and toasty pine nuts.

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    Tuscan Bean Soup

    A hearty vegetarian meal with full-bodied flavor doesn't have to take hours to prepare. Reduce the cooking time of this Italian-seasoned soup with packaged vegetables and canned beans.

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    Oven-Roasted Bulgur and Root Veggies

    This vegetarian recipe is so versatile. Serve 3/4-cup portions and call it a side, or double (or triple!) the portions for a grain-and-veggie meal. Plus, if you don’t have one of the called-for veggies on hand, swap it out for one you’ve already got in your pantry.

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    White Bean Ragout with Arugula Sauce

    A 30-minute ragout is great in a pinch. This vegetarian version is mostly made from white beans; fried eggs top it off.

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    Gingered Carrot-Sweet Potato Soup with Chive Cream

    A dash of ground ginger brings out the fresh flavor of sweet potatoes and carrots in this simple soup. Complete the quick vegetarian recipe with a savory puree of cannellini beans, creme fraiche, and chives.

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    Roasted Veggies with Arugula Sauce

    Whip up a well-balanced vegetarian meal with only seven ingredients. Thank packaged precut veggies for the 30-minute start-to-finish time.

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    Spiraled Zucchini and Crispy Potato Salad

    The new noodles aren't pasta at all—they're curly strips of vegetables, like the zucchini and potato used in this low-calorie salad. Season the swirly ingredients with our tangy Lemon-Rice Vinegar Dressing and serve over fresh cherry tomatoes.

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    Veggie Noodles with Cashew-Cilantro Pesto

    Nut-based pesto is super creamy, plus filled with healthy fats. Skip the optional poultry (or choose shrimp, if you eat seafood), of course.

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    Tofu Stir-Fry with Soba Noodles

    Soba noodles, made with buckwheat flour, offer mouthwatering nuttiness to this simple stir-fry. Top them with garlic- and ginger-spiced tofu, as well as spinach and sweet peppers, to supply the meal with protein and fiber.

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    Going-Green Vegetable Soup

    Fresh edamame and spinach give this speedy-to-simmer side-dish vegetable soup its gorgeous green hue. Cayenne pepper, fresh ginger, and garlic guarantee a bowlful of healthy satisfaction. 

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    Pasta Primavera with Garden Vegetables

    Take advantage of the latest powerhouse pasta products with this quick-and-lean dinner that features spinach fettuccine. Three types of colorful veggies top the noodles, as well as a simple sauce made with tomatoes, basil, and green onions.

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    Falafel Patty Melt

    For a new twist on falafel, boost protein-packed bean patties with carrots and peas. After heating on the stove, slide the filling into pita bread with a slice of melty Havarti cheese.

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    Herbed Tofu Cakes

    Top veggie, mint, and cilantro-flavor tofu cakes with cucumber and mango for a light, meat-free appetizer. Or plate yourself a few of the cakes as a vegetarian entree.

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    Portobello Fajitas

    Warm tortillas are filled with grilled portobello mushrooms and sweet peppers. Top with sliced avocado and avocado mayo; salsa verde, cilantro, and lime wedges add zip.

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    Eggplant Parmesan Heros

    Top hoagie buns with eggplant coated in crushed croutons, then layer on marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil for a savory sub.

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    Black Bean Cakes with Salsa

    Mashed black beans are tossed with a corn muffin mix and salsa, then lightly fried—creating a hearty meatless meal with a Tex-Mex twist. Chili powder adds a touch of heat to the sour cream topping.

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    Veggie Grilled Cheese

    For a healthier yet still delicious version of grilled cheese, top whole grain bread with fresh baby spinach, dried tomatoes, mozzarella, and pickled veggies.

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    Buffalo Cauliflower Florets

    We took the "wing" out of buffalo wings. These crispy cauliflower bites are packed with flavor from cayenne pepper sauce, paprika, and cumin.

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    Focaccia-Camembert Pizza

    With juicy tomatoes, creamy Camembert cheese, chopped walnuts, and fresh chives, these flatbread pizzas are hard to resist.

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    Spinach Tortellini with Beans and Feta

    For a dinner with pizzazz, toss purchased cheese-filled spinach tortellini with garlic-and-herb feta cheese, tomatoes, spinach, and white beans.

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    Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff

    A creamy mushroom sauce tops eggs noodles in this vegetarian twist on a classic Italian favorite. To serve, sprinkle with fresh parsley.

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    Tomato-Edamame Grilled Cheese

    A garlicky soybean spread and juicy tomatoes take grilled cheese to a new level. The leftover spread is a delicious dip for fresh veggies.

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    Greek Quinoa and Avocados

    Nutty in flavor, quinoa is also high in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, making it a great choice to pair with beans and corn.

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    Black Bean and Chard Soup with Masa Dumplings

    Soup's on! Vegetarian soup, that is. Masa harina, a dough made from maize, plus black beans and Swiss chard make this meal extra filling. The addition of ground ancho chile pepper and cilantro means you're not skimping on flavor either.

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    Our Best Vegetarian Mexican Dishes

    Mexican recipes are full of vegetarian favorites--black beans, avocados, and oodles of fresh vegetables. These Mexican vegetarian recipes give you the protein and nutrients you need, and the Mexican flavors you love.
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