35 Hearty Vegetarian Meals to Enjoy All Year Long

Butternut squash, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes—these are just some of our favorite hearty vegetables that make wonderfully filling meals. While vegetables are sometimes relegated to the sides, here they are front and center, from mushroom risotto to cauliflower meatballs. Here, 35 hearty vegetarian meals to enjoy all year long.

18 Big Batch Vegetarian Dinners

1. one Pot Vegetarian Chili

One thing we love about chili—beyond it being full of onions, peppers and black beans—is that you can make it all in a single pot.

2. savory Tomato Cobbler With Blue Cheese Biscuits

You thought cobbler was only for sweet peaches and blueberries? Think again, thanks to this savory version from Coterie member Liz Harris.

3. autumn Couscous Salad

A warm salad from Coterie member Heidi Larsen? Why, that sounds wonderful for a chilly day.

4. herby Buttered Mushroom Stroganoff

Where’s the beef? We don’t care. This stroganoff gets its “meat” from buttered mushrooms.

5. roasted Brussels Sprouts With Garlic

Roasted brussels sprouts tossed in garlic and topped with Parmesan cheese—say no more.

6. vegan Kentucky Fried Chick’n

We’re game day ready with this vegan fried chicken. (You really can’t tell these seitan nuggets aren’t real chicken.)

7. vegan Wild Mushroom Risotto

Coterie member Phoebe Lapine gives us the ultimate recipe for risotto: cheesy, creamy and entirely vegetarian.

8. vegetarian Tikka Masala

Looking for a cozy night with Indian food? Coterie member Maria Lichty knows that’s a yes.

9. cauliflower Steak With Walnut-kale Pesto

If anyone dares to say that vegetables aren’t filling, serve them this cauliflower steak with a walnut and kale pesto.

10. vegetarian Black Bean Chili-stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Put a healthy spin on a stuffed baked potato. Coterie member Monique Volz uses sweet potatoes as a base and black bean chili as a filling.

11. hearty Sweet Potato, Arugula, And Wild Rice Salad With Ginger Dressing

This recipe combines plenty of your favorites: sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and a savory ginger dressing.

12. vegan Keto Coconut Curry

Don’t mind us—we’re licking the bowl of this tofu and vegetable coconut curry. (It’s keto too!)

13. golden Oats With Gingered Blueberries Sauce

Oats aren’t only for breakfast. At least not Coterie member Gena Hamshaw’s golden oats with a tasty blueberry topping.

14. creamy Vegan Lentil And Vegetable Bake

Feeding a crowd? Whip up this lentil, cauliflower and butternut squash casserole.

15. easy Creamy Tomato Soup With Parmesan Croutons

Is there anything that's more comforting than a bowl of creamy tomato soup? We got dibs on grilled cheese to go with it.

16. instant Pot Red Beans And Rice

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the most delicious. Case in point: A meal of red beans and rice, all cooked in your Instant Pot.

17. vegan Sriracha 'meatballs' With Noodles And Grilled Vegetables

Our condiment of choice, Sriracha, delivers its magic on these tofu “meatballs” and grilled vegetables.

18. pasta Shells With Pumpkin In A Creamy, Cheesy Sauce

If you’ve never tried pumpkin pasta sauce, now is your chance, thanks to Coterie member Katie Workman.

19. roasted Squash Salad With White Beans, Bread Crumbs And Preserved Lemon

This proves you don’t need a bed of greens for a salad.

20. portobello Pot Roast

The Instant Pot has reminded us how much we all love a pot roast. Try this vegetarian version with portobello mushrooms, potatoes and carrots.

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21. roasted Fall Veggies

Need a quick and easy side dish? Simply roast the vegetables you have on hand from the farmers’ market.

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22. one Pot Cacio E Pepe Israeli Couscous

What? You can combine our beloved Italian pasta dish with pearls of Israeli couscous? Weeknight dinner has never been better.

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23. vegetarian Miso Ramen With Rice Noodles, Roasted Sweet Potatoes And Sesame Broccolini

Top Ramen? Not unless it includes roasted sweet potatoes, smoky tofu, brown rice pasta and maybe even a soft-boiled egg.

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24. Cheater’s Vegetarian Pizza With Zucchini And Bell Peppers

This cheater’s veggie ’za starts with store-bought seeded flatbread which helps it stay crisp and cuts down on cooking time.

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Ambitious Kitchen

25. Butternut Squash And Black Bean Enchilada Skillet

How much protein can we pack into one skillet? (Answer: a lot.)

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Two Peas and Their Pod

26. Grilled Zucchini Chickpea Tacos

Just because you’re going meatless doesn’t mean you have to stick with salad. Bring on Taco Tuesdays.

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Food Faith Fitness

27. Healthy Vegetarian Stir Fry

Trust us—you’re going to want to put this decadent cashew cream sauce on everything.

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Pinch of Yum

28. Cauliflower Meatballs

Yep. They exist. (And they’re delicious.)

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Power Plates

29. Quick Guacamole Quinoa Salad

Looking for a meal that’s fast, easy and protein-rich? You’ve found it. (Oh, and it’s totally delicious, of course.)

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Half Baked Harvest

30. Turkish Egg And Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Sometimes you’ve just gotta eat breakfast for dinner. Tonight is one of those nights.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

31. Baking Sheet Quesadillas

Making dinner for a crowd? Easy. Just don’t forget the salsa.

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32. Whole Wheat Spinach And Artichoke Pizza

Delivery? We laugh in the face of delivery. (And it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish.)

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

33. Blackberry-peach Grilled Cheese

A fun update on a classic. (But it’ll still pair nicely with your favorite soup.)

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Minimalist Baker

34. Poblano And Portobello Fajitas

Fajita lovers rejoice—this family favorite is loaded with vegetables and flavor (and you can make it as spicy as you like).

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Pinch of Yum

35. Creamy Garlic Herb Mushroom Spaghetti

Swap out the boring marinara in a jar for something a little more interesting—and so much more decadent.

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