40 Easy Vegetarian Dinner Ideas You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less
Yay, you’re trying to cut back on meat. But don’t fall into the salad, pasta and stir-fry boredom spiral. Here are 40 totally low-maintenance vegetarian dinner ideas to try. And best of all, they’re ready in 30 minutes or less.
For more veggie meal inspo, head to our vegetarian recipes board.
Pizza with Zucchini and Bell Peppers
This cheater’s veggie ’za starts with store-bought
Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet
How much protein can we pack into one skillet? (Answer: a lot.)
Grilled Peach and Halloumi Salad with Lemon-Pesto Dressing
Introducing a salad that’s worthy of your Instagram page and won’t leave you feeling hungry.
Grilled Zucchini Chickpea Tacos
Just because you’re going meatless doesn’t mean you have to stick with salad. Bring on Taco Tuesdays.
HEALTHY VEGETARIAN STIR FRY
Trust us—you’re going to want to put this decadent cashew cream sauce on everything.
Yep. They exist. (And they’re delicious.)
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.)
The addition of zucchini adds a certain non lo so (that's Italian for je ne sais quoi) to this classic dish. Look at you, all fancy.
Turkish Egg and Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Sometimes you’ve just gotta eat breakfast for dinner. Tonight is one of those nights.
Whole-Wheat Spinach and Artichoke Pizza
Delivery? We laugh in the face of delivery. (And it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish.)
Blackberry-Peach Grilled Cheese
A summery update on a classic. (But it’ll still pair nicely with your favorite soup.)
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).
Tomato Basil Soup
So much better than the stuff you can get from a can. Don’t forget extra bread for dipping.
Creamy Garlic Herb Mushroom Spaghetti
Swap out the boring marinara in a jar for something a little more interesting—and so much more decadent.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Our favorite vegetable never disappoints, especially in this better-for-you-than-takeout dish.
HEARTY CHICKPEA NOODLE SOUP
Loaded with veggies, chickpeas and hearty pasta, this guy is sure to fill you up.
Swap out regular noodles for extra veggies. (Psst...It’s OK if there are no leftovers.)
Orecchiette with Spring Greens
Topped with roasted almonds for extra crunch. So simple, yet sooo good.
Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas
Tip: Make extra chickpeas and sprinkle them on everything.
peanut noodle soup with lime mango
Easy enough for a weeknight but elevated enough for a weekend dinner party.
Gazpacho with Cucumber, Red Pepper and Basil
A refreshing warm weather soup that’s ready in just 15 minutes.
Rainbow Collard Wraps
Get your five-a-day in one sitting. Served with peanut dipping sauce because why the hell not?
Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan
Got dinner guests? Whip up this super-impressive meal in 30 minutes.
One-Pot Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese
Love cheese but hate doing dishes? This one’s for you.
Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Curried Lentils, Carrots and Yogurt
Who says eating healthy has to be boring? Not us.
one pot cacio e pepe isreali couscous
We’re big fans of this cheese and pepper combo. Keep it simple and serve this guy on its own or dish it up as a hearty side.
Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry
Got a curry craving? Ditch the takeout menu and whip this guy up instead.
Watermelon Poke Bowls
Crunchy, refreshing and fish-free.
CATALAN CHICKPEAS AND SPINACH
Just because you’re going meatless doesn’t mean you have to stick with salad.
Cacio E Pepe Pasta
Made with just four ingredients, this one’s a definite crowd-pleaser.
Irish pub spinach and artichoke melt
The homemade potato chips are a must.
One-Pan Eggs with Asparagus and Tomatoes
Proof that you don’t need meat to get your protein fix. And the best part? Practically zero dishes to wash up after.
VEGETABLE LO MEIN WITH CRISPY TOFU
Add whenever veggies your heart desires.
The secret? Cauliflower, brown rice and quinoa. Even your meat-loving friends will be impressed.
squash coconut curry
A hearty main dish that’s even better the next day for lunch.
THAI SALAD AND CAULIFLOWER RICE WRAP
These guys are delicious on their own but you could also serve them with a side salad to make them even more filling.
grilled vegetables with balsamic and basil
Aka a taste of summer. You might wanna make extras of this one.
vegan tacos with chipotle lime mayo
Well, doesn't that look spectacular? Hint: For extra creaminess, add smashed avocado on top.
Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough