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Yay, you’re trying to cut back on meat. But don’t fall into the salad, pasta and stir-fry boredom spiral. Here are 30 totally low-maintenance vegetarian dinner ideas to try. And best of all, they’re ready in 30 minutes or less.

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Simply Recipes

Black Bean Tacos

Don’t skimp on the cotija cheese, please. 

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Buddha Bowl with Kale, Avocado, Orange and Wild Rice

You’ll be so full and satisfied, you might never want to eat again. (Well, until breakfast.) 

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Ambitious Kitchen

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet

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

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The Wanderlust Kitchen

Easy Tuscan Bean Soup

Toast some extra Italian bread for dipping.

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Pinch of Yum

Cauliflower Meatballs

Yep. They exist. 

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Fooduzzi

Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Save the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. 

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Baking Sheet Quesadillas

Best. Idea. Ever.

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Zoodles with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

Make this low-carb meal the night after you polish off those quesadillas. You know, balance.

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Cacio E Pepe Pasta

Four ingredients, infinite deliciousness. 

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Half Baked Harvest

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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Jar of Lemons

Spiced Chickpea Bowl

We dare you to be hungry after polishing off one of these guys. We dare you. 

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Half Baked Harvest

Whole-Wheat Spinach and Artichoke Pizza

Delivery? We laugh in the face of delivery. 

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Simply Quinoa

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder

The secret to the incredible creaminess? Blended cashews. 

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The Minimalist Baker

Thai Salad with Peanut Tempeh

Get to know tempeh, guys. It’s plant-based, full of protein and super easy to cook with.

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Laura Wing and Jim Kamoosi

Vegetable Chili

Best of all, there’s only one dish to wash. 

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Erin McDowell

Lemon and Spinach Orzetto

Meet risotto’s laid-back cousin. 

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Cilantro and Citronella

Sushi Bowls with Yam Tempura

Ooh, this one’s vegan.

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Avocado and Black Bean Pasta Salad

Eat it cold on a bed of mixed greens. 

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Pinch of Yum

Creamy Garlic Herb Mushroom Spaghetti

Swap out the boring marinara in a jar.

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Le Crème de la Crumb

Baked Sweet and Sour Cauliflower

Way tastier (and healthier) than takeout. 

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The Minimalist Baker

Coconut Curry

Ginger + coconut milk = heaven in a bowl.

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Erin McDowell

One-Pot Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese

Love cheese but hate doing dishes? This one's for you.

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Life As a Strawberry

Simple Lemon Pasta and Pea Shoots

Add your choice of veggies, or keep it totally minimalist. 

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Minimalist Baker

Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Tip: Make extra chickpeas and sprinkle them on everything

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Gimme Some Oven

Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan

Got dinner guests? Whip up this super-impressive meal in 30 minutes. 

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Live Eat Learn

Roasted Chickpea Gyros

You might wanna grab an extra napkin for this one. 

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Healthy Nibbles & Bits

Coconut Curry Stir-Fry Noodles with Glazed Tofu

Think tofu is boring? Well, you’ve never eaten it glazed

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The Wanderlust Kitchen

Tuscan Bean Skillet

Think vegetarians don’t get enough protein? Think again.

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Cilantro and Citronella

Orange and Ginger Tofu

Served with broccoli, of course. 

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Hapa Nom Nom

Spicy Miso Zucchini Ramen Noodles

When in doubt, put an egg on it.

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