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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 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.

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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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Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet

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

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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. 

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

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Cauliflower Meatballs

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

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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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Caprese Salad

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. 

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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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Baking Sheet Quesadillas

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

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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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Blackberry-Peach Grilled Cheese

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

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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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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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Tomato Basil Soup

So much better than the stuff you can get from a can. Don’t forget extra bread for dipping. 

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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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Cauliflower Fried Rice

Our favorite vegetable never disappoints, especially in this better-for-you-than-takeout dish. 

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Loaded with veggies, chickpeas and hearty pasta, this guy is sure to fill you up. 

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Zoodle Stir-Fry

Swap out regular noodles for extra veggies. (Psst...It’s OK if there are no leftovers.) 

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Orecchiette with Spring Greens

Topped with roasted almonds for extra crunch. So simple, yet sooo good. 

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Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Tip: Make extra chickpeas and sprinkle them on everything

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peanut noodle soup with lime mango

Easy enough for a weeknight but elevated enough for a weekend dinner party.

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Gazpacho with Cucumber, Red Pepper and Basil

A refreshing warm weather soup that’s ready in just 15 minutes. 

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Rainbow Collard Wraps

Get your five-a-day in one sitting. Served with peanut dipping sauce because why the hell not? 

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Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan

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

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One-Pot Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese

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

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Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Curried Lentils, Carrots and Yogurt

Who says eating healthy has to be boring? Not us. 

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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. 

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Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry

Got a curry craving? Ditch the takeout menu and whip this guy up instead.  

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Watermelon Poke Bowls

Crunchy, refreshing and fish-free. 

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

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Cacio E Pepe Pasta

Made with just four ingredients, this one’s a definite crowd-pleaser. 

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Irish pub spinach and artichoke melt

The homemade potato chips are a must. 

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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. 

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Add whenever veggies your heart desires. 

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vegetarian meatballs

The secret? Cauliflower, brown rice and quinoa. Even your meat-loving friends will be impressed. 

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squash coconut curry

A hearty main dish that’s even better the next day for lunch. 

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These guys are delicious on their own but you could also serve them with a side salad to make them even more filling. 

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grilled vegetables with balsamic and basil

Aka a taste of summer. You might wanna make extras of this one. 

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vegan tacos with chipotle lime mayo


Well, doesn't that look spectacular? Hint: For extra creaminess, add smashed avocado on top. 

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Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough

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