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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.

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Black Bean Tacos

Don’t skimp on the cotija cheese, please. 

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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

The salad that won’t leave you feeling hungry. 

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Did we mention you only need one pot?

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Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Save the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. 

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Waaay better than boring pulled pork. 

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Caprese Salad

You’ll never leave out the zucchini again. 

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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

Best. Idea. Ever.

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Spiced Chickpea Bowl

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

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Whole-Wheat Spinach and Artichoke Pizza

Delivery? We laugh in the face of delivery. 

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Blackberry-Peach Grilled Cheese

Pairs 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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Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder

The secret to the incredible creaminess? Blended cashews. 

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Fajita lovers rejoice. 

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Gazpacho with Cucumber, Red Pepper and Basil

Ready in just 15 minutes. 

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Creamy Garlic Herb Mushroom Spaghetti

Swap out the boring marinara in a jar.

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

Our favorite vegetable never disappoints. 

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Zoodle Stir-Fry

It’s OK if there are no leftovers. 

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Who needs ground beef anyway?

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Orecchiette with Spring Greens

So simple, yet sooo good. 

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Baked Sweet and Sour Cauliflower

Way tastier (and healthier) than takeout. 

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Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Tip: Make extra chickpeas and sprinkle them on everything

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Rainbow Collard Wraps

More peanut dipping sauce, please. 

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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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Roasted Chickpea Gyros

You might wanna grab an extra napkin for this one. 

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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

Not your average rice bowl. 

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Tuscan Bean Skillet

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

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Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry

To cure all of your curry cravings. 

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Who says vegetarians need to miss out on cheesesteaks?

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Watermelon Poke Bowls

Crunchy, refreshing and fish-free. 

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Cacio E Pepe Pasta

Four ingredients, infinite deliciousness. 

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Irish pub spinach and artichoke melt

The homemade potato chips are a must. 

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Coconut Curry Stir-Fry Noodles with Glazed Tofu

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

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One-Pan Eggs with Asparagus and Tomatoes

No mess, no problem. 

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Orange and Ginger Tofu

Served with broccoli, of course. 

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Easy Tuscan Bean Soup

Toast some extra Italian bread for dipping.

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Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough

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