Healthy Vegetarian Main Dish Recipes

A great way to eat healthy? Eat more veggies. Make some or all of your meals vegetarian with 250+ trusted healthy vegetarian main dish recipes.

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Chickpea Curry

Rating: 4 stars 726
We usually recommend preparing the beans at home, but using canned chickpeas allows for a fast, convenient dish.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Rating: 4 stars 104
This is a combination of many recipes and experimentation. It has gotten the thumbs-up from all who have tried it so far. It can also be made with TVP, ground turkey, or even ground beef instead of tempeh.

Bean Quesadillas

Rating: 4.5 stars 435
Easy and yummy! Veggies, beans, and cheese sandwiched in tortillas. You could add or substitute any vegetables that you'd like. Serve with sour cream and rice.
By jjenkraynakorriss

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Rating: 4 stars 113
This was the first vegetarian recipe I ever made--green peppers stuffed with a mixture of brown rice, nuts, dried cranberries, tofu and cheese. Substitute soy cheese for the Parmesan to create a vegan delight.

Penne Pasta with Cannellini Beans and Escarole

Rating: 4 stars 159
This is a great pasta dish. The hardest part of the whole recipe is cutting the escarole. It is fast, simple, and delicious! What more could you ask for? With a loaf of Italian bread it goes a long way. Enjoy!
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Lentils And Spinach

Rating: 4.5 stars 449
This is my own adaptation of an Indian recipe. It doesn't look like much, but it is surprisingly yummy. Serve this for dinner over hot rice or a diced baked potato. Pair with carrots, cauliflower, or a fresh sliced tomato for a full meal.
By bobawood

Tomato and Garlic Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 255
There is nothing nicer than the flavor of fresh tomatoes. You can use canned, but the trouble you take to prepare this dish is worth it. You prepare the sauce while the pasta is cooking, no long hours of waiting. Great if you want meatless pasta.

Quick Black Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 293
Some say beans and rice is the most nutritious and well balanced meal in the world! Try adding your favorite chutney or salsa to this dish when you serve it!
By Allrecipes Member

Gnocchi I

Rating: 4.5 stars 638
Mashed potato, flour and an egg -- all you need to knead for gnocchi.
By Allrecipes Member

Black Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 1280
Quick stovetop black beans and rice with canned beans, onions, and cumin.
By Allrecipes Member

Chana Masala (Savory Indian Chick Peas)

Rating: 4.5 stars 217
Indian food is not just curried sauces. It's not too exotic either. Unless 'exotic' is code for 'yummy and full of flavor.' This dish features a healthy mixture of chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, and spices. Both carnivores and vegetarians will enjoy this meal. My kids love it. Leave out the green chile if the kiddies will be eating. Serve over basmati or jasmine rice and enjoy. Namaste y'all!

Moroccan Lentil Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 547
Thick, delicious and nutritious, especially in the winter!
By Allrecipes Member

Inspiration and Ideas

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
Rating: Unrated 103
This delicious meatless sloppy joe is made with crumbled tempeh, vegetables, and a sweet and spicy sauce.
Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwich Filling
Rating: Unrated 1553
"Serve this tasty sandwich spread on crusty whole grain rolls or pita bread, with lettuce and tomato." – FISHLOVE
Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers
Rating: 4.5 stars 3731

Skip the freezer aisle, make these flavorful vegetarian black bean burgers.