Whether you’re participating in Meatless Monday, have just started your vegetarian or vegan journey, or you’ve been meat-free for years, it can be challenging to come up with delicious meals consistently. These tasty and healthy dinner ideas will make you look forward to mealtime and help you stick to your eating plan.
1. Butternut Squash Veggie Pizza
Put a healthy twist on pizza night with this healthy, vegetarian dish. The butternut squash serves as the sauce for this tasty pizza, and you can top it with chickpeas, kale, and onions for added flavor and nutrition. The crust is also gluten-free, which is perfect if you or a family member is following a gluten-free diet.
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3. Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes
This delicious pasta dish is easy to make and it’s sure to be a go-to dinner for your family if you’re interested in preparing more plant-based entrees. This dinner is also dairy-free, which makes it ideal for vegan diets. You can try whole grain or gluten-free pasta to create a dinner that fits your dietary preferences.
4. Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry
If you love stir-fry but you’re trying to reduce your carbs, try this dish with riced cauliflower. This Asian-inspired dish is filled with flavor and packed with healthy vegetables. You can use cubed tofu in place of meat to make this plant-based dinner even more filling and satisfying.
5. Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan
This indulgent Italian dinner is meat-free and the authentic Italian flavor will make this one of your family’s favorites. The breaded eggplant discs are perfect for dipping in marinara sauce, and you can serve the eggplant with pasta on the side for a satisfying dinner.
6. Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl
This Buddha bowl is packed with flavor and protein, and it’s a great way to get a serving or two of vegetables in with dinner. The bowl only takes a few minutes to prepare, and the leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day.
7. Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are lower in carbs than white potatoes, and they’re also a healthy source of beta carotene. This filling dinner features tomatoes, fresh herbs, chickpeas, and a garlic sauce that brings all the flavors together. This is a delicious dish for dinner, but you can also save a few of the sweet potatoes to enjoy for lunch the next day.
8. Tomato Garlic Lentil Bowls
Lentils are a great source of iron, and these hearty bowls are an easy and delicious dinner option. Tomatoes are high in lycopene to prevent inflammation, and you can top the bowl with fresh cilantro to make all the flavors shine through.
9. Tuscan Portabello Stew
If you love portabello mushrooms, you’ll love this savory stew. Italian herbs bring out the meaty flavor of the mushrooms, and the white beans and kale add protein to make this vegetarian stew especially filling. Serve with a slice of Italian bread for a tasty vegetarian meal that will quickly become a staple in your home.
10. Gnocchi with Pesto Sauce
Gnocchi is a fun pasta dish to make with kids and the pesto is a light but flavorful alternative to pasta sauce. You can make the dish more colorful by adding chopped zucchini and tomatoes. These vegetables make your gnocchi dinner more filling and allow you to get another serving of veggies in for the day.