27 Vegetarian Dinner Recipes - Clean Eating Magazine

Go Veg for Dinner

Gone are the days when dinner was the usual meat and potatoes, but coming up with crowd-pleasing meatless meals can be a challenge. Whether you’re just trying to eat more veggies or you’re cooking for someone who doesn’t eat meat, this roundup of vegetarian recipes has something for everyone.
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Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

Vegetarian shepherd's pie recipe

Vegetarian shepherd's pie recipe

This classic English staple, which is often loaded with calories, fat and sodium, gets a makeover by swapping out the ground beef for protein-rich lentils and tasty broccoli. redskins.

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Vegetarian Taco Salad with Chunky Pico Dressing

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You definitely won’t miss the chicken or beef in this substantial vegetarian version of a taco salad. We use pico de gallo in the dressing for a chunkier texture, but you can pulse it in the food processor if you prefer a smoother dressing.

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Vegetable Pho with Mushroom Broth

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Our veg version of this classic Vietnamese soup is bursting with healthy veggies swimming in a rich, umami mushroom broth.

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Tamale Pie

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Flip on your slow cooker in the morning and come home to a rich, warming vegetarian stew topped with a cornmeal crust. Comfort at its finest!

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Eggs Poached in Spicy Tomato Sauce

vegetarian poached egg recipe

vegetarian poached egg recipe

Inspired by the Middle Eastern dish shakshuka this comforting vegetarian entrée is perfect for any meal of the day. Serve with whole-grain pita or baguette for dipping.

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Grilled Portobello Burgers with Blue Cheese & Creamy Dijon

Grilled Portobello Burger recipe

Grilled Portobello Burger recipe

With their meaty texture, portobellos make ideal vegetarian burgers and sandwich fillers. You may be surprised to learn that portobellos (cappellone, or “big hats,” in Italy) are actually oversized cremini mushrooms.

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Pomegranate Tahini Sauce, Raisins & Hazelnuts

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This showstopping cauliflower dish is smothered in a crowd-pleasing tahini sauce. Crunchy nuts, sweet raisins and fresh herbs lend even more taste and texture to this incredibly delicious side or vegetarian main.

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Tempeh Taco Bowl with Mango Salsa

Tempeh Taco Bowl with Mango Salsa

Tempeh Taco Bowl with Mango Salsa

We’re bringing back the taco bowl with this meatless take on the classic. Tempeh, made from fermented soybeans, has a nutty, mushroom-like taste and is one of our favorite vegetarian substitutes for ground beef. 

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Mexican Harvest Salad

Mexican Harvest Salad recipe

Queso fresco is a soft, mild cheese that you’ll find in Mexican or Latin American markets. Alternatively, use a mild feta — it’s brinier and a bit more assertive but just as delicious.

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Chipotle Tomato Soup with Crispy Quinoa Topping

Chipotle tomato soup recipe

Chipotle tomato soup recipe

Chipotle chiles are smoked, dried jalapeño peppers, and they lend a rich flavor and some heat here. Warning: the crispy quinoa topping is highly addictive.

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Smoky Cauliflower Tacos with Avocado Crema

Smoky Cauliflower Tacos with Avocado Crema recipe

Grilled cauliflower florets stay meaty-firm, giving them great texture under a blanket of gooey cheese and zesty avocado-lime crema.

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Herbed Ricotta & Fresh Tomato Tart

Herbed Ricotta & Fresh Tomato Tart recipe

This celebration of summer combines lemon-herbed ricotta, juicy heirloom tomatoes and a scattering of fresh herbs onto premade crusts – easy as pie.

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Mediterranean Nachos

Mediterranean Nachos recipe

Whole-grain pita chips stand in for tortilla chips in this Mediterranean twist on nachos. Topped with ripe tomatoes, garlicky chickpeas and a cilantro-tahini sauce, this shareable snack is the ultimate warm-weather finger food.

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Crispy Tofu over Quinoa with Almond Lime Sauce

Crispy Tofu over Quinoa with Almond Lime Sauce recipe

The crispy tofu paired with quinoa makes a quick and healthy meal. This dish is super flexible, too. Customize using ingredients you have on hand or follow using ours.

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Cauliflower-Crust Pizza with Mushrooms & Olives

Cauliflower-Crust Pizza with Mushrooms & Olives recipe

Simple toppings are enough to make this meal shine – feel free to customize to your taste, but do remember to keep it light, as too many toppings can overload the delicate crust.

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Curry Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Pepitas

Curry Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Pepitas recipe

Rich and creamy — and dairy-free — this curried butternut squash soup is seriously comforting and delicious.

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Butternut Squash Lasagna with Cashew Cauliflower Béchamel

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Squash stands in for lasagna noodles in this hearty, vegan-friendly dish that makes both ricotta and béchamel out of cauliflower.

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Pesto Cauliflower Pizza

Pesto Cauliflower Pizza recipe

This nutritious and delicious cauliflower pizza is packed with flavor. Topped with colorful veggies, this is a dish that everyone will enjoy. Make it ahead and reheat throughout the week for an easy lunch or dinner.

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Black Bean Burgers with Smoky Garlic Mayo

Black Bean Burgers with Smoky Garlic Mayo recipe

The garlicky mayo on these burgers is so good, you may need to make a triple batch for all your sandwich needs. And the patties are a tasty meatless option you don’t have to fire up the grill for.

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Eggplant Pizzas

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No grains in this easy, pleasing pizza! You can use whatever color olives you like best or change up the toppings for other favorites. Serve with a green salad or sautéed greens for a well-rounded meal.

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Butternut Noodles Cacio e Pepe

Butternut Noodles Cacio e Pepe recipe

Cacio e pepe means “cheese and pepper” in Italian dialects, and we can’t think of a tastier way to serve up a dish of spiralized butternut squash. 

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Sweet Potato Lasagna

Sweet Potato Lasagna recipe

Standard lasagna noodles made from refined white flour can be energy zappers. Here, we swap them for nutrient-dense thinly sliced sweet potatoes and top them with energy-packed ingredients such as iron-rich tofu and spinach, and nutritional yeast, which contains B vitamins.

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Mediterranean Salad with Crispy Chickpeas & Herbed Vinaigrette

Mediterranean Breakfast Salad

Call us chickpea obsessed, but this salad features the beloved legume in two ways – oven-baked to a crisp and then smeared under the salad in hummus form.

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Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons recipe

We've taken the classic combo of grilled cheese and tomato soup and reinvented it. In our version, the grilled cheese is made into croutons and served on the soup — chop them larger or smaller depending on your preference.

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Samosas

Samosas

These stuffed savory pastries are a traditional Indian favorite. Sweet potatoes, cauliflower and spices are cooked together to create a mouthwatering filling for the easy whole-wheat phyllo dough.

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Quinoa, Eggplant & Marinara Bake

Quinoa, Eggplant & Marinara Bake recipe

Quinoa is a nutritious alternative to white rice. Here, it's layered with marinara, eggplant and three types of cheese for a fresh take on eggplant parmesan.

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Brussels Sprouts & Broccolini Stir-Fry

Brussels Sprouts & Broccolini Stir-Fry recipe

This chile-spiced veggie stir-fry makes a quick and healthy dinner. The addition of the superfood MCT oil turns this into keto-friendly, brain-boosting meal.

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