Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

A collection of my favorite vegetarian dinner recipes - these are all so satisfying, you won't miss the meat!

Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Usually I start a new year by posting smoothie bowls, salads and all of my favorite light and fresh things, but… well… it’s -3 degrees outside here in Chicago so I thought I’d start this year off with my favorite hearty, healthy, and most importantly warming vegetarian dinner recipes.

Creamy White Bean Shells with Broccoli (pictured above)

The title kind of says it all – this recipe includes an easy lemony white bean puree that’s made with ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now. Pour it over brown rice pasta shells and tons of sauteed broccoli.

Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Sweet Potato Noodles with Garlic & Kale

If you got a spiralizer for Christmas, now’s the time to break it out! Noodle some sweet potatoes and toss them in a pan with tons of kale and garlic for a quick veggie-packed dinner.

Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas

One of my favorite recipes from our cookbook, these enchiladas are perfect to eat for dinner when it’s cold outside. They’re stuffed with roasted butternut squash and black beans and they’re topped with a smoky chipotle tomato sauce that will take you only a few minutes to stir together. Make these quicker by roasting the butternut squash in advance! (note: the photo above is the step before they go into the oven).

Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Pumpkin Tortilla Soup

Obviously, I’m craving spicy things today! Tortilla soup is one of my favorite soups, but it’s rarely served vegetarian at restaurants so I make my own. This hearty soup has a tangy & smoky broth, plus a fun crunch from the tortilla strips. It can be made with butternut squash instead of pumpkin if that’s easier to find.

Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Herb & Garlic Mushroom Pasta

This is one of my favorite recipes that I made this past year. If you love mushrooms, you HAVE to make this pasta dish. Even though it seems very simple, it’s big on flavor because mushrooms and tarragon are a match made in heaven. A touch of cashew cream with Dijon mustard makes it just a little creamy and oh so luscious.

Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Crispy Butternut Squash & Poblano Tacos

Ok, if I had to pick TWO favorite recipes from 2017 this may be my second favorite. That butternut squash looks fried, but looks can be deceiving – it’s coated with crispy hemp seeds and panko and baked. The creamy poblano sauce takes these tacos over the top.

Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Vegan “Cheesy” Broccoli Soup

Based on how many times I’ve seen this one tagged on Instagram, I’m assuming that this creamy broccoli soup is a fan favorite. Traditional cheesy broccoli soup is so very unhealthy, but my version packs a ton of vegetables and is husband-approved.

Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Mushroom Lentil Spaghetti “Bolognese”

A super hearty pasta made with lentils and mushrooms instead of meat! This one is a crowd favorite when it comes to vegetarian dinner recipes.

Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Sustenance Sweet Potato Stew 

If you’re trying to eat more vegetables in 2018, here’s a great place to start. This stew packs 4 cups of sweet potatoes, 3 cups of broccoli, 4 cups of swiss chard, among other things. What’s amazing about this recipe is that it all fits in one pot 🙂

Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Sweet Sesame Tahini Noodles

This sauce in this recipe is so good! Pour it over noodles, lots of kale and any vegetables you like. You can serve these noodles hot or cold. Keep extra sauce in the fridge for flavorful lunches!

Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Macro Bowls with Turmeric Tahini Sauce

When I truly need a reset meal, this is what I make. Brown rice, steamed vegetables, some kind of legume (pictured: mung beans), a little sauerkraut or pickled ginger, and a turmeric tahini sauce to bring it all together. I hope that this one proves that eating healthy is not at all boring!

Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Sweet Potatoes, Many Ways

For those cold nights when you really don’t want to cook much – roast some sweet potatoes and stuff them with one of these filling options!

I hope you love these vegetarian dinner recipes! For more ideas, check out the main dish tab in our recipe index.


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  1. MBC

    Hi- do you have any instant pot recipes?? I’m dying for some good ones for my new instant pot!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I don’t have an Instant Pot, so sorry 🙂

  2. YES! Thank you so much for posting hearty recipes, Jeanine! I’m in Buffalo and it’s FREEZING here, too…and fresh salads aren’t cutting it every night! We make chili a lot (it’s in the crock pot now!), but are always looking for warmer and heartier recipes to keep us healthy through these Buffalo winters.

    My husband can absolutely get on board with a lot of these, too! He is totally into making zoodles lately, so I’ll bet I could get him to try the sweet potato noodles, too! Yum!

  3. Eileen from

    The Sweet Potatoes, Many Ways recipe looks sooooo good!

  4. Jessica

    That broccoli “cheese” soup is definitely on my to-eat list for 2018!

  5. Gaby Dalkin

    YESSS! These look so delish!!

  6. yify

    Thanks for sharing. I love this dish! I have done, I am regaled, and your beautiful plate makes me want to regale me again

  7. Village Bakery

    Great collection of recipes. I cannot wait to try the sweet potato noodles. Thanks for sharing! – Joe

  8. Kelly Mahan

    These dinner recipes look super delicious! I can’t wait to try these. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love this line-up. A few I’ve tried (the Macro Bowls were amazing) and a few that I’ve now put on my list (especially looking forward to the Bolognese)!

  10. James from

    Looks really nice! Thank you for sharing. Did they take a lot of time to make?

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We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.