Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Creamy White Bean Shells with Broccoli

Happy 2018!

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 recipes that you might want to make for dinner this week.

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.

Sweet Potato Noodles with Garlic & Kale

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.

Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas

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).

Pumpkin Tortilla Soup

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.

Herb & Garlic Mushroom Pasta

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.

Crispy Butternut Squash & Poblano Tacos

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.

Vegan "Cheesy" Broccoli Soup

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.

Mushroom Lentil Spaghetti "Bolognese"

Mushroom Lentil Spaghetti “Bolognese”

A super hearty pasta made with lentils and mushrooms instead of meat!

Sustenance Sweet Potato Stew 

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 🙂

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!

Macro Bowls with Turmeric Tahini Sauce

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!

Sweet Potatoes, Many Ways

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!

Let me know if you have any dinner recipe requests for 2018!

If you make this, let us see! Tag your photo with #loveandlemons on Instagram.


  1. MBC on said:

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

    • 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 on said:

    The Sweet Potatoes, Many Ways recipe looks sooooo good!

  4. Jessica on said:

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

  5. Gaby Dalkin on said:

    YESSS! These look so delish!!

  6. yify on said:

    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 on said:

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

  8. Kelly Mahan on said:

    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 on said:

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

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