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20 Of The Best Meatless Meals

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20 Of The Best Meatless Meals | A roundup of easy, delicious vegetarian dinner ideas |

So here’s the story – we’ve had the fun of hosting my stepson and stepdaughter with us in Belgium for a solid chunk of the summer. Both of them generally avoid eating meat! Although my husband and I are not vegetarians, I want to do my best to honor their preferences while my kitchen is their kitchen.

The only problem is that, traditionally, I think about 90% of my go-to meatless meals have been pasta. And most of the rest are pizza! Now, you’ll never hear me complain about making pasta or pizza on any given night. But every night? My waistline cries. Time for some new ideas.

Fortunately, there are tons of amazing meatless dinner recipes out there! Without further ado, here’s a round-up of 20 favorites to get you started or provide new inspiration, whatever your own meatless meal ambitions may be. 🙂

20 of the Best Meatless Meals

1.) Quinoa Mushroom Risotto

This just screams comfort food – I mean, look, it is gorgeous! Especially with that poached egg on top. Give me the plate and no one gets hurt. Supergolden Bakes

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2.) Quick and Easy Vegetable Lasagna

One thing’s for sure – incorporating veggies into familiar comfort foods is a good strategy for encouraging picky eaters to down more good greens. This lasagna looks like a mega-watt winner in that regard! The Seasoned Mom

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3.) Simple Stir Fried Noodles

I love that these are so simple and use basic ingredients. What a great dinner, or lunch! Adaptable to lots of leftover fridge veggies, too. Love is in My Tummy

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4.) Saag Paneer

One of my kitchen goals is to learn to make more and better Indian food. This looks like a fine place to start. I’ll take mine with a big helping of naan, pretty please! My Food Story

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5.) Loaded Sweet Potato Breakfast Nachos

Breakfast nachos that just happen to be vegan and gluten-free!? I’d like a batch for breakfast, brunch, lunch, AND dinner! Danielle’s Kitchen

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6.) Spicy Black Bean Tacos with Corn and Pico de Gallo

My own favorite vegetarian tacos will absolutely rival your best beef or chicken tacos any day. Not to be missed! Nourish & Fete

Spicy black bean tacos with corn and pico de gallo | A fast vegetarian Mexican dish, the best quick weeknight dinner and meatless meal!

7.) Spaghetti with Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic

This simple recipe is super popular on Pinterest, and with good reason – the emulsified sauce is easy, light, and delicious! My go-to 20-minute meal. Nourish & Fete

8.) Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

Since seeking out more meatless meals, I’ve fallen hard for the versatile and amazing chickpea. Exhibit A: this rich, hearty-looking curry – I wish one of those bowls were headed my way! The Happiness Kitchen

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9.) Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Exhibit B: This hearty stew. Isn’t it a beautiful, rich color? The Life Jolie

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10.) Stuffed Grilled Peppers

Well, now, these girls just look delicious. Grilling season is all year round, if you ask me, but depending on your options, I bet these would also be terrific baked! Foodie Girl Chicago

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11.) Eggplant Stuffed Shells

I’ll understand if you drool a little when you lay eyes on these cheesy veggie stuffed shells. They’re even freezer-friendly, if you want to plan ahead or make a double batch and stock up! I bet they’d be incredible with this super fast weeknight marinara sauce, too. Simple Seasonal

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12.) Ratatouille Tian

How tender and amazing do the layers of veggies look in this beautiful dish? Send it my way! Champagne Tastes

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13.) Vegan Spicy Peanut Noodles

These look amazing and are made in one pot in 20 minutes. I wouldn’t trust myself alone with that bowl… Ruchi’s Kitchen

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14.) Peanut Tofu and Soba Noodle Bowls

More yummy noodles – these are definitely making my mouth water! I love that the sauce is mostly a blend of peanut butter and soy sauce – nothing like using simple pantry staples to please a crowd. My Kitchen Love

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15.) Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

Time for more Mexican, specifically, a big spoonful of this hearty enchilada casserole with corn, black beans, and fire-roasted chilis. Yes please! Also from My Kitchen Love

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16.) Roasted Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

Can you ever have enough enchiladas? NOPE! Roasted squash and black beans make a dreamy filling, especially with that cool, creamy avocado on top. Yummy Mummy Kitchen

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17.) Curried Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Soup’s on, and this creamy pumpkin number looks to die for! Everyday Easy Eats

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18.) Broccoli Crescent Wrap

This cheesy crescent wrap looks crusty and delicious, a bit like a much healthier version of Stromboli! I’d love this for dinner or maybe a vegetarian-friendly game day snack. Trial and Eater

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19.) Broccoli Cheddar Risotto

Speaking of the beauty of broccoli plus cheese, check out this luscious risotto. I want it all! Savory Tooth

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20.) Healthy Vegetable Pad Thai

Last but certainly not least, this looks incredible. I love pad thai and order it all the time when we get take-out. How great would it be to be able to make it at home, too!? Art From My Table

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Now the only question is, which one are you going to make first!?


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    Samantha | My Kitchen Love
    August 21, 2017 at 3:02 am

    So many inspiring posts!! Thanks for including my Tofu Bowl and my Enchilada Quinoa!! I can’t wait to check out each recipe.

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      August 21, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Hi Samantha – thank YOU for such great contributions! Your tofu bowl is on my menu for later this week – so excited!

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    Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    August 18, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    These all look amazing!!! Thanks for including mine 😀

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      August 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks, Sarah, and the joy was all mine – that ratatouille looks fantastic!

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    August 17, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    A bunch of deliciousness in one frame. Thanks for sharing Monica! Pinning it right now.

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      August 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks, Ruchi! I loved your recipe so much!

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    Julia @ Happy Foods Tube
    August 17, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration because I too always make pasta recipes mostly! 🙂

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    jane @ littlesugarsnaps
    August 17, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    This is a fantastic round-up for meat free meals. I can eat pasta until the cows come home but when guests come over it’s nice to put something new and exciting onto the table for them. Enjoy your summer visit from your family.

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    August 17, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Such a wonderful collection of recipes! I can’t wait to try that Saag Paneer.

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    Amy | The Cook Report
    August 17, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    What a great round up – I’m always looking for new vegetarian dinners so will bookmark this

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    Calleigh - TheForkBite
    August 17, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Great listicles for meatless meals. I would like to try first the Brocolli crescent wrap. this looks so yum, Thanks for sharing.

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    Alia | Everyday Easy Eats
    August 17, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Hi Monica!! Thanks so much for featuring my pumpkin soup recipe! All of the recipes in your roundup look great!! 🙂

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      August 17, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Absolutely – thank you! It looks so delicious, and perfect for fall!

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