Top 15 Yummy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes You Must Try

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So you are a vegan and you find it an extremely boring affair. Well, being a vegetarian does not mean that your taste buds will be deprived of savory foods.

Top 15 Vegetarian Dinner Recipes:

Here, we have provided 15 best dinner recipes that will make you completely forget about savory meat items:

1. Lentil-Barley Burgers With Fiery Fruit Salsa:

Let us start with a main dish, burger, which contains lentils, leftover pearl barley, many vegetables, tangy seasoning and surprisingly no bun! The recipe has become popular worldwide and you can even make more flavorful with a topping of sweet and zesty fruit salsa.

Ingredients:


For Burger:

  1. Dried lentils
  2. Leftover pearl barley
  3. Egg
  4. Canola oil
  5. Carrot, onion
  6. Garlic
  7. Tomato paste
  8. Cumin powder
  9. Dried oregano
  10. Chili powder
  11. Black pepper powder
  12. Japanese bread crumbs (panko)
  13. Salt, fresh parsley
  14. Water and cooking spray

For Salsa:

  1. Mango,
  2. Pineapple,
  3. Tomatillo,
  4. Grape tomato,
  5. Fresh lime juice and Serrano chile

Method:

  1. Boil the lentils and make a smooth paste of half of them.
  2. Mix both processed and unprocessed lentils in a bowl.
  3. Saute barley and all veggies in the oil with the spices.
  4. Meantime, prepare the salsa by combining all its ingredients.
  5. Make 8 equal patties from the vegetable mixture and fry them until each side gets brown.
  6. Finally, serve with chilled salsa.

2. Tuscan White Bean Soup With Escarole:

What is a dinner without a warm and nourishing soup? This Italian soup recipe comprises soft vegetables that melt in the mouth and boost your protein intake too.

Ingredients:

  1. Great Northern beans (with no salt)
  2. Olive oil
  3. Onion
  4. Carrot
  5. Clove
  6. Red pepper
  7. Black pepper
  8. Escarole
  9. Fresh rosemary
  10. Fresh thyme sprigs
  11. Fresh Parmesan cheese
  12. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese rind
  13. Salt
  14. White wine
  15. Vinegar
  16. Organic vegetable broth and water

Method:

  1. Saute onion and garlic in the oil.
  2. Add the remainder of the ingredients to it through the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese rind and allow the whole thing boil.
  3. When everything gets tender, add the spices and stir for some time.
  4. Lastly, remove the rind out of the pan and top the hot soup with shredded Parmesan cheese.

3. Vegetable ‘Meat’ Loaf:

This vegetable version of the famous ‘meat loaf’ is popular among the Americans. It is regarded as one of the best vegetarian dinner recipes as well.

Ingredients:


For Meat Loaf:

  1. Japanese bread crumbs (panko)
  2. Olive oil
  3. Egg
  4. Red and green bell peppers
  5. Red onion
  6. Asparagus
  7. Cremini mushrooms
  8. Ketchup
  9. Walnut
  10. Dijon mustard
  11. Black pepper powder
  12. Kosher salt
  13. Fresh basil
  14. Fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  15. Cooking spray

For Topping:

  1. Vegetable broth
  2. Ketchup
  3. Dijon mustard

Method:

  1. Broil peeled, deseeded and halved bell peppers in a preheated broiler with skin sides up.
  2. Remove their blackened skin and chop them finely after keeping them in a paper bag for 10 minutes.
  3. Saute the shredded mushrooms in oil until the water disappears and mix them with the bell peppers.
  4. Also, sauté asparagus and onion and combine it with the previous mixture.
  5. Now, bake the breadcrumbs until golden brown and add it along with other ingredients to the mushroom mixture.
  6. Blend well and fill a loaf pan with it evenly.
  7. Bake it after spritzing some cooking spray.
  8. Prepare the topping by mixing all its ingredients and brush it over the baked loaf.
  9. Bake for another 10 minutes.

4. Rösti Casserole With Baked Eggs:

This Swedish vegetarian delicacy is an ingenious twist to the traditional rösti. This is a low-calorie meal, which you can serve with a savory green salad.

Ingredients:

  1. All-purpose flour
  2. Frozen hash brown potatoes
  3. Turnip
  4. Egg
  5. Butter
  6. Greek-style yogurt (fat-free)
  7. Whole nutmeg
  8. Black pepper powder
  9. Salt
  10. Fresh chives
  11. Gruyère cheese
  12. Cooking spray

Method:

  1. Mix the all-purpose flour and Greek-style yogurt by stirring well.
  2. Add all other ingredients except the eggs to it and blend properly.
  3. Spread it uniformly on a baking dish and bake in a preheated oven until the whole thing gets bubbly.
  4. Create 8 notches on its top by using the backside of a spoon and add 1 egg to each of them.
  5. Bake until the eggs become hard.
  6. Serve hot with black pepper powder and shredded cheese.

5. Fall Vegetable Curry:

If you are a pure vegetarian who loves to please her taste buds with delicious Indian foods, this fall vegetable curry is perfect for you. It is super easy and can be made within half an hour.

Ingredients:

  1. Sweet potato
  2. Cauliflower florets
  3. Yellow onion
  4. Garbanzo beans
  5. Tomato (with no salt)
  6. Olive oil
  7. Greek yogurt (reduced-fat)
  8. Vegetable broth
  9. Fresh cilantro
  10. Madras curry powder
  11. Salt

Method:

  1. Sauté the sweet potatoes in the olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to it one by one and let the entire thing boil nicely.
  3. Once all the veggies become tender enough, spread some fresh chopped cilantro over it
  4. Serve with the Greek-style yogurt.

6. Eggplant Parmesan:

The eggplant Parmesan is nothing but an authentic Italian vegetarian dinner dish. Being a classic recipe with amazing flavor, it is included in the list of the 15 most admired veg recipes and there is no surprise in it.

Ingredients:


For Eggplant

  1. Eggplants, eggs
  2. Whole-wheat Japanese bread crumbs (panko)
  3. Fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  4. Cooking spray and water

For Filling

  1. Eggs
  2. Garlic
  3. Red pepper powder
  4. Fresh basil
  5. Fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  6. Part-skim ricotta cheese and salt

For Gravy

  1. Pasta sauce
  2. Mozzarella cheese
  3. Fontina cheese and salt

Method:

  1. Take two shallow dishes, one of which should contain an egg mixture (egg and water) and the other a panko mixture (panko and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese).
  2. Dip the eggplant slices in both of them one by one and place them on the baking sheets followed by the coating of a cooking spray.
  3. Bake them in a preheated oven.
  4. Prepare the filling by mixing all the ingredients together.
  5. Now, pour pasta sauce in a cooking-spray coated baking dish and put half of the eggplant over it. Sprinkle a bit of salt over them.
  6. Pour some more pasta sauce and add shredded mozzarella and fontina.
  7. Place rest of the eggplant and top them with another layer of pasta sauce.
  8. Bake it by covering the dish with an aluminum foil. 

7. Poblano, Mango And Black Bean Quesadillas:

This Mexican quesadilla is a perfect hot and sweet dish that vegetarians can try at dinner.

Ingredients:

  1. Poblano chile
  2. Jarred mango
  3. Black beans
  4. Avocado
  5. Flour tortillas (fat-free)
  6. Olive oil
  7. Onion (presliced is better)
  8. Dried oregano
  9. Black pepper
  10. Sharp cheddar cheese (reduced-fat)
  11. Salt and cooking spray

Method:

  1. Sauté deseeded and finely chopped poblano with onion, dried oregano, black pepper and salt in oil.
  2. Once the onion becomes soft enough, put black beans in the mixture.
  3. After cooking for a while, add jarred mango and avocado to it and stir in.
  4. Fill the center parts of each flour tortilla with this bean mixture and sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over them.
  5. Now, fold them carefully in half and place on a cooking-spray coated baking sheet.
  6. Broil in a preheated broiler until the cheese melts nicely.

8. Curried Couscous With Broccoli And Feta:

It is an international dish that does not make use of meat. The curry with ginger flavor can truly be a great choice for a dinner party.

Ingredients:

  1. Raw couscous
  2. Broccoli florets
  3. Crumbled feta cheese
  4. Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  5. Red onion
  6. Carrot
  7. Fresh ginger
  8. Dry-roasted cashews
  9. Raisins
  10. Olive oil
  11. White wine vinegar
  12. Curry powder
  13. Sugar
  14. Salt and water

Method:

  1. Stir the raw couscous in boiling water for some time.
  2. After 5 minutes of standing time, fluff it up by using a fork.
  3. Make the broccoli florets soft by steaming for a few minutes.
  4. Add all ingredients including the tender broccoli to the couscous and toss slowly.
  5. Top with crumbled feta cheese.

9. Chili-Glazed Tofu Over Asparagus And Rice:

The Asian superfood ‘Tofu’ doesn’t need an introduction. If you are looking for a healthy dinner item, give this spicy tofu recipe a shot.

Ingredients:

  1. Long grain rice (boil-in-bag)
  2. Extra firm tofu
  3. Asparagus
  4. Hot chili sauce (with garlic is preferable)
  5. Soy sauce (low-sodium)
  6. Rice vinegar
  7. Peanut oil
  8. Dark sesame oil
  9. Carrot
  10. Ginger
  11. Sugar
  12. Salt
  13. Black pepper and water

Method:

  1. Submerge the bag of long-grain rice in boiling water and take it out after 10 minutes.
  2. Put asparagus in the same water and cook for a minute.
  3. Prepare a soy sauce mixture by blending hot chili sauce, ginger, rice vinegar and sugar with soy sauce.
  4. Spread a little salt and black pepper over the tofu and cook it in heated peanut oil until brown.
  5. Pour the soy sauce mixture over them and keep stirring until cooked.
  6. Add shredded carrot, sesame oil and salt to the rice and asparagus mixture.
  7. Place the tofu over it and serve.

10. Fontal Polenta With Mushroom Sauté:

This delicious saute is one of the favorite dinner items of the Midwest people. The rich taste of cheese and mushroom make it a true gourmet treat.

Ingredients:

  1. Fontal or Fontina cheese
  2. Instant polenta
  3. Cremini mushrooms (sliced)
  4. Exotic mushroom blend
  5. Olive oil
  6. Milk (reduced-fat)
  7. Garlic
  8. Black pepper
  9. Fresh oregano
  10. Fresh thyme
  11. Fresh lemon juice
  12. Salt
  13. Organic vegetable broth

Method:

  1. Saute sliced cremini mushrooms in the oil for 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, fresh lemon juice, a portion of organic vegetable broth, black pepper, salt and all herbs to it.
  3. Take milk and the rest of the organic vegetable broth in a pan and let it boil.
  4. Add polenta, salt and half of the Fontal or Fontina cheese to it and stir continuously.
  5. Place equal amounts of polenta in 4 gratin dishes and sprinkle rest of the cheese over them.
  6. Broil each of those gratin dishes in a preheated broiler.
  7. Serve with shredded mushrooms.

11. Brown Butter Gnocchi With Spinach And Pine Nuts:

Gnocchi is a traditional Italian food item that is widely known for its wonderful taste and flavor. In this vegetarian recipe, add some fresh black pepper to the potato gnocchi and spinach combination to make the dish more palatable.

Ingredients:

  1. Vacuum-packed gnocchi
  2. Fresh spinach
  3. Pine nuts
  4. Butter
  5. Garlic
  6. Black pepper powder
  7. Salt
  8. Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Method:

  1. Start with preparing the gnocchi by following the directions mentioned on the packaging.
  2. Melt butter on medium heat and cook the pine nuts in it to light brown.
  3. Add garlic, spinach and the cooked gnocchi to it.
  4. Keep stirring until a soft, smooth and thick mixture is prepared.
  5. Sprinkle some salt and black pepper powder over it.
  6. Top with some shredded Parmesan cheese.

12. Chickpea And Winter Vegetable Stew:

This Moroccan stew not only keeps you warm during those chilly winter days, but also helps you get the required nutrition without eating meat!

Ingredients:

  1. Garbanzo beans / chickpeas
  2. Extra-virgin olive oil
  3. Onion
  4. Garlic
  5. Honey
  6. Tomato paste
  7. Yukon gold potato
  8. Turnip
  9. Carrot
  10. Butternut squash
  11. Harissa (a Moroccan spice paste)
  12. Cumin powder
  13. Coriander powder
  14. Red pepper powder
  15. Raw couscous
  16. Caraway seeds
  17. Leek
  18. Fresh flat-leaf parsley
  19. Salt
  20. Vegetable stock
  21. Lemon wedges

Method:

  1. Saute onion and leeks in the oil for 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add all other veggies and spices to that one by one.
  3. Stir cook for some time.
  4. Then, add the garbanzo beans / chickpeas and the vegetable stock to the mixture and let it boil.
  5. Stir in by adding honey and fresh parsley.
  6. Separate a few cups of the mixture and stir it in the couscous.
  7. Give it a standing time of 5 minutes by placing a cover on the bowl.
  8. Fluff the mixture by using a fork.
  9. Finally, garnish with the lemon wedges and serve hot.

13. Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili:

Beans are one of the most nutritious vegetarian foods around and this unique Mexican dish packs all the goodness of 3 types of beans. Make it a staple item in your dinner for a high-protein, low-fat diet.

Ingredients:

  1. Red kidney beans
  2. Pinto beans
  3. Cannellini beans
  4. Red onion
  5. Green onion
  6. Garlic
  7. Bell pepper
  8. Red pepper
  9. Butternut squash
  10. Tomato (with no salt)
  11. Extra-virgin olive oil
  12. Paprika
  13. Cumin powder
  14. Salt
  15. Vegetable broth

Method:

  1. Broil peeled, deseeded and halved bell peppers in a preheated broiler by keeping the skin sides up on a foiled baking sheet.
  2. Remove their blackened skin and chop them finely after keeping them in a paper bag for 10 minutes.
  3. Saute all other veggies in the oil and add 3 types of beans to them.
  4. Prepare a thick mixture and spread chopped green onions over it.

14. Black Bean And Cheese Enchiladas With Ranchero Sauce:

If you want to spice up your dinner with a spicy Mexican dish, this chile sauce meal is perfect for you. It can provide lots of protein, while keeping you full for a longer period of time.

Ingredients:

  1. Dried ancho chiles
  2. Black beans
  3. Green onion
  4. Yellow onion
  5. Garlic
  6. Fresh oregano
  7. Red pepper powder
  8. Cumin powder
  9. Tomato paste (with no salt)
  10. Light sour cream
  11. Corn tortillas
  12. Olive oil
  13. Kosher salt
  14. Fresh lime juice
  15. Organic vegetable broth
  16. Mexican-blend cheese (reduced-fat 4-cheese)
  17. Cooking spray and water

Method:

  1. Boil the dried ancho chiles in water and separate the cooking liquid from them.
  2. Prepare a thick onion mixture by sautéing yellow onions, garlic, tomato paste, oregano, kosher salt and vegetable broth in the oil.
  3. Process it with the boiled chiles and the cooking liquid.
  4. When a smooth concoction is ready, add red pepper powder and fresh lime juice to that.
  5. Spread it evenly on a cooking spray-coated baking dish.
  6. Mix the black beans and Mexican-blend cheese with half of the green onions and fill the centers of the tortillas with it after warming them up properly.
  7. Arrange them in the baking dish and spread rest of the sauce.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven.
  9. Top with chopped green onions and light sour cream.

15. Four-Cheese Stuffed Shells With Smoky Marinara:

This is a true delight for pasta lovers. The delicate smoky aroma of this exclusive Italian dish is enough to accompany some tasty garlic breads and a spicy green salad.

Ingredients:

  1. Jumbo shell pasta
  2. Smoky Marinara
  3. Fresh Parmesan cheese
  4. Asiago cheese
  5. Cottage cheese (low-fat)
  6. Ricotta cheese
  7. Mozzarella cheese (partly skimmed)
  8. Black pepper
  9. Frozen spinach
  10. Fresh chives
  11. Fresh parsley
  12. Salt and cooking spray.

Method:

  1. Follow the instructions mentioned on the packaging and prepare the jumbo shell pasta without using salt and fat.
  2. Make a cheese mixture by processing ricotta and cottage cheese together and combining other cheeses and herbs with it.
  3. Stuff each cooked shell with this mixture and place them on two baking dishes coated with the cooking spray.
  4. Top the shells with smoky marinara and mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake them in a preheated oven with foil covers.

So you see, being a vegetarian need not be a dull affair! With these amazing recipes, you can sure spice up your meal times! Which one are you going to try tonight? Do not forget to share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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