15 Mouthwatering Meatless Main Dishes
Whether you’re trying to go full vegetarian or you’re just looking to include something like a meatless Monday in your meal planning routine, the meatless main dishes below are a great starting point!
To help you find recipes you’ll actually enjoy, we’ve included some of our favorite healthy vegetarian main dishes. They’re full of flavor, great ingredients, and best of all, they’re simple.
1. Lemon Herb Potato Salad
This was a popular recipe in our picnic recipes roundup, and it’s such a great meatless main dish! The lemon herb dressing is light, flavorful, and delicious.
2. Korean Fried Cauliflower
This dish is amazing. Healthy, bite-sized cauliflower florets seasoned, battered, fried, and covered in a sweet and spicy Korean style sauce. This dish is surprisingly filling too!
Note: You’ll need an air fryer to make this Korean fried cauliflower recipe. Check out our air fryer buying guide to find the right one! We have tons of other fantastic and healthy air fryer recipes too.
3. Cauliflower Alfredo
This is a healthy sauce recipe so it’s not exactly a main dish, but serve it up with your favorite noodles and you’ve got a healthy, veggie-filled alfredo dish! You can also serve the sauce over top rice for something simple and filling.
4. Cheesy Stuffed Shells
This is probably one of my favorite meatless main dishes. It’s the perfect comfort food! Quite easy to make, very yummy, super filling, and it also doubles as a freezer meal.
5. Crockpot Vegetable Soup
Here’s another one of my favorite healthy vegetarian main dishes. You just can’t beat a homemade bowl of vegetable soup! Being that this is a slow cooker meal it’s really hands-off too, and it’s loaded with a variety of vegetables.
6. Taco Bowl
Just by the image you can tell this is a flavorful dish! It’s a family favorite too. The taco bowl is FILLED with healthy ingredients like corn, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, lettuce, rice, and more. Then it’s topped with an amazing yet easy to make avocado lime dressing.
7. Mom’s Famous Spaghetti
Let me start this one off by saying this is a VERY versatile recipe. We typically make it with meat, but it’s easy to convert into a vegetarian recipe by removing the meat and adding more veggies.
You can also cook this recipe in the slow cooker or skillet, and it can be frozen as well. Serve over your favorite spaghetti for an easy meal!
8. Veggie Burgers
Our list of meatless main dishes wouldn’t be quite complete without a healthy veggie burger recipe! If you want to switch up burger night every once in a while, this is the recipe to use.
9. Baked Pancake Squares
Yes – we’ve had this as a main dish for dinner before. They’re not the healthiest, but they’re an easy last-minute option and the kids love them! They’re a good vegetarian breakfast option too.
10. Broccoli Cheese Soup
Creamy cheesy broccoli soup. Need I say more? This is definitely a huge comfort food meal and one of our favorite vegetarian soup recipes. It’s even better served with some dinner rolls! You can easily make this dish low carb and gluten-free as well if you want!
11. Buffalo Chickpea Taquitos
We’ve done our own chicken taquitos before, but these vegetarian ones look like a great alternative! They have all the spice and flavor of regular buffalo taquitos, plus they’re healthier and still packed with protein.
12. One Pan Gnocchi & Veggies
Don’t you just love one-pan meals? They’re so easy and convenient! This gnocchi and veggie dinner looks like an awesome meatless option for a busy weekday.
13. Thai Peanut Noodles
Here’s another easy meatless main dish. It only takes 20 minutes in total! It’s nutritious too, packed with veggies and brown rice noodles covered in a yummy peanut sauce.
14. Chickpea Mushroom Meatballs
I don’t know if you consider meatballs a main dish, but these vegetarian ones look filling enough! Served over spaghetti or some other type of noodles they’d be amazing.
15. Vegetable Stir Fry
A list of meatless main dishes wouldn’t be quite complete without a simple vegetable stir fry dish! This one looks beautifully colorful, packed with delicious and flavorful ingredients.
Which Meatless Meals Will You Try?
With all the delicious vegetarian meal options above, going meatless even just a couple times a week will be easy! You won’t be missing out on any flavor, you’ll be eating healthier, and you’ll be trying new things.
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