Vegetarian Dinner Recipes That Are Cheap and Easy
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Vegetarian Dinner Recipes That Are Cheap and Easy

Bye-bye, meat!
Vegetarian Dinner Recipes That Are Cheap and Easy
David Kaplan/The Daily Meal

There are a lot of reasons to eat less meat: for your health, for your budget, for the environment and because there’s a looming meat shortage due to the coronavirus pandemic. These 50 vegetarian- and pescetarian-friendly recipes are perfect for any night of the week and won’t have you missing beef, chicken or pork in the slightest.

Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

Three Bean Vegetarian Chili
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If you can’t find fresh veggies at your store, this vegetarian three bean chili is one of those delicious dinners that can be made from cans.

For the Three Bean Vegetarian Chili recipe, click here.

Mashed Potato Quesadillas

Mashed Potato Quesadillas
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If you’re looking for how to use your leftovers, these mashed potato quesadillas are everything you need.

For the Mashed Potato Quesadillas recipe, click here.

Easy Chickpea and Potato Curry

Easy Chickpea and Potato Curry
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This simple weeknight dinner idea is vegetarian-friendly and packed with protein. Trust us, this easy chickpea curry will be your best friend.

For the Easy Chickpea and Potato Curry recipe, click here.

Fusilli and Broccoli Casserole

Fusilli and Broccoli Casserole
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This fusilli and broccoli casserole is a wonder of different textures, from the creamy melted cheeses to the tender vegetables to the crunchy onions on top. Just make sure you know how to cook your pasta correctly before proceeding.

For the Fusilli and Broccoli Casserole recipe, click here.

Easy Spinach Lasagna

Easy Spinach Lasagna
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This easy spinach lasagna is full of greens and creamy cheese. If you find yourself busy during the week, make this when you have spare time and throw it in the freezer. This is just one of the best comfort foods to make ahead and freeze.

For the Easy Spinach Lasagna recipe, click here.

Mini Naan Pizzas

Mini Naan Pizzas
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Get the whole family together to make these mini naan pizzas, which you can customize to your liking. Top them with mushrooms, peppers, onions, olives or whatever veggie tickles your fancy. And once you master this simple recipe, try these other recipes for pizza night at home.

For the Mini Naan Pizzas recipe, click here.

Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes

Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes
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If you’re looking for one of the best dishes to make at home, period, then this recipe for Mediterranean stuffed tomatoes should be added to your collection. It just so happens that they’re vegetarian.

For the Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes recipe, click here.

Healthy Egg Salad

Healthy Egg Salad
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This healthy egg salad is perfect for a quick and easy meal. Just make sure you know how to cook and peel hard-boiled eggs.

For the Healthy Egg Salad recipe, click here.

Healthy Tuna Salad

Healthy Tuna Salad
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If fish is a part of your diet, consider this healthy tuna salad on some toasted bread for a throwback dinner. Canned tuna is a great shelf-stable ingredient — here’s how long it and everything else in your pantry lasts.

For the Healthy Tuna Salad recipe, click here.

Mushroom and Red Rice Casserole

Mushroom and Red Rice Casserole
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Mushrooms are one of those foods that boost your immune system, so be sure to take two helpings of this colorful weeknight mushroom and red rice casserole.

For the Mushroom and Red Rice Casserole recipe, click here.

Crispy Chickpea Croutons With Yogurt Dressing

Crispy Chickpea Croutons With Yogurt Dressing
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Yogurt isn't just one of the most iconic breakfast foods of all time. You can also use it as a base for a healthy salad dressing to be paired with crispy chickpeas and arugula.

For the Crispy Chickpea Croutons With Yogurt Dressing recipe, click here.

Queso Fresco Enchiladas

Queso Fresco Enchiladas
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The best part of any Mexican dish is all the cheese. These easy queso fresco enchiladas are loaded with the good stuff and pair wonderfully with more of our best Mexican recipes.

For the Queso Fresco Enchiladas recipe, click here.

Sesame Peanut Noodle Bowl

Sesame Peanut Noodle Bowl
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Skip curbside pickup and make this copycat takeout recipe. This sesame peanut noodle bowl comes together in just 20 minutes, which is less time than it would take to pick up dinner from your local Thai spot.

For the Sesame Peanut Noodle Bowl recipe, click here.

Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli Casserole
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This easy broccoli casserole is full of butter, cheese and mayonnaise, so you almost forget that it's loaded with green veggies. Use either fresh or frozen broccoli — both work well.

For the Broccoli Casserole recipe, click here.

Avocado Grilled Cheese

Avocado Grilled Cheese
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Entomatadas

Entomatadas

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This classic Mexican dish is perfect for any fiesta, even if you’re just cooking for yourself. Customize it with your choice of beans, vegetarian protein or fish as a filling.

For the Entomatadas recipe, click here.

Caprese Grilled Cheese

Caprese Grilled Cheese
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A simple grilled cheese is one of those classic childhood dinners. This Caprese-inspired grilled cheese uses fresh tomato, mozzarella and basil to make this sandwich a little more adult, but it's still a lot of fun.

For the Caprese Grilled Cheese recipe, click here.

Almond-Crusted Salmon Salad

Almond-Crusted Salmon Salad
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If you’re a pescatarian or trying to save money by eating less meat, this almond-crusted salmon salad is so satisfying, you won’t miss chicken or steak. Just make sure you know how to cook your salmon perfectly every time.

For the Almond-Crusted Salmon Salad recipe, click here.

Loaded Taco Fries

Loaded Taco Fries
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If you’re looking for dishes you can make out of the freezer, use frozen french fries as a base for this spin on nachos. Top with cheese, salsa, beans, onions, jalapeños or anything else your heart desires.

For the Loaded Taco Fries recipe, click here.

Greek-Inspired Penne

Greek-Inspired Penne
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This Green penne pasta dish with black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and feta cheese has something new to discover in every bite. If you want to cook like a chef, reserve a bit of pasta water and add it to your sauce.

For the Greek-Inspired Penne recipe, click here.

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad
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This Mexican-inspired salad features some of the best foods for weight loss, like quinoa, avocado and tomatoes. Serve as an entree or pair with a grilled vegetarian sausage.

For the Quinoa Salad recipe, click here.

Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup
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This simple black bean soup tastes exactly like the one you can find at Panera Bread. If you want to get creative with it, top this dish with avocado, shredded cheese or pickled jalapeños.

For the Black Bean Soup recipe, click here.

Impossibly Easy Quiche

Impossibly Easy Quiche
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Of all the great ways to cook eggs, this quiche is certainly one of the easiest. This recipe technically calls for breakfast meat, but simply sub a vegan sausage, more veggies or any of these unexpected ingredients that go great with eggs.

For the Impossibly Easy Quiche recipe, click here.

Sweet and Spicy Salmon

Sweet and Spicy Salmon
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This salmon recipe uses just a few pantry staple ingredients, creating a sweet yet spicy flavor that will keep you coming back for more.

For the Sweet and Spicy Salmon recipe, click here.

One-Pan Sweet Potato and Egg Hash

One-Pan Sweet Potato and Egg Hash
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Of all the great ways to cook eggs, this sheet pan dinner with sweet potatoes, peppers and onions is one of the best for any meal.

For the One-Pan Sweet Potato and Egg Hash recipe, click here.

Creamy Canned Vegetable Soup

Creamy Canned Vegetable Soup
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This simple vegetable soup is made using canned veggies, but you can use fresh or frozen if desired. Pair it with crusty homemade bread for a comforting meal.

For the Creamy Canned Vegetable Soup recipe, click here.

Ricotta Ravioli in a Butter and Sage Sauce

Ricotta Ravioli in a Butter and Sage Sauce
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This rich ricotta ravioli in a butter and sage sauce rivals the kind of dishes you’ll find at America’s best Italian restaurants. Pair with some wine for a romantic dinner at home.

For the Ricotta Ravioli in a Butter and Sage Sauce recipe, click here.

Cheesy Broccoli Tater-Topped Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Tater-Topped Casserole
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A Tater Tot casserole (or hotdish) is usually one of those dishes you’ll only find in the Midwest. Bring the heartland to your table with this veggie-packed dinner.

For the Cheesy Broccoli Tater-Topped Casserole recipe, click here.

Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili

Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili
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This vegetarian chili is made using an Instant Pot, which means that it’ll be ready in a jiffy. Serve with some cornbread, and you’re in for a feast.

For the Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili recipe, click here.

Skinny Zucchini Frittata

Skinny Zucchini Frittata
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Who says that frittatas have to be pigeonholed as one of the best brunch recipes? Whip up this zucchini frittata for a light dinner; serve with a salad and some potatoes for a full meal.

For the Skinny Zucchini Frittata recipe, click here.

Crab Fondue

Crab Fondue
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A shellfish and cheese fondue is one of those vintage dishes nobody makes anymore — but should. Bring it back for a fun weekend dinner.

For the Crab Fondue recipe, click here.

Caramelized Onion Breakfast Tacos

Caramelized Onion Breakfast Tacos
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These breakfast tacos feature eggs, black beans and perfectly caramelized onions and are satisfying any time of day. Honestly, this recipe is right up there with the best tacos in America.

For the Caramelized Onion Breakfast Tacos recipe, click here.

Balsamic Mushroom and Onion Grilled Brie Sandwich

Balsamic Mushroom and Onion Grilled Brie Sandwich
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If you’re looking for massively flavorful dinner ideas that take less than one hour to cook, this indulgent grilled cheese with Brie, balsamic mushrooms and onions is perfect for you.

For the Balsamic Mushroom and Onion Grilled Brie Sandwich recipe, click here.

Apple, Fennel and Cheddar Quiche

Apple, Fennel and Cheddar Quiche
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This apple, fennel and cheddar cheese quiche is one of the best breakfast-in-bed recipes, but we won’t judge if you eat this for dinner in bed. It’s just that good.

For the Apple, Fennel and Cheddar Quiche recipe, click here.

Cajun Grilled Cheese

Cajun Grilled Cheese
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If you want a little taste of Louisiana in your dinner, consider this Cajun grilled cheese recipe.

For the Cajun Grilled Cheese recipe, click here.

Lentils and Poached Eggs

Lentils and Poached Eggs
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This hearty lentils and poached eggs recipe is made using an Instant Pot. Get the most out of this popular kitchen gadget by using it to make more Instant Pot breakfast recipes too.

For the Lentils and Poached Eggs recipe, click here.

Korean Fried Cauliflower

Korean Fried Cauliflower
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If you want to make a dinner in feel like dinner out, make this Korean fried cauliflower recipe, straight from the kitchen of The Cheesecake Factory.

For the Korean Fried Cauliflower recipe, click here.

Blackened Redfish

Blackened Redfish

This quick and easy blackened redfish is best served on some crusty bread as a po’boy, but it’s great served with rice too.

For the Blackened Redfish recipe, click here.

Cheese and Macaroni Pie

Cheese and Macaroni Pie
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This incredibly indulgent twist on a comfort food classic has a secret: cream cheese. It’s just one of those unexpected ingredients that go great in mac and cheese.

For the Cheese and Macaroni Pie recipe, click here.

Zoodles and Asparagus With Lemon Cream Sauce

Zoodles and Asparagus With Lemon Cream Sauce
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If you feel like you’re eating too many carbs, consider making this healthy, veggie-forward zoodles and asparagus recipe.

For the Zoodles and Asparagus With Lemon Cream Sauce recipe, click here.

Butternut Squash Cavatelli

Butternut Squash Cavatelli
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This butternut squash cavatelli is bursting with autumnal flavor, but it's good any time of year. However, if you want it to be particularly tasty, check out when squash is in season in our monthly produce guide.

For the Butternut Squash Cavatelli recipe, click here.

Spring Pea Potstickers

Spring Pea Potstickers
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These spring pea potstickers are honestly like something you’d find at one of the best vegan-friendly restaurants in America — but they’re easily made right from your own kitchen.

For the Spring Pea Potstickers recipe, click here.

Shrimp Etouffee and Grits

Shrimp Etouffee and Grits

One of the absolute best Cajun recipes, this shrimp etouffee with grits is perfect for making any day of the year feel like Mardi Gras.

For the Shrimp Etouffee and Grits recipe, click here.

Tofu Avocado Bowl

Tofu Avocado Bowl
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Dry ramen noodle packages are one of those groceries with a long shelf life. If you want to use yours up and jazz them up as well, consider adding tofu, an egg and avocado into your bowl.

For the Tofu Avocado Bowl recipe, click here.

Black Bean Burger

Black Bean Burger
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Burgers are some of the most-searched-for recipes online, but if you’re trying to cut out red meat, these black bean burgers are a great option.

For the Black Bean Burger recipe, click here.

Spicy Tuna Roll

Spicy Tuna Roll
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You don’t have to order out from one of the best sushi restaurants in America to have a great spicy tuna roll at home. With the right ingredients, you can easily make it yourself.

For the Spicy Tuna Roll recipe, click here.

Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup

Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup
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This roasted squash soup is great as an appetizer or a main dish. Serve with some crusted bread, dip and enjoy.

For the Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup recipe, click here.

Roasted Spaghetti Squash With Tomato Sauce

Roasted Spaghetti Squash With Tomato Sauce
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Roasted spaghetti squash is one of those helpful ingredient swaps if you’re out of regular pasta or just trying to eat more veggies. Serve with jarred tomato sauce for a quick and easy dinner.

For the Roasted Spaghetti Squash With Tomato Sauce recipe, click here.

Spring Green Salad With Asparagus

Spring Green Salad With Asparagus

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If you want to make the most of all the produce that is fresh in the spring, consider this all-green salad with spring greens, asparagus, peas and avocado.

For the Spring Green Salad With Asparagus recipe, click here.