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There are many reasons to eat less meat: your health, your budget, the environment, to name a few. Whatever your reason for changing up your diet, there are plenty of flavorful vegetarian and vegan-friendly meals that are worth giving a try, whether you’re a vegetarian or not. Don’t worry about sacrificing for flavor because these 50 amazing dinner recipes won’t have you missing beef, chicken or pork in the slightest.
This easy weeknight dinner idea is vegetarian-friendly and packed with protein. Trust us; this easy chickpea curry will be your best friend.
This butternut squash cavatelli is bursting with autumnal flavor, but it's good any time of year. If you want it to be particularly tasty, check out when squash is in season in our monthly produce guide.
Stuffed peppers are a dinner staple but instead of using ground beef, this recipe has a savory filling made of lentils, quinoa and rice. Make extra and eat them throughout the week to make meal prepping a breeze.
If you’re looking for massively flavorful sandwiches worthy of the dinner table, this grilled cheese with Brie, balsamic mushrooms and onions is perfect.
Make this favorite Asian takeout dish at home in only 30 minutes. Prepare the peanut sauce ahead of time to make sure the flavors bloom. Enjoy this dish on its own or serve with marinated tofu on top.
This broccoli cheddar soup is one of the absolute best recipes for cheese lovers. Serve with a fresh baguette and an apple for the full Panera experience.
The best part of any Mexican dish is all that cheese. These easy queso fresco enchiladas are loaded with the good stuff and pair wonderfully with more of our best Mexican recipes.
This simple herby pesto pairs with any of your favorite pasta shapes, though it’s best served with telephone cord-shaped busiate or other long-cut pasta. Use this pesto to create a satisfying pasta dish that's ready in under 30 minutes.
If you’re looking for a great way to use your leftovers, these mashed potato quesadillas are everything you need.
If you can’t find fresh veggies at your store, try this vegetarian three-bean chili. It is one of those delicious dinners that can be made almost entirely from canned food.
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.
If you’re looking for one of the best ways to cook fresh tomatoes, you should add this recipe for Mediterranean stuffed tomatoes to your collection. Couscous and olives take these tomatoes from side to main.
One of the best dinners to make in an air fryer, this coconut-coated tofu is the perfect protein to put in a hearty rice bowl with pickled veggies and a bit of mango. You can easily swap tofu for a cauliflower version if you want.
This easy broccoli casserole is full of butter, cheese and mayonnaise, so you almost forget it's loaded with green veggies. Use either fresh or frozen broccoli — both work well.
A simple grilled cheese is one of those classic childhood dinners. This Caprese-inspired grilled cheese includes fresh tomato, mozzarella and basil to make this sandwich a little more adult, but it's still a lot of fun.
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, sour cream, shredded cheese or pickled jalapeños.
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.
These breakfast tacos feature eggs, black beans and perfectly caramelized onions. Despite their name, this recipe is one of the best tacos for any time of day.
This recipe is springtime in a dish when fresh asparagus and ramps are at their peak. Take real advantage of springtime’s bounty by adding in morel mushrooms. If you can’t find ramps, that’s OK, just swap in scallion greens or chives.
This incredibly indulgent twist on mac and cheese has a secret: cream cheese. It’s just one of those unexpected ingredients that go great in mac and cheese.
If you feel like you’re eating too many carbs, consider making this healthy, veggie-forward zoodles and asparagus recipe.
Of all the great ways to cook eggs, this quiche is one of the easiest. This recipe technically calls for breakfast meat, but you can sub a vegan sausage, more veggies or any of these unexpected ingredients that go great with eggs.
This roasted squash soup is great as an appetizer or a main dish. Serve with some crusty bread, dip and enjoy.
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.
Grandma was the best cook, and this made-from-scratch eggplant parmesan tastes like it just came from her kitchen. Enjoy it with your favorite pasta on the side.
An edible flower stuffed with cheesy goodness? Pass the fork, please! Grab zucchini blossoms from your local farmers market when they’re in season to make this classic Italian dish for dinner.
This stuffed, grilled mushroom is one of the best vegetarian dishes to serve at a cookout. Meat lovers and vegetarians alike will go nuts for these cheesy Portobello mushrooms.
This one-pan sweet potato hash is great when you're craving brinner. Since everything is cooked on a single sheet pan, you don’t have to worry about cleaning up a pile of dishes after eating.
Chicken parm has nothing on this roasted broccoli parmesan bake. After all, broccoli and cheese is one of the all-time best food combinations.
Missing meat? Toss one of these plant-based patties on the grill or stove just like any other burger. Assemble it with your favorite toppings and enjoy.
This Southern-inspired tomato pie is a great way to use the fresh tomatoes in your garden before the season ends. If you don’t feel like making your own crust, you can use refrigerated pie crust instead.
This hearty lentil and poached egg recipe is made using an Instant Pot. Get the most out of this popular kitchen gadget by using it to make Instant Pot breakfast recipes too.
It’s like a BLT but without the bacon, of course. Instead, delicious runny eggs are the protein source in this hearty sandwich. Serve with fries or alongside one of our 50 best salads.
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