8 Simple & Satisfying Vegetarian Dinners

What's for dinner?! What about something vegetarian tonight? We've got an easy chickpea curry, eggplant parmesan, tomato pie, and more!

What’s for dinner? The question never stops being asked or needing to be answered!

If you’re a vegetarian, or just really like eating that way often (like I do), it can be especially easy to fall into the same defaults: breakfast-for-dinner, soup, pasta, tacos.

Many of the recipes below do align with those fallback meals – nothing wrong with what works! — but these recipes are also creative and different enough to break you out of whatever rut you might be in. We’ve also thrown in a few additional vegetarian recipes that maybe you haven’t thought of yet!

Vegetables add dimension and flavor to any recipe, so what’s not to love? Let’s get excited about veggies in our dinner tonight!

Vegetarian Stacked Enchiladas

Think of these as quicker, deconstructed enchiladas—ones that come together super fast.

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Cauliflower Chickpea Curry

A vegan curry with chickpeas and cauliflower comes to life with the addition of cilantro—don’t skip it. It brightens all the flavors.

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Easy Greek Salad tossed with greek salad dressing in a bowl

A Greek salad typically contains so many good-for-you ingredients—tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, peppers and olives for starters—that you’re bound to feel full afterward. Add a wedge of wholegrain bread, mix in some cooked grains, or top with a poached egg if you'd like a little more to your meal!

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This dish is a classic vegetarian alternative to chicken parm. With a little hands-off prep time—sliced eggplant needs some time to release its moisture—and baking the breaded slices instead of frying, you’ll have a delicious result.

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vegetarian tacos

Mexican fare definitely lends itself easily to vegetarian meals, and these tacos are loaded with onions, zucchini, green chiles and, of course, cheese!

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Asparagus Frittata

Eggs for dinner—always a winner! The best part? The bubbled browned top that comes from sliding the frittata under the broiler in the last few minutes.

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Classic Pasta Primavera

Pasta is endlessly adaptable, and it doesn’t need to be springtime—that’s what primavera means—for you to enjoy this dish. It's loaded with broccoli, asparagus, snow peas, and more, but swap in whatever vegetables suit your fancy!

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Tomato Pie

It’s not pizza. It’s not quiche. It’s somewhere in between. Tomatoes, basil, cheese and some mayo to bind it all together inside a pastry crust.

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Carrie Havranek

Carrie Havranek is a former Associate Editor of Simply Recipes and the author of the cookbook Tasting Pennsylvania (2019). She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania and goes out of her way for farmers' markets, new ingredients, yoga, and walks in nature.

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  1. Lorraine jacobs

    I just love all the meal simple recipes send its been so encouraging keep sending them thankyou

  2. Katie

    Everything sounds fantastic! I really love these vegetarian alternatives! Could live without meat, but not eggs or cheese! Can’t wait to stock up up for the weekend! Thanks!

  3. Jeanie

    I’m pescatarian, (have fish in my diet but no poultry or meat) but predominately eat vegetarian meals. Thanks for your vegetarian focus this week! The recipes look easy and delicious – very practical! The whole world gets healthier as we reduce the production and consumption of red meat!
    Bless you for your good work!

  4. Veronica

    Great recipes, I have to be very creative since we don’t eat eggs or dairy. Becomes challenging at times so I actually have my own recipes including vegetarian paella. Couliflower fajitas!!

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