21 Easy Meatless Dinners
The recipes I’m sharing today are some of Drew and I’s favorites! Whether you are trying to eat a little less meat for the new year and you want to try something new, or you already love veggie-filled recipes and need some new inspo. We have something here to try!
You’ll find recipes of all kinds in this post. From nourishing plant-based soups and stews to vegetarian pasta dishes to amazing meatless fajitas, there is a little something for everyone. Each recipe is full of flavor, contains a variety of wholesome plant-based ingredients, and is easy to make!
1. The Best Vegetarian Fajitas
A top recipe on the blog! These veggie fajitas are full of flavor and meat-eater approved! They’re satisfying and filling and are a nutritious meatless meal the whole family will love.
2. Vegetarian Stuffed Shells (without ricotta)
Cheesy veggie stuffed shells for my pasta lovers out there! They’re made without ricotta cheese, making it lighter and healthier, but instead, the shells are stuffed with roasted vegetables and fresh herbs, then topped with melted mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
3. Tuscan Kale & Chickpea Soup
The coziest chickpea soup for veggie lovers! This herbaceous soup is filled with rich flavor, hearty vegetables, and protein from garbanzo beans. Perfect for cold days but is light enough to be served year-round!
4. Lemon Asparagus Pasta (15-Minutes)
Pasta is perfect for meatless nights! And this lemony pasta with asparagus is quick to prepare and requires only a handful of ingredients. Serve this with regular pasta or make it healthier by using gluten-free pasta noodles or chickpea noodles!
5. Vegetable Stir Fry
This stir fry is a dinner the whole family will love! It’s filled with colorful vegetables, edamame for protein, and delicious homemade teriyaki sauce. Perfect for a weeknight meal or even to make for meal prep!
6. Black Bean Tacos (10-minutes)
The quickest of tacos! These 10-minute black bean tacos are surprisingly delicious even using the simplest of ingredients. Crunchy tortillas made with garlic-y black beans, and all the best toppings!
7. Cauliflower “Shawarma” Wraps
Instead of classic chicken shawarma, this recipe uses cauliflower as a meatless substitute. My husband loves these wraps! They’re full of flavor and all the toppings make it even more delicious.
8. Baked Eggplant Rollatini
Another fan favorite on ASP! If you love eggplant, this eggplant rollatini is a popular Italian recipe. Made with baked eggplant slices that are wrapped with ricotta, fresh herbs, and baked in rich marinara. SO good!
9. Herb & Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups
Lasagna lovers, we got you. These spinach lasagna roll ups are a must to try! Instead of layering the lasagna in a baking dish, they’re rolled up with cheese, fresh herbs, and leafy greens – then baked to perfection. Everyone will love them!
10. Vegetarian Black Bean Tortilla Soup
Instead of chicken tortilla soup, this recipe uses hearty beans as the protein and it’s simply delicious! Every bite is rich in flavor and is topped with creamy avocado and crunchy tortilla strips.
11. Moroccan Chickpea Stew
This chickpea stew is full of Moroccan spices and aromatics! Perfect for serving with rice and takes only 30 minutes to make.
12. Cheesy Rotini Pasta with Roasted Vegetables
This cheesy pasta is lighter than most and is paired with healthy roasted vegetables that can be customized to whatever you like! Some readers say it tastes like an Italian mac & cheese – which I love to hear. Perfect for the family and is kid-friendly too!
13. Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
A long-time favorite in our house is this sweet potato black bean chili! It’s hearty, satisfying, and so flavorful. We love topping it with creamy avocado to balance the spice and crunchy tortilla chips!
14. Roasted Eggplant & Zucchini Lasagna
If you want to keep lasagna a little lighter, this eggplant & zucchini lasagna is perfect! No regular pasta noodles are required. Just thin slices of roasted vegetables, fresh herbs, and melted cheese with all the marinara sauce your heart desires!
15. Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli
Pasta Fagioli is a classic Italian soup made of pasta and beans! This recipe leaves out the meat (usually Proscuitto is added to richen the flavor) and instead, this version uses a parmesan rind to infuse with flavor rather than meat. It’s so hearty, rich with flavor, and perfect to cozy up with on a cold winter day!
16. Eggplant Parmesan (Baked or Fried Method)
If you love chicken parmesan, you will love eggplant parmesan! The same concept, just using thinly sliced eggplant instead of chicken. It’s breaded, pan-fried, or baked, then baked with marinara, melted Italian cheeses, and fresh herb. Such a crowd-pleaser!
17. Three Cheese Baked Rigatoni with Roasted Vegetables
Love pasta? This baked rigatoni with roasted vegetables is one everyone will love! No heavy cheeses or meat is needed to make the flavors rich and delicious.
18. Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos
Try a new version of veggie tacos with these sweet potato black bean tacos! A little bit of sweetness from the potatoes is the perfect touch of flavor. And topping them with pickled onions and creamy avocado makes them even tastier!
19. 10-Minute Naan Pizza
The quickest way to make weeknight pizza! These personalized pizzas are made with naan instead of regular pizza dough to make preparation quick and easy.
20. Minestrone Soup
The heartiest soup for meatless Monday! This Italian classic is filled with pasta, potatoes, vegetables, and herbs. It’s so delicious and cozy.
21. Lentil Bolognese
A plant-based way to enjoy bolognese meat sauce! This lentil bolognese is simply delicious and uses lentils as the main protein. Each bite is filled with accents of chopped vegetables, fresh herbs, and rich marinara!
And that’s a wrap! If you tried any of these recipes and loved them, let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear about it.