We love a vegetarian meal for dinner. Eating a vegetarian diet can be a healthy and delicious way of eating. We know eating less meat is better for the environment and it can be good for your heart health as well.
Vegetarian dinners can often be cheaper as well. We've included several vegetarian pantry meal options that include chickpeas, beans, lentils, and coconut oil - all reasonably priced ingredients that are shelf stable.
It's so easy to eat veggie in the spring and summer when greens and fruit are plentiful, but it can be equally as rewarding in the cold weather. It just takes a little more planning to make sure your pantry is stocked.
Here are 20 of our favorite vegetarian recipes for dinner. Let us know your favorites in the comments below!
Vegetarian Sources of Protein
There are some great sources of vegetarian protein. Here are some of our favorites:
- Eggs (try our Avocado Egg Salad)
- Lentils (try our Red Lentil Dal)
- Quinoa (try our Shaved Fennel Asparagus and Quinoa Salad)
- Chia Seeds (try this 3-ingredient Chia Pudding)
- Peanut Butter (try our Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Oatmeal)
- Chickpeas (try our Roasted Chickpea Salad)
- Tofu (try this Pan-fried Sesame Garlic Tofu)
How to Start to Eat More Vegetarian
If you want to start to eat more vegetarian recipes, you don't have to immediately cut out all meat (unless you want to). Start gradually and try new protein sources to see what you enjoy.
Here are some tips for becoming a vegetarian.
- Plan your meals. Making a meal plan for the week and planning several vegetarian meals will help you stick to a vegetarian diet.
- Stock your pantry. Have ingredients to make easy vegetarian meals available in your pantry (think cans of chickpeas and beans, onions, lentils, etc)
- Try new protein sources. If you love shredded meat, try jackfruit. Or try plant-based "meat" like Beyond Burgers.
- Make a choice about eggs. Some vegetarians eat eggs and others don't. Decide if you want to include eggs in your diet. They're a great source of protein and easy to cook, but not everyone wants to use them.
- Get creative with new recipes. Try a new recipe or two each week to expand your cooking skills. Some of our favorite vegetarian sites are Cookie + Kate and Vegetarian Ventures.