If you're new to vegetarian cooking, you may want to try some of these favorite vegetarian dinners when looking for quick, healthy and nutritious meal ideas for your family to try.
Enchiladas are just as delicious when made with beans and veggies instead of meat. Or, try this vegetarian portabella enchilada recipe. For an easy and customizable vegetarian dinner, try vegetarian burritos. You can sautee a veggie filling for a bean and veggie burritos, for the kids, make a simple rice, beans and cheese vegetarian burrito, or, cook up some vegetarian meat substitutes from your grocery store freezer and let your diners add their own favorite burrito toppings to a warmed flour tortilla: shredded lettuce, sour cream, diced tomatoes and guacamole.
Pictured: Vegetarian Portabella Mushroom Enchiladas
When it comes to pasta, the vegetarian options are endless, and just about everyone loves pasta. Some familiar favorites are vegetable marinara, spaghetti with veggie meatballs, macaroni and cheese, and pesto pasta. Load up the veggies or use whole wheat noodles to get the most nutrition out a pasta dish for your vegetarian dinner.
Pictured: Vegetarian Pasta with Feta and Cannellini Beans
A complete home-cooked vegetarian Indian food dinner on a busy weeknight can be as simple as a vegetable dish, perhaps with some tofu, paired with rice, or perhaps a spicy curry paired with a whole grain pilaf. If you've got more time on hand, add a side of homecooked lentils or veggie samosas. Stock up on spices and add them generously for a memorable meatless vegetarian dinner.
Pictured: Vegetairan Palak Paneer with Rice
Who doesn't love pizza? Vegetarian pizza doesn't have to be a once in a while treat if it's homemade and healthy. The recipe for a healthy vegetarian pizza is less cheese and more veggies. Pick up a store-bought crust on mbusy weeknights, or, make your own homemade pizza crust from scratch when you have more time. Add your favorite toppings, or follow one of these vegetarian pizza recipes for a gourmet pizza dinner.
Pictured: French Bread Vegetable Pizza
A vegetable stir-fry served on top of brown rice or another whole grain (I like quinoa) is quick, easy and healthy. Use a store-bought stir-fry sauce or marinade, or, try a combination of soy sauce, sesame oil, and vinegar. For the kids, cook up some Asian noodles to mix in with the stir-fry. Try adding unusual ingredients, such as diced pineapple, mandarin oranges or slivered almonds to keep it interesting, and don't forget a protein source such as tofu, seitan or a store-bought meat substitute for some chewy and hearty texture. No two stir-fries are ever quite the same, but they're always delicious, making them a great pick if you're looking for one of the best vegetarian dinners to try.
Pictured: Chinese Seitan Stir-fry
Rice is a familiar food that your family probably already likes, so a vegetarian risotto should be a winning new favorite at the dinner table. For kids, try a super cheesy vegetarian risotto, perhaps adding some diced tofu, or, for more discerning taste buds, try a vegetarian risotto with sun-dried tomatoes or a creamy porcini mushroom risotto. Stirring the risotto stovetop does take a bit of effort, but the end result is worth the effort if you have the time. If you're avoiding dairy, you may also want to check out these tips for making vegan risotto.
Pictured: Sun-dried Tomato Risotto
One of the best vegetarian dinners to serve your family or guests is a vegetarian lasagna: it's comforting, familiar and filling, and just about everyone likes lasagna. You can use your usual lasagna recipe by omitting the meat and loading up some extra veggies. Frozen spinach or shredded zucchini both work well in lasagna. Or, try one of these popular vegetarian lasagna recipes.
Pictured: Tofu and Spinach Vegetarian Lasagna
One of the best vegetarian dinners for a busy night is a healthy one-pot vegetarian casserole. Simply omit the meat and add tofu or another vegetarian meat substitute to your family's favorite casserole, or scroll through this collection of popular vegetarian casseroles. Try a spicy Mexican enchilada casserole or a vegetarian Shepherd's pie with heart-healthy lentils instead of artery-clogging meat.
Pictured: Cheesy Pasta and Bean Casserole
Just about everyone loves chili, so meatless chili is a safe meal option that everyone will love. Get creative with your chili by adding your favorite veggies, perhaps some sweet potatoes or some meat substitutes. Add whatever spices you usually use in chili, and you'll enjoy your meatless vegetarian chili just as much as any other.
Pictured: Vegetarian Chili with Tofu
10. Veggie Burgers
Pick up some frozen veggie burgers and add a side salad and veggies or some oven roasted french fries for a simple and quick all-American vegetarian dinner. Everyone loves veggie burgers, right? If you prefer a home-cooked vegetarian dinner, try one of these homemade veggie burger recipes.
Pictured: Portabella Mushroom Veggie Burger