32 Vegetarian Meals Ready in 30 Minutes or Less
Whether you do Meatless Mondays or you’re a full vegetarian, these recipes from registered dietitian nutritionists offer quick and nutritious solutions.
White Bean Romesco Sauce over Zucchini Noodles
Courtesy Abbie Gellman
Get out your spiralizer (or buy ready-to-use varieties) for a meatless recipe you’ll serve over and over again. Chef Abbie Gellman, RDN, marries spices (smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, and roasted red peppers) with almonds and white beans for the perfect sauce to top these low-carb zoodles. If you’re thinking of going full vegetarian, here are 6 easy ways to get there.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Courtesy Chrissy Carroll
We love vegetarian meals that are low in carbs, and cauliflower rice is all the rage—with good reason. It allows you to indulge in healthier versions of comfort foods like this fried rice “take-out fake-out” recipe from Chrissy Carroll, RDN.
Easy Lentil Tacos
Courtesy Chelsey Amer
You totally won’t miss the meat in these delicious six-ingredient tacos from Chelsey Amer, RDN. Taco Tuesday never looked better—or healthier—thanks to the bell peppers, tomatoes, and avocado.
Grilled Tofu with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce
Courtesy Jessica Levinson
If you’ve never grilled tofu, it’s time: Jessica Levinson, RDN, shows you how on her blog. Topped with a creamy sauce providing healthy fats from avocado, this dish is a protein-rich, gluten-free meatless meal. Find out the nutrients you may be missing if you’re vegetarian or vegan.
Instant Pot Vegetable Barley Soup
Courtesy Sharon Palmer
If you’ve jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon, you’re going to love this classic and nutritious recipe from Sharon Palmer, RDN. Don’t have an Instant Pot? No worries—Palmer provides directions for stovetop prep, too. Check out 10 more vegetarian dinner ideas.
Ratatouille with Polenta
Courtesy Chef Catherine Brown
Chef Catherine Brown pairs creamy polenta with tons of vitamin-packed veggies—eggplant, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchini, and yellow squash. This high-fiber (15 grams) dish will keep you full for hours.
Carrot Top & Pumpkin Seed Pesto Pasta
Courtesy Erica Julson
Looking to reduce food waste in your home? Erica Julson, RDN, has just the recipe for you. Use green carrot tops to make a delicious and nutritious pesto, and then serve it over your favorite pasta. Going “green” never tasted better.
Tomato & White Bean Naan Pizza
Courtesy Amy Gorin
Pizza night gets healthy thanks to this combo of lycopene-packed tomatoes (lycopene is a powerful antioxidant) and high-fiber white beans. Amy Gorin, RDN includes ready-to-use naan for beautiful and quick meatless vegetarian meals.
Mexican Tofu & Black Bean Scramble
Courtesy Anne Danahy
Anne Danahy, RDN, brings the protein of tofu and black beans together with southwestern spices for easy vegetarian meals you’re going to love. Wrap it in a whole wheat tortilla and dinner is done in about 15 minutes. Check out these tasty vegan breakfast ideas.