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
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.
Grilled Tofu with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce
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
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.
Mexican Tofu & Black Bean Scramble
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.
Pressure Cooker Minestrone Soup
Chock full of vitamins and fiber from the huge variety of veggies, this minestrone soup comes courtesy of Brittany Poulson, RDN. Since it’s made in a pressure cooker, dinner is done super fast. Bonus: It’s super low in fat! These iron-rich foods are great for vegetarians.
Black Bean Pasta with Spicy Cashew Romesco
With just eight ingredients, Kelly Jones, RDN, created this high protein vegetarian meal. The spice comes from jarred roasted red peppers and fresh jalapenos. Cashews provide healthy fats, while the whole grain pasta and black beans up the fiber content.
Potato Lentil Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
Don’t shy away from potatoes—they’re full of complex carbs to fuel your exercise and potassium for your recovery. Chef Abbie Gellman, RDN, combines purple fingerling potatoes with fiber-rich lentils for a meatless meal your whole family will devour.
Easy Tofu Stir-fry
This meal from Diane Norwood, RDN, truly lives up to its name of “easy”: With less than ten ready-to-go ingredients, you’ll have it on the table in 20 minutes. Served over brown rice or cauliflower rice, you’ll want to add this to your meal plan regularly. Don’t miss these easy vegan recipes while you’re at it.
Coconut Red Curry
You won’t believe the number of veggies in this curry dish from Amanda Hernandez, RDN: Carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, and pea pods; simply spicy and delicious, and you’ll be eating in 15 minutes.
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Colorful Quinoa & Pecan Salad
Don’t let the word “salad” fool you. Tracee Yablon Brenner, RDN, combines quinoa and pecans to create a gorgeous meal that will satisfy you far more than boring iceberg lettuce salads. Pecans provide healthy fats, while the beets are full of antioxidants for heart health. Here are some of the best plant-based protein sources.
Black-eyed Pea Burrito Bowl
Black-eyed peas are supposed to ensure good luck for the upcoming year if you eat them on New Year’s Day—but they’re filling fiber and protein can keep you full year round. Change your luck with this delicious burrito bowl from Karman Meyer, RDN. Find out the world-famous recipes vegetarians can now eat.