12 Vegetarian Dinner Ideas

Are you vegetarian or just trying meat-free meals at home with the family? If you’re looking for ideas for a vegetarian dinner, here are 12 recipes, including paleo and gluten-free ones, that are easy, quick, delicious and nutritious. From tasty curries to flavourful salads through hearty baked dishes, these recipes will give you some wonderful ideas for preparing a vegetarian dinner that everyone – vegetarian or not – will love.

1. Butter Tofu

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 350 grams tofu cubes
  • 2 large diced tomatoes
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup chopped raw cashews

Instructions:

1. In a food processor, tomatoes, whipping cream, sour cream, curry paste and turmeric powder and process until the mixture is smooth.

2. In a skillet, add oil and tofu and fry until all sides of tofu are brown. Add peas and cashews and fry, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.

3. Add mixture from food processor and heat until mixture simmers softly.

4. Serve with rice.

Source: sunrise-soya

2. Creamy Casserole

Ingredients for 8 to 10 servings:

  • 3 cups dry brown rice
  • 12 ounces mushroom soup cream
  • 10 ounces frozen broccoli
  • 10 ounces frozen peas
  • 4 large peeled and diced carrots
  • 8 large minced garlic cloves
  • 2 medium diced onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Instructions:

1. Cook brown rice according to package instructions.

2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, add onion, garlic, carrots, olive oil, salt and pepper and sauté on medium high heat for 9 to 11 minutes or until carrots become soft and onions translucent.

3. Add peas, broccoli, mushroom soup cream and 2 cups of cheese and stir for around 5 to 7 minutes.

4. Add rice and parsley and stir.

5. Transfer everything to a casserole dish and top with remaining cheese.

6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 400 degrees or until cheese is bubbly.

Source: buildyourbite

3. Mushroom Stroganoff

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 500 grams sliced mushrooms
  • 50 milliliters vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions:

1. In a pan, add oil and heat. Add onion, garlic and mushrooms and cook over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until slightly soft. Add stock, paprika, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes.

2. Before serving, add sour cream and half of parsley. When heated, serve with remaining parsley and rice.

Source: amuse-your-bouche

4. Tikka Masala

Ingredients for 2 to 3 servings:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 small sliced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 200 grams mock meat
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 400 grams chopped tomatoes
  • 100 milliliters single cream
  • salt
  • pepper
  • fresh coriander

Instructions:

1. In a pan, add oil and heat. Add onion, garlic and mock meat and cook over medium heat, stirring regularly, for around 5 minutes or until onions are soft.

2. Add spices and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes.

3. Add tomatoes and bring to gentle simmer. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until mock meat is cooked and sauce is thick.

4. Remove from heat, add cream and seasonings and mix.

5. Serve with rice and fresh coriander.

Source: amuse-your-bouche

5. Avocado Spinach Bake

Ingredients for 6 servings:

  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup mashed avocado
  • 5 ounces grated mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a greased skillet, add onion and garlic and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for around 4 to 7 minutes, until slightly brown. Add spinach and cook for around 5 minutes or until hot. Drain any liquid from mixture and transfer to bowl.

3. Over medium heat, add milk and avocado and mix until smooth. Add spinach mixture and mix. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is warm and starts to brown. Remove from heat and add salt, pepper and 3 ounces of cheese.

4. Transfer mixture to a greased baking dish, top with remaining cheese and bake for around 20 to 25 minutes until bubbly and golden brown.

Source: foodiefiasco

6. Lasagne

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 200 grams sliced mushrooms
  • 800 grams chopped tomatoes
  • 300 grams fresh lasagne sheets
  • 1 large grated zucchini
  • 1 and 1/4 cups fresh ricotta
  • 1 tablespoon skim milk
  • 1/4 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2. In a greased pan, add mushrooms and cook over medium heat for 8 minutes.

3. In a greased baking dish, add 1/3 of tomatoes and spread. Add a layer of lasagne sheets. Add 1/2 of mushrooms, 1/2 of zucchini, 1/2 of remaining tomatoes and 2 tablespoons of ricotta. Add a layer of lasagne sheets. Add remaining mushrooms, zucchini and tomatoes. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of ricotta. Add a layer of lasagne sheets.

4. In a bowl, add remaining ricotta and milk and mix until smooth. Spread over baking dish. Sprinkle with cheeses.

5. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden.

Source: healthyfoodguide

7. Cauliflower Pizza

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 2 cups and 3 teaspoons water
  • 4 cups raw cauliflower rice
  • 1 teaspoon ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese
  • salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian herbs
  • 1 to 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 mediums sliced tomatoes
  • 2 to 3 ounces fresh mozzarella balls
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil

Instructions:

1. In a pot, add 2 cups water and boil. Add cauliflower, cover and cook for around 4 to 5 minutes. Drain. In a towel, place cauliflower and let cool. Wrap towel around cauliflower, twist and squeeze until all liquid is removed.

2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. In a bowl, add remaining water and flax and mix. Set aside for 5 minutes.

4. In a bowl, add cauliflower, flax mixture, cheeses, salt and Italian herbs and mix well.

5. In a lined baking sheet, add mixture at center and spread into circle.

6. Bake for 20 minutes or until crust is firm and golden brown.

7. Add marinara, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil.

8. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until cheese melts and is bubbly.

Source: mommyshomecooking

8. Bell Pepper Pizza

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup pizza or spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • red pepper flakes
  • basil or parsley
  • toppings: tomatoes, broccoli

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Slice pepper in half and place on baking sheet.

3. In pepper, add sauce, cheese and toppings.

4. Bake for 10 minutes.

5. Sprinkle with pepper flakes and basil or parsley.

Source: peasandcrayons

9. Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces gluten-free pasta
  • pesto sauce
  • 16 ounces marinated drained and chopped vegetables
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1/4 julienned red bell pepper
  • 1/2 minced red onion
  • yellow and red cherry tomato halves
  • parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil leaves

Instructions:

1. Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain and transfer to a bowl.

2. Add pesto sauce and mix with pasta. Add fresh vegetables and marinated vegetables and mix. Add juice of marinated vegetables and mix.

3. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and basil leaves.

Source: janiceameesglutenfree

10. Greek Quinoa Salad

Ingredients for 6 servings:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup grape tomato halves
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olive halves
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions:

1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Let cool to room temperature.

2. In a bowl, add quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, red onion and cheese.

3. In a bowl, add olive oil, vinegar and oregano and mix. Pour over salad and mix. Season with salt and pepper.

Source: twopeasandtheirpod

11. High-Protein Green Salad

Ingredients for 2 servings:

For salad:

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 chopped cabbage head
  • 1 small to medium chopped broccoli head
  • 2 chopped kale leaves
  • 1 cup cooked lentils
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

For dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions:

1. In a bowl, add salad ingredients and mix.

2. In a bowl, add dressing ingredients and mix. Pour over salad.

Source: boundbyfood

12. Greens and Yogurt Salad

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 1/6 cup olive oil
  • 1/12 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions:

1. In a bowl, add oil and lemon juice and mix.

2. Add yogurt, greens, dill and sesame seeds and mix.

3. Season with salt and pepper.

Source: bonappetit

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