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Looking for the BEST healthy vegetarian recipes? You’ve come to the right place! Here I give you my top 55 healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and desserts! Plus, I’ll give you some tips and tricks to eating nutritious vegetarian meals without any fuss!
It’s no secret, that here at The Picky Eater, I share with you my favorite healthy vegetarian recipes!
Over the years I’ve created quite a few recipes! But we all have our favorites, and this round-up is just that. These are my favorite healthy vegetarian recipes that I come back to again and again!
Whether you’re looking for a simple breakfast, a quick and easy lunch, a weeknight dinner, a snack for on the go, or even a sweet treat to end the day, I’ve got something for everyone!
I’ve collected 55 of my favorite recipes to share with you today. These are my top recipes from every course! They are also some of my reader favorites.
These healthy vegetarian recipes are super simple, comforting, and absolutely delicious!
So, whether you’re a vegetarian, a picky eater, or just looking for some meatless meal inspiration, you’re sure to find something you’ll love!
Top 10 Healthy Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes
Oatmeal: An Easy Healthy Breakast
When it comes to healthy vegetarian breakfast recipes, oatmeal and smoothies are the way to go!
There are so many different ways you can enjoy oats, and they come together quickly in the morning when you need to run out the door! You can also make overnight oats for an even quicker morning breakfast solution.
Oats are packed with fiber, so they keep you feeling full and satisfied until lunch. Add your favorite spices, toppings, and a touch of natural sweetener to keep it healthy!
I add a small amount of maple syrup, or simply half of a sliced banana to keep the sugar content down.
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
This pumpkin spice oatmeal is a delicious, healthy breakfast that's full of fall flavors, and can easily be made on the stove top or in the microwave. Ready in under 20 minutes, kid-friendly, with a vegan and gluten free option – it's the perfect start for busy mornings!
Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats are so delicious they taste like dessert. This easy to grab and go breakfast is packed with nutritious ingredients like steel-cut oats, yogurt, nut butter, flaxseed, fruit, cinnamon, and nuts. Prep time is just 5 minutes the night before, making this the perfect breakfast for busy mornings!
When you’re craving banana bread but want something quicker and healthier, then you’ve got to give this bananas and cream oatmeal a try! It has all of the flavor of rich, moist banana bread, but rolled into a simple healthy morning oatmeal! It's also vegan and gluten-free!
When it comes to smoothies, it’s a great way to get your fruits, veggies, and protein together in one meal that you can take on the go.
Thanks to my Vitamix, Green Smoothies have been all the rage in our house. My Fruit and Veggie Smoothie has grapes, oranges, bananas and apples for sweetness and then a ton of spinach and carrots for veggies.
Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie
A nutritious fruit and vegetable smoothie that's super tasty and refreshing and has 2-3 servings of fruits and veggies in each glass.
Another favorite smoothie of mine is with spinach, kale, banana, apple, pear, and unsweetened soy milk!
Spinach And Banana Smoothie
This healthy, creamy spinach and banana smoothie recipe is perfectly balanced, lightly sweet, and totally satisfying! Sweet bananas, nutrient rich spinach, creamy peanut butter, and your milk of choice come together in this easy recipe that's ready in just 5 minutes. It's simple to customize, vegan and gluten free friendly, and great for an easy breakfast or delicious snack!
Use a healthy protein powder, add a cup of veggies, and half of a cup of fruit, and you’ve got a delicious and filling breakfast. Here are a few of my other favorite morning smoothies!
Give yourself a burst of energy in the morning by starting your day with this five ingredient Kale Smoothie. The flavorful combination of pears, apples, kale, almond butter, and almond milk is perfectly sweet, super satisfying, and kid-friendly too!
Of course you don’t have to just opt for smoothies, and oats for a vegetarian breakfast. Scrambles, pancakes, quick breads, muffins, and even breakfast cookies are a great option as well!
Southwestern Tofu Scramble
This incredible Tofu Scramble is loaded with lots of healthy veggies, beans, warm spices, and cheese. It's the perfect 30-minute breakfast, brunch or dinner idea that the whole family will love. If you're looking for a vegan friendly alternative to scrambled eggs, this easy tofu scramble is for you!
These healthy pancakes made with oats and sprouted wheat are light, fluffy, slightly sweet, and so good for you! The combination of the two whole grain flours helps keep you full much longer than white flour thanks to their fiber and protein. Kid-friendly and parent-approved!
Sandwiches are always a super simple way to enjoy lunch! They are easy to take on the go, and when done right, can be packed with a healthy filling, and high fiber whole grains!
Healthy Vegetarian Sandwiches
One of my favorite easy lunches is my banana peanut butter sandwich. The peanut butter adds protein and healthy fats, the banana adds a touch of natural sweetness, and the whole grain bread makes it super filling.
Gourmet Banana Peanut Butter Sandwich
Who said that the peanut butter sandwich had to be 1) boring 2) just for kids and 3) the same every time? Sometimes reinventing a classic is just what you need to get out of a rut.
Grilling sandwiches makes for great flavor and texture. And you can change up the fillings to be creative! Try adding slices of fruit, different cheeses, and lots of greens! Here are two ways to elevate that classic grilled cheese sandwich.
Sourdough Grilled Cheese
This irresistibly delicious sourdough grilled cheese is ready in just 10 minutes. Melted brie, thinly sliced apple, and honey are layered between two slices of sourdough, then grilled until golden. This is guaranteed to be the best sourdough sandwich you'll ever eat!
Of course, you don’t have to use sandwich bread to make a sandwich! Using whole grain tortillas or pita bread taste great too. When you’re looking to switch things up for lunch, try these two hearty, healthy, and satisfying wraps.
Greek Pita Sandwiches with Yogurt Sauce
Packed with veggies and chickpeas, this Stuffed Pita Sandwich with Yogurt Sauce is perfect for an easy, plant-based, healthy lunch! This filling dish is made with fresh cucumbers, garlic, mint, whole wheat pitas, chickpeas, arugula, tomatoes, and seasonings that create a vibrant, delicious meal.
This delicious falafel wrap recipe is healthy comfort food at its best! These crispy falafel patties are baked instead of fried, then wrapped in a whole wheat pita and topped with spinach, tomato, and a creamy hummus sauce. Vegan, easy to make gluten free, and totally family friendly!
Another simple and delicious lunch option is a healthy vegetarian salad! Start with greens, add your favorite veggies, or fruit, and top with a plant-based protein such as beans, or tofu. Use a light vinaigrette, or a little oil and vinegar.
When it comes to salads, loading up on cheese and salad dressings is where you can easily go wrong. I like to use a few tablespoons of cheese, and just a touch of dressing. One note on cheese – to make sure your dish is truly vegetarian, choose a cheese made without animal rennet (there are lots of options out there!)
All of these healthy salads are easy to take on the go and can be meal prepped too!
Superfood Salad with Healthy Ranch Dressing
This Superfood Salad is going to be your new favorite dish! It’s filled with broccoli, blueberries, sweet Fuji apples, cabbage, spinach, dried cherries, pine nuts, and a healthy, homemade ranch dressing. Ready in just 15 minutes, it's the perfect healthy lunch or light dinner!
This refreshing Keto Greek Salad is a healthy, low-carb version of a classic Greek salad, but tastes just as delicious as the traditional recipe! It's packed with fresh vegetables, salty olives, tangy feta cheese, and a zesty dressing that's vibrant and flavorful. This is the perfect side dish for a potluck or picnic, but it can also be eaten as an entree for a light lunch or dinner!
Some of the best healthy vegetarian snacks don’t require any cooking at all! Fresh fruit, and sliced veggies are always super nutritious!
But if you’re in the mood for something a bit more satisfying, then I’ve got you covered. Some of my favorite snacks include homemade granola bars, protein bites, and salty snacks like fries, and popcorn!
No Bake, Vegan, Date Bars Recipe (Homemade Lara Bar)
Made with just 5 ingredients, this no bake recipe for date bars has zero added sugar but is still amazingly sweet and decadent!
This easy, homemade healthy guacamole recipe is packed with flavor and is so simple to make! Serve it as a topping on tacos, nachos, and enchiladas, spread it on sandwiches or toast, or enjoy it as a dip. Ready in just 15 minutes, this low calorie guac also just happens to be vegan and gluten free friendly too!
This healthy, seven layer taco dip is a party table's best friend! Lightened up from the traditional bean dip recipes but with all of the same great flavor, you'll love how this bean dip tastes with chips, veggies or even on its own. Ready in just 20 minutes and kid-friendly too!
This easy breakfast fruit salad is sweet, healthy, and is perfect for busy mornings! It's super versatile – you can use any fruits you like, and it works great as a quick breakfast, a brunch side dish, an afternoon snack, or even a healthy dessert! It's vegan, gluten free and kid friendly. The best part? It's ready in less than 15 minutes!
Making loaded veggie nachos has never been easier! Layers of chips, melty cheeses, and the best toppings come together to make the perfect side dish or main dish. These nachos are easily customizable making them great for the whole family. Enjoy them for cinco de mayo, game day, or movie nights – this no meat nacho recipe is delicious any time of year!
These oven baked parmesan kale chips are the perfect guilt-free snack because they have the crunch and flavor of traditional chips but are much healthier for you! Plus, this easy kale chip recipe can be made in your oven – no dehydrator necessary!
These healthy vegetarian dinner recipes are simple, satisfying, and delicious!
Some of my favorite go-to meals include pastas, soups, stews, chilis, stir-fries, and stuffed peppers.
When it comes to preparing healthy vegetarian meals, consider using whole grains. When making pasta dishes, use whole wheat pasta, chickpea pasta, or lentil pasta. These options are higher in nutrients, and fiber.
Next, load up on the veggies! Add your favorite veggies to your soups and pastas. It’s a great way to clean out your produce drawer, and get a large serving of vegetables!
I always recommend adding plant-based protein to bulk up your meal! Lentils, chickpeas, beans, and tofu are all excellent sources of protein.
Limit the amount of oils and fats you use in your cooking. It doesn’t take too much oil to sauté vegetables. You only really need a teaspoon. Or use oil free alternatives such as water, or vegetable stock to sauté your veggies.
Finally, if adding cheese, keep it to about 2 tablespoons per serving, and choose a cheese made without animal rennet. This will dramatically reduce the calories and fat of your dish, while still providing a cheesy flavor!
Healthy Vegetarian Soups
These soups are all great one-pot, quick meals that serves a ton of people. They are hearty, healthy and kids love these soups too!
Mexican Bean Soup
This delicious, comforting Mexican Bean Soup topped with avocado and tortilla chips is full of authentic Mexican flavors. Easy, healthy, and versatile, this soup can be made vegan and is naturally gluten free!
This Spicy Indian Lentil Soup is so tasty and so easy to whip up! With chickpeas, swiss chard, curry and Greek yogurt it's got the perfect balance of acidity and coolness. The flavors work incredibly well together, plus it's a one pot meal!
This recipe blew my husband, the veggie-chili-skeptic, away. He no longer responded with “this isn’t chili,” but instead said “this is really good!” He even went back for seconds. It’s got the deep flavor of traditional meat chilis, but is much healthier and vegetarian friendly.
This hearty and delicious White Bean and Kale Soup with Parmesan Cheese is perfect for a an easy dinner. Great for a side, but filling enough to be a healthy main dish as well. Vegetarian, gluten-free and can easily be made vegan!
These casseroles are crowd pleasers, perfect for game day or anytime you’re cooking for a bunch of people. Super “meaty”, filling and satisfying too!
If you love Mexican food, then you’re going to adore chilaquiles rojos! This classic Mexican dish is filled with black beans, peppers, tomatoes, and spices with layers of corn tortilla smothered in a rich tomato sauce. It’s a vegetarian-friendly Mexican casserole the whole family will love!
Polenta replaces traditional lasagna noodles in this hearty, gluten-free, satisfying casserole! Packed with fresh vegetables, Italian spices and cheese, it's a vegetarian friendly dish that the whole family will love.
Super simple for those weeknights when you don’t know what to make, these easy pasta dishes are loaded with flavor!
Garlic Veggie Pasta with Parmesan
This flavorful Garlic Pasta is made with fresh broccoli, zucchini, red onions, seasonings, whole wheat spaghetti, and is topped with parmesan cheese. This easy Italian dish is a delicious, guilt-free solution to healthy eating.
These final three entrees are a great way to mix things up when you need something different for dinner.
If you love chili and you love stuffed peppers, then you’re going to go crazy for these Chili Stuffed Peppers! They are a crowd pleaser, and kid friendly too!
Chili Stuffed Peppers with Black Beans and Mushrooms
These chili stuffed peppers are packed with fire-roasted tomatoes, black beans, mushrooms, jalapeño peppers, and the perfect amount of cheese in every bite. They’re a healthy, satisfying, totally delicious and easy weeknight meal!
This Moroccan Stew is packed with flavor and protein! With loads of diced veggies, and paired with a mint couscous, it’s a healthy, warm, and comforting meal!
Moroccan Stew with Chickpeas and Quinoa Couscous
There is nothing more comforting than warming up to a bowl of this homemade Moroccan Stew. This hearty dish has sweet dried apricots, quinoa, zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas in a spiced broth. It’s perfect for a cool weather days when you want something healthy and satisfying.
Everyone loves fajitas! These smoky black bean and veggie fajitas are perfectly spiced, and topped with fresh avocado and Mexican cheese!
Smoky & Healthy Vegetarian Fajitas
The aroma of these Smoky Vegetarian Fajitas will make you smack your lips and your stomach growl. Every bite is filled with lots of caramelized vegetables, spicy seasonings, protein-packed black beans, gooey Mexican cheese, and a crispy corn tortilla.
Each of these desserts gives you something to look forward to at the end of the meal. Here’s why I love these 10 healthy desserts!
The first sweet treat in our lineup! Because really, who doesn’t want to eat red velvet cupcakes totally guilt free? These bites of heaven have less than 200 calories and less than 15g sugar per serving. Not bad for a cupcake!
Lightened Up Red Velvet Cupcakes
Some secret healthy swaps make for a lightened up nutrition profile, but it certainly isn’t lacking in flavor. It’s waistline-friendly, but also rich and tasty! It’s a cupcake you can feel good about eating.
Another under-200-calorie-dessert that’s perfect for winter. And with the tons of fruit packed into each individually sized crisp – you can feel a little better about eating this for dessert.
Vegan Apple Crumble (Easy + Gluten Free)
This Gluten Free, Vegan Apple Crumble is a delicious fresh fruit compote topped with a healthy mixture of oats, nuts, and spices. Served warm, it's naturally sweet and vegan-friendly. Perfect for a healthy dessert for the whole family!
Because what is a dessert lineup without chocolate at the end? The amazing thing about these truffles is that they are 100% vegan and gluten free, and each delectable truffle has less than 70 calories and under 5g sugar.
Vegan Chocolate Truffles
These delicious Vegan Chocolate Truffles with quinoa and peanut butter are the perfect healthy treat. They also happen to be gluten free! These no bake truffles are perfect as a dessert or a snack.
A healthy lemon tart in a small bite sized treat, what could be better? These lemon tartlets are vegan and gluten-free, and under 200 calories!
Vegan Lemon Tart
A vegan lemon tart with a nutty crust and sweet but tangy lemon curd filling. It's a simple but elegant dessert even dairy-lovers can't resist. Sweetened with maple syrup & dates, this tart is vegan, gluten-free, & refined-sugar-free too!
One of my favorite desserts of all time is carrot cake! Now you can enjoy this decadent dessert without the guilt! Made with all vegan ingredients, including the cream cheese frosting, one slice of this cake is only 255 calories!
Vegan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
This is the best Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake recipe you'll ever make! This dairy free, lightened up carrot cake is soft, moist, and beautifully sweet. Lots of cinnamon, allspice, and walnuts in every bite!
With layers of Greek yogurt, pumpkin filling, and homemade granola, these parfaits are rich in protein, and low in sugar!
Pumpkin Greek Yogurt Parfait Recipe
These Pumpkin Yogurt Parfaits are incredible, and are just what you need this fall. Old fashioned oats, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, vanilla, pumpkin puree, and honey give you a perfect breakfast, snack or dessert!
Who doesn’t love a good brownie? It’s one of my favorites! These are rich and chocolaty, dotted with healthy walnuts!
Eggless Brownies Recipe
A decadent treat that is indulgent, sweet and satisfying, egg free brownies are way better than the boxed kind! Fudgy eggless brownies are kid-friendly and easy to make too! Vegan with a gluten-free option!
When you follow a vegetarian diet, you don’t eat meat, poultry, and fish.
There are several different types of vegetarians, and what they eat or do not eat depends on the type of vegetarian diet they follow.
Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarians: Do not eat meat, poultry, or fish, but do eat eggs and other dairy products.
Lacto-Vegetarians: Do not eat meat, poultry, fish, or eggs, but do eat dairy products.
Ovo-Vegetarians: Do not eat meat, poultry, fish, or dairy products, but do allow eggs.
Vegan: Does not include meat, poultry, fish, diary, eggs, or any other animal derived ingredient, including honey.
Why Follow a Vegetarian Diet?
There are many reasons why one may choose to follow a vegetarian diet.
Personal preference, doesn’t like the taste of meat
Help the environment, reduce greenhouse gases, and natural resources required to raise livestock
Ethical reasons, animal rights
What Should Vegetarians Eat to be Healthy?
Often, if you are beginning a vegetarian diet, it is common to be concerned that you will not get enough protein.
However, it is quite easy to incorporate enough protein in your diet from plant sources, if you are consuming a well rounded healthy diet.
Making sure you include the following foods in your daily diet, will ensure that you are getting the vitamins, nutrients, and protein you need to ensure you do not have any nutritional deficiences.
Fruits and Vegetables: Including a wide range of fruits and vegetables is key. Eat the rainbow, as they say. Be sure to include leafy greens such as spinach, and kale. Apples, bananas, oranges, stone fruit, berries, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers…the list goes on and on!
Whole Grains: Stay away from refined carbohydrates such as anything made with white flour. These foods have minimal nutritional value, and turn straight to sugar when consumed. Instead fill up on whole grains that are high in fiber, such as whole wheat pastas, bulgar, brown rice, farro, oats, barley, and buckwheat.
Healthy Fats: Using olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil in your cooking provides you with mono-unsaturated fats. You do not need a lot of these fats. Just a little, but it is important to incorporate them into your diet. Avocados are also an excellent source of healthy fats!
Plant Protein: Plant protein comes from nuts, seeds, legumes, sprouted grains, some vegetables, and soy products. Include nuts and nut butters in your smoothies, or sandwiches. Sprinkle chia, pumpkin, flax, or hemp seeds on your salads. Add legumes such as lentils and beans to your stews and entrees. You can also include tofu, or tempeh to your dishes.
Organic Dairy: If you are a vegetarian that eats eggs and dairy, these can both be great sources of protein! Eggs are super high in protein, as is plain Greek Yogurt, String Cheese, Milk and all other sources of dairy. I recommend choosing organic when you’re buying dairy since organic farms cannot use antibiotics or growth hormones when producing dairy products.
How Can I Eat Vegetarian For Cheap?
Create a Meal Plan: The best way to reduce your grocery bill is to create a meal plan for the week. Once you know what you are going to cook, then you make your list. Stick to the list! Your grocery bill can easily rise when you buy expensive processed food that is not on your list!
Only Buy Produce You Know You Will Eat: I often run into the problem of buying a bunch of produce that I can’t possible enjoy before it goes bad. What ends up happening is I throw away produce because I haven’t been able to cook it before it goes bad. Basically, I end up throwing away money. Only buy what you need. If a recipe calls for 2 zucchini, buy 2 zucchini, not 4! You get the idea!
Don’t Buy All Organic: Produce: I know, organic is best! I highly recommend buying organic when you can. However, organic produce is more expensive. Not all produce you buy needs to be organic. Depending on the type of produce you buy, some have more pesticide then others. The EWG has put together a shopping guide of their dirty dozen, and clean 15 fruits and vegetables. This is a list of the 12 fruits and veggies they recommend you buy organic, and the 15 that are okay to buy non-organic. This will help reduce your overall grocery bill.
Buy in Bulk: Dried foods such as beans, lentils, rice, quinoa, pasta, and flours are less expensive when you buy them in bulk. They also have a long shelf life, so there is no need to worry that they will go bad. Dried beans are much less expensive than canned. With a little planning, you can drastically reduce your grocery bill by keeping these items stocked in your pantry.
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Following a special diet or cooking for someone who has one? Try my gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, baby food, or kid-friendly recipes. They are all easy to adapt to fit your family’s needs – without sacrificing flavor or quality. Easy suggestions and swaps can help you create meals for everyone.
What a great selection of vegetarian recipes! There really is something for everyone. I love how healthy and tasty they are!
Thanks so much Bintu! Hope you enjoy them!
This is a super collection of vegetarian dishes. I love smoothies for breakfast and the one with spinach and ginger sounds delish as do many of the other recipes! Bookmarking for later!
Yay! So happy to hear that Jacqueline! 🙂
So many gorgeous recipes here – I love that they all look SO decadent but are healthy too. Don’t know where to start they all look so good!
Thanks so much Kate!! Let me know which recipes you end up choosing and how they turn out for you!
We are always trying to cook more vegetarian meals and there is so much amazing choice here. I can’t wait to try them.
Thank you so much Dannii! I can’t wait for you to try these recipes – I know you will love them!
What a perfect roundup! I’m a smoothie girl so that kale smoothie is calling my name.
Yay thank you so much!! That kale smoothie is one of my morning staples! 🙂
These recipes look great. And many of them the picky eaters in my family might actually enjoy.
Thanks so much Laina! I can’t wait to hear how you and your family like them!