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Healthy Vegetarian Recipes: 55 Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, and Desserts

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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

healthy sprouted wheat pancakes topped with bananas - healthy vegetarian 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.

A bowl of pumpkin pie oatmeal
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with Berries
With hints of fall flavors like nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, this bowl of oatmeal tastes just like a pumpkin pie!
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peanut butter overnight oats in a mason jar with strawberries and bananas
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
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!
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Banana Bread Oatmeal
This banana bread oatmeal is perfect when you need a hot breakfast in a hurry! It tastes just like a slice of banana bread but is ready in a fraction of the time!
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal
This gluten-free chocolate oatmeal recipe is a healthy hot breakfast that tastes just like a fudge brownie! Healthy, easy, and ready in just 15 minutes, this is how to start the day right!
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Smoothies: An Easy Morning Breakfast

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, served in a glass mason jar, topped with pineapple and spinach leaves
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.
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Another favorite smoothie of mine is with spinach, kale, banana, apple, pear, and unsweetened soy milk!

spinach banana smoothie with peanut butter served in a glass mason jar
Spinach Banana Smoothie
This Spinach Banana Smoothie has the perfect balance of sweetness and nuttiness, and it will absolutely keep you full until lunch.
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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!

kale smoothie in a glass against a white background with a green and white straw
Kale Smoothie
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!
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spinach ginger smoothie served in a glass against a white background
Spinach Ginger Smoothie
This Spinach Ginger Smoothie, is healthy, low carb and delicious! It's packed with great flavors and has a satisfyingly creamy texture!
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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!

tofu scramble recipe topped with tomatoes, salsa, green onions in a blue bowl
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! 
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Healthy Pancakes with Oats and Sprouted Wheat
These pancakes are light, fluffy, perfectly chewy, slightly sweet, and so good for you! They are made with oat and sprouted wheat flour, which keeps you full much longer than white flour thanks to their fiber and protein.
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Top 10 Healthy Vegetarian Lunches

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!

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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 peanut butter sandwiches 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.
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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.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Pear
Melted brie and taleggio cheese, sliced pear, arugula, and honey are sandwiched between a whole wheat baguette and pressed to perfection to create this gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. Ready in just 15 minutes and kid-friendly too!
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Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese with French Onions
This Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese with French Onions is the ultimate gooey cheesy indulgent sandwich with a healthy twist. Packed with flavor and done in minutes, it's comfort food at its best!
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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.

Chickpea Stuffed Pita Sandwiches with Yogurt Sauce
These chickpea stuffed pita pockets have the essence of falafel without the long prep time it takes to make them!
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closeup of falafel wrap recipe with tomatoes, spinach and tahini sauce served on a white plate
Falafel Wrap Recipe
Falafel is often deep-fried, but baking still gives you that amazing texture without the added fat. This falafel wrap recipe is a lightened up version that makes a delicious meal.
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Healthy Vegetarian Salads

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 served in a white bowl with broccoli, blueberries, sweet Fuji apples, cabbage, spinach, dried cherries, pine nuts, and a healthy ranch dressing
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!
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healthy greek salad
Keto Greek Salad with Feta
This refreshing Keto Greek Salad 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!
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Gluten Free Pasta Salad with Olives and Herbs
If you are looking for an easy, make-ahead dish, then this Gluten Free Pasta Salad with Olives and Herbs could be for you!
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Spinach and Arugula Salad with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
This salad is bright, light, and peppery – the perfect summer salad! Pair it with any entree for an easy and healthy dinner.
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Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad
This recipe is super simple. It’s full of fresh veggies, summer tomatoes, chickpeas, feta and spices. No cooking required: just chop your veggies, toss and serve.
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Healthy Vegetarian Snacks

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!

Homemade Lara Bar Recipe - bars stacked on wire rack
Homemade Lara Bar Recipe
Made with just 5 ingredients, this homemade lara bar recipe has zero added sugar but is still amazingly sweet and decadent!
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No Bake Peanut Butter Balls
These healthy, 100 calorie treats are easy to make, super delicious, kid-friendly, and decadent; but are also vegan, gluten-free and low in sugar!
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air fried sweet potato fries in a yellow basket
Air Fried Sweet Potato Fries
These Air Fried Sweet Potato Fries are spicy, crispy, and bake up to a perfect golden brown. Easy and quick they're a healthy alternative to traditional fries!
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Mexican Fruit Salad with cubed melon, mango, jicama, dragon fruit, lime juice, and a hint of spicy chili - served in a blue bowl
Mexican Fruit Salad
A simple Mexican Fruit Salad with cubed melon, dragon fruit, jicama, kiwi, lime juice, and a hint of spicy chili. It's an unexpected and delicious take on the traditional fruit salad.
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baked and crispy courgette chips with parmesan, stacked on an oven rack
Baked Courgette Chips with Parmesan
Crispy and cheesy oven baked courgette chips are a healthy alternative to fries or potato chips.
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healthy guacamole recipe
Healthy Guacamole Recipe
This healthy guacamole recipe is easy and simple to make. It's a great variation on the authentic Mexican recipe. It's perfect to serve as a topping on tacos and enchiladas, or great as a dip with some chips.
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Guilt-Free, Healthy 7 Layer Taco Dip
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!
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Healthy, Easy Fruit Salad Recipe
This easy fruit salad recipe is so simple to make, and you can use any fruits you like (or that are in season!) A versatile dish, perfect for a brunch side-dish, on-the-go snack, or healthy dessert. Ready in less than 15 minutes and kid-friendly too!
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Guilt-Free Late Night Nachos
These cheesy, loaded, vegetarian nachos taste just as good as the traditional recipe, but can be enjoyed completely guilt-free!
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Garlic Parmesan Kale Chips
Kale chips are the perfect guilt-free treat because they have the wonderful crunch and flavor of a traditional chip, but are much healthier for you – and having them on hand makes it a lot easier to eat Kale on a regular basis!
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monster munch instant pot popcorn in a glass bowl
“Monster Munch” Instant Pot Popcorn
Fall weather means it's time to enjoy this "Monster Munch" Instant Pot Popcorn! Perfect for Halloween or an anytime snack, this incredible treat can be made in 15 minutes. 
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Healthy Vegetarian Recipes: Dinner

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 black bean soup topped with chips, avocado and cheese, served in a white bowl with spoon on the side
Mexican Black Bean Soup with Tortillas
This delicious and comforting Mexican Black Bean Soup with Tortillas is full of authentic Mexican flavors. Easy, healthy, and versatile, this soup can be made vegan and gluten-free.
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Spicy Indian Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard
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!
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The Best Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili served in a white bowl topped with green onions and cheese
The Best Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili
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.
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White Bean and Kale Soup with Parmesan Cheese
This hearty and delicious White Bean and Kale Soup with Parmesan Cheese is perfect for a winter's evening. Great for a side, but filling enough to be a healthy main dish as well. Vegetarian, gluten-free and can easily be made vegan!
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Tuscan Bean Stew with Whole Wheat Pasta, topped with parmesan cheese and served in a ceramic bowl
Tuscan Bean Stew with Whole Wheat Pasta
This Tuscan Bean Stew is hearty, spicy, healthy and satisfying. Full of veggies, beans, and whole wheat pasta it's a high protein, high fiber, delicious meal that's done in 30 minutes.
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Healthy Vegetarian Casseroles

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!

chilaquiles rojos in a white casserole dish
Chilaquiles Rojos
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!
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Gluten Free Lasagna with Polenta and Vegetables
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.
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vegetarian enchilada casserole, in a baking dish with the ingredients on the table
Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole
This healthy Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole is a quick and easy weeknight meal. Packed full of flavor, this Mexican meal is a lightened up version of a family favorite, so you can enjoy it guilt free!
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Healthy Vegetarian Pastas

Super simple for those weeknights when you don’t know what to make, these easy pasta dishes are loaded with flavor!

garlic pasta with veggies in a white bowl with parmesan cheese
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.
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spinach ravioli with roasted tomatoes and basil in a blue bowl
Spinach and Cheese Ravioli with Roasted Tomatoes and Basil
Dressed up with a delicious roasted tomato sauce and fresh herbs, this store bought spinach ravioli feels like a gourmet Italian meal you can enjoy on a weeknight!
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veggie gnocchi with spinach and white beans served in a large skillet
Veggie Gnocchi with Spinach and White Beans
This Veggie Gnocchi with Spinach and White Beans is the healthy gnocchi recipe you have been waiting for! It’s the perfect, easy comfort food to warm you up and keep you satisfied. 
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Quick and Easy Healthy Vegetarian Entrees

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, served on a white plate
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!
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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 served on a white plate
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.
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Everyone loves fajitas! These smoky black bean and veggie fajitas are perfectly spiced, and topped with fresh avocado and Mexican cheese!

vegetarian fajitas in a corn tortilla topped with cheese, avocado and cilantro, served in a blue bowl
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. 
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Healthy Vegetarian Recipes: Dessert

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.
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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.

gluten free apple crisp served on a white plate topped with whipped cream
Gluten Free Apple Crisp
This Gluten Free Apple Crisp 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!
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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.

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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.
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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!

Lemon Tartlets with Coconut Milk Filling on a white plate
Lemon Tartlets
These healthy mini lemon tartlets have a crunchy, nutty crust, and a sweet lemon curd filling. They're a simple handheld dessert perfect for special occasions!
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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 on a white plate
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!
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With layers of Greek yogurt, pumpkin filling, and homemade granola, these parfaits are rich in protein, and low in sugar!

pumpkin yogurt parfaits, with layers of pumpkin puree and yogurt, topped with granola in a glass cup
Pumpkin Yogurt Parfaits
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!
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Ooey-gooey peanut butter cookies are dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with chopped peanuts nuts for added texture. They’re sugar free, and of so good!

Keto Peanut Butter Cookies dipped in chocolate and nuts, on white plate
Keto Peanut Butter Cookies
These super simple Keto Peanut Butter Cookies require only 6 simple ingredients. They're low-carb, sugar-free, and a total treat!
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Who doesn’t love a good brownie? It’s one of my favorites! These are rich and chocolaty, dotted with healthy walnuts!

Chocolate fudge brownies with walnuts cut into squares, presented on parchment paper
Vegan Brownie Recipe with Walnuts
This vegan brownie recipe with walnuts is rich and indulgent: the perfect sweet treat to end your evening. Easy to make and ready in under 1 hour!
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Baked apples are a super healthy dessert! These are stuffed with a quinoa, and oat filling! When baked they become a warm fall dessert!

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Baked Cinnamon Apples with a Quinoa Crumble
These baked apples are stuffed with a mixture of spiced sprouted quinoa, hearty rolled oats, crunchy nuts, and sweet dried fruit. They are absolutely delicious, easy to prep and are perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a guilt-free dessert anytime of the year!
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A rich chocolate mousse, that’s also vegan and sugar-free, you can’t go wrong! Top with your favorite berries for an extra special treat!

vegan chocolate mousse topped with raspberries
Vegan Chocolate Mousse (Healthy, Sugar-Free)
This rich, decadent, silky Vegan Chocolate Mousse is the perfect dessert.  Made with silken tofu, bananas, tahini, cocoa powder, and maple syrup this mousse is healthy, chocolatey, and so easy to make! 
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What Are The Different Types of Vegetarian Diets?

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
  • Health reasons
  • Ethical reasons, animal rights
  • Religious beliefs

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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Indulge your sweet tooth with some of my lightened-up treats. From gluten-free brownies to fruity crumbles, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to check out holiday favorites like my healthy pumpkin pie!

12 responses to “Healthy Vegetarian Recipes: 55 Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, and Desserts”

  1. What a great selection of vegetarian recipes! There really is something for everyone. I love how healthy and tasty they are!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. We are always trying to cook more vegetarian meals and there is so much amazing choice here. I can’t wait to try them.

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