How to make 5 healthy and satisfying vegetarian dinners

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

How many times have you thought about making a vegetarian dinner but were afraid you would be hungry afterward? Sometimes, people think that vegetarian dinners cannot be filling. They also think they are going to be snacking afterwards on chips or candy which will defeat the reason why they were eating a vegetarian meal in the first place.

But vegetarian dinners can be filling and satisfying and help you stay healthy. Not only is it good for your health to eat vegetarian once a week but it is good for the environment. Producing meat takes a lot of resources. In fact, Meatless Monday states that the meat industry generates one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions in this country. Other fun facts from Meatless Monday:

Eat one less burger a week for one year is the same as not driving 320 miles

Skip eating meat and cheese with your family one day a week, is the same as not driving for 5 weeks

Skip eating steak once a week with your family, is the same as not driving your car for 3 months

Pretty amazing, isn't it? Vegetarian dinners do not have to be difficult to make. Nor do they need to include exotic ingredients, unless you want too! When you start off with some easy, basic vegetarian dinners, not only are they fast to make but your family will become used to having them once a week. As everyone gets used to the routine, then adding something more exotic to the menu becomes easier for the family to try.

Below are 5 easy and satisfying vegetarian dinner recipes. I encourage you to try at least one of them this week as you are planning the menu for next week. If you try any, don't forget to tag me on Instagram @heatherleehurst and use the #heathershealthhabits hashtag. I love seeing your takes on my recipes!

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Low-fat Vegan Eggplant Lasagna from The Spruce Eats. Don't let the word vegan scare you. The reason it is in the name of the recipe is the lasagna is cheese-less. Without cheese, you don't need an egg like you would in a traditional lasagna. Vegetarian pasta dishes are the easiest types of dishes to make vegetarian or vegan and your family won't even miss the meat. There is so much going on in a vegetarian pasta dish, simply serve it with a salad. If you absolutely still need to use cheese, go ahead and do so like you would with a regular lasagna. That substitution is pictured below. But I bet if you try this recipe without the cheese, you won't even miss it. Click here for the recipe.

vegetarian lasagna on a plate topped with a basil leaf

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl from the Minimalist Baker. Burrito bowls come together in 30 minutes and are another great vegetarian recipe because there is so much going on, no one will be missing the meat. The recipe calls for making the cauliflower rice yourself from a head of cauliflower. A short-cut is to buy it frozen. I find that an easier way to incorporate the rice into the meal. Click here for the recipe.

cauliflower rice burrito bowl with a side of guacamole

Ginger Veggie Stir-Fry from Platings & Pairings. Stir-fry recipes are great to make your own. I don't know about your house but I have certain vegetable restrictions in mine just because they aren't cared for, not because of allergies. If there is someone in your household with a food allergy, stir-fry recipes can be modified to accommodate that person. Stir-fry's are fast to make and can mix fresh and frozen veggies for added convenience. Click here for the recipe.

veggie stir-fry in a pan with sauce on the side

Lentil Vegetarian Cottage Pie from Veggie Inspired. I love casserole recipes because I can make them on the weekend and then just heat and eat during the week. Plus, there are usually left-overs so one of us can eat it again for lunch. This hearty casserole uses lentils but if the family doesn't care for them, substitute any bean that the family likes. Even kidney beans would be a good substitute. Click here for the recipe.

lentil cottage pie on a plate

Ultimate Vegan Black Bean Burgers from Ambitious Kitchen. Who says burger night has to contain meat? These thick and moist black bean burgers are perfect for burger night. Serve with the usual toppings such as tomatoes, lettuce and even cheese, to make the dinner more like the burger night everyone has come to love for dinner. Click here for the recipe.

black bean burger with tomatoes avocado and red onion with a side of fries

I hope this vegetarian dinner post inspired you to try one night of the week as a vegetarian night. It doesn't have to be Monday! In my house, it is usually Wednesday, but even that can change depending on our schedules. If you try any of the above, let me know how you made out! I love seeing and hearing about your experiences with the recipes I share. Follow my blog on Bloglovin.

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