June 15, 2024


Food & Travel Enthusiast

Meatless Dinner Ideas to Make Tonight

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy meatless dishes. In fact, the concept of “meatless Mondays” has gained popularity over the years so people can be mindful about eating more plants. If you need some inspiration for easy-to-make veggie-loaded dishes, here’s a variety of meatless dinner ideas that your whole family is sure to love. From eggplant and mushroom meatballs, to hearty soups and chilis, you won’t miss the meat, even for a minute.

Grilled Halloumi Salad

Greg DuPree

If you’re looking to freshen up your classic Greek salad, try this recipe with grilled halloumi. You won’t even miss the feta!

Lemony Lentil Soup

Greg DuPree

Packed with vegetables and spices, this hearty lentil soup is perfect to make in any season, but especially cold and flu-season. Turmeric helps give this soup a rich and beautiful golden color.

Eggplant-and-Tomato Masala With Chickpeas

Antonis Achilleos

This Indian-inspired dish will warm you up on the coldest of days. The best part is it’s inexpensive to make, comes together in 20 minutes, and feeds a crowd.

Roasted Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Caitlin Bensel

It’s never been easier to get your greens than with this veggie-loaded pasta. And who knew you could make pesto out of broccoli?

Mushroom and Burrata Orzotto

Greg DuPree

Savory mushrooms pair perfectly with creamy burrata, especially in risotto. If you’re on the hunt for something decadent, look no further.

Cauliflower Tartine With Romesco Sauce

Caitlin Bensel

This tartine is as beautiful when prepared as it is delicious. Homemade romesco sauce is the star of this meal, but the pickled shallots and golden raisin are incredible additions as well.

Meatless Meatball Subs

Caitlin Bensel

Who knew mushrooms and eggplant could make the perfect meatball? This veggie-loaded twist on an Italian classic is sure to be loved by the whole family.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili With Sweet Potatoes

Con Poulos

Contrary to popular belief, chili can be eaten all year round. If you want a hearty meal to feed the whole family for a few days, this aromatic dish is just the thing.

Red Lentil Curry

José Picayo

Skip the takeout and make a classic Indian dish, with red lentils, carrots, and potatoes, right at home. Make sure to buy some naan for dunking.

Vegetarian Tacos With Goat Cheese

Con Poulos

Make it taco night any night with these convenient tacos consisting of frozen corn, spinach, tofu, canned salsa, and goat cheese.

Fettuccine With Asparagus, Leeks, and Mint

Victor Protasio

This might just be the perfect spring or summer pasta dish. Fresh mint and lemon zest brighten crunchy asparagus and tender leeks.

Polenta-Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Dana Gallagher

Perfect as a side dish or a main, these creamy polenta-stuffed spicy poblano peppers take less than 30 minutes to make, and they’re insanely delicious.

Eggplant Shepherd’s Pie

Caitlin Bensel

A meatless shepherd’s pie made with eggplant, potatoes, and cheese is just as rich and flavorful as one made with meat (perhaps even more so!)

Butternut Squash Bake With Wild Rice

Victor Protasio

You’re going to want to add this dish to your Thanksgiving table since it’s perfect as a side or gluten-free stuffing option.

Skillet Polenta in Creamy Tomato Sauce


Not sure what to cook tonight? Grab a few pantry staples, like canned tomatoes, polenta, and navy beans, and have dinner on the table in less than an hour.

Mole-Spiced Black Bean and Quinoa Bowl

Jen Causey

Homemade mole is a true labor of love, but jarred mole sauce can also do the trick. Make this nutritious dish for a filling dinner, and then enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Spinach and Ricotta-Stuffed Shells

Greg DuPree

Stuffed shells are so simple and fun to make, and are the perfect weeknight dish. Serve them alongside some garlic bread and a Caesar salad to make it a meal.

Skillet Pizza With Kale and Mushrooms

Christopher Testani

Making pizza at home is easier than you might think, and it’s all made possible with a cast-iron skillet. Just remember, the trick is making sure your oven is extremely hot.