Who says eating meatless is boring? Not me! After changing my diet a few months ago, I’ve learned that there’s more to vegetarian dishes than just salad.
I switched to eating pescatarian, which means I don’t eat any meat, but still eat fish, dairy, and eggs. Eliminating foods from your diet takes creativity and an open mind to find and try new dishes. Pinterest and Google are both great resources for finding vegetarian/vegan recipes.
Here are 16 delicious vegetarian dishes I’ve tried and loved since becoming pescatarian!
Breakfast Vegetarian Dishes
1. Spinach Avocado Goat Cheese Omelette
Omelettes are amazing, if you know how to make them. The keys are cooking on low heat and patience! Take your time while making this amazing omelette recipe, and you’ll feel like a professional chef. Also, pretty much any veggies go good in omelettes, so substitute away.
2. Portobello Baked Eggs
Mmmmmm it can’t get better than eggs and mushrooms! I do make one change to this recipe, however. I fry the eggs and then place them in the portobello instead of cooking them in the oven. The couple times I tried cooking the raw eggs in the mushrooms, I could not get the timing right. Either the portobellos were overcooked, or the eggs were rubbery.
3. Farmers’ Market Quiche
Quiche is a definite go to vegetarian dish in my kitchen. Not only is it easy, but you can use pretty much any vegetable you have in the fridge. This recipe has gruyere cheese and some super yummy spices.
4. Vegetarian Biscuits and Gravy
You cannot even tell a difference between this recipe and meat-y biscuits and gravy. Seriously, do a taste test – if anything you’ll end up liking this one better! With only 3 simple ingredients, this vegetarian dish is the perfect way to treat yourself to a yummy (somewhat unhealthy) breakfast, without much work.
5. Loaded Avocado Toast
Take your avocado toast to the next level with a plethora of topping options. Spicy or not spicy, scrambled or over easy eggs, tomatoes and onions, or peppers and mushrooms… the possibilities are endless!
Lunch/Dinner Vegetarian Dishes
6. Black Bean Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Wow, this recipe blew my socks off. It does take a while to cook and assemble all of the parts, but it’s worth it. A tip is to cook the sweet potatoes either the night before or morning of the day you plan to make it. This saves you precious time in the evening, and prevents burns by the sweet potato skins. Not only are the enchiladas absolutely delicious, but you’ll have leftovers for days!
7. Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
This tomato soup is quick, easy, and delightfully tasty. The recipe calls for use of a food processor or blender, but I’ve found it much easier to make with an immersion blender. I use the OXA Smart Immersion Hand Blender. It does exactly what I need without any confusing buttons or settings. Plus, it comes with a whisk attachment. Pair your freshly blended soup with a warm grilled cheese, and you’ve got yourself a healthy version (at least the soup) of a childhood favorite.
8. Vegan Buddha Bowl
I enjoy the clean ingredients used to make this healthy bowl. Here is yet another vegetarian dish recipe to use as a base, and change ingredients to your taste. Sometimes I use the red pepper sauce, and other times I keep it simple with soy sauce. Whatever you do, it’s bound to be refreshing.
9. Spinach Pie (Spanakopita)
Spinach pie is my boyfriend’s favorite meal, and I’ve definitely grown to love it (almost as much as he does). The instructions might seem a little tedious/difficult at first, but after you make it once, you’ll find what works for you. The spinach and crust need to be defrosted for about 24 hours before you make it, so if you have a weekly meal schedule, it helps to make a note or alarm on your phone to help you remember! (I’ve definitely forgotten to take them out before, whoops). Also, it’s easier to brush olive oil on about every 5 or 6 layers of phyllo dough, instead of every single one. This will save you time and some calories.
10. Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tostadas
You will seem like a professional chef after cooking up this amazing recipe. Homemade tostada shells are definitely the way to go! These little pockets of heaven are packed with flavor, protein, and fiber. This is one of my absolute favorite vegetarian dishes on this list, don’t miss out.
11. Homemade Mac and Cheese
Indulgence time! Who said eating vegetarian has to be healthy? Not me. Homemade mac and cheese…. need I say more?
12. Seasoned Chickpea Taco Salad
Chickpeas are a perfect substitute for any meat that goes in a taco salad. My favorite variation to this recipe is putting the avocado on my salad instead of using it in the dressing. Instead for a dressing, I mix regular hummus and salsa together until the consistency is the perfect balance of runny and creamy. It’s an easier dressing to make and is still incredibly healthy!
13. Tomato and Artichoke Gnocchi
I tried this dish for the first time recently, and discovered how much I was missing gnocchi in my life (without even realizing it). The incredible combination of flavors and textures will fool yourself into thinking you’re a professional chef. Did I mention how easy this is to make? Extremely. This is my new “have everything on hand just in case I run out of everything else” vegetarian dish.
14. Roasted Eggplant and Caramelized Onion Pizza
This pizza calls for homemade dough and vegan cheese. If you are an all-out vegan, more power to you and you should stick to the original recipe! If not, like me, get yourself a pre-made pizza dough ball and some real mozzarella cheese and go to town. Mmmmm, this is one sexy pizza.
15. Tofu Taco Crumbles
Y’all thought tacos were impossible without meat? WRONG. Here’s another taste-tester for you. I’m being dead serious when I say there is absolutely no difference in taste between this tofu and ground beef. And, if you’re skeptical about tofu, this is a great place to start… I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
16. Moo Shu Vegetables
This is one of the easiest vegetarian dishes on this whole list. Throw your veggies, eggs, and sauce in a pan and you’re good to go. This recipe is jam-packed with veggies, and won’t make you bloated like regular Chinese take-out.