Have you been thinking about incorporating more plants into your meals but don’t know where to start? Often the biggest struggle is simply figuring out how to get started. The best thing to remember is to start small. If you aren’t eating any plant-based meals, then pick one meal a week and commit to trying out some new recipes. Here are some of my favorite simple vegetarian recipes I recommend you trying out to get you started with plant-based and vegetarian meals.
Kicking off the day with fruits vegetables for breakfast
Breakfast is super simple to eat vegetarian and having some simple vegetarian recipes to choose from makes creating this long term habit easier. If you want eggs, I recommend starting off with a Savory Grain Bowl or Green Eggs, No Ham. Both recipes combine eggs along with vegetables, because I think it’s never too early in the day to begin eating vegetables. In addition, and they both offer a nice balance between carbohydrate, protein and fat which will help with keeping you fueled up longer throughout your morning.
Another one of my favorites to add fruits and vegetables into my breakfast meals are with fruit and vegetable smoothies. The fruit adds a nice sweet flavor camouflaging strong vegetable flavors that may be in the smoothie. Some of my favorites veggies to use in smoothies are beets, spinach, celery and cucumber. Plus they are super easy to meal prep, freeze and take on the go.
- Savory breakfast bowl with grains and veggies
- Green eggs, no ham
- How to meal prep smoothies
- Spinach garlic grits with poached egg
- Beet, berry, banana, camu camu smoothie
- Southern style pumpkin biscuits
- Whole wheat banana cacao pancakes
- Baked blueberry oatmeal
Refueling at midday with simple vegetarian recipes
I always think of super quick and easy for lunch or something that I can easily make ahead and transport. My personal favorites for lunch are soups, veggie sandwich and grain bowls both of which are super easy to make plant-based versions of for lunch meals. Here are some of my favorite simple vegetarian recipes for you to try out for lunch.
- Stuffed quinoa spinach sweet potato
- Salad verde with lemon basil vinaigrette
- Yellow split pea pumpkin soup with herbed croutons
- Crispy chickpea burger patties
- Black bean sweet potato bowl
- Creamy chickpea salad
- Taco vegan lentil soup
- Asian salad bowls
Simple vegetarian recipes to end the day
Quick and easy is always a must for me during the week. I am usually so exhausted by the time I’m done working that my dinner meal needs to be something that doesn’t require much from me or items that I can easily prep up ahead.
Creating your own collection of great comfort food and family favorite simple vegetarian recipes can help make including more plant-based foods much easier.
- Spinach + winter squash lasagna
- Quinotto with winter squash and greens
- Meatless lasagna
- Spinach garlic grits with poached egg
- Tallarines verdes
- Hearty vegetable lentil stew with potato puree
- Creamy spinach basil pasta with tomatoes
- Ginger soy cauliflower fried rice with Asian bbq tofu
- Red wine miso mushrooms sauce with creamy polenta
My favorite ethnic vegetarian dishes
One of my go-to meals for dinner are tacos or Texmex. I think if given the chance I could eat tacos or Texmex every single day. I love the flavors that much.
My favorite taco dish are Crispy tofu tacos with lime cilantro yogurt which will give you the chance to experiment with tofu and see how you like it, that is if you aren’t already familiar with it. For me, the crunchy coating on the tofu really changes the texture and adds a lot of flavor in this dish.
I also like to just keep it simple with a dish like, Creamy black beans with rice. In my opinion, black beans are always easy to prepare and generally well-liked by everyone when I serve them up for dinner. The recipe is fairly simple, and it can be prepared using a slow cooker if you aren’t home for an extended period of time to cook the beans. In a pinch, you could use canned beans, but I generally prefer to the flavor that comes from cooking the beans for an extended period of time in the house.
- Crispy tofu tacos with lime cilantro yogurt
- Creamy black beans and rice
- Peruvian vegetarian tacu tacu
- Vegan Thai green curry
- Making sushi rice bowls
- Vegetarian lomo saltado
Snack ideas for the munchies during the day
Of course, the day just wouldn’t be complete without some simple vegetarian recipes for healthy snacks that you can use throughout the day. I like to have sweet and savory options on hand depending on my mood or what I am craving in that moment. If I’m wanting something sweet, I enjoy a chia pudding such as this Cinnamon chili cacao chia pudding. Or maybe even a little bit of homemade Dark chocolate quinoa bark.
I love hummus as a snack option. Mainly because you can make it on the weekend and use it throughout the week as a snack, the base of a sandwich or an addition to a salad for either lunch or dinner. Here is an Easy vegetable hummus trio featuring a classic hummus along with two other flavors. It works great with pita chips or veggie sticks as a snack. Another favorite savory snack are Cheesy quinoa bites mainly because they are so easy to make ahead and take them along with me for when I get a bit hungry.
- Cinnamon chili cacao chia pudding
- Dark chocolate quinoa bark
- Cheesy quinoa bites
- Easy vegetable hummus trio
- Spicy black bean hummus with baked plantain chips
- How to make baked tostones
Of course, the possibilities are endless when you are trying to eat more plant-based meals. All it takes the willingness to be a bit adventurous and try out new things. It also helps to have a collection of simple vegetarian recipes to help you along the way.
I hope you have fun trying out some new more vegetable centered meals, and will take the time to come back and tell me what you liked or didn’t like. Buen provecho!