People often assume vegetarian cooking is extra complicated; we’re here to prove them wrong. Just because a meal is meatless doesn’t mean it takes forever. Sneak a peek at these nine vegetarian dinners—they’re all ready to eat in 15 minutes or less. From noodle soup to veggie wraps, we’ve got your next meatless Monday (or every day) meal.
1. Veggie Lo Mein
“I need noodles ASAP” doesn’t mean you have to surrender to takeout. This super-quick lo mein is packed with veg (use your favorites—there are no wrong answers!) and twisty ramen noodles. Add cubed tofu if you’re craving extra protein.
2. Corn Tostadas
Salty, creamy, and sweet all at once, this street-style corn is the ideal topping for a bean-smeared tostada. No cotija cheese? Feta is a solid sub. Sauté extra veggies if you so choose.
3. Tomato Egg Drop Soup
This 10-minute noodle soup is the definition of an emergency meal. Hearty and flavorful, yet quick enough to cure the most intense case of “hanger,” this soup gets its great taste from fresh tomatoes and scallions.
4. Kimchi Quinoa Bowls
Toss spicy cabbage-based kimchi with quinoa and kale, then put an egg on it. We have no doubt that this is the tastiest way to use up all that leftover quinoa sitting in the fridge.
5. Avocado-Chickpea Salad Collard Wraps
If you’re getting sick of sautéeing leafy greens for dinner, try using one as a wrap. A giant collard makes the perfect sleeping bag for creamy avocado-chickpea salad (think chicken salad but vegetarian), but any of your go-to sandwich fillings will get the job done.
6. Turkish Lentil Salad
This protein-rich lentil salad is just as good solo (with a few slices of bread if it looks lonely) as it is over a bed of your favorite salad greens. PSA: Canned lentils may be quicker, but we think dried-then-cooked taste better. Plop them into boiling water and cook for 10 minutes while preparing everything else, then drain and toss with veg.
7. One-Pot Protein Pasta
This pasta dish is way better for you than it might seem. Pile lentil pasta (try chickpea or black bean versions too), garlicky kale, tomato sauce, and Parmesan into a skillet and cook until bubbly. Feel free to stick your fork right in.
8. Bean and Eggplant Casserole
Serve this spicy, creamy casserole with salad and rice or crusty bread for a dinner that’s packed with good-for-you ingredients. Did we mention it’s completely vegan?
9. Veggie Pita Pizzas
This veg-heavy “pit-za” is a hybrid between flatbread and your favorite take-out dinner. Mound your favorite veggies over tomato sauce, add a handful of cheese if you like, and stick it in the oven. Dinner is d-o-n-e.