Meatless recipes were generally pretty bland when I was growing up 💁🏻♀️
People heard the word vegetarian or vegan and thought “is that just a plate of vegetables then?“
However, more recently, social media has helped spread the word about the many health, ethical and financial benefits of choosing meatless meals.
While I am not a vegetarian or vegan, and honestly don’t think that I ever would go all the way, I do love to try meatless recipes quite often. Cutting meat from your shopping list will save you a lot more money than you think, and eating plant based meals from time to time will help you feel as though you’ve given your body a detox
That’s why I have put together a list of the best meatless recipes I could find on the internet. I hope that this post inspires you to do more home cooking using different ingredients than you’re used to!
Please note – some of these recipes completely vegan whilst others are vegetarian and do contain dairy – please double check the recipe if you have allergies or follow a strictly plant-based diet 🥔
For even more recipe suggestions, make sure you check out 35 Delectable Slow Cooker Recipes You HAVE To Try and 10 Delicious Paleo Recipes You Need To Try Right Now!
30 Vegan & Vegetarian Recipes Your Family Needs To Try
One of my favourite meals of all time has to be lasagne.
This recipe by Wendy Polisi means all those following a meat-free lifestyle can still enjoy an absolutely delicious version of this classic dish!
This sticky sesame cauliflower dish by Sara Bell is irresistible. Inspired by Asian cuisine, this is one of my go-to side dishes whenever I’m making dinner.
Pineapple in a main dish will forever keep opinions divided.
I love new and interesting ways to prepare tofu, and this recipe by Vegan Huggs is a brilliant way to mix up both sweet and savory flavors!
Noodle recipes are my weakness. Pretty sure that if I could only eat one meal for the rest of my life it would be noodle dishes.
This quick and easy one by Kitchen Cat can be thrown together in just 15 minutes and is bursting with veggie goodness.
Burrito’s make a perfect lunchtime meal that will keep you fueling right into the evening.
This Chipotle inspired creation by Vegan Huggs is packed fill of goodness and tasty flavors including cilantro, lime rice and black beans.
Nothing makes me feel better on a cold, dreary day than a hearty warm bowl of soup.
This recipe by Vegan Huggs is super easy to make and contains just just 7 ingredients – oil, vegetable broth, spaghetti, tomato puree and seasonings.
WHO can resist Paella?!
This sticky flavoursome comfort food recipe by Strength and Sunshine is perfect for making in bulk and reheating throughout the week.
Or prepare for your family and friends next time its your turn to host.
What is dirty rice I hear you ask? That’s exactly what I thought at first…
This Louisiana Cajun/Creole inspired dish is not only gluten free, its packed full of flavour and nutritious ingredients including jackfruit, celery, onion, bell peppers and more.
Nothing beats a cheesy pasta dish sometimes.
Don’t be fooled though – this recipe by Tastes Of Lizzy T is far from the other generic recipes you’ve seen before, and is a brilliant accompaniment if you want to serve with a meat, vegetable or bean sauce.
Vegan Runner Eats really did come through here with a vegan chilli recipe with a difference.
I would never have thought to include sweet potato chunks in my vegan chili if I’d not seen this suggestion.
This dish from Sprinkles and Sprouts is irresistible for any of those of you who can’t say no to a creamy pasta sauce dish…. I mean, who could say no to that!?
See the full recipe to even learn how to perfect the sauce without using a tonne of cream… so you don’t even need to feel guilty!
These vegan potato patty cakes by Little Sunny Kitchen are so versatile and can be enjoyed as a mid afternoon snack, a filling lunch or as a side dish to your favourite main dish.
Another family favourite that’s been perfectly adapted to suit your vegan lifestyle.
Serve this to your family and friends next time you’re hosting dinner at your house, and I bet they won’t even believe that this dish is meat free!
This protein packed dish by Slow the Cook Down is a perfect side to go with vegan curries, or you can enjoy it as a main with rice or quinoa.
It’s ready in less than 45 minutes, made in one pot and perfect for meal prep!
This daal recipe from The Busy Baker is the perfect easy and healthy weeknight meal that can be made vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free.
Enjoy a takeaway style meal at a fraction of the cost that can be prepared in just 25 minutes!
This dairy free meal by Real Food Whole Life is a perfectly warming lunchtime option, or can be enjoyed with fresh bread for dinner with the whole family.
In the words of the creator: “a rich, sweet and comforting recipe which is super simple to throw together and is oh-so creamy without the cream”
Curries are my favourite, so I just can’t get enough of this delectable dish by The Foodie Corner.
This amazingly delicious vegan curry with new potatoes, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and beet greens (beet leaves) can be tossed into the slow cooker with minimal effort and enjoyed by the whole family come dinner time!
Another easy slow cooker option for busy moms – this creation by Kalyns Kitchen is also a great meal prep option and can be prepped in bulk and enjoyed all week long!
Please note this recipe is meatless only but not vegetarian or vegan – switch chicken broth for veg broth if you are looking for a vegetarian recipe.
Set and forget this one in the slow cooker and two hours later you can enjoy a comforting risotto dish bursting with flavor.
If you’re looking for a new and exciting way to use up those leftovers, then Hurry The Food Up has you sorted.
Ready to eat in just 12 minutes, this recipe can be adapted to suit whatever you have knocking about in your fridge, and is the perfect lunchtime snack!
Another favourite from Hurry The Food Up, this is a great way to use fruit and nuts in a savory dish!
If you’re a tofu lover, then you’ll really enjoy this crispy dish by Kirbie Cravings tossed in Chinese-style stir-fry garlic sauce.
Using cheap ingredients, this one needs minimal effort and is perfect for families on weeknights as you can drum it up in just 40 minutes.
The day I discovered the idea of using avocado ass an alternative sauce option, I was a changed woman!
Made in less than 15 minutes, this quick recipe by Cozy Peach Kitchen is packed with flavor and healthy ingredients.
Stir-fried vegetables are the perfect weeknight meal for plant based people – they’re cheap, healthy and quick to throw together.
This recipe by Skinny Ms uses a tonne of my faves: mushrooms, broccoli, carrot, garlic in ginger – there’s even some cashews in there to add in a bit of protein!
Who can resist a mac and cheese dish – nobody, I’m telling you! This take by Cozy Peach Kitchen is no exception!
A cashew-based vegan cheese sauce is mixed with pasta, broccoli and chickpeas to make this casserole nutrient-packed and filling.
Here’s one by Skinny Ms that you can leave in your slow cooker for 8 hours straight.
So prep in the morning, head to work and when you get home, you’ll be welcomed by a nutritious meal packed full of veggie goodness.
Finding interesting ways to add protein to a vegan or vegetarian diet can sometimes be challenging.
If you’re looking for a recipe that’s totally different to anything you’ve tried before then you’ll love this from Running On Real Food.
Bursting with flavour and ingredients including butternut squash, carrots, tahini sauce and red lentils.
If you’re looking for an affordable, qucik and easy to prepare lunchtime meal, then nothing fits the bill better than baked potatoes.
Opting for a sweet potatoes makes for a healthier choice than white potatoes, and this recipe from Simply Quinoa is absolutely packed full of flavour.
The first time I tried fruit in a salad, I was a bit dubious.
However, I’m telling you, if you’re not the biggest fan of salad, this is a great way to mix up your salads (no pun intended) from the ususal bowls of lettuce that we’e all so fed up with!
This recipe by Running On Real Food even uses pecans for a cheeky serving of protein!
To Finish Off…
I really hope you enjoyed looking through these recipes and you’ve been totally inspired to cook some delicious meatless meals for you and your family.
Make sure to go and show the original creators some love and check back here soon for more lifestyle tips and advice!