24 Healthy Recipes for a Vegetarian Feast
Meatless, not flavorless
You can be a vegetarian while still enjoying a filling meal—it's better for your overall health and your waistline. We put together 25 mouthwatering recipes that are seasonal and meat-free.*
*Some of the recipes contain chicken broth, so substitute veggie broth for a truly meatless meal.
Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip
This recipe cuts calories by using lima beans to create a creamy texture.
Ingredients: Lima beans, light mayo, fat-free cream cheese, dry mustard, Tabasco sauce, capers, artichoke hearts, frozen spinach, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, green onions, lemon juice
Prep: 30 minutes; cook: 25 minutes
Try this recipe: Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Sweet Potato and Ginger Soup
Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber and vitamin A, both essential nutrients to a healthy diet. Use fresh sweet potato and ginger to make this healthy comfort food. Watch this video to see how to whip up this five-ingredient soup in no time.
Crunchy Zucchini Rounds With Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
Zucchini makes a great base in this appetizer because it is just as crisp as crackers or toasted bread, but contains vitamins A and C.
Ingredients: Zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, chives
Prep: 15 minutes
Try this recipe: Crunchy Zucchini Rounds With Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
Maple Spiced Nuts
This recipe is quick, easy, and full of heart-healthy fats.
Ingredients: Mixed nuts, maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, chili powder
Prep: 5 minutes; cook: 15; let the nuts dry for at least 10 minutes
Try this recipe: Maple-Spiced Nuts
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
This recipe is low-cal and packed with beta-carotene.
Ingredients: Butter, Vidalia onion, garlic, apples, butternut squash, sage, nutmeg, vegetable broth, fat-free evaporated milk, crème fraîche
Prep: 15 minutes; cook: 20 minutes
Try this recipe: Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Pear, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Salad
Besides being delicious, walnuts are full of omega-3 fatty acids.
Ingredients: Bibb lettuce, pears, orange juice, red onion, blue cheese, walnuts, cranberry sauce, balsamic vinegar, sugar, ginger
Prep: 15 minutes
Try this recipe: Pear, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Salad
This ravioli recipe combines comfort food with yummy pumpkin flavors. And although pumpkin is typically a fall vegetable, this recipe calls for canned pumpkin—meaning you can make it year-round whenever the craving strikes.
Sourdough Stuffing With Roasted Chestnuts
Eliminating sausage from this recipe cuts down on saturated fat.
Ingredients: Sourdough bread, roasted chestnuts, butter, yellow onion, carrots, celery, Granny Smith apples, parsley, thyme, sage, eggs, vegetable broth
Prep: 30 minutes; cook: 1 hour 15 minutes
Try this recipe: Sourdough Stuffing with Roasted Chestnuts
Cheesy Squash Casserole
Low-fat dairy products allow you to enjoy this meal guilt free.
Ingredients: Yellow squash, onion, margarine, flour, skim milk, reduced-fat cheddar cheese, breadcrumbs
Prep: 20 minutes; cook: 20–25 minutes
Try this recipe: Cheesy Squash Casserole
The name of this dish may be deceiving—it also contains vitamin-rich Swiss chard.
Ingredients: Shallots, red Swiss chard, part-skim ricotta cheese, goat cheese, Parmesan cheese, sage, wonton wrappers, pesto
Prep: 30 minutes; cook: 10 minutes
Try this recipe: Three Cheese and Sage Ravioli
Roasted Squash Stuffed With Corn Bread Dressing
This hearty dish will satisfy your need for comfort food while still sneaking in plenty of veggies.
Ingredients: Maple corn bread, acorn squash, cranberries, currants, onion, celery, carrots, sage, garlic, vegetable broth, pecans, parsley
Prep: 1 hour 35 minutes; cook: 30 minutes
Try this recipe: Roasted Squash Stuffed With Corn Bread Dressing
Mushroom and Caramelized-Shallot Strudel
Mushrooms recreate the savory taste of meat in this rich dish.
Ingredients: Shallots, sugar, mushrooms, Marsala, low-fat sour cream, parsley, thyme, phyllo dough, breadcrumbs, butter
Prep: 45 minutes; cook: 20 minutes
Try this recipe: Mushroom and Caramelized-Shallot Strudel
Braised Shallots and Fall Vegetables With Red Wine Sauce
The red wine sauce gives the fall vegetables a decadent texture.
Ingredients: Shallots, butter, carrots, mushrooms, parsnips, rosemary, bay leaves, thyme, parsley, garlic
Prep: 20 minutes; cook: 20 minutes
Try this recipe: Braised Shallots and Fall Vegetables With Red Wine Sauce
Lasagna With Fall Vegetables, Gruyere, and Sage Bechamel
Although this protein-packed dish involves several steps, most can be done a couple of days in advance.
Ingredients: Flour, skim milk, onion, sage, shallots, bay leaf, garlic, fresh spinach, portobello mushrooms, sweet potato, Gruyère cheese, Parmesan cheese, lasagna noodles
Prep: 40 minutes; cook: 30 minutes
Try this recipe: Lasagna With Fall Vegetables, Gruyère, and Sage Béchamel
Baby Carrots With Dill Butter and Lemon
This dish is the definition of simple, yet satisfying. And it packs plenty of vitamin A.
Ingredients: Vegetable broth, carrots, butter, dill, chives, lemons
Prep: 10 minutes; cook: 10 minutes
Try this recipe: Baby Carrots with Dill, Butter, and Lemon
Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pecans
Brussels sprouts are a good source of vitamin K and folate.
Ingredients: Brussels sprouts, pecans, garlic
Prep: 10 minutes; cook: 20–25 minutes
Try this recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pecans
Champagne-Glazed Cipollini Onions
Onions aren't just used as condiments—they're a delicious source of vitamin C.
Ingredients: Cipollini onions, dark brown sugar, thyme, butter, Champagne
Prep: 10 minutes; cook: 18 minutes
Try this recipe: Champagne-Glazed Cipollini Onions
Parmesan and Chive Potato Gratin
Keeping the skins on these potatoes adds a boost of fiber.
Ingredients: Red potatoes, garlic, low-fat milk, butter, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, chives
Prep: 15 minutes; cook: 23 minutes
Try this recipe: Parmesan-and-Chive Potato Gratin
Sweet Potato Casserole
Using half-and-half instead of heavy cream cuts down on your fat intake.
Ingredients: Sweet potatoes, half-and-half, brown sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, marshmallows, flour, butter, pecans
Prep: 35 minutes; Cook: 30 minutes
Try this recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole With Marshmallows
Cloverleaf Honey-Wheat Rolls
These rolls are light, slightly sweet, and only 150 calories.
Ingredients: Dry yeast, bread flour, whole-wheat flour, honey, butter, an egg
Prep: 1 hour 50 minutes; cook: 12 minutes
Try this recipe: Cloverleaf Honey-Wheat Rolls
Pumpkin Pie Pudding
This creamy dessert has half the fat of other puddings, yet 10% of your daily calcium.
Ingredients: Milk, brown sugar, cornstarch, eggs, canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice
Prep: 10 minutes; cool: 30 minutes
Try this recipe: Pumpkin-Pie Pudding
Chocolate Hazelnut Pie
Light cream cheese keeps this dessert creamy, yet diet friendly.
Ingredients: Eggs, raw sugar, reduced-fat milk, granulated sugar, bittersweet chocolate, sour cream, vanilla extract, hazelnuts, flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, butter, cream cheese, lemon juice
Prep: 15 minutes; cook: 58 minutes; chill: 1 hour
Try this recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Pie
Apple Marzipan Galette
This simple dessert saves time by using pre-made dough.
Ingredients: Refrigerated pie dough, marzipan, Granny Smith apples, sugar, flour, almond extract, lemon juice
Prep: 20 minutes; cook: 30 minutes
Try this recipe: Apple Marzipan Galette
Chocolate-Apricot Bread Pudding
Dried apricots and chocolate make the ultimate tangy-sweet combination.
Ingredients: French bread, bittersweet chocolate, dried apricots, eggs, half-and-half, sugar, vanilla, orange juice
Prep: 30 minutes; cook: 30 minutes
Try this recipe: Chocolate-Apricot Bread Pudding
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