Delicious Vegetarian Dinner Recipes
Interesting and healthy vegetarian dinner recipes can be an addition to any diet without losing a creative and delicious appeal.
Including satisfying vegetarian dinners in your diet is a preventive step toward combating diseases and other health problems, and adds essential vitamins and nutrients. Besides the tremendous health value of eating good doses of vegetables, fruits and whole grain foods, vegetarian meals provide good nutrition sense.
Vegetarian dinner recipes are also a great way to learn more about good nutrition in your community. Eating locally grown fruits, vegetables and grains can be very satisfying on many levels, because not only are you contributing to your community's economy and saving fuel prices, you also have more control over the food you eat. Purchasing locally grown goods is also satisfying because it's fresher and often has a cleaner production process, as the food may be grown without harmful pesticides and chemicals.
Lasagna, a classic Italian dish, is satisfying and hearty. Replacing a traditional meat version with spinach or adding any vegetables including zucchini, mushrooms and squash is an easy vegetarian option. If time allows, tomato sauce and tomato paste can also be made separately. In addition, use fresh herbs if possible. Serve with a side of vegetables. (For more information on growing your own herbs, see How To Grow An Indoor Herb Garden.)
- One bunch of fresh spinach (¾ pound)
- 15 ounces tomato paste
- 12 ounces tomato sauce
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- One-tablespoon basil, crushed
- ½ tablespoon parsley, chopped
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- Eight ounces mozzarella cheese sliced
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Two and half cups of ricotta cheese
- Two eggs beaten
- Eight ounces lasagna noodles
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Combine tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, salt, pepper, oregano and garlic in a large pot. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes until thick. Remove the pot from the stove. Chop spinach by hand, or use a food processor. In a bowl, combine eggs, ricotta cheese, spinach and ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and set aside. Boil lasagna noodles according to their package directions, or if fresh, until al dente (firm when bit). In a greased 9x13 baking dish, spread tomato sauce mixture on the bottom, add the layer of pasta, spread spinach mixture, add mozzarella cheese and add more sauce. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Sprinkle the rest of Parmesan cheese on top. Bake for one hour and 15 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving and sprinkle top with parsley before serving.
Serves 8-10, Calories 500
For a healthy and fresh Asian inspired dish, vegetable stir-fries are satisfying as well as quick and easy to make. This recipe can allow for any amount of food creativity. If adding other vegetables, cook separately from greens and combine at end. Pair with a side of soup.
- One pound of bok choy, Swiss chard, collards and any other similar dark, leafy greens
- Two tablespoons oil
- One-tablespoon soy sauce
- One tablespoon lemon juice
- One-tablespoon honey
- ¾ cup of vegetable broth
- One-tablespoon cornstarch
- Two tablespoons water
- One-teaspoon sesame oil
- One and half cups jasmine rice
Cook rice according to its package directions. Wash greens and cut into strips. Heat oil in large skillet or wok and stir greens until shiny, which should take about three minutes. Greens should be softening. Add soy sauce, lemon juice, honey, a pinch of salt and broth. Let boil, then cover and simmer until greens are tender. Mix cornstarch and water separately and stir into greens. Cook until the sauce thickens. Add more water if the sauce becomes too thick. Transfer to dish and coat with sesame oil. Serve over jasmine rice.
Serves 4, Calories 200
This fast and easy dish is healthy as well as satisfying. When serving, peppers can be topped with any type of condiment including yogurt, salsas or Chile Verde. If you do enjoy meat occasionally, this dish can also be made with ground beef. Pair with a side of rice.
- Four healthy, good-sized bell peppers
- Two cups of corn
- One cup of cooked black beans
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- One-tablespoon butter
- One-teaspoon paprika
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut off the tops of peppers and clean out their insides. Boil the peppers for five minutes, remove and let drain. In a bowl, mix corn, beans, cheese, salt and paprika. Stuff peppers with the mixture and place butter on each. Place peppers in baking dish with a covering of water on the bottom of dish. Bake for 20 minutes and serve.
Serves 4, Calories 250