50 Hearty Vegetarian Recipes (That Even Omnivores Will Love)

Thursday, October 1 is World Vegetarian Day. Sharing a vegetarian meal in honor of World Vegetarian Day (or any day) helps reduce our carbon footprint, improve our health, and protect the environment.

If you need a little help getting your friends and family to choose more vegetarian meals, here are 50 of the best dishes that even omnivores will love.


It’s true, not everyone loves tofu, but these awesome recipes featuring the famous bean curd just might do the trick of letting omnivores know how tasty tofu can be. Tofu is infinitely versatile, and it’s a great low-calorie source of protein and calcium.

Thai Coconut Tofu


1. Thai Coconut Tofu

2. Cajun Spiced Tofu

3. Baked Ginger-Soy Tofu Squares

4. Tofuevos Rancheros

5. Sweet and Spicy Barbeque Tofu


Tempeh is a fermented soybean cake, but don’t tell any omnivores or newbie tempeh friends that. All they need to know is that tempeh is an awesome fermented food that’s great in many meatless recipes. You can usually find tempeh in the refrigerator of your local natural foods store, but if you don’t have a local tempeh maker, it may be hiding in the freezer. Tempeh does best with a marinade, and it tends to dry out faster than tofu, so keep that in mind when working with this great food.

Vegan Tempeh Stroganoff


6. Chipotle Tempeh

7. Tempeh Fakin’ Bacon

8. Southwest Tempeh Chili

9. Tempeh Stroganoff

10. Tempeh Bolognaise Pasta Sauce



Seitan is a dense, chewy and delicious faux meat made from wheat gluten (sorry, gluten-free friends), and when done well can be oddly similar to meat. It works great baked, fried, or tossed together with a stir-fry. These great recipes below will get you started with the heartiest option to feed your omnivore friends.

Seitan Kebabs with Sangria Tomato Salad | From The Lusty Vegan © 2014 by Ayinde Howell and Zoe Eisenberg

Seitan Kebabs with Sangria Tomato Salad | From The Lusty Vegan © 2014 by Ayinde Howell and Zoe Eisenberg

11. Better-than-Beef Meatless Meat (learn how to make your own seitan!)

12. BBQ Seitan

13. Seitan Kebobs

14. Seitan Peppersteak

15. Seitan Roast


Beans are good for our body, good for the planet, and just plain good to eat. Black beans, white beans, lentils and more are selected here as recipes that will impress even the most carnivorous of your friends.

Smoky Vegetarian Baked Beans


16. Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas

17. Moroccan Black Bean Stew

18. Simple and Cozy Lentil Chili

19. Curry Lentil Potato Stew

20. Smoky-Spicy-Sweet Vegetarian Barbecue Beans

21. Beans and Greens with Herbed Polenta

22. Tuscan White Beans in Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

23. Classic Jamaican Rice and Beans

24. Fiery Red Beans and Rice

25. Tuscan White Bean Soup

Vegan Comfort Food

Heavier meals can be a great transition food for those exploring veg diets. These comfort foods make a big impression, and they help address the complaint that vegan or vegetarian meals are not filling enough. Serve one of these dishes at your next event, and everyone will leave with a happy belly.



26. Italian Lasagna Vegan-Style!

27. French Farmhouse Fricassee

28. Portobello Burritos

29. Eggplant Parmesan

30. Chickenless Nuggets

31. Acorn Squash and Red Lentils with Toasted Walnuts

32. Homemade Veggie Hot Pockets

33. Pita Pizza with Kale Pesto

34. Tacos!

35. Mujaddra (Middle Eastern lentils & rice)


Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers have a bit of a bad reputation, but these homemade versions will take the idea of veggie burgers to a new level. Plan a vegetarian barbecue and cook up these with some grilled veggies with all the right condiments, and your omnivore friends will never look at veggie burgers in the same way again.

Black Bean Burgers

36. Black Bean and Brown Rice Burgers

37. Beet & Carrot Veggie Burgers

38. Millet Burger with Chive Pesto

39. Mushroom and Black Bean Burger

40. Green Lentil Veggie Burger

Veggie and Grain Meals

This selection of recipes features rich flavors and delicious textures from deeply nourishing foods like pumpkin, quinoa, potatoes, greens, and so much more. Served alone or with any of the heartier dishes above, no one will even miss the meat!



41. Kale Salad with Apples and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

42. Roasted Pumpkin with Sage and Shallots

43. Curried Pumpkin Soup

44. Creamy Corn Succotash

45. Kaleidoscope Quinoa

46. Chili Fries

47. Zucchini Pancakes

48. Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

49. Savory Stuffed Mushrooms

50. Korean Bi Bim Bap


Ellen J
Ellen Jabout a year ago

Thanks for the re-post. I've shared widely.

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Justyna L2 years ago


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Wendi M.
Wendi M2 years ago


Hent catalina - maria


Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

NitaAwaynoFwd L.
Nita L2 years ago

Yummy. Saved to Pinterest. Thank you

Janet B.
Janet B2 years ago