Healthy Vegetarian Recipes

From lentil soup to veggie burgers to hearty pasta dishes, Food Network has healthy vegetarian dishes for every night of the week.

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Weeknight Vegetarian Chili

Rich with flavor, this vegetarian chili tastes like it's been simmering for hours. But thanks to canned beans and tomatoes, it's ready to hit the dinner table in 30 minutes. Serve with brown rice for added fiber.

Get the Recipe: Weeknight Two-Bean Chili

Spicy Vegan Sloppy Joes

Mushrooms make these kicked-up sloppy joes ultra-meaty. But there's no meat here, making this vegan sandwich one of the lightest sloppy joes you'll probably ever make.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Vegan Sloppy Joes

Squash and Spinach Lasagna

This vegetarian main dish is packed with vegetables (butternut squash and spinach) and gets creamy goodness from part-skim mozzarella and low-fat milk.

Get the Recipe: Squash and Spinach Lasagna

Lentil Soup

Made with hearty lentils and lots of vegetables, Alton Brown's soup is comforting and satisfying.

Get the Recipe: Lentil Soup

Spaghetti and No-Meat Balls

These "meatballs" aren't made with meat at all, but a combination of mushrooms, breadcrumbs, tofu and spices — made to taste just like the real thing.

Get the Recipe: Spaghetti and No-Meat Balls

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe Pesto

Anne Burrell's fresh take on pesto uses broccoli rabe and pistachios in place of the traditional basil-and-pine-nut combination.

Get the Recipe: Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe Pesto

Vegetarian Ribollita

Ribollita is a hearty Italian soup made with day-old bread. Our version is loaded with vegetables and makes a great one-pot meal.

Get the Recipe: Vegetarian Ribollita

Roasted Zucchini Flatbread

This pizza-like meatless meal comes together easily using store-bought pita and hummus, plus oven-roasted zucchini, lemon and goat cheese.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Zucchini Flatbread with Hummus, Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Almonds

Tofu Parmesan Subs

Food Network Kitchen found that tofu is an excellent substitute for chicken or eggplant in the classic Parmesan sub. The chefs lightened it up a bit with part-skim mozzarella.

Get the Recipe: Tofu Parmesan Subs

Sicilian-Style Cauliflower with Whole-Wheat Pasta

Tossed with raisins, pine nuts and capers, this flavorful pasta makes a perfect vegetarian main course.

Get the Recipe: Sicilian-Style Cauliflower with Whole Wheat Pasta

Skillet Eggs with Squash

Bring out the skillet for this one-pot dish filled with healthy yet comforting flavors.

Get the Recipe: Skillet Eggs With Squash

Chile Cheese Casserole

Serve breakfast for dinner with this chilaquile-inspired casserole. Using baked tortilla chips, a mixture of eggs and egg whites and just a bit of sharp Cheddar and pepper Jack, the fat is low while the flavor is high.

Get the Recipe: Chile Cheese Casserole

Seven-Vegetable Couscous

This filling and flavorful vegetable stew is served over couscous spiced up with harissa, a Tunisian hot sauce.

Get the Recipe: Seven-Vegetable Couscous

Zucchini Fettuccine with Tomato Sauce

This easy mock pasta dish doesn't require any time on the stove or in the oven — just cut zucchini into strips and top it with fresh tomatoes, olive oil and herbs.

Get the Recipe: Zucchini "Fettuccine" With Tomato Sauce

Mushroom-Hummus Soup

Adding hummus makes this easy one-pot dish substantial enough to enjoy on its own. A refreshing lemon-yogurt topping gives the soup a rich creaminess.

Get the Recipe: Mushroom-Hummus Soup

Healthified Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Fat-free evaporated milk is the secret ingredient that makes this comforting soup creamy but not overindulgent. Choose vegetable broth over chicken for the soup's base to keep it truly meatless.

Get the Recipe: Healthified Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Slow-Cooker Mushroom Barley Risotto

This entree is vegetarian, but the mushrooms make it hearty enough for non-vegetarians too. The flavors are perfect for the colder weather of fall.

Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Mushroom Barley Risotto

Tofu-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Versatile, high-protein tofu is cooked with tomatoes and spinach to become the nutritious filling for acorn squash in this veggie-rich main course.

Get the Recipe: Tofu-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Pasta with Broccoli-Walnut Pesto

Superstar vegetable broccoli is the primary ingredient in this delicious pesto, which also gets a hit of heart-healthy fat from walnuts. Serve it over tricolor or whole-wheat fusilli.

Get the Recipe: Broccoli-Walnut Pesto With Pasta

Tofu Cuban Sandwiches

The beloved Cuban pressed sandwich gets a vegetarian makeover with the help of sliced tofu (topped with melted Swiss cheese and roasted peppers) in place of the traditional meat. Jicama sticks are the crunchy accompaniment.

Get the Recipe: Tofu Cuban Sandwiches With Jicama Sticks

Meatless Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy

Vegetarians can now enjoy this classic comfort dish. Starring tofu and eggplants, this meatless meatloaf is as satisfying as the orginal. Finish it off with a rich mushroom gravy.

Get the Recipe: Meatless Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy

Cheese-and-Chile-Stuffed Mushrooms

Here's a vegetarian dish even carnivores can appreciate: meaty portobello mushroom caps stuffed with chile peppers and hearty mozzarella. Top them off with some diced jalapeno and a dollop of sour cream, to tame the heat.

Get the Recipe: Cheese and Chile-Stuffed Mushrooms

Pasta Primavera

This light and satisfying dish is the perfect spring dinner. It features whole-wheat pasta plus a few nutritional powerhouses like mushrooms, which are loaded with B vitamins and potassium, and red peppers, which are filled with vitamin C.

Get the Recipe: Pasta Primavera

Lightened-Up Penne a la Vodka

Cut down on the fat content of a traditional vodka sauce by replacing some of the cream with 2-percent Greek yogurt, which provides the same creaminess and richness as a full-fat version.

Get the Recipe: Lightened-Up Penne a la Vodka

Tofu-Potato Scramble

For a protein-packed lunch, divide this hearty combination of firm tofu and Yukon gold potatoes between several whole-wheat tortillas, then add your favorite toppings. 

Get the Recipe: Tofu-Potato Scramble

Veggie Lover's Club Sandwich

Stacked high with veggies, this sandwich is as appealing to look at as it is to eat. With a creamy avocado spread and smoky tofu, there's no bacon or deli meat required.

Get the Recipe: Veggie Lover's Club Sandwich