Even with restrictions and a nutritious consciousness, your meals can be packed full of good flavors. The best, most comforting of dishes, do not have to equate high-caloric numbers or an increase in fats. Instead, there are other routes to take that will fill you up, satisfy your cravings, and keep you guilt-free for the rest of the day. Below, you will find 20 delicious gluten-free vegetarian recipes we love. Each one has been picked for its versatility, its focus on fresh, real ingredients, and its ease for those with certain dietary needs. Check out the tutorials, bookmark your favorite recipes and show off some of your own finished products!
Delicious gluten-free vegetarian recipes
1. 30-Minute Sesame Ginger Noodles
Not only is this bowl filled with delicious ingredients, fresh from the gardens or farmers’ markets, but it is so beautiful to look at! It seriously looks like edible art, don’t you think?! What’s inside though? Well, there are rice noodles, sesame oil, red peppers, carrots, snow peas, purple cabbage, chickpeas, and some fresh cilantro. All of those colorful bites fit perfectly together in this stir-fry inspired masterpiece.
Serve this as a weeknight meal for the family, pack it for lunch, or serve it up as a simple lunch for you relaxing Sunday afternoon. Even the kiddos will want to dive into the noodles (which you can always add some teriyaki sauce to make it more enticing for the little ones).
“A quick and easy Asian inspired dinner packed with veggies, chickpeas and flavor!”– She Likes Food
2. Slow Cooker Greek Lentil Casserole
This lentil casserole is perfect for those that like simplicity and eat more towards a raw food diet. You can easily pair this without entrees but thankfully, it can stand on its own. All you need to do is nix the cheese (or add plant-based substitutes) to keep this vegan.
It’s a great dish to bring to potlucks that need a meatless option. But it’s also a great dish that you can put different spins on depending on the season. Add extra tomatoes and a bit of garlic to bring in the winter. You can add some squash or pumpkin pieces to pay homage to the fall.
“Of course you can eat this Slow Cooker Vegetarian Greek Lentil Casserole for a meatless dinner, but I think it would make a fun side dish for Very Greek Grilled Chicken as well, and using the casserole crock will keep your kitchen cool!” – Kalyn’s Kitchen
3. Veggie Pot Pies with Crispy Potatoes
If you love classic comfort foods then you will absolutely want to grab this recipe for veggie pot pies with crispy potatoes. It brings in that same warm and cozy feeling as its meat-filled counterpart but with a completely veggie foundation. Even the kiddos will be jumping in to try a bit with those nicely-sliced potatoes on top.
This is a great fall or wintertime treat. It can be used for holiday gatherings and pairs nicely with a leafy green salad on the side. And make sure to serve it up nice and hot (just like pot pies are made to be served!).
“Easy vegan pot pies filled with heaps of veggies like carrots, mushrooms and greens. Crispy, golden-brown potato slices are a delicious alternative to a finicky pie crust.” – Evergreen Kitchen
4. Spaghetti Squash with Chickpea Meatballs
Hold on to your hats folks, this one will absolutely blow you away. Who doesn’t love a bowl of delicious spaghetti and meatballs? It’s a classic dish – but it’s packed full of calories. Thankfully, there’s a most nutritious route to take and it’s packed with just as much flavor – guaranteed to satisfy your craving.
This pasta is made from veggies (squash) and the meatballs are filled with chickpeas. Hop on over now to grab the recipe and learn how to make your Wednesday night family meal a bit healthier – but just as delicious.
“If you love Vegan Spaghetti Squash Recipes, be sure to add this Vegan Spaghetti Squash with chickpea meatballs to your meal prep list! This easy vegan dinner recipe is delicious and healthy too!” – Namely Marly
5. Thai Green Curry with Spring Vegetables
You will love all the adventure and deliciousness found at Cookie and Kate – and this is just the first stop! Kick up your veggies with some Thai green curry. These bowls are filled with fresh ingredients and flavor that will absolutely have a pasty alongside your taste buds.
Rice pairs nicely within these bowls but quinoa or cous cous would make such a good pairing as well!
“This vegetarian Thai green curry recipe features fresh asparagus, carrots and spinach in a delicious green coconut sauce. It’s full of flavor and simple enough for weeknight dinners.” –Cookie and Kate
6. Kung Pau Eggplant
We have all heard of Kung Pau chicken but did you know that eggplant is a great replacement for the meat? Take-out meals are packed with so much sodium and preservatives, even when you go with the veggie-only options. But, you can make your own version at home for half the calories and so much more nutritious without skipping on the flavor.
That’s what this Kung Pau eggplant dish will bring you. Check out the recipe and make your weekend meal satisfying for everyone involved (without all the extra guilt!).
“Forget about takeout…this healthy and delicious meal can be on the table in under thirty minutes! Perfectly, vegan and gluten-free.” – Taste Love and Nourish
7. Twice Baked Mexican Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes, especially sweet potatoes, can be the foundation for so many delicious meals. They are filling, they are packed with fiber, and they pair with so many different flavors. From sweet to savory, fill up your baked potatoes with the bites you love most – you can customize for the family.
This recipes show off Mexican inspired with its lime avocado sauce (it’s absolutely drool worthy). We feel like some greek yogurt sour cream would be a nice topping as well!
“These Twice Baked Mexican Sweet Potatoes have a runny egg and a tangy lime avocado sauce! They’re a healthy, gluten freeand whole30 meal!” – Food Faith Fitness
8. Quinoa-Stuffed Butternut Squash
You can stuff your baked potatoes, but did you know you can also stuff your squash to serve up your meals for the family? These beauties have been filled to the tippy-top with quinoa, kale, chickpeas, cranberries, and a few other ingredients that are customizable (or replaceable) for you and the family.
You may even want to add chopped chicken to the mix if someone in the family does eat meat. We love the part on top as well for an extra kick – but don’t worry – there’s plant-based options that will do the trick as well.
” It was filling and satisfying and the fact that it was meatless and chock full of vegetables was a win-win all around.” – Sheri Silver
9. Mini Vegetable Enchilada Stacks
Do these veggie enchilada stacks not look absolutely scrumptious? They’re mini in size so you know the kiddos will be more in favor of the plate (when it’s little, it’s cuter, right?) and they are already portioned out for ease of service and meal prep!
You can nix the cheese to keep it vegan or add plant-based or nut-based options (they make queso made of cashews that is delicious!).
“Mini Vegetable Enchilada Stacks are perfectly proportioned and full of fresh veggies, cheese, and enchilada sauce. A fun and delicious gluten-free dinner recipe!” – Iowa Girl Eats
10. Southwestern Kale Power Salad
Here is a salad that is filling enough to use as dinner but also perfect to meal prep with. You will be looking forward to lunch time all day long with this waiting for you. Kale is the foundation but those southwestern flavors are just so satisfying.
It’s filled with sweet potatoes, quinoa, beans, and avocado sauce that will knock your socks clear off (it’s addicting!). Check out the recipe are the jump.
“Healthy kale and quinoa power salad with spicy sweet potato, black beans and creamy avocado sauce. This gluten-free (and easily vegan) salad packs well for lunch, too!” – Cookie and Kate
11. Roasted Sweet Potato & Sprouted Lentil Tacos
Maybe you’re craving tacos. If so, don’t be worried about finding a recipe that fits your diet restrictions. We have found the most perfect of options for you.
These tacos are filled with deliciously roasted sweet potatoes and lentils. The real start of the show is the jalapeño yogurt salsa that spices up the dish quite nicely. And stays within the confines of your vegan choices.
12. Vegan Crab Cakes
Yes, there really is a such thing as a vegan crab cake. And we are sharing one of the best recipes around with you today. They have all the flavors you love of this classic dish but without the actual fish!
The combination of what you are getting within these cakes include red curry paste, green onions, lime, tamari, and ginger. There’s no way these flaky bits will taste bland or boring.
“Vegan Crab Cakes that are tender, moist, full of texture, packed with flavour & subtly ‘fishy’. They are so like the real deal and they are really easy to make!” – A Virtual Vegan
13. Moroccan Chickpea Stew
We have another dish that will have you feeling warm and cozy like any of the other classic, comfort meals. This Moroccan Chickpea Stew has no meat and no dairy so no worries should ensure in those departments.
If you are a fan of Moroccan flavor or strong spices, you really will fall in love with this dish. And we love how simple it is to put together – even for those who are novices in the kitchen.
“This wholesome and rustic stew is made using canned chickpeas, harissa paste, cumin and basic spices. Filled with simple-warm Moroccan spice flavors, it’s an absolute comfortfood. Serve with rice or bread.” – Easy Cooking
14. Colorful Beet Salad
There is another salad up the sleeve of one of our favorite food blogs. This time it’s packed with color – purple to be more exact. It’s also easily customizable as you can replace or add so many different veggies into the mix and it still be a delicious lunch option.
You may even make this salad and use it as a side to a larger entree as a brunch or dinner option. You can also add kale or replace the spinach with other leafy greens you love.
“Reset with this healthy beet salad recipe featuring superfoods like carrot, quinoa, spinach, edamame and avocado. This salad is as flavorful and nutritious as its bold colors would suggest.” – Cookie and Kate
15. Sweet Potato & Green Rice Burrito Bowls
Sweet potatoes and green rice burrito bowls may sound a little different – but we promise that difference is delicious. The potatoes take a bit of time to cook but just time your prep and baking out so you enough more than enough minutes to make dinner for the night.
Have fun assembling your bowls – let each family member do their own. You can customize too and add toppings that each person likes to have like fresh pico or sour cream (vegan style).
“Healthy burrito bowls made with roasted sweet potato, green rice and black beans! This delicious, vegan dinner reheats well for lunch. Recipe yields 4 servings.” – Cookie and Kate
16. Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms
Risotto can be hard to make, but with the right recipe anyone can whip it up in the kitchen. And this brown rice risotto (packed with delicious mushrooms) will become a quick and easy favorite in your life.
The key here is that you aren’t using actual risotto – the brown rice makes it an easier feat than the hard-to-perfect Italian pasta.
“This dish may not be a looker, but good gracious, it’s delicious. So delicious that I had to stop myself from inhaling the whole pot of risotto while it was still hot.” – Cookie and Kate
17. One-Pot Enchilada Pasta
It is hard not to take a peek at this plate and have no immediately craving for what you are seeing. It looks so perfectly delicious! And the best part is the ease with which it can be made – quickly, no fuss, and with just one pot.
We love that it is a healthier option than other recipes in this genre, and you can easily replace the cheese for a plate-based or nut-based option. And don’t forget to top it off with fresh cilantro.
“This healthy one-pot enchilada pasta is quick, easy, and ready to rock your plate!” – Peas and Crayons
18. Cauliflower Lentil Loaf
Yet again, here is another classic, comfort food that can be made with veggies only! Yes, you read that right. You can make a “meatloaf” cauliflower and lentils.
“A hearty plant-based dinner idea that will satisfy even meat-eaters! A Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf that mimics the classic meatloaf with no meat, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free! Get all your protein and veggies in this healthy recipe!” – Strength and Sunshine
19. One Pot Stove-Top Enchiladas
Clearly we love enchilada-inspired recipes. And here is just another way to whip them up for the fam and it is packed filled with veggies. Black beans, peppers, zucchini, and squash. Replace the cheese or leave it! Cilantro (fresh, of course) is a must as well.
You can add some chicken or beef into the mix for those that do want some meat in there entree. Whip up some avocado sauce to drizzle on top as well!
“So, I came up with this one pot stove top enchilada recipe to make up for all those other times I used way more than one pot. And, since you might already have most of these ingredients in the house it doesn’t end up being too pricey either!” – She Likes Food
20. Creamy Vegan Pasta
The trick to this recipe is the nutritional yeast that helps make the “cheese” sauce. This is a vegan-style to the classic, kid-friendly Mac and cheese (with surprise veggies).
What’s even better about this dish is that it is so simple and easy to make. It has protein in it too – because white beans are one of the other secret ingredients.
“This creamy vegan pasta is coated in a luscious sauce that’s entirely dairy-free! It’s a tangy blend of white beans, lemon juice & nutritional yeast.” –Love and Lemons