I’ve been a vegetarian for thirteen years and living on my own for about seven, so easy vegetarian meals are a necessity in my life. I have a few favorites that are so simple and delicious that they’re almost always on my grocery list.
My oldest sister’s taste aversion to meat during her pregnancy inspired me to share my favorite easy vegetarian meals on the blog. As soon as she told me that my little niece or nephew (I think nephew!) was showing vegetarian tendencies, I couldn’t wait to have her try my favorite easy vegetarian meals. She’s already been loving some of these simple recipes and I know you guys will too!
My 5 Favorite Easy Vegetarian Meals
Vegetarian Noodle Soup
I love this vegetarian noodle soup so much that I already shared the recipe on Instagram last week. It’s one of the easiest things I make and something I eat constantly around this time of year. Also, it’s pretty healthy and super affordable!
Here’s what you need:
- 2 32 oz. packages of vegetable broth
- 6 oz of frozen chopped spinach (thawed)
- 6 oz of frozen crinkle cut carrots (thawed)
- 6 oz of wheat egg noodles
- Cook carrots and spinach in broth until carrots soften
- Add noodles until fully cooked
Makes about 3-4 servings
This one is a bit of a splurge, but I crave it all the time for lunch. I pile lettuce, tomato, cucumber and garden vegetable cream cheese in between an everything bagel and voila – one of the tastiest (and easiest) lunches ever!
Vegetarian Chicken Salad
I try not to eat a ton of soy, but I’m a huge fan of Morning Star Farms frozen foods. Their vegetarian grilled chicken is one of my absolute favorite things to eat. I love topping my salads with it and adding french fries with ranch dressing, which is unbelievably good. I honestly had no idea that putting french fries on a salad was considered odd until I moved away from Pittsburgh. If you’re reading this and thinking that it’s crazy, I promise, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!
I have my big sister to thank for introducing me to zoodles (zucchini noodles). She basically begged me to try them and I’m so glad I did. They’re so delicious, healthy and surprisingly filling. I almost always eat them with these meatless meatballs, which help make the perfect little Italian dinner.
- Peel large zucchini (1 large zucchini or 2 small/medium zucchinis per serving)
- Use spiralizer to cut zucchini into noodles (I use this one)
- Heat zucchini in microwave for about 3 minutes
- After heated, strain zucchini, squeezing out all excess water
- Heat on stove top with pasta sauce for 3-4 minutes
Naan Flatbread Pizza
I’m very passionate about pizza, so this one is at the top of my favorites list (and the one my sister liked the best too!). It’s also a really good snack to make for entertaining guests. You can find Naan bread in the bakery or bread section of your grocery store. I top it with pasta sauce, cheese and veggies, then put it in the oven on 375 for about 10 minutes. That’s all you need to make the easiest and tastiest little flatbread pizza!