47 Easy Dinners That Are Mostly Vegetables
Here’s my dinnertime strategy: Bring on the vegetable recipes. I try to make vegetables the star of the show most of the time when I am thinking about what to make for dinner (in addition to keeping mealtime easy, of course!). I’m not a vegetarian; I eat both meat and fish. But by making my plate more about the vegetables and less about the meat, I find I automatically eat a more wholesome diet without radically changing much.
Some nights that means eating a meal that contains no meat at all, while other nights perhaps my casserole or frittata leans on some salty bacon for more flavor, my stir-fry gets bulked up with a piece of chicken, or I mix crumbled sausage into stuffed onions. The point is that no matter what I cook, vegetables dominate my plate.
From stir-fries and skillet dinners to casseroles and sandwiches, here are 47 vegetable-based meals I love.
Loaded Vegetable Sandwiches
When I don’t really want salad, but want to use up a bunch of veggies in the crisper, sandwiches are my absolute favorite way to do it. This lineup is totally irresistible, satisfying, and easy.
When in doubt, you can turn just about vegetable into a stir-fry. Even if you choose to include some meat, vegetables dominate these quick-cooking meals.
Salads, perhaps, feel like the easiest way to load up on a bunch of vegetables. What makes this lineup stand out — whether you start with smashed carrots and avocado, roasted fall veggies, or a mix of farro and broccoli — is that each one is guaranteed to fill you up for lunch or dinner.
Grain bowls are one of my favorite ways to make vegetables the center of my meal. And the best part is that it can be adaptable to what I have on hand and it means tucking into a little bit of everything, plus a toasty sauce or dressing to drizzle over top.
There’s no more surefire way to make vegetables the center of the plate than by stuffing them. Big portobello mushrooms, bell pepper, and mini pumpkins are all ideal veggies for stuffing, and all make for meals that will fill you up more than you might think.
Sheet Pan Dinners
Do you love sheet pan suppers? Me too! It means easy cooking and easy cleanup. Plus, whether you’re in the mood for comforting gnocchi, the wholesome comfort of beans and greens, or a frittata, it’s so easy to load in a bunch of veggies.
Just as easy are skillet meals. Whether it’s a veg-heavy cobbler topped with butter biscuits, a quick bean chili, or a lasagna-inspired meal that’s packed with greens.