26 Vegetarian Dinners to Make in Your Cast Iron Skillet

26 Vegetarian Dinners to Make in Your Cast Iron Skillet

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The beauty of a cast iron pan is its universality — which means if your kitchen is a hub for delicious vegetarian dishes, then this most-beloved pan has a place in it as well. It can help you sear veggie burgers, make a mean tomato cobbler, and cook up frittatas. Consider this list of vegetarian recipes to make in a cast iron pan our love letter to all the cast iron pan can do.

1. Skillet Eggplant Parm

This twist on eggplant Parmesan is no less delicious than the original and happens to be so much easier to make. It also skips the frying to make it more wholesome.

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2. Tomato Cobbler with Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits

Not all cobblers have to be sweet. Case in point? This delectable tomato cobbler topped with cheesy biscuits. And because this is made in a cast iron pan, you can bring it directly to the table for serving and know it'll stay pretty warm throughout the meal.

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3. Santiago Salsa (Beans and Rice Dip)

While this might have originally been thought of as a side dish or appetizer, this bean and rice dip has enough nutritional value to be dinner. Serve it with a big side salad and a handful of your favorite chips and call it a meal.

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4. Green Shakshuka

Shakshuka is one of those versatile recipes that can be served for any meal of the day. Our green version replaces the tomatoes with Swiss chard, spinach, and plenty of leeks.

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5. Upside Down Tomato Corn Cake

Think of this like a fancy take on cornbread, but one that works for dinner. All you need is a simple salad of greens and a light dressing to go alongside.

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6. Tex-Mex Migas

This tortilla-filled egg dish is another one that can be served at any meal, and it's easy to toss together with items you likely already have in your fridge and pantry.

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7. Caprese Grilled Cheese

Cast iron pans were practically made for fancy grilled cheese sandwiches — helping them get all nice and crispy on the outside as the cheese melts into a dream inside. This pesto, tomato, and mozzarella version will make you a culinary hero in your family.

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8. Summer Squash Gratin

For any lingering zucchini and summer squash, try making this layered gratin. It's warm, cheesy, and filled with breadcrumbs. It's the perfect transitional dish as summer fades into fall.

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9. Greek Scramble

Scrambled eggs will always be appropriate for dinner in our book. And this Greek-inspired version with spinach, feta cheese, and tomatoes is made even better by the pita triangles served on the side.

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10. Spinach and Refried Bean Quesadillas

We tend to forget about quesadillas, but these are so easy to make that when we remember, we incorporate them into our dinner routine weekly. Using refried beans instead of canned black beans makes them easy to assemble and even easier to eat. Making them in a cast iron pan is a sure ticket to a crispy exterior.

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11. Tofu Steak with Miso & Ginger

Of course your cast iron pan is perfect for cooking tofu, and this ginger-miso recipe is a prime candidate. Just make sure the pan is well-seasoned so your tofu doesn't stick.

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12. Chickpea Salad with Cumin & Garlic

This recipe starts with cooking cumin and red pepper flakes in a bit of hot oil before the chickpeas are added in. You can serve this dish warm out of the pan and enjoy it chilled the next day.

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13. Skillet Mac & Cheese

The beauty of this mac and cheese recipe is that you only need to use one pan — your cast iron one. That means you can have delicious, creamy comfort food without a ton of dishes. We call that a win-win situation.

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14. Mexican Skillet Lasagna

Think of this somewhere between enchiladas and lasagna — it's layered with plenty of sauce, cheese, beans, soyrizo, and veggies, but instead of noodles you'll use tortillas.

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15. How To Make the Best Tomato Grilled Cheese

Sometimes it's the simple pleasures that are the best, like this tomato grilled cheese. Your cast iron pan plays a key role in getting the sandwich just right.

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16. The Best-Ever Veggie Burgers

We're not lying when we call these the best-ever veggie burgers. Inspired by a menu item at Northstar Cafe in Columbus, Ohio, the secret to making these taste so good is a combination of beets, black beans, and brown rice.

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17. How To Scramble Tofu

If you're looking for something new to add to the breakfast routine, then tofu scramble can be an excellent option. This recipe ends up looking a bit like scrambled eggs, thanks to the turmeric.

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18. Pimiento Grilled Cheese

We're bringing our love of pimiento cheese to grilled cheese sandwiches. You'll find yourself grinning as you cook these gooey sandwiches to golden perfection in a cast iron pan.

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19. Grilled Nacho Platters

This recipe was designed to use your cast iron skillet on your grill, but if it's too chilly out or you don't have a grill, these can easily be made in the oven instead. Just gather your toppings and have at it.

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20. Radish and Turnip Hash with Fried Eggs

Filled with peppery radish and mild, tender turnips, this hash is an incredibly hearty breakfast or dinner option that comes together in a cast iron pan.

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21. Savory Tex-Mex Dutch Baby Pancake

A savory pancake is perfect for those nights when you need to come up with an idea for dinner, but you're drawing a blank. You can top it with whatever beans and veggies you have in your kitchen — just don't forget the cheese.

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22. How To Make Stovetop Skillet Pizza

For making pizza on the stovetop — a cast iron pan is essential. It's the only way you'll get the perfect crust on the stove. Now all you have to do is decide how to top your pizza.

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23. Mushroom-Asparagus Frittata

Once you start making frittatas in your cast iron pan, you might never go back to using any other. Just make sure your pan is well-seasoned so you can remove the frittata easily.

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24. Vegetarian Paella with Red Peppers & Chickpeas

Just because paella is traditionally made with seafood, chicken, or sausage doesn't mean you can't make a mouth-watering veggie version.

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25. Gnocchi Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Greens & Goat Cheese

For those chilly nights when you need a comforting pasta dish that's not mac & cheese, turn to this gnocchi dish instead. It has plenty of flavor, thanks to the sweet potatoes and greens, but will make you feel all warm inside, thanks to the gnocchi and goat cheese.

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26. Broccolini with Butter Beans

This versatile dish works great either as a side or main course. If you want to make it feel more like a meal, serve the beans and Broccolini on toast with a fried or poached egg.

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