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Vegetarian Paella with Courgettes, Peppers and Olives

26 vegetarian recipes

Published: January 1, 2022 at 3:47 pm
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Try our meat-free recipes packed with vibrant veg, from veggie lasagne and vegetable curry, to vegetarian chilli and meat-free one-pots.

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These easy veggie recipes make the most of seasonal veg, and are perfect for enjoying with friends and family. Whether you want a comforting vegetable stew, speedy spaghetti dish or impressive wellington for entertaining, we've got lots of meat-free meals to inspire you.

Vegetarian lasagne

This is an easy veggie alternative to the classic family dish, lasagne. With layers of greens and fresh pesto, this kale, ricotta and leek lasagne is low in calories and super-easy to whip up, making it a great midweek meal. We've got plenty more delicious vegetarian traybake recipes to try.

Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe for kale, ricotta and leek lasagne

Vegetarian chilli

Try our simple healthy twist on a family classic, chilli con carne with mushrooms and soured cream. This version is not only vegetarian, it's low in calories and gluten free too, a great midweek meal.

Vegetarian Chilli Con Carne Recipe

Vegetarian curry

This lightly spiced veggie dish combines chickpeas, spinach, squash and coconut milk for a wonderfully creamy, healthy meal. Use half-fat coconut milk if you like, as it is lower in saturated fat and calories than the regular version. Check out more vegetarian curry recipes.

Chickpea and Squash Vegetarian Curry Recipe

Vegetarian cassoulet

Make this rich veggie cassoulet for a comforting meat-free dinner. Double up by making twice the amount of stew and freezing the extra. When ready to cook, simply defrost and top with the breadcrumbs before baking.

A casserole dish filled with mushroom stew and topped with a golden brown breadcrumb topping

Healthy gnocchi

This simple and easy vegetarian dish, with fresh gnocchi, hazelnut pesto and plenty of vibrant vegetables, is well worth trying yourself at home.

A white marble background topped with two grey bowls, filled with golden gnocchi, green kale and cubes of squash

White bean stew

This comforting veggie stew, filled with cannellini beans, kale and coconut milk, makes for a warming weekend meal.

A colourful vegan stew

Vegetarian moussaka

Treat your family to a rich and creamy bake with layers of melting aubergines and succulent Quorn mince. This easy veggie lasagne is pure comfort on a plate.

Vegetarian Aubergine Moussaka Recipe

Aubergine chilli

Charred aubergine offers wonderful smoky depth in this vegan chilli, a brilliant meat alternative that’s guaranteed to please everyone at the table.

two bowls of veggie chilli with sour cream and lime, and a side of rice

Vegetarian shepherd's pie

Packed with plenty of chunky veg, this easy, spiced shepherd's pie is a great veggie version of a classic. It's ready in an hour, and makes enough to feed the whole family.

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie Recipe With Spiced Lentils

Vegetarian sausage rolls

Make these delicious sausage rolls for the perfect party snack or buffet dish. They are packed with meaty mushrooms, encased in flaky puff pastry, and topped with crunchy poppy seeds.

Vegan Sausage Rolls on a Baking Tray with BBQ Sauce for Dipping

Veggie loaded fries

These are also known as allotment-loaded fries, so use up any autumn gluts of veg you have. Simply swap ingredients to whatever you need using up and make a moreish party dish.

Baked orzo with harissa prawns

Vegetable risotto

Tuck into a vibrant green vegetable risotto with peas, baby spinach and asparagus. This easy veggie dinner is bursting with fresh flavours, thanks to chives, mint, lemon zest and pecorino. Discover more vegetarian risotto recipes.

Herby greens and pecorino risotto

Vegetarian fajitas

Make these easy veggie fajitas for a fun family meal. Serve them with black beans, crunchy peppers and avocados, and let everyone load their own. Use a little mild chilli powder to give these wraps a kick, and hot smoked paprika for colour.

Veggie fajitas

Vegetarian paella

Full of vibrant colours and punchy flavours, our easy plant-based paella is sure to impress family and friends. Make it a bit different with Mediterranean-style ingredients, such as olives, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes.

Vegetarian Paella with Courgettes, Peppers and Olives

Vegetarian meatballs

Make your own meat-free meatballs from quinoa, black beans, breadcrumbs and smoked paprika, then serve them with a roasted red pepper and tomato sauce.

Veggie meatballs

Vegetarian pie

Vibrant curry spices lift this showstopping spring veg and paneer pie. Top with a beautifully crisp Bombay potato crust and serve for an impressive dinner party main or weekend family meal. Check out more of our vegetarian pie recipes.

Vegetable Pie With Potato Topping

Vegetarian bolognese

Puy lentils and mushrooms add bulk to this delicious veggie ragu. A healthy, substantial and hearty midweek meal that you can make in batches and freeze.

Lentil Bolognese Recipe

Vegetarian wellington

Looking for a veggie centrepiece to impress? This showstopping stilton, chard and walnut wellington is packed with big, bold flavours, and it's easy to make. It's a perfect main for vegetarians at Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Stilton, chard and walnut wellington, with end cut off

Vegetarian carbonara

Recreate an Italian classic with fresh summer veg such as asparagus and peas. It's ready in just 20 minutes, and makes the most of seasonal veg – what could be better? See more of our vegetarian pasta recipes.

Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Vegetable stew

Warm up on chilly winter nights with this hearty three bean, tomato and spinach stew. A recipe with a kick, this veggie one-pot is perfect for meat-free Monday with the family. It's also high in protein and only 153 calories per serving.

Vegetable and bean stew in a pot with bread

Veggie bean burritos

Pack these wholewheat tortillas full with a mouth-watering mixture of pinto beans and rice in a spicy tomato sauce. Serve with a zingy homemade tomato, coriander and lime juice salsa for a Mexican-style feast.

Veggie bean burritos

Vegetarian pasta bake

There are few dishes as comforting as a bubbling, cheesy pasta bake. Check out our easy rigatoni bake with juicy chopped tomatoes, nutty parmesan and creamy mozzarella. It's ready in less than an hour and is an easy midweek filler for all the family.

Vegetable Pasta Bake Recipe with Tomato and Basil

Vegetarian burger

Make the most of any allotment veg you have in these juicy patties. We've combined roasted aubergine, courgette, red onion and pepper, and served them on a bed of hummus with zingy tomato and basil salsa. You could also barbecue the aubergines and courgettes for a delicious charred taste. Try more of our vegetarian burger recipes.

Veggie Burger Allotment recipe

Vegetarian tagine

Make our vibrant tagine recipe for a nutritious vegan meal packed with veg, spices and sweet prunes. This makes enough for four, but the leftovers freeze well.

Moroccan Tagine Recipe With Veg and Chickpeas

Vegetarian enchiladas

A comforting veggie traybake for family and friends. Squash, tomatoes and onion are flavoured with spicy chipotle, then rolled in tortilla wraps and baked with a rich tomato sauce.

Roasted veg enchiladas

Vegetarian quiche

This classic vegetarian cheddar tart can work equally well for a buffet main or midweek meal. Using spring onions and ready-made pastry cuts down the cooking time.

Cheese and Onion Quiche Recipe

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