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40 Meatless Main Dishes

40 Meatless Main Dishes - Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes

A few months ago I decided to quit eating all land animals. I still eat seafood on occasion but 90% of my diet now consists of meatless meals. With the new eating habits comes the quest to find delicious meatless main dishes to make that my meat eating boyfriend will also enjoy.

I’ve put together a great collection of meatless main dishes that your entire family will most likely love, even if your family isn’t a meat free family. Some of these meals are vegan and some are vegetarian. They’re perfect to serve on Meatless Monday or any other day of the week, for that matter.

I challenge you to incorporate some of these meatless main dishes into your meal rotation. I think you’ll find that one can enjoy the pleasures of eating without having to include meat in the meal. ♥︎

Meatless Main Dishes (vegan recipes + vegetarian recipes)

(V) notates vegan recipe

Tropical Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls | This Gal Cooks

Meatless Main Dishes


Smokey Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers | She Likes Food (V)



Moroccan Carrot and Red Lentil Soup | A Cedar Spoon (V)



Korean BBQ Zoodle Stir Fry Bowl | Plant Strong Vegan (V)


Cauliflower Parmesan | Fork and Beans (V)

Guacamole Tacos with Southwestern Veggie Salsa | Peas and Crayons (V)

Lentil Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Tomatillo Salsa | Floating Kitchen (V)

Lentil Macaroni and Cheese | The Lean Green Bean

Stuffed Zucchini with Lemony Pasta | Very Culinary

Bulgogi Jackfruit Street Tacos | Namely Marly (V)



Szechuan Spicy Garlic Eggplant Stir Fry | Eats Well With Others (V)



Vegan Coconut Curry with Sweet Potato Noodles | Food Faith Fitness (V)



Lentil Bolognese | I Heart Eating (V)


Roasted Mushroom Pizza with Garlic and Rosemary | The Lemon Bowl

Split Pea Veggie Burgers | Cooking on the Weekends (V)

Southwest Quinoa Bowls | Ari’s Menu (V)

Grilled Zucchini Tacos with Mexican Street Corn Salsa | Greens N Chocolate

Protein Packed Whole Bowl | Happy Food Healthy Life

Cauliflower Chickpea Tacos | She Likes Food (V)



Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole | This Gal Cooks

Meatless Main Dishes


Roasted Eggplant and Mushroom Curry | The Roasted Root (V)



Pan Seared Tandoori Tofu | The Big Man’s World (V)


Fried Avocado Tostadas | Blackberry Babe

Grilled Vegetable Southwestern Quinoa Bowls | Wine and Glue (V)

Tropical Rice Bowls | Floating Kitchen (V)

Mediterranean Veggie Rice Bowls | Small Green Kitchen

One Pan Roasted Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls | The Muffin Myth (V)

Ricotta Summer Vegetable Pizza | In Sock Monkey Slippers



Slow Cooker Quinoa, Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili | Kitchen Treaty (V)



Creamy Tortillini Vegetable Bake | Chelsea’s Messy Apron



Creamy Tomato Mushroom Pasta | Chocolate Moosey


Sesame Crusted Tofu | An Edible Mosaic (V)

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Stacks | Flavor the Moments

Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells | Baked by Rachel

Black Bean Quinoa Enchilada Bake | Two Peas and Their Pod

Jalapeno Popper Black Bean Burgers | Eats Well With Others

Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Korma | The Big Man’s World (V)



Black Bean Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini | Yummy Healthy Easy



Bucatani Burst Tomatoes | The View From Great Island



Zucchini Noodles with Shiitakes | This Gal Cooks

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49 comments on “40 Meatless Main Dishes”

  1. Wow – there is a lot of good stuff here. Great round-up! And when I was scrolling and saw those Jackfruit Tacos I did a double take. Looks exactly like pulled pork/beef. I can’t believe it. I have to go and look it up and now I’m super intrigued and can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks for the recipe love! XO

    • Ha! I studied those tacos, too! I first stumbled upon jackfruit a year or so ago. I saw a recipe online and was like NO WAY, that’s gotta be meat! I need to find this jackfruit so I can try it.

      Thanks for visiting, Liz! :)

  2. Dear Julie, what a wonderful collection of wholesome meals and recipes -that everyone can enjoy! I would love to try so many of these. xo, Catherine

  3. Julie, thank you so much for sharing my recipes on here- This needs to be a memo for anyone who think meals need to have meat in them- They all look delicious!

    • You’re welcome, Arman! Thanks for sharing them with me so I could include them in this roundup. I agree – this is a great way to show people that you don’t need meat to make a great meal!

  4. What a great variety to choose from! I try to eat vegetarian at least 2 nights a week and this is full of great inspiration. Thanks so much for including me!

  5. Perfect timing! This is exactly what I needed! Great ideas, pinned!

  6. What a fabulous round-up! I am always looking for new meatless ideas so this is great. Thanks for including my soup! :)

    • Thank you, Julia! Your soup looks great. Thanks for sharing so I could include it in the roundup. :)

  7. While I’m not vegetarian, I don’t like to eat too much meat, and I look for satisfying vegetarian meals. This is one delicious round up, and thanks for including my Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Stacks!

  8. I just ate lunch and now I am starving all over again and my mouth is watering! This is such a great collection of vegetarian recipes! I mainly stopped eating meat a while ago and keep trying to get my husband to eat less of it too. I’m definitely thinking I can entice him with some of these gorgeous recipes! Thanks so much for including a few of mine :)

    • Hope your husband enjoys some of these recipes, Izzy! And thank you for sharing your recipes with me to use in this roundup. :)

  9. What a delicious round up of amazing meatless meals!

  10. All of theses look and sound so delicious! Thanks for linking to my Split Pea Veggie Burgers!

    • Hi Valentina,

      You’re welcome! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with me and for showing some love to the post! <3

  11. Wow! This is an awesome collection of wonderful meatless dishes. Everything looks and sounds incredible. :)

  12. Ok just need to share this – at first glance I thought it said “meatless man dishes” which confused me, then I laughed, then I thought, “oh that is smart – dinners without meat that men would like!” but then I realized it said MAIN dishes. WOW. It’s late. But hey, a great idea for a future post! ?

  13. Julie these are fantastic! Your enchiladas are calling to me – a total must make! Thanks so so much for featuring me in this yummy lineup!

    • Thanks Jen! And you’re welcome – your recipes look great. Thank you for sharing them with me so I could include them in this roundup. <3

  14. Oh, so much deliciousness I don’t even know which to check out first.

    Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays, I hope you will join us next week.

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  34. What a totally delicious post! So many great recipes shared — and thanks for sharing the link to my split pea burgers! :-)

  35. Such a totally delicious collection of recipes! Thanks for including the link to my split pea burgers! :-)