25 Meatless Dinner Ideas That the Whole Family Will Enjoy

They're perfect if you're observing Lent and avoiding meat on Fridays.

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CON POULOS, DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY

Make nutrient-dense veggies the star of your dinner tonight! From Mexican-inspired black bean and pepper fajitas to Mediterranean zucchini boats, these meatless meals may be missing meat, but they never skimp on flavor. With heaping portions and lots of fresh herbs and spices, these meatless dinner ideas will have even the most voracious carnivore in your family reaching for seconds (and maybe even thirds).

And if you're skipping meat on Fridays for Lent this year, these ideas will make it super easy to plot out your Lent meal planning. Take a break from all that delivery pizza and try out something a little more nutritious and filling.

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CON POULOS
Grilled Squash Garlic Bread

Grilled zucchini and summer squash, a smear of ricotta and a squeeze of lemon atop crunchy ciabatta– can you think of anything you'd rather sink your teeth into?

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ROMULO YANES
Sweet Potato Kale Frittata

This egg dish makes use of filling, nutrient-dense veggies like sweet potatoes and kale. Frittatas work well for any meal of the day, so save whatever you don't eat and have the leftovers for breakfast the next day!

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CON POULOS
Spiced Tomato Soup with Flatbread

Cozy up on a cold evening with a warm bowl of this tomato soup, made with jalapeños and grated ginger. Dunk pita flatbread smothered in herbed butter and coconut oil for maximum satisfaction.

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DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY
Caponata Flatbread

Who can say no to pizza? This flatbread makes use of veggies like eggplants, tomatoes, and red peppers mixed with capers, all atop a generous layer of ricotta cheese.

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CHRIS COURT
Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Meaty bites of cauliflower are complimented by the bittersweet pops of dried cranberry in this hearty arugula salad.

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CON POULOS
Scrambled Egg Tacos

Breakfast for dinner, anyone? These corn tacos are filled with velvety scrambled eggs, black beans and sautéed spinach. Even the biggest carnivore at the table will find themselves reaching for seconds... and thirds!

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RYAN DAUSCH
Spaghetti with Grilled Green Beans and Mushrooms

If you can't resist a heaping plate of pasta, take solace in the fact that you're not alone! Use whole wheat spaghetti for this dish, which is filled with fresh veggies and topped with a sprinkle of grated parmesan.

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HECTOR SANCHEZ
Cheesy Shells and Greens

Nothing hits the spot better than a warm bowl of mac and cheese. Mix spinach into this creamy dish for a helping of always-needed nutrients to create a balance between indulgent and healthy.

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CHRIS COURT
Potsticker Stir-Fry

This speedy recipe utilizes frozen veggie potstickers from your local supermarket. Sauté snap peas and carrots with chili, garlic, and ginger after heating the potstickers in a pan. Mix together with a honey-soy sauce blend and enjoy.

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CHRISTOPHER TESTANI
Squash Toasts

Behold the perfect winter side dish! The creamy texture of the mashed squash and soft ricotta are balanced by the hard crunch of the toasted slices of crispy baguettes in this recipe.

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CHRIS COURT
Corn and Zucchini Fritters

These fritters are delicious and so easy to make: Just grate the zucchini and combine with corn, assorted spices, and a beaten egg to make little veggie patties ready for frying.

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CON POULOS
Pineapple and Black Bean Fajitas

When you're craving Mexican cuisine, these fajitas will be sure to hit the spot. The bright flavors of the cilantro and pineapple combined with the sweetness of the sautéed red peppers will surely have you reaching for seconds.

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RAYMOND HOM
Butternut Squash Stew

This slow-cooker meal fits perfectly into your busy life. Just add the Moroccan-inspired ingredients and let your crockpot work its magic for a few hours while reveling in the heady aroma.

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MIKE GARTEN
Beans and Greens with Lemon-Parmesan Polenta

Balance this creamy polenta dish, topped with escarole and white beans, with lemon zest and fresh thyme for extra brightness.

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CON POULOS
Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Shells

Give pasta night an upgrade with these cheesy stuffed shells. The secret to making these Italian bombshells? Using the slow-cooker to get them to the height of gooey goodness.

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MIKE GARTEN
Vegetarian Fried Rice

Put down that takeout menu! This veggie fried rice is quick and so easy to make — just cook your veggies of choice in a skillet with sesame oil and mix with long-grain rice.

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DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY
Kale and Chickpea Soup

Do you believe us when we say you can have this soup on the table in only 25 minutes? This chickpea soup, made with Tuscan kale and tomato puree, gets little bursts of flavor from its secret ingredient: crushed fennel seeds.

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MIKE GARTEN
Watercress Salad with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

This light, flavorful salad is packed with all kinds of greens — and powerful flavor! If spice isn't your thing, feel free to nix the jalapeños.

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MIKE GARTEN
Kale Pesto Pasta

This kale pesto sauce is so yummy, you might want to make extra to jar and keep in your fridge for quick access in the future. Pulse kale, basil, olive oil, and toasted almonds together in a food processor to create this bright, nutty sauce.

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MIKE GARTEN
Pear and Walnut Salad

The secret to creating a depth of flavor in this crunchy salad is adding a sprinkle of apple pie spice to your walnuts before tossing together with the rest of the ingredients and lemony dressing.

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CON POULOS
Roasted Vegetable Bowl

Talk about a powerhouse meal! This roasted veggie bowl is filled with nutrient-dense superfoods and is guaranteed to hit the spot and keep you full for hours.

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CHRIS COURT
Spiced Carrot Fritters

These little guys are perfect when you're craving a potato pancake but want something less dense. Add a bit of red chile to your fritter mix for an extra kick before frying until they're golden brown.

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LUCY SCHAEFFER
Mediterranean Zucchini Boats with Kefir-Mint Topping

Take a bite of these zucchini boats and let the fresh flavors transport you to the Mediterranean shore.

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CON POULOS
Soba with Miso-Glazed Eggplant

Craving Japanese tonight? Throw together this easy-to-make soba noodle dish and try using Japanese eggplants, which are slightly sweeter than regular ones.

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DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY
Spinach and Cheese Pita Pizzas with Tomato Salad

Use thick-cut, toasted pita as the dough for these delicious pizzas. Serve with a tomato salad tossed with oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes to create the perfect, light meal.

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