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5 Easy Vegetarian Meals for Everyone - Healthy Meatless Recipes

Updated on July 21, 2015
by author Victoria Lynn
by author Victoria Lynn | Source

Meatless Meals Besides Salads

Meatless meals can be just as tasty as those meals loaded with meat. Your body likes variety, so giving it a meal without meat is a nice change that could be healthier, too, if you're giving it too much meat, a substance that is harder to break down.

I'm not a vegetarian, but I love eating meatless meals quite often. In the course of a day, I might have one meal with meat, maybe two, or even zero. I often have cereal or some form of eggs for breakfast, a salad perhaps for lunch, and maybe a burger, fish, or some type of chicken casserole for my evening. It varies, but I do like to mix it up.

Even those who eat meat recognize that our bodies only need a certain amount of protein per day. Often, meatless meals, at least one or two per day, can give us what we need.

Whether you're a vegetarian or someone just wanting a change from too many meaty meals, this article contains some great ideas for meatless meals . . . besides just salads.

Tasty tortilla wrap
Tasty tortilla wrap | Source
Look at all those goodies inside that wrap!
Look at all those goodies inside that wrap! | Source

Mexican Bean Tortilla Wraps

Mexican-style (or Tex-Mex) wrap-ups with flour tortillas are an easy, quick meal that I eat often. You can use corn or flour tortillas, but I find that flour tortillas are easier to use and tastier for uncooked wraps.

For protein, just open up a can or make your own refried beans. Spread the beans in the tortilla and add some grated cheddar cheese. After about 30 seconds in the microwave, add any of the following items:

  • chopped white, yellow, or green onions
  • shredded lettuce (I prefer Romaine, but any kind will do)
  • chopped tomatoes
  • sliced or chopped black olives
  • taco sauce or salsa--red or green (salsa verde)
  • sour cream (This is great for spreading on the tortilla as the last ingredient, providing an adhesive that will hold the wrap together after you roll it up.)

If you prefer a hot, meatless meal, make some meatless enchiladas in the oven. Try these fiesta enchiladas for flavor that pops in your mouth!

Experiment with hot enchiladas by layering tortillas (I find that corn cooks up better) with refried beans, cheese, onions, black olives, and enchilada sauce. Cook at about 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until tortillas brown and cheese melts. Serve with a refreshing salad. For burritos, spread refried beans into flour tortillas and bake until slightly browned. Top with salsa and sour cream.

The Basic Ingredients

Make your own sauce or buy a can or jar. Add extra ingredients as you wish.
Make your own sauce or buy a can or jar. Add extra ingredients as you wish. | Source

Easy Meatless Pasta Meals

Pasta tastes great with or without meat. I often make spaghetti without meatballs. Here are some tasty meatless pasta ideas:

  • Spaghetti without meat sauce. Choose canned or jarred spaghetti sauce (or make your own spaghetti sauce if you're ambitious!) Add your choice of onions, garlic, any color of bell peppers, black olives, and mushrooms. A very tasty meal.
  • Noodles with Alfredo Sauce--Boil egg noodles (or other) as directed, adding canned or homemade Alfredo Sauce. Add a vegetable or salad for a great meal.
  • Cold Pasta Salad--Boil egg noodles or elbow macaroni as per instructions. Add your favorites--black olives, green onions, red onions, bell peppers, tomatoes or more veggies. Add shredded cheese, if you want. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan for added flavor. Stir it all up with Italian salad dressing for a great flavor.

Omelet Meal

Filled omelet topped with salsa and sour cream.
Filled omelet topped with salsa and sour cream. | Source

Meals with Eggs

There are tons of meatless meals with eggs that you can make.

Read about 10 Best Ways to Make Eggs Recipes for veggie omelets, devilled eggs. scrambled, poached eggs, and more!

What are the best ingredients for omelets? This article also helps guide you in how to make an omelet into a meal by adding additional ingredients (many without meat) for many different kinds of omelets..

Love egg salad? Try these egg salad recipes for many ways to make it, mostly without meat.


Simple microwaved potatoes can be served with beans and another vegetable for a tasty meatless meal.
Simple microwaved potatoes can be served with beans and another vegetable for a tasty meatless meal. | Source

Potato Meals

The most obvious meal in itself with potatoes is the baked potato. Potatoes are easy and fun to load up with lots of ingredients, mostly veggies, along with some protein sources.

After baking your potato for an hour or so in the oven or just a few minutes on each side in the microwave (my preferred method), open it up to add your favorite ingredients:

  • butter (stick with the real stuff!)
  • green onions (or other types, but green are my favorite on baked potatoes)
  • shredded cheese, most likely cheddar
  • sliced black olives
  • steamed broccoli

Yum! Now, after you've chosen some of the above, add some protein if you'd like by adding:

  • chopped hard-boiled eggs
  • several Tbs up to half a cup of your favorite canned beans--chili beans, black or pinto beans, Western or Ranch-style beans, even kidney beans

Don't forget the sour cream! Chopped chives are a great addition, too. If you want other ideas on how to cook potatoes try these easy favorite ways to cook potatoes, many of which can be paired with beans and a side vegetable for a complete meal.

All kinds of beans!
All kinds of beans! | Source

What do you think about these ideas?

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Meals with Beans

Beans are a cheap meal and great source of protein. Whether you like pinto beans, red beans, navy, or Northern beans (or more), beans are cheap, easy to make, and can be done a variety of ways.

After boiling or cooking beans in a slow cooker as instructed, you're ready for a great, healthy meal. In a hurry? Choose your favorite canned beans. Consider the following:

  • Fix a couple of cups of rice according to instructions. Serve on a plate topped with pinto, red, or black beans. Pour salsa on top for a tasty dish. Canned or fresh corn also makes a nice side dish for this meal.There are many side rice dishes you can make to go with beans.
  • Fry chopped potatoes and onions until tender, or bake sliced potatoes until softened. Serve with your choice of beans. For ketchup lovers, don't forget the ketchup for your potatoes. Spinach--canned or fresh--also makes a great veggie side dish for this meal.


Ideas for Meatless Meals

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Amount of Protein in Meatless Meals

Here are some protein values for some of the ingredients in the recipes in this article:


Cheddar Cheese: 1 oz = 7 grams

Eggs: 6 grams per large egg

Cottage Cheese: 1/2 cup = 15 grams

Pinto and other beans: 1/2 cup = 7-10 grams

Potatoes: 3 grams

Sour cream: 1 Tbsp. = 1/2 gram

Broccoli, 1 large stalk, 7 grams

Rice, 1 cup cooked, 5 grams


I thought these numbers were very encouraging. Eat meatless meals and still get your protein!


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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      lovedoctor--I eat lots of vegetarian meals, even though I'm quite the carnivore as well! Thanks for the votes!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      These vegetarian meals look delicious. I like Bush's baked beans. up and awesome.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, Sunnie! Thanks for the read and the comment!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      DzyMsLizzy--Thanks for the input. You make great points!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, JS Matthew. Glad you approve. Good to see you again!

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Wonderful ideas Victoria..Thank you!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, random! And you're welcome!!

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Good of you to add the protein chart. "But where do you get your protein," is one of those tiresome questions we vegetarians are constantly answering. My stock answer is, "Everything has some protein, and you don't need a ton of it--that's hard on your kidneys!"

      Your recipes sound delicious...some of them similar to my own favorite meals. Great job, voted up, awesome and shared.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      yoginjoy--You're welcome! Hope you enjoy some of these ideas!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Angelo--I go meatless a lot, too, though I love meat, too. Thanks for reading!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh, yeah, Pamela, I'll put just about anything in a wrap!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Peanutritious--Sounds good. Enjoy! I eat these options a lot.

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      JS Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is really great! I do like to eat meat but I am also a vegetable lover and I never thought about giving my body a break from eating meat. Great idea as it probably helps to clean out the body's intestinal tract. I love all these recipes and I am bookmarking on my browser for later. Well done Victoria! Up and shared!

      JSMatthew~

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love how many different suggestions you've included here! Thanks for the great recipes.

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      I rarely eat meat anymore! I think as I age my body wants less and less of it. I will eat chicken once in a while. I am happy for ideas to keep the variety going--that can be a challenge for me.

      Thanks for the ideas.

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great ideas. I like to go meatless for dinner once or twice a week. These ideas fit right in. Thanks for sharing.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      CC--You go, girl!!

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Victoria Lynn, very good ideas in here! I'd never thought of spreading refried beans on a wrap. I like simple! Voting up and useful.

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      Tara Carbery 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      These sound gorgeous. I'm a vegetarian and these ingredients are going on tomorrow's shopping list!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      MMM, I have a salad craving, and a bean craving. Yummy! Thank you for sharing these ideas. Pardon me while I get ready for a meatless dinner. :D

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Good to see you, Vellur. Thanks for the comments!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub and awesome recipes to try. These are highly nutritious too.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Prasetio--I'm not a vegetarian either, but I love eating that way pretty often. Glad you like this hub!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love this hub. I am not vegetarian, but I also enjoy the vegetarian recipes. I always care with something related with health. Thanks for posting. Voted up and shared :-)

      Prasetio

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Me, too, alocsin. I love meat, but sometimes a change is nice. Yes, beans are great options! Thanks for reading and for the votes!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, viking for the comments and shares--and 5 stars! I, too, have no desire to give up my meat, but I do love eggs, beans, potatoes, and I do eat these meals quite a bit for a change. Glad you appreciate them, too. Thanks so much!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm a meat lover but sometimes I just want meatless alternatives like you've laid out. My favorite are the bean dishes. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      I must admit that I love my meat too much to give it up. But I also like eggs and potatoes and when I can not afford meat these are great alternatives.

      Fried eggs and chips is a great meal. Also I too like to make potatoes with cheese. Your meatless recipes are all very inventive and look tasty too.

      Shared with followers and twitter. Voted 5 stars

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ripplemaker--I love the tortilla wraps, too!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Audrey, I have tried quinoa that other people prepared but never think to buy it. I did like it! Thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      John Sarkis--I'm not a vegetarian, either, but I often eat meatless meals, too. Glad you appreciated the hub!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I have bookmarked your hub and already writing this in my menu for this week. My favorite is the tortillas. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      weestro--Great to see you! Glad you liked the suggestions. Thanks for voting and sharing!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks for the feedback, lovedoctor. I love beans, too! A great food!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, Angela. Glad you like it!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Glad you enjoyed the hub, Ruchira! These meals are ones that I eat often. Thanks!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Great hub Victoria! Have you tried quinoa yet?? Good and good for you---

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great hub Victoria. I'm not vegetarian and don't think I can ever be; nonetheless, I eat a great deal of vegetarian food and do enjoy it very much. I'll have to try these wonderful recipes of yours.

      Voted up

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub victoria, thank you for the ideas. I've been eating less and less meat myself and will be sure to try some of your suggestions! Voted up and shared!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Excellent hub! The tortilla wrap looks delicious! The Omelet meal is making me hungry. I wouldn't mind eating one for lunch. A good meal is not a meal without some type of beans. Good source of protein and gives you lots of energy. The potatoes look good and the recipes that you have provided are simple. Thank you for sharing. I will bookmark this and give it a try.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is a great idea with some taste options! Thank you for taking the time to put this togather for us!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Well said indeed, Victoria.

      Being a vegetarian I can vouch for the above information. You have nailed this hub with such profound research. I did not know about meat flavored pasta sauce...gotta try that.

      Thanks! voted up and sharing it across.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hyphenbird--I think that alternatives are good! Thanks for the input!

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      We are vegetarian, rapidly approaching vegan. Many people think they must eat meat to get adequate protein but that is not so. Thank you for these delicious looking alternatives.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      True, ktrapp. Good point about it being cheaper without meat. I eat wraps without meat all the time. I love the refried beans and other ingredients!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      teaches--Eggs and bean are one of the best substitutes for meat. Both are great sources of protein that are low-fat and healthy. Versatile, too. Thanks for the comment. Always wonderful to see you!

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      I like the idea of tortillas that are meatless; that never even occurred to me before, but with some beans and all the other good and tasty ingredients, you really don't need the meat. The thing about meatless meals too, is that they are usually very easy on the budget.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Jools--that combo sounds great!!! Yummy!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Wonderful recipe ideas and your suggestion to go meatless on occasion is one that would only help the body. We try to do this once a week and eggs and beans are on the list.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      The wraps would be a favourite with me; I love salad and feta and olives with lovely iceberg lettuce and cucumber - yummy, perfect Summer food!

      Voted up etc.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      kelley, I love any kind of wraps! Thanks for reading!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi, Debbie! It's nice to change up our meals, and I find those without meat often refreshing. Thanks for reading!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      5 am, LadyLyell--you get up early! It was getting late into the evening here when it was your 5 a.m.! Hope you had and enjoyed an omelet!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Great hub Victoria Lynn! I like having meatless choices throughout the week! We eat a lot of grilled wraps with veggies, eggs, and cheese. Yum! Off to make one now! Voted up! Kelley

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I do the same Victoria a lot of the time i rather have just vegetables.. no meat.. love your hub

      Blessings

      Debbie

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      vespawoolf--Probably all of us eat more meatless meals than what we even think about. Thanks for the input!

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      These are just the type of meals I often prepare so thanks for sharing your ideas for meatless meals as some of these I haven't tried. Since not having a family at home and my husband and I retired quick and easy meals have become the norm. I think we all get into a habit when it comes to having meat with meals as though it's a MUST. Pasta recipes are my favorite when it comes to meatless meals. I promise to try out one of your suggested meals tonight.

      Oh my, it's only 5am here in South Africa where I am at the moment and I'm already thinking of the next dinner. Well, maybe an omelette for breakfast will be a healthy way to start the day.

      Enjoy your day!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Great hub! We eat a lot of quesadillas, eggs and beans. I guess we eat more meatless meals than I realized! It's so true that we all need a break from meat. Thanks for sharing.