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Meatless Dinner Ideas

Updated on September 8, 2013

Vegetarian Meals to Make in a Snap

Although I'm not a vegetarian, many of my meals are meatless.

These meatless dinner and lunch ideas come from using what I have on hand and what sounds good together at the time. I hope you get a few ideas for some quick and easy meals.

I made this open face sandwich as a quick, healthy meal. I toasted two slices of green chili bread, topped it with cream cheese, and added sliced cucumbers and tomatoes. Then I sprinkled garlic powder on top. Delicious!

With a piece of fruit like an apple or pear, this makes a great easy lunch that's really tasty!

Photo credit for all food photos on this page: Peggy Hazelwood

Easy ramen noodles jazzed up with veggies.
Easy ramen noodles jazzed up with veggies.

I eat Ramen noodles a few times a month, and find that if I add a few veggies, this inexpensive food can be a tasty, complete meal.

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 1


  • 1 package Ramen noodles
  • cooked vegetables on hand
  • 1/2 chopped cucumber


  1. ~ Cook the Ramen noodles according to the package instructions.
  2. ~ Scrounge around in the refrigerator for leftover cooked veggies or raw ones. Prepare the vegetables by chopping them very small. Cook the raw vegetables for a few minutes in the microwave. I like to add about a cup of vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower.
  3. ~ Chop the cucumber into small sticks or pieces.
  4. ~ Assemble all in a bowl. Add the seasoning packet or your own seasonings. Enjoy!
Cast your vote for Jazz Up Ramen Noodles

Rice and Beans

I love eating rice and beans! I drain a can of beans, add a few chopped onions and peppers to a skillet and cook with the beans and add some spices. Then I top rice with the bean mixture and add sour cream or shredded cheese. So good!

Quick, delicious vegetable salad.
Quick, delicious vegetable salad.

Quick Vegetable Salad - Salad Doesn't Have to Be Just Lettuce

I love vegetable salads and experimenting with pairing new ingredients.

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 2


  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup kidney beans
  • salt and pepper


  1. ~ Open the can of kidney beans. Drain in a colander and rinse.
  2. ~ Chop the tomato and avocado into bite-sized pieces.
  3. ~ Assemble all in a bowl. Mix. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
  4. Add a wedge of cheese, a roll, and fruit for a complete meal.

Enjoy Meatless Meals - Endless Ideas for Your Entire Year

Little Dabs Lunch - also known as cleaning out the fridge

My most recent Little Dabs Lunch.
My most recent Little Dabs Lunch.

Sometimes I love to just have a lunch of what my mom called "little dabs." She would pull out everything from the refrigerator including leftovers, pickles, opened containers like cottage cheese, and we'd all choose from the assortment what to eat.

And if we finished them all, Mom would say, "It'll be a fair day tomorrow!" I don't know why, but that's what she said.

Here's my latest Little Dabs lunch: half a red bell pepper, sliced beets, kidney beans, crackers, pickles, cottage cheese, and olives from the bottom of the barrel. Yum! I actually look forward to meals like this.

Bed Tray - Relax with a Great Meal and a Book or Movie

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Do you enjoy meatless dinners?

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      Hannah Writes 

      6 years ago

      Yes, I do! My kids love pasta and my teenager loves tofu. It is a nice an less expensive meal that is easy to make.

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      6 years ago

      I just cook ramen noodle following the recipe and it was really taste good and nutritious. I just cooked another one for my husband

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      6 years ago

      It'll be a fair day tomorrow! I cleaned out some of my leftovers today too! :) Great ideas! Really like the kidney beans added to salads!

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      6 years ago

      What a great menu concept. have cooked 3 dishes already GREAT

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @SquidooPower: It does! I like to use whatever I have and the vegetables seem to taste better with the noodles than alone. Great idea to take them on your boat!

    • SquidooPower profile image


      6 years ago

      Great stuff! I had never eaten Ramen Noodles until just a year ago and now they have become a staple on my boat for when I need to make an extremely fast meal while underway. I do pretty much the same thing as you described and it makes a really good meal.


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