Looking for some low-carb vegetarian meal ideas? We've got you covered with delicious recipes, from aubergine parmigiana and red lentil curry to courgette and mushroom bhaji. For even more inspiration, check out our other collections of low-carb recipes, low-carb snacks, low-carb breakfast ideas and low-calorie vegetarian meals.


When it comes to vegetarian meals, it is important not to make them too carb-heavy. The key is to fill up on the nutrient-dense carbs, such as beans, lentils and vegetables, together with protein to provide a more balanced meal that will keep you fuller for longer.

Check out our ideas below, then discover our favourite vegetarian slow cooker recipes, healthy vegan recipes, dairy-free dinner recipes and healthy vegetarian recipes. For low-cost vegetarian meals, check out our budget vegetarian recipes.

Top 10 low-carb vegetarian recipes

1. Aubergine kebabs with charred onion salsa

Try these veggie skewers for an easy BBQ option – simple to put together, quick to cook and easily scaled up or down depending on how many you’re feeding.

Aubergine Kebabs with Charred Onion Salsa

2. Gigantes plaki (Greek baked beans)

Ready in under an hour, this Greek one-pot is packed with plenty of fresh flavours as well as protein and fibre, making it a healthy vegetarian meal idea.

Gigantes Plaki Recipe

3. Red lentil curry

Try our vegetarian spiced crispy egg and lentil curry for a low-calorie, high-protein, comforting meal.

Two bowls of red lentil curry with crispy eggs and a paratha

4. Courgetti, pea and artichoke salad with pistachio pesto

This recipe for courgetti, pea and artichoke salad with pistachio pesto is vegan, low-calorie, gluten-free and ready in just 20 minutes.

courgetti pea and artichoke

5. Chinese-style purple sprouting broccoli with tofu

This Chinese-style purple sprouting broccoli with tofu recipe is easy, vegan and offers a source of plant-based protein and fibre.

Chinese-style purple sprouting broccoli with tofu

6. Mushroom bhaji

The perfect midweek vegan dinner, this bhaji comes packed with chestnut mushrooms, garlic, ginger and turmeric. Serve with warm, fluffy naans for mopping all those juices up.

Mushroom bhaji

7. Turmeric-fried veggie rice

Try our vibrant turmeric-fried rice. This colourful recipe is packed with crunchy veg, punchy flavours and is simple to make.

Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe with Turmeric

8. Aubergine parmigiana

Make a batch of this Italian veggie classic to feed a crowd, or make two smaller dishes and freeze one for later.

Melanzane parmigiana

9. Chana masala

Packed with plenty of spice, this healthy vegan curry recipe is light and spicy. For a more filling family meal, serve our chana masala with roti.

Chana Masala Recipe

10. Spiced grains with peas, spinach and jammy eggs

A riot of colour, this buttery freekeh dish is packed with spinach and peas, and flavoured with cumin, coriander and turmeric.

Spiced grains with peas, spinach and jammy eggs

11. Cauliflower mash

Serve this low-carb alternative to mashed potato alongside your favourite meat and veggie mains.

Bowl of cauliflower mash drizzled with olive oil and topped with parsley

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