Looking for vegetarian meal inspiration? Try one of our quick vegetarian recipes ready in under 30 minutes, perfect for midweek that you can prepare in under half an hour, then check out more of our quick recipes such as our quick tamarind potato curry and quick courgette lasagne and quick onion and goat's cheese tarts.


We have plenty more vegetarian recipes, from mushroom recipes to tofu recipes, or check out our global vegetarian recipes for more inspiration. For low-cost vegetarian meals, check out our budget vegetarian recipes.

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Quick vegetarian recipes

Thai-style broccoli fried rice

Swapping out rice for whizzed up broccoli makes this a great, healthy alternative to fried rice. Packed with protein and low in calories, it's full of exciting texture and flavour, and takes just 25 minutes to make.

Thai style broccoli fried rice in a bowl

Bang bang cauliflower

An epic cauli dish to add to your veggie dinner rotation, this sweet and spicy dish sees crispy baked cauliflower drizzled in a sriracha, sweet chilli, honey and lime sauce.

A serving bowl of bang bang cauliflower with a small potions on a plate over rice with chopsticks

Penne arrabbiata

This classic, speedy vegetarian Italian dish is ready in under 30 minutes, delivering a burst of flavour. Pair with ciabatta or focaccia to soak up the remaining sauce.

Penne pasta in tomato sauce topped with parmesan and basil

Singapore noodles

Ready on the table in just 25 minutes, rustle up these Singapore noodles for a quick yet flavour-packed dinner.

Two bowls of noodles with sliced chilli, alongside two pairs of wooden chopsticks and two glasses of water with a white background

Saag paneer

Taking only 30 minutes to prepare, this Indian side dish should not be missed at your next curry night.

Two white bowls of golden cubes of paneer and wilted spinach on a blue background with a naan

Chilli paneer fry

Served with rice or noodles, this spicy chilli paneer is ready on the table in just 25 minutes.

A bowl of chilli paneer fry with a silver spoon on a wooden table

Veggie fajitas

Make it a fajita night with this speedy veggie dinner, perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Seve it all in the middle of the table and let everyone tuck in. Use a little mild chilli powder to give these wraps a kick, and hot-smoked paprika for colour.

Veggie fajitas

Vegetable hakka noodles

Ready in just 25 minutes, this Indo-Chinese dish combines noodles with lots of crunchy veggies stir-fried over a high heat.

A wooden bowl filled with noodles and veg on a green background

Spicy Mexican rice

This vegan rice dish can be eaten on its own or, if you want to add some protein, it’s good with beans, crumbled feta, cooked chicken or prawns stirred through. Ready in 30 minutes, it's a great dinner to have up your sleeve, midweek.

Spicy Mexican rice

Kimchi noodles

It only takes 20 minutes to make this fiery (and high protein) veggie dinner, complete with udon noodles, green beans, kimchi, fresh ginger and sesame fried eggs on top.

A navy-blue bowl of thick noodles with vegetables and a fired egg on top, and chopsticks resting on the bowl

Honey and sesame halloumi with jalapeño yogurt and tabbouleh

A clever new way to serve your favourite squeaky cheese. Honeyed halloumi sits on top of a freekeh salad, made punchy with jalapeño yogurt. This speedy meal is ready in 25 minutes.

Sesame Halloumi Recipe With Tabbouleh

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. A nutritious 30-minute meal.

Spiced grains with peas, spinach and jammy eggs

Garlic butter gnocchi with crispy purple sprouting broccoli

This flavour-packed gnocchi dish with cheesy sauce and charred broccoli looks so impressive that no-one will guess it only took 30 minutes to make.

Garlic butter gnocchi with crispy purple sprouting broccoli

Soy-and-butter-braised mushrooms

Pan fry mushrooms in butter with ginger, chilli and soy for a quick and easy vegetarian meal.

Mushrooms and Soy Sauce Recipe

Halloumi wraps

Salty halloumi makes a satisfying vegetarian wrap filling. Serve with a fresh and bright salad for a quick, nutritious midweek meal.

Halloumi and Greek Salad Wraps with Yogurt on the Side

Super-seedy salad with tahini dressing

This veggie salad recipe is packed with prebiotic goodness from the resistant starch in the seeds and finished with a tangy tahini-yogurt dressing.

Healthy Vegetarian Salad Recipe with Tahini Dressing

Pasta salad with bocconcini, capers and tomatoes

Take your pasta salad to the next level by adding sweet diced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese balls for a quick and easy veggie dinner.

Two bowls filled with curly pasta, roast tomatoes, basil and white cheese balls

Quinoa-coated halloumi with sprouting broccoli and romesco dressing

Coat salty halloumi in a layer of quinoa for added crunch. Our veggie salad is quick to make and served with an easy romesco dressing and seasonal sprouting broccoli.

Quinoa and Halloumi Salad with Sprouting Broccoli

Rice-stuffed omelette with pickled cucumber

Give your basic omelette a lift with this quick and easy idea, packed with crunchy spring onions, shredded carrot and fiery ginger.

Omelette Rice Recipe with Pickled Cucumber

Halloumi burger

Check out our recipe for the ultimate veggie burger packed with mushroom, avocado, spinach and halloumi, ready in just 30 minutes.

Mushroom and Halloumi Burger Recipe

Halloumi fajitas

If you're a veggie who loves fajitas, check out these super simple wraps with salty halloumi, sweet red peppers and crunchy red onions. Ready in 20 minutes, this easy recipe is a great midweek meal for two.

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Baked feta with lentils, chilli and herbs

Check out this recipe with creamy, salty feta, sweet red onion and punchy chilli. This easy meal is low in calories, veggie friendly and ready in just 30 minutes.

Lentil Salad Recipe with Feta and crunchy bread. Served on a white plate with a blue napkin on a grey table.

Spiced falafel burgers

These substantial falafel burgers give the classic beef burger a run for their money. Healthy chickpea patties packed full of flavour nestle among citrusy red cabbage, hummus, beef tomato and pickled chilli. A quick vegetarian recipe to feed four.

Spiced Falafel Burgers Recipe

Courgetti with pesto and balsamic tomatoes

Try our spiralized courgette recipe for a healthy alternative to pasta, then toss with fresh pesto, crunchy pine nuts and baby plum tomatoes. Taking just 15 minutes to make, this is great for a quick vegetarian meal for one.

Courgetti Recipe with Pesto and Tomatoes

Allotment burgers

Perfect for green-fingered enthusiasts or simply for those who love a super-easy, great tasting vegetarian meal, the idea behind these burgers is that you can grow many of the ingredients. From garden to plate in under 30 minutes!

Veggie Burger Allotment recipe

Gnocchi with kale and dolcelatte

Soft, pillowy gnocchi, kale and meltingly creamy dolcelatte make for a dreamy combination in this super simple vegetarian recipe. With only a few ingredients and dinner on the table in just 20 minutes, this gnocchi recipe is midweek perfection.

Vegetarian Gnocchi Recipe With Kale and Blue Cheese

Halloumi shawarma

Grill spiced halloumi until golden and serve with warm flatbreads and a fresh salad for a spiced veggie midweek meal.

Vegetarian Shawarma Recipe with Halloumi

Spaghetti with ajvar, mozzarella and smashed olives

Try our fresh and simple vegetarian spaghetti recipe with creamy mozzarella, smashed kalamata olives and ajvar. Ajvar, a sauce traditionally from the Balkans and made up primarily of red peppers, is super quick and easy to whip up.

Vegetarian Spaghetti Recipe with Ajvar Sauce

Buddha bowls with shredded sprouts and beets

Buddha bowls are generous portions of good-for-you ingredients piled into a bowl as a healthy but filling salad. They’re balanced in grains, protein, veggies and carbs, so choose what you fancy and get filling. Think of this as a savoury smoothie bowl; it’s all about those toppings.

Vegan Buddha Bowl

Posh beans on toast

Make comforting beans on toast a bit posher with this vegetarian, low-calorie recipe for two. The best bit is it only takes 20 minutes to make. Finish with some grated parmesan if you like. Sometimes the best ideas come when you go back to the basics. Find our best ever British comfort food recipes here.

Posh beans on toast

Rigatoni with broccoli pesto

Our recipe for rigatoni with broccoli pesto is a great twist on a classic pesto and a good way to use up broccoli. What's more, it's vegetarian and ready in just 20 minutes - perfect for midweek. It's a great way to get the kids eating their greens too.

Rigatoni with Broccoli Pesto Recipe

One-pot pasta with goat’s cheese and spinach

Our pasta combines wilted spinach and soft goat's cheese to create a creamy and rich dish. Oh, and it's incredibly quick. Garnish with some extra parmesan and enjoy in 20 minutes!

One-Pot Pasta Recipe With Goat’s Cheese And Spinach

California scramble

Our California scramble is a quick and easy vegetarian meal for one – try for breakfast, brunch or a quick midweek meal. We have plenty more quick and easy recipes for one here.

California Scramble Recipe

Pappardelle with buttery tomato and shallot sauce

Our recipe for pappardelle with buttery tomato and shallot sauce is a really quick, simple, vegetarian meal.

Pappardelle with buttery tomato and shallot sauce

15-minute mushroom and tarragon stroganoff

Our super quick and easy mushroom and tarragon stroganoff makes for a great, healthy midweek meal, ready in just 15 minutes and under 300 calories.

Easy Stroganoff Recipe with Mushroom and Tarragon


The classic brunch dish shakshuka is vegetarian and simple to make, with spices, peppers, tomatoes and eggs bubbled up in a pan. There are more delicious one-pot ideas right here.

Shakshuka Recipe

Linguine with garlic mushrooms and sage

Our linguine with garlic mushrooms and sage is speedy,easy, vegetarian, and under 500 calories. A buttery, cheesy pasta dish for under 500 calories? You're welcome! We love vegetarian pasta.

Linguine with garlic mushrooms and sage

Yaki udon noodles

Stir-fries are the best quick meal. This yaki udon noodle recipe is ready in 20 minutes and under 300 calories. Get all your ingredients ready then the cooking takes just minutes. Healthy and vegetarian, it's made with broccoli, peppers, ginger, garlic and udon noodles. Leave out the Worcestershire sauce for a vegetarian version.

Yaki Vegetable Udon Noodles Recipe served in a deep silver metal pan

Spiced paneer with chilli green lentils

Our spiced paneer with chilli green lentils recipe is vegetarian, easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes – perfect for midweek meal.

Spiced Paneer Recipe with Chilli Green Lentils

Coconut and peanut aubergine curry

Our creamy coconut and peanut aubergine curry is vegetarian, under 300 calories and ready in just 30 minutes, making it the perfect comforting meal to make midweek. Here's our pick of the best vegetarian curry recipes.

Bowl of creamy aubergine curry with a plate of forks and rice at the side

Falafel mezze bowl

Our quick and easy falafel mezze bowl makes a great vegetarian midweek meal. A whole lot of goodness in such a short amount of time. That's the magic formula we all want!

Falafel mezze bowl

Tuscan bean and barley stew

Our recipe for Tuscan bean and barley stew is a perfect one to have on hand for a quick midweek meal. It’s ready in 30 minutes, serves four and is under 200 calories. You can use any leafy greens for this, just whatever you have around.

Tuscan Stew Recipe with Beans and Barley

Wild mushrooms and horseradish labneh on toast

Dial the quick-and-easy dish of mushrooms on toast up a few notches with homemade labneh, garlic and herbs.

A white plate of wild mushrooms and horseradish labneh on toast on a grey background

Soba noodle salad with teriyaki mushrooms

Our quick and easy soba noodle salad with teriyaki mushrooms is vegetarian, ready in 30 minutes and under 300 calories. All these cuts for so many gains. It sounds like a winner to us!

Soba Noodle Recipe with Teriyaki Mushrooms

Ginger, spring onion and mushroom omelette

Our recipe for ginger, spring onion and mushroom omelette makes a speedy midweek meal for one. Easy to make and you only need to flash it under a hot grill to finish, then flip onto a plate – or eat straight from the pan. Serve with kejap manis and sriracha sauce, if you fancy.

Ginger, spring onion and mushroom omelette

Pea and halloumi fritters with charred lemon dip

Try these pea and halloumi fritters for a speedy and satisfying dinner, ready on the table in 30 minutes.

Stack of pea and halloumi fritters next to a salad

Courgette frittata

Easy to make and ready in 20 minutes, you can’t go wrong with this veggie frittata featuring courgette, spring onions and goat's cheese.

Courgette frittata with a slice cut out presented on a table with a green leafy salad

Spring greens shakshuka

Our quick and easy vegetarian brunch recipe is a real winner. Shakshuka, traditionally a North African dish, is typically comprised of spices, eggs and tomatoes. This is our spring green version, using asparagus tips and broad beans whilst keeping the classic cumin flavours. Check out our best ever brunch recipes here.

Courgette frittata with a slice cut out presented on a table with a green leafy salad

Za’atar aubergine steaks with sesame dressing and pomegranate

Our recipe for za’atar aubergine steaks with sesame dressing and pomegranate makes for a quick, easy and delicious veggie dinner. Plus, it’s under 300 calories and gluten free.

Za’atar aubergine steaks

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