10 Quick Vegetarian Recipes -Healthy Meal Replacements (30 minutes or less)!!

Going Green(er)!?

Ever wanted to eat healthier but just didn’t know how?

Always wanted to see what the fuss was about concerning the new “green” movement?

Can see your poor diet manfesting physically in the form of dieaese or complications?

Look no further!

Today I wont go over the obvious benefits of a healthy diet. If you want a little more information on the benefits of increasing your diet to a more plant base one, try our post on the 6 super-foods that boost the immune system!

If your like me, the idea of eating healthier became one of those great ideas I never seemed to get around to pursuing. In today’s cancer-run obese society, people are making a stand to incorporate more nutritious foods into the everyday american diet. A larger question, which is indeed an intimidating and elusive one, is the how?

This post is not geared towards forcing or tricking you into becoming vegetarian!!! However, they are known for offering a wide variety of creative options when it comes to dining.

So in retrospect, looking to add more veggies to your diet? Why not get advice from the green disciples themselves.

Baby Steps

We could talk for hours on the the benefits of going green but not many people explain the steps necessary to achieve it.

Its obvious to the majority of people who have counterproductive eating habits what type of diet they SHOULD be on but why aren’t they implementing it? 4 reasons:

  1. Jared isnt going to throw that delicious unhealthy burger away unless he can find something more nutritious but just as good.
  2. Jared is scared that he will starve without his protein filled meat. 
  3. Jared doesn’t necessarily know what to buy or how to buy green.
  4. The whole change to vegan and vegetarian hoopla seems a bit drastic and Jared doesn’t know where to even begin.

People are often plagued by never-ending questions concerning diet transformation.

Are you supposed to start buying every green vegetable in site?

“Which dishes should you make?”

“Whats the difference vegan or vegetarian?”

“Do I have to sustain myself on little green leaves for the rest of my life?”

Does it really matter in long run? This question is a big hindered in breaking a family induced bad eating diet. They reinforce these habits by thoughts like:

“I know people who are perfectly healthy who’ve been outlived by terrible eaters!”

“My uncle has been eating bad for years and is still in perfect condition!”

As you can see, incorporating a more green diet can be quite frustrating and intimidating.

So, we’ve decided to come up with a short recipe list of quick vegetarian recipes that will show how the scary green diet isnt always that one tasteless guy in the room.

10 Quick Vegetarian Recipes- 30 minutes or less!!

1. Kitchen- Sink Quesadillas

A black bean salsa and corn quesadillas thats easy on the eyes and packs a punch. A great afternoon snack!

Time: 15 minutes


  • Can black beans
  • Can corn Kernels
  • Cup salsa
  • Large flour tortillas
  • shredded cheese
  • Small red onions
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Romain lettuce

Get the Full Recipe: RealSimple.com

2. Bucatini with Winter Pesto and Sweet Potatoes

I know , sounds like a mouth full ( literally) . This vegetarian meatballs is the number one dinner recipe.

Time: 20 min


  • Sweet potatoes
  • Red onions
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • mustart greens (torn kale or collards)
  • Parsley leaves
  • grated cheese
  • Clove garlic
  • Lemon zest and juice
  • bucatini
  • Toasted pine nuts

Get the Full Recipe: Countryliving.com

 3. Creamy Peppadew Pasta

Who doesn’t love pasta!? A normal pasta dish with a new peppadew pepper zest! Great healthy dish for the family .

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Time: 20min


  • Pasta
  • Clove garlic
  • Peppadew piquante peppers
  • Parsley leaves
  • Lemon juice
  • Cream Cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh watercress
  • Pine nuts

Get the Full Recipe: Amuse-your-bouche.com

4. Asparagus, Mint, and Parmesan Scramble

The classic american breakfast with a new green twist. Serves four people and is as nutritious as they come.

Time: 15 Minutes


  • Eggs
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Asparagus
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh mint

Get the Full Recipe: Womansday.com

 5. Whole-Wheat Spaghetti With Hazelnuts and Asparagus

Spaghetti alternative for maximum flavor and nutritious protein. Great for lunch time.

Time: 20 minutes .


  • End trimmed Asparagus
  • Whole-weat spaghetti
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Hazel or Pine nuts
  • Kosher Salt
  • Parmesan

Get the Full Recipe: RealSimple.com

 6. Pizza Primavera

America’s favorite finger food turned into something you don’t have to avoid 😉 A healthy delicious pizza that wont calorie crunch.

Time: 30 min


  • Bunch asparagus
  • Red onions
  • Olivie oil
  • Black Pepper
  • Pizza dough
  • Fontina cheese

Get the Full Recipe: Countryliving.com

7. Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

A spicy lunch or dinner time recipe. This flavor jam packed “green”dish will have you forgetting about your ex (meat) in no time !

Time: 30 min


  • Chili or poblano pepper
  • Olive oil
  • White onions
  • Clove garlic
  • Jalapenos
  • Ground cumin
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Vegetable stock
  • Can Hominy
  • Black beans
  • Sea salt
  • Corn tortillas
  • An avocado
  • Radishes
  • Fresco, feta, or queso crumbled cheese
  • Cilantro
  • A Lime

Get the Full Recipe: Cookieandkate.com

8. Chipotle Bean Burritos

Burritos that walk and talk like regular burritos but without the heart burn and massive calorie count. Taste these bean cheese chile powder blends and understand why once you go green , you never go back.

Time:20 minutes


  • Canola oil
  • Garlic Clove
  • Chipotle chile powder
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Black Beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Salsa
  • Flour tortillas
  • Mexican blend cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Green onions
  • Sour Cream

Get the Full Recipe: Myrecipes.com

9. Artichoke & roasted red pepper soufflé omelette

Zesty spin on a traditional breakfast. These mouth watering omelettes are to die for . Need I say more than the picture!?

Time: 20 min


  • Eggs
  • Artichoke hearts
  • A roasted pepper
  • Vegetarian parmesan style cheese
  • Butter
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Source: Get the Full Recipe

10. Vegetarian Club

Classic snack turned hero. This veggie club is the epitome of meal replacement. Nature’s way of saying she does it better!

Time: 10 miinutes


  • Granary bread
  • Watercress
  • Carrots
  • Coarsely
  • Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Reduced-fat houmous

Source: Get the Full Recipe


And thats all folks! This concludes our 1o quick vegetarian recipes countdown!

Feel free to comment is you liked the post or have any more dishes you would like me to add .

Enjoy your day ,

Be organic!




23 thoughts on “10 Quick Vegetarian Recipes -Healthy Meal Replacements (30 minutes or less)!!

  1. First of all, I’m not a vegan. But after a friend of many years went vegan and says she don’t miss eating meat at all, I thought I would do some research on it. I came across your site and the recipes look good enough to make me want to try it. I have a question though, is going vegan more expensive?

    1. Hey Keith ,
      I haven’t tried all of them but I have tried the club and the pizza. They were delicious btw! As far as your vegan question, i would say a little even though there are ways around anything. This post however pertains to “vegetarian” dishes. Vegans tend to be a little more extreme. So, to answer your question: yes, and no.
      Thanks for commenting


      1. I didn’t even realize there was a difference between Vegan and Vegetarian. I have a lot to learn.
        Thanks for your reply Dwight.

  2. Excellent post on veggie dishes. Really appreciate the 10 recipes. I am not a full vegetarian, but I try to limit the amount of meat, and processed foods that I eat. This will make my bookmark list of top websites. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh my goodness me! Absolutely everything looks delicious here. Each recipe, I want to try. Yummy and nutritious, what good should be. Thank you so much for sharing, I’ll be getting cracking with trying them all soon!

    1. Hey lace,
      I said the same thing. I’ve tried the pizza and the club and they were amazing! Hardly remember why they needed meat in the first place.
      Let me know how they come out if you try them.

      Thanks for commenting


  4. Dwight, I’m really happy I came across your 10 vegetarian recipes today, Christmas Day of all days. My step daughter has a new boyfriend who is vegan, and will be having his dinner at our house for the first time tomorrow. I’ve noticed that some of your recipes are actually vegan, and some only have one non-vegan ingredient which can be easily removable.
    I must admit, I was in a bit of a peackle about what to make for this young man, mostly as I’m not a natural cook at best of times. But your ideas are absolutely brilliant. Thank you!

    1. Hi Giulia,
      Comments like these inspire me because thats the whole reason we write these articles, no? I’m glad I could be of service.
      I am fairly new to going green myself so I learned some things doing research just like you.
      Let me know how they turn out and what dish you decide to make even it’s not on the list.
      Thanks for commenting


  5. Amazing list, friend. For someone that’s on-the-go 5 days a week, I need something quick and easy. The recipes you’ve outlined here are PERFECT for my needs. I’m going to try out the Chipotle Bean Burritos. They just seem so easy yet filling at the same time.

  6. These reccipes look absolutely delicious. I like that they are simple to make. I am not good at cooking at all, so simple and easy recipes are importnat to me. I am planning to become vegetarian, and these recipes will be on my food list. Thank you for sharing

  7. Everything looks delicious. The Pizza Primavera got my attention as well as the omelet recipe but I must admit that everything else looks great. They are indeed a healthier option. When preparing these dishes do you use olive oil, vegetarian oil or margarine?
    If you use oil, do you use the spray version or the normal version?

  8. Great list! It definitely sways away from most traditional lists that you’ll find out there. I love the variety too, and im ready to get my eat on!

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