There may be hesitation when becoming vegetarian whether or not you will find tasty meals to eat. Fear not, there are many common meals that can easily be made into their vegetarian version. Here are some of our favorite vegetarian meals that are not only delicious but are easy to make!

American Vegetarian Food

The Best Black Bean Burgers

Here to satisfy your burger craving, whether you are a vegetarian or not, these juicy, thick and hearty black bean burgers will lead you into eating more than one!

We found this great recipe on many different vegetarian food websites such as famous chef Jamie Oliver’s food website.

Make sure you make some delicious fries, either regular or sweet potato, to go with these amazing burgers. Your football Sunday barbecue just got a whole lot healthier but remains just as delicious!

Warm Pot of Vegetarian Chili

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Beans in vegetarian chili provide a great source of fiber and help keep you full and your body strong. Source: Nestlé on Visualhunt

For a cold fall or winter day, try this making some vegetarian chili that is packed with lots of vegetables and flavor.

Chili is traditionally made with ground beef, beans, vegetables, and spices.

The great thing about making it vegetarian is that you’ll only exclude the ground beef, the rest of the ingredients will remain the same!

You can even add additional vegetables to make it more hearty and tasty.

Some popular vegetarian chili recipes include bell peppers, carrots, celery, black, pinto, garbanzo, kidney or cannellini beans, tomatoes, corn, and roasted green peppers. Your favorite chili toppings can remain the same such as avocado, shredded cheddar cheese, lime wedges, and cilantro.

Mexican Vegetarian Food

corn tortillas are typical in mexican cuisine
Corn tortillas do not contain gluten, making them a great alternative to bread for those who are gluten intolerant. Source: wuestenigel on Visualhunt

Easy Vegetarian Mexican Enchiladas

Mexican food is far from being vegetarian as beef, pork and seafood are heavily used in most of their traditional dishes.

But just because a cuisine uses mostly meat doesn’t mean you cannot find the vegetarian version of it.

Let us take a very traditional Mexican dish, enchiladas. This typical dish consists of rolled maize tortillas filled with either chicken or beef and covered with a tomato and chili sauce and served with Mexican rice or refried pinto beans.

If you wish to make this dish vegetarian, you can either fill the rolled maize tortillas with just cheese or with black beans, or both!

And just like that, you have delicious Mexican enchiladas vegetarian style! There are plenty of tips to add more veggies to your plate here!

Delicious and Spicy Cactus Tacos

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There are approximately 114 known nopal species native to Mexico, where the plant is a common ingredient in numerous Mexican cuisine dishes. Source: Dinesh Valke on VisualHunt

Prickly pear cactus pads, also known as nopales in Spanish, is a very common plant in Mexico used in a lot of their traditional dishes.

If you have not yet tried them, we highly recommend you go to your local supermarket and purchase them. You can purchase them raw or already cooked in jars. If you do purchase them raw, be careful when cutting the thorns off.

Eating cactus can have huge health benefits such as treating diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, is antiviral, contains antioxidants and can even treat hangovers!

If you are having a huge taco craving, what better way than eating some healthy and delicious cactus tacos! The ingredients will be easy to find as they are typically also used when making regular tacos.

You’ll need corn tortillas and raw or cooked cactus to start. As far as the toppings, we recommend pickled jalapeños, fresh cilantro, green salsa, and queso fresco or your favorite vegan cheese.

These are just our recommendations to give you a good head start, but you can use as many toppings as you want when it comes to tacos! Add some red salsa to the mix, some lime, some pickled red onions, and some spicy pickled carrots.

Italian Vegetarian Food

Vegetarian Lasagna

An Italian classic and favorite to many, lasagna, is surprisingly also an option for your vegetarian dinners.

The traditional lasagna can include minced beef or pork, depending on the region. Lucky for you, cooking vegetarian lasagna is simple and just as delicious!

All of your ingredients will remain the same such as the tomato sauce, cheeses, pasta and you will assemble the lasagna the same as well.

To make the lasagna a bit more hearty and healthy, we recommend you add spinach and zucchinis. You can either mix the ricotta cheese with the spinach or you can add it as another layer.

As far as the zucchini goes, you can cut your zucchini into thick slices by carefully using a mandoline slicer. The raw zucchinis can then be added to the layering process.

You’ll soon realize that vegetarian lasagna may just become your favorite Italian dish!

Minestrone Soup

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Minestrone is a thick soup of Italian origin made with vegetables, often with the addition of pasta or rice. Source: marcoverch on

If you are in the mood for some Italian food but want to keep it on the lighter side, try making some delicious minestrone soup.

This Italian dish is traditionally vegetarian so following any recipe online can be extremely easy!

Minestrone soup is a traditionally a thick soup of Italian origin made with beans, pasta or rice, sometimes both, broth and it includes any vegetables that one may have in the fridge.

Typically, when eating at an Italian restaurant, the vegetables included are celery, tomatoes, carrots, and onions, but any vegetables are welcomed to being used.

If you are vegan, you can cook this soup with vegetable stock and exclude the grated cheese on top.

Asian-Fusion Vegetarian Food

Vegetarian Chow Mein

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Bok choy is high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, and beta-carotene, this wildly popular green is also an excellent source of folate, calcium, and vitamin B6.
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If you are in the mood for some delicious and savory take out food and all of your nearby spots don’t offer vegetarian options, then look no further and make your own!

Vegetarian chow mein is an easy alternative to its traditional version with pork, chicken or beef. All you’ll need to do is exclude the animal protein and either add tofu or make it with just vegetables.

For a vegetable-packed chow mein, you can add carrots, celery, ginger, garlic, cabbage, mushrooms, red peppers and of course do not forget the chow mein noodles, which can easily be found at your local grocery stores such as Ralphs, Trader Joes or Whole Foods!

For the sauce, we recommend whisking some cornstarch, soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, veggie broth and sesame oil in a bowl and adding this when the vegetables and noodles have been stirred for a bit.

You can even add some toasted sesame seeds on top as a garnish to add that extra pop on your noodles!

Vegetarian Sushi Rolls

Sushi is a traditional Japanese dish prepared with vegetables and raw seafood.

Most of the time it is served with rice in the form of a roll. Sushi rolls can be made of many different varieties such as using shrimp, yellowtail, eel, salmon, tuna or squid.

Plenty of veggies are also added to sushi rolls such as cucumber, avocado, carrots, radish, and many others.

To make some vegetarian sushi rolls you can get very creative with the ingredients. Your base for your sushi rolls will remain the same by continuing to use vinegar rice and seaweed to keep the roll in place, depending on what you are in the mood for are the ingredients you will use in the inside of your rolls.

You can make some delicious avocado, cucumber and carrot rolls, some pickled radish rolls, sweet potato rolls, tofu rolls, and the list can go on and on.

You can still continue adding soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger to your rolls so really the only thing that will change is excluding the seafood from your rolls.

Indian Vegetarian Food

Chickpea Tikka Masala

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Chickpeas are high in protein and make an excellent replacement for meat in vegetarian and vegan diets.
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Indian food is already mostly vegetarian due to religious beliefs and culture; therefore finding Indian recipes that are vegetarian should not be hard.

Tikka Masala, for example, is a very typical and popular Indian dish. This dish can be easily made with ingredients that will not be hard to find at your local supermarket.

Believe it or not, you can make a one-pot tikka masala with fewer than 10 ingredients, 8 ingredients to be exact!

These ingredients will include bell peppers, chickpeas, garlic, onions, canned tomatoes, coconut milk, salt, and garam masala spice.

You’ll definitely impress your friends with this classic Indian dish!

Aloo Matar - Potato and Peas Curry

This next dish is already vegetarian so finding a recipe online will be just as easy as cooking it!

Aloo Matar is a traditional Indian curry dish made with potatoes and peas. Its creamy texture is a spicy tomato base.

The ingredients include potatoes, peas, tomato puree, cumin seeds and powder, green pepper, cilantro, onions, garlic, ginger, garam masala, ground turmeric, and chili powder.

This dish is typically made spicy, as a lot of traditional Indian dishes are, but you can modify the spice by adding fewer green peppers.

You can serve this delicious curry dish with some rice on the side and some traditional Indian oven-baked flatbread also known as naan.

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