You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy meatless meals. You just have to like tasty food and want more healthy dinner recipes in your life. Whether you’re interested in eating less meat, want to lower your carbon footprint, or are simply looking for more creative recipe ideas, we've got you covered. From hearty pasta dishes to fresh salads and plenty of quick dinner recipes, this list has a full array of hearty, tasty meals that are sure to leave your family full and satisfied.
Mac and cheese is already creamy comfort food, but this cauliflower-boosted variety not only gets a boost of fiber and vitamins, the veggie purée actually makes it creamier. You're welcome.
The secret ingredient that keeps this classic dish every bit as meaty and filling as its beefier brethren? Wheat berries, which you can pick up in the grain section of most grocery stores.
Skip the takeout—it’s time to bake your own pizza tonight. This “reverse” take features a crispy base and a homemade sauce and dough.
Top this tomato-filled salad with fresh flat-leaf parsley.
This hearty bean patty serves as the perfect base for your favorite burger toppings.
This may be the ultimate salad. Crispy roasted sprouts combine with mixed lettuce, crunchy apples, and toasted almonds, all topped with a sweet vinaigrette.
Think canned pumpkin is just for holiday pie? Think again. Here, it ups the "yum" factor in this creamy sauce by 1000.
It takes just 20 minutes to whip up this easy side dish. It will be gone in even less time!
Simply seasoned carrots are roasted to perfection in this bright bowl. The homemade dressing will get everyone eating their veggies—and even asking for seconds.
This loaded salad is hearty enough to be served as a main dish.
Spice up this cranberry pilaf with a stick of cinnamon.
Ready in under 30 minutes, this deserves a spot in your weeknight dinner rotation come winter.
A homemade vinaigrette with apple cider, whole-grain mustard, and red wine vinegar makes butternut squash even better.
This bright and beautiful slaw is mixed with a mouthwatering sweet and spicy sauce.
Dijon mustard adds some tang to this classic potato salad.
Make sure to serve every Mexican-inspired meal with this queso fresco-topped side.
Fresh mint takes grilled vegetables to the next level.
Upgrade a classic Caesar salad with homemade croutons. Skip the anchovy — or use a vegetarian Caesar dressing — to keep it fish-free.
This stunning side gets a burst of citrusy flavor from lime zest.
This creamy, cheesy casserole is topped with crumbled butter crackers for a delicious crunch.
Broccoli pesto packs more nutrition and flavor than the typical herb variety.
No one will miss sausage and bacon when you're serving up this savory scramble.
There's no meat or dairy, but plenty of sweet and spicy flavors in this heart-healthy meal.
This refreshing pasta dish gives your favorite spaghetti a springtime twist.
Fresh asparagus adds the perfect crunch and flavor to this delightful white pizza.
You can make the croutons two days early—just store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
While both grits and polenta are made from stone-ground cornmeal (dent corn and flint corn, respectively), polenta tends to have a more toothsome, slightly coarser texture.