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15 Fantastic Sources for Vegetarian Recipes

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Where do you like to find vegetarian recipes? Whether you are looking for ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner entrees, desserts, or snacks, you will want to find some inspiration for new, healthy, and delicious things to make enjoy! Sometimes you can find a “regular” non-veggie recipe and figure out some ingredient substitutions. But for other recipes, like meat-based entrees, you may want to just scrap it and find something totally different.

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Learn about Vegetarian Nutrition

People starting out on a vegetarian eating plan often don’t know where to turn for answers to their questions. Also, there is a LOT of misinformation out there. The Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group site is a great place to start for evidence-based nutrition articles and recipes.
The next recipe I am going to try is cookies and cream nice cream!

Web Sites for Vegetarian Recipes

vegetable curry
vegetable curry

Meatless Monday
This site has a terrific collection of vegetarian and vegan recipes, and I like how they can be sorted by the seasonal.

Forks Over Knives
Has lots of vegan recipes! There is a noodle soup that I want to try today! And one for oil-free potato pancakes: I have had very bad luck with any vegan potato pancakes recipe so this one would be worth a try. Look for their cookbook by Del Stroufe also. Their lunchbox cookies are my favorite.

Eating Well
While the magazine and website contain all types of recipes, you can filter for vegan and vegetarian. In addition, the food photography is beautiful. All recipes are tested and they work!

PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Check this site for vegan comfort food makeovers, like cookie dough and mac and “cheese”.

The American Heart Association has many healthy recipes: note you can filter by vegetarian, not vegan.

Blogs by Registered Dietitians

vegetables on skewers with marinade
vegetables on skewers with marinade – Home-cooked plant-based recipes with fresh foods from California from Sharon Palmer MSFS, RD.

Lettuce Veg Out: Nicole Stevens MSc, RD shares a wide selection of vegan entrees. Kara Lydon RD, while the blog is not totally vegetarian, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan choices. There are also a lot of recipes for a slow cooker and instant pot. Amy Gorin MS, RDN has a great variety of vegan and vegetarian recipes with fresh, seasonal produce.

Apps for Plant-Based and Vegetarian Recipes

vegan chia fruit parfait
vegan chia fruit parfait

Using apps can be a fun way to locate recipes, plan grocery lists, and watch videos to learn how to cook. Here are a couple of free ones I enjoy:

Tasty Vegetarian: It is a lot of fun to watch the quick ‘Tasty style” videos – a good app especially for desserts.

PCRM 21-day Kickstart: provides all vegan healthy recipes, nutrition videos, and I like that the format takes you right to an ingredient list without scrolling. Then, you can quickly scan to see if you have the ingredients and can make the recipe. I really love their banana ginger pancakes!


cat reading cookbook with tin of almonds
everyone enjoys a cookbook

Moosewood Cookbooks

One of the first vegetarian cookbooks I read was the classic Moosewood Cookbook, by Mollie Katzen. This was originally published in 1974 based on the rotating menu at the Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, New York.

The casual, welcoming spirit and international flavors really caught my attention. Indonesian Gado-Gado is one of my favorites in this cookbook. I also love the adorable illustrations. You may also want to check out Moosewood Restaurant Favorites from 2013 for more updated recipes.

Cover of Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant book
Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant

My favorite from this cookbook series is Sundays at the Moosewood Restaurant, by the Moosewood Restaurant Collective in 1990. Sundays are the restaurant’s international days, and the chapters are organized by each cuisine. There are lots of authentic and high-quality recipes.

Dr. Ornish’s Books

Dr. Dean Ornish also has published quite a few books about nutrition and cooking. “Eat More, Weigh Less” was the first one I read. UnDo It by Dr. Ornish and Anne Ornish in 2019 contains not only creative recipes but also motivation and information about good nutrition, physical activity, and a wide range of activities for overall health like medication and stress management.

These are all part of his lifestyle medicine approach which has been proven to reverse heart disease! You can find some sample recipes on Dr. Ornish’s website.

Cover of Undo It book by Dean and Anne Ornish
Undo It

While many of us look up recipes online, I find a lot of joy in reading actual paper cookbooks. The recipes are usually consistent and have been carefully tested. You can enjoy the paper book curled up on a sofa or outside in the sun without worrying about battery life or sun glare. It’s great to read and take a mental break from the screens that seem to dominate our lives.

Bad Manners

I just had a blast reading Bad Manner’s The Original Cookbook: Eat Like You Give F*ck and now can see why it is a bestseller. The writing is different and funny, as long as you’re not easily offended by four-letter words. I feel the recipes are creative and have a lot of flavor. The authors reach out to people new to a plant-based diet by making cooking very approachable.


Vedge by Rich Landou and Amy Jacoby celebrates all kinds of interesting vegetable-based dishes from their restaurant of the same name in Philadelphia. They are chefs with lots of vegan cooking experience. I used to eat at Rich’s Horizons Cafe in Willow Grove, but have yet to check out Vedge. Their eggplant roulade looks like a fun project to try. There is also a great chapter about making homemade bread.

Please check my Bookshop site for more of my favorite books, including books about plant-based nutrition, education, and a variety of cookbooks including the Mediterranean diet, easy meals, and some brand new titles.

What I love about Bookshop is that they support independent booksellers: so important for local communities! And books make a wonderful gift. I have some on my shelves from years ago: cherished memories of delicious meals and wonderful friends!

Where do you like to find vegetarian recipes? Please let me know in the comments below!

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Originally published: 4/4/2020. Updated 12/3/2020

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