Vegetarian meals for beginners collage of 6 recipes from this post

Vegetarian Meals for Beginners – Recipe Collection: CookBlogShare Week #20

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This week I am pleased to highlight some vegetarian meals for beginners that you may enjoy. These are easy-to-follow step-by-step recipes, perfect for Meatless Monday or anytime you would like to try a vegetarian recipe. Especially as the weather gets warmer, you may want a lighter meal or something you can make ahead and then heat up so you spend less time in the kitchen. Try these recipes for some new tasty options that are easy to prepare and cook.

Vegetarian Recipes:

Quick Cherry Tomato Pasta by Carrie Carvalho

pasta with cherry tomatoes and parsley in bowl next to glass of white wine

This is a great beginner pasta recipe for lots of flavor. Simply switch out the butter for olive oil for an equally delicious vegan meal. I love the flavor of sliced fresh garlic too. Fresh basil or parsley is the best: I am having a lot of success growing both in an indoor hydroponic garden for easy access to them anytime.

Lentil and Spinach Curry by Kat’s Veg Kitchen

lentil and spinach curry next to rice in bowl

This meal is vegan and gluten-free, so it is one that lots of people can enjoy. The nutrition estimate is 10 grams of fiber, which is impressive! (25 – 38 grams are recommended daily according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025.) if you want to make it a little lighter, try light coconut milk.

Easy Oven Roasted Asparagus from Lost in Food

asparagus on parchment paper on sheet pan

This is another great recipe for beginner cooks. I love roasting (or grilling asparagus) to bring out its natural flavors. Asparagus is a fresh spring vegetable that will elevate your meal. Just 4 spears (I can’t stop at 4!) contain 89 mg. of folate, which is 22% of the Daily Value. Folate, a B vitamin found in some fruits, vegetables, and fortified grains, is important as it helps our red blood cells develop as well as the formation of the neural tube in pregnancy, and in creating DNA and RNA (see the same National Institutes of Health article for more details).

Swiss Roll – Gluten-free and Dairy-free by Kate at Gluten-free Alchemist

gluten free Swiss roll with mocha buttercream

I just love this dessert – it looks so fancy and there are lots of flavor possibilities. Pictured here is a chocolate mocha buttercream version. It looks like something you would have to buy from a bakery, but it is actually easy to make at home…and you will see how cake actually can have a memory! A Japanese jellyroll from a local bakery made with almond paste and raspberry filling was a favorite in my family growing up…I think those flavors would work with this too!

More Vegetarian Meals for Beginners

Since getting an Instant Pot recently, I am learning what a great way it is to make quick meals. Here is an easy lentil chili recipe that takes just 45 minutes. Add some rice or whole-grain noodles, cornbread, and/or a green salad for a great dinner. Chili is an easy meal to make in a larger quantity and then store in the fridge for a few days or freezer for easy meal prep on busy nights.

Easy Spicy Lentil Chili – Instant Pot Recipe
This lentil chili Instant Pot recipe is easy to make and packed with flavor. It's hearty and filling with fiber from lentils, pinto beans, and veggies. Make it for a quick family lunch or dinner.
Easy Spicy Lentil Chili
Instant Pot next to spicy lentil chili in glass mug with spoon

Another favorite is homemade pizza. This recipe explains how to make a quick homemade dough (including some whole wheat flour) and then top with your favorite toppings, for a terrific thin-crust pizza.

Cheesy Vegan Pizza with 00 Flour
Here is the best vegan pizza: made quickly at home with rapid rise yeast, authentic Italian flour, and melty cashew cheese!
Cheesy Vegan Pizza
Cheesy Vegan Pizza with 00 flour on white plate

Kiwi Pineapple Sorbet is another easy recipe with just 4 ingredients, and no ice cream maker is needed – just mix up the semi-frozen fruit in a food processor and freeze.

Here are more ideas for 25 Delicious Recipes for Fresh Spring Vegetables and Strawberries.

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10 thoughts on “Vegetarian Meals for Beginners – Recipe Collection: CookBlogShare Week #20”

  1. Beginner Food

    Been meaning to increase our vegetable intake, and these recipes look pretty easy to follow! Thanks, will see if we have asparagus in our local groceries.

  2. I’m loving this round up! I am trying to incorporate more meatless meals into our weekly menu at home and I’ve found some great ideas here.thank you!

    P.s how does one go about participating in the #cookbookshare

  3. Lovely round up Melissa and thank you so much for featuring my Swiss Roll. It’s a privilege to be featured among such delicious recipes.
    I’m a huge fan of the simplicity and deliciousness of asparagus (and can’t get enough of it right now). And the Kiwi-Pineapple Sorbet is definitely calling me for the warmer weather xx

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