Despite the healthy and nutritious elements of vegetables, some people just can’t get on board with a dish that’s meat-free. While there’s nothing wrong with eating meat, going on a more veg-heavy diet every now and then can be good for the body, so finding dishes that are still hearty and filling without having meat in them is important. Luckily, there are plenty of dishes that make vegetables the star of the show to the point where even the staunchest of vegetable haters will forget that the meat is missing entirely.
Even some of the most traditional dishes like General Tso’s chicken, lasagna, and stuffed peppers can omit the meat entirely and still be delicious and satisfying. Whether you’re looking for tasty veggie side dishes or hoping to find more appreciation for main courses where veggies are the star, use our guide for 12 tasty recipes for vegetable haters to get you on the vegetable-heavy path.
General Tso’s Cauliflower
Cauliflower is hearty enough to stand up to the sweet and spicy sauce in this recipe that you may not even remember the original is made with chicken.
1h 00m 385 calories Easy
Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Parmesan and tender Brussels sprouts come together in a creamy, luxurious sauce for a side dish that will impress even the staunchest veggie haters.
25 minutes 690 calories Easy
Baked Parmesan Garlic Zucchini
Parmesan-crusted zucchini spears are baked to golden brown perfection for a dippable snack that is far more impressive than any French fry.
25 minutes 78 calories Easy
Spaghetti Squash Yakisoba Style
Swap out the noodles for spaghetti squash for a low carb version of this saucy, comforting dish that is just as filling and satisfying as the original.
36 minutes 154 calories Easy
Roasted Cabbage Wedges
Cabbage is good for so much more than coleslaw – fresh slices of cabbage are brushed with garlic oil and roasted until tender and golden brown for a new and exciting way to serve this veggie.
40 minutes 152 calories Easy
Lasagna Stuffed Zucchini Boats
This healthy twist on traditional lasagna makes veggies the star of the show. Plus, assembling your sauce and cheese in boats makes for much easier eating.
50 minutes 226 calories Easy
Baked Beet Chips
Snack all day long guilt-free on these addictive baked beet chips flavored with chive-flavored sea salt.
15 minutes 50 calories Easy
Cheesy Stuffed Peppers
Instead of a ground meat stuffing, these peppers are stuffed with a savory crumb filling made with fresh breadcrumbs, antipasto, capers, and plenty of cheese that’s plenty hearty and delicious.
1h 35m 180 calories Easy
Blue Cheese Guacamole Stuffed Mushrooms with Buffalo Sauce
Stuffed mushrooms are the perfect dinner party snack, and these go above and beyond the original. These are stuffed with creamy blue cheese guacamole and topped with a spicy, buttery buffalo sauce for a dinner party treat that will disappear in no time.
15 minutes 393 calories Easy
Vegan Zucchini Tomato Casserole
Vegetable haters will gobble up this savory side dish that is free of dairy, meat, and eggs, but still bursting with bright summer flavors.
1h 00m 293 calories Easy
Chile Rellenos with Chipotle Cream Sauce
The light, crispy batter and the extra stringy cheese makes these chile rellenos an unforgettable dish that are entirely meat-free.
30 minutes 300 calories Easy
Cheesy Vegetable Orzo
This cheesy side dish is easy to make and is guaranteed to get even the most ardent vegetable haters asking for seconds and thirds.
25 minutes 116 calories Easy