11 easy vegetarian recipes

10 May 2017

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week (May 15 - 21) we share 11 easy vegetarian recipes for you to try at home, whether you're vegetarian or looking to cook more meat-free meals.

Avocado and black bean salad

Avocado and bean salad

A nutritious salad that’s quick to throw together and filling, it's full of good things like beans, avocado, pumpkin seeds and green vegetables and dressed with refreshing fresh lime juice.

Recipe: avocado and bean salad

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Quick black bean chilli

Quick black bean chilli

A rich and flavourful chilli that’s ready in less than an hour. Tinned beans are an excellent – and affordable – way of getting protein into a recipe, plus they are extremely healthy.

Recipe: quick black bean chilli

Tomato brown betty

Tomato, thyme and lemon brown betty

An extremely easy dish of layered seasoned tomatoes with breadcrumbs and goat’s cheese. Build up the layers and pop into the oven for about 45 minutes. Serve with salad.

Recipe: tomato, thyme and lemon brown betty

Chickpea, hazelnut, sweet potato and butternut squash salad

Chickpea, hazelnut and butternut squash salad

A salad needn’t be boring, as this recipe proves. Colourful and full of flavour, this sweet and nutty salad makes a wonderful healthy lunch or light supper.

Recipe: chickpea, hazelnut and butternut squash salad

Spanish omelette

Spanish omelette

A quick and very easy vegetarian meal that's perfect for lunch or dinner and can be eaten hot or cold - perfect to eat as leftovers the next day.

Recipe: Spanish omelette

Spaghetti piemontesti

Spaghetti piemontesi

A quick pasta dish with a simple sauce made from spinach and sage with garlic, nutmeg and a grating of hard cheese. Be aware that Parmesan is not vegetarian, but vegetarian alternatives are often available, including supermarket own-brand 'Italian hard cheese'.

Recipe: spaghetti piemontesi

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Mozzarella, pea and broad bean salad

Buffalo mozzarella, pea and broad bean salad

A fresh, zingy salad with fresh buffalo mozzarella with peas and broad beans and flavoured with lemon and mint. Absolutely perfect for a quick summer meal.

Recipe: buffalo mozzarella, pea and bean salad

Cheddar and caramelised red onion tart

Cheese and red onion tart

Pre-made pastry with a cheese and caramelised onion topping is delicious and filling. You could try swapping the cheddar out for goat’s cheese, if you prefer.

Recipe: cheese and red onion tart

BBQ paneer tikka skewers

BBQ paneer tikka skewers

Vegetarians needn't miss out at barbecues. Paneer, an Indian cheese, holds its shape well during cooking and takes on the flavour of whatever it is marinated in, in this case a yoghurt and tikka paste mix. Leave it to marinade overnight, or for a few hours, and barbecue for a few minutes on each side.

Recipe: BBQ paneer tikka skewers

Purple sprouting broccoli and soft-boiled egg

Purple sprouting broccoli with egg

A poached or soft boiled egg on vegetables, in this case purple sprouting broccoli, makes a great alternative to toast for those wishing to cut down on the amount of bread they eat. This recipe is dressed with a simple dressing of capers, lemon and parsley.

Recipe: purple sprouting broccoli with egg

Aubergine stuffed with tomato and spinach quinoa

Aubergine stuffed with tomato and spinach quinoa

A healthy stuffed aubergine with feta, quinoa and spinach from Dale Pinnock, the Medicinal Chef.

Recipe: aubergine stuffed with tomato and spinach quinoa

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