Vegetarian recipes and complete meals can be much healthier and often cost less than those that include meats.  Various studies including the China Study, the German Cancer Study, and the Adventist Health Study show a strong correlation between a healthy vegetarian lifestyle and better health, reduced disease, and longevity.

vegetarian buffet

vegetarian buffet

While these studies and others show that eating vegetarian foods for all meals is the ideal, benefits can be had by eating vegetarian meals most of the time, as well.  A good way to start is to find recipes that your family enjoys, then build your vegetarian recipes as you progress.

If your family is a confirmed “meat and potatoes” sort, there are two approaches you might try.  The first involves slowly incorporating vegetarian recipes and complete meals into your family’s dinners and lunches.  You might have a vegetarian meal once or twice a week at first, then gradually increase the number of days each week you choose to cook vegetarian fare.

An alternative approach is often called “cold turkey.”  With this, you would use all the meat and fish you have available, then serve only vegetarian meals from that point on.  Of course, you might want to modify either of these.  Some families choose to keep a vegetarian home, but occasionally will have meat or fish when eating out.  Others might choose to eat only vegetarian until the evening meal.    Still others might choose to eat vegetarian during the week and then eat some non vegetarian meals on the weekends.  In reality, you will need to choose what path is best for your family.

Whichever avenue you choose, your family’s health will be improved, at least somewhat, by choosing healthier, vegetarian meals.  A word of caution: vegetarian does not always mean healthy.  Donuts can be vegetarian, but are rarely considered a health food unless they are specially prepared. vegetarian meals 2

Here are 27 Vegetarian recipes and meal ideas to get your family started!


  1. Vegan Mexican Chocolate pudding dessert
  2.  Balsamic Pita Sandwich
  3.  Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie
  4. Sloppy Joes with Lentils
  5. Oven Roasted Parmesan Green Beans
  6. Broccoli Pasta
  7. Creamy Mushroom Spaghetti Squash
  8. Lentil Quinoa bowls
  9.  Cranberry Orange Bread
  10. Creamy Pumpkin Fettucine
  11. vegetarian tamale pie
  12.  Black Bean Burgers
  13.  Cranberry Pecan Orange Orzo Pasta Salad
  14.  Stuffed Eggplant Parm Skillet
  15. Hearty Veg Chili
  16.  Daniel Fast Vegetable Soup
  17.  Gluten Free Blondies
  18.  Cherry Overnight Oatmeal
  19.  broccoli alfredo stuffed shells
  20.  Parmesan Cauliflower Bites
  21.  Asian Garlic Tofu with rice
  22. Buffalo Quinoa Bites
  23.  Sweet Potato Corn Cakes with Garlic Dipping Sauce
  24.  Crispy Orange Cauliflower
  25. Cucumber Avocado Rolls
  26.  Fresh Mango Coconut Chia Seed Parfait
  27. Cauliflower Crust Calzone

 Healthy recipes added each week!

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