12 vegetarian recipes - that aren’t made with chickpeas!

Veggie dishes so good, you won’t even miss the meat!

By Alexia Dellner, 30 September 2016
12 vegetarian recipes - that aren’t made with chickpeas!

Whether you’re a full on veggie or just want to try cutting back on meat, whipping up some tasty vegetarian recipes is simple and fuss-free. And opting for a meat-free dish doesn't mean sacrificing on flavour either - or eating hummus every day (although you can if you want to)! With so many fresh fruits and vegetables plus hearty grains and pulses at your disposal, it's easy to satisfy your taste buds and your stomach.

Forget dull meat substitutes and boring beans on toast, we've rounded up 12 vegetarian recipes that are full of flavour, nutrients, colour and texture.

Forget dull meat substitutes and boring beans on toast, we've rounded up 12 vegetarian recipes that are full of flavour, nutrients, colour and texture. These dishes look as good as they taste! From a beetroot and asparagus tart that will seriously wow friends to the veggie-loaded pizza that kids will love, there's something for everyone.

And happily, these vegetarian recipes require minimum effort and time (unlike many meat-based dishes like stews and roasts that usually need a good deal of time in the oven), making them super simple to whip up and fit into your recipe rotation. Of course if you're short on time, then there's always the sneaky alternative of a quick ready meal instead!

Get ready to tuck into these hearty vegetarian recipes - just in time for World Vegetarian Day.

James Martin’s aubergine gratin with tomato sauce

This cheesy aubergine bake is an indulgent take on a family favourite from celebrity chef James Martin. Made with sultanas, pine nuts and fresh basil, it oozes flavour (and cheese of course). Serve with a side salad and hey presto!

Courgette pizza bianco

Watch the kids tuck in to this tasty pizza topped with courgettes, peas creamy Greek yoghurt, lemon zest and mint leaves. Fast, fresh and flavourful - what more could you want?

Butternut squash quesadillas

A quick and easy supper, the whole family will love these tasty butternut squash ‘toasties.’ They're delicious served with a fresh, Mexican-style salsa – just mix chopped tomatoes, chilli, red onion and a little lime juice.

Asparagus & beetroot tarts

Looking for a sophisticated veggie starter to dish up to friends? These gorgeous asparagus and beetroot tarts are just the thing. Butternut squash makes a great alternative to beetroot and works just as well with asparagus. 

Veggie sausage & kale pasta

Ease into a vegetarian diet with these hearty bangers - they have a great taste and texture that’ll keep meat lovers happy. Or use Asda Chicken Style Pieces as an alternative. Get the veggie sausage and kale pasta recipe here.

Quinoa & beetroot burger

Think meat-free means forgoing burgers? Think again. This quinoa and beetroot burger is a tasty veggie-packed alternative to the meat-lovers classic.

Watercress And Feta Flatbreads With Za-Atar

This Greek-inspired snack packs a real flavour punch as it's is seasoned with za'tar, a Middle Eastern blend of sesame, herbs and spice. Extra bonus? It only takes 10 minutes to make!

Leek, mushroom & butterbean crumble

Get an impressive four of your five-a-day with this warming veggie crumble recipe. You can replace the Stilton with Cheddar or any other hard cheese if you prefer.

Pomegranate, butternut & cauliflower cous cous

This colourful cous cous dish almost looks too pretty to eat. A flavour-packed twist on the North African staple.

Sweet potato, spinach & feta quiche

Store bought shortcrust pastry makes this dish a cinch to whip up, while the tangy feta beautifully complements the sweet veg in this savoury tart. Serve with a green salad and some fresh tomatoes. 

Aubergine & bulgur wheat rolls

Chock full of yummy flavours like beetroot, parsnip, pomegranate, apple and pecans, this is a delicious and filling vegetarian dish. Get the aubergine and bulgur wheat rolls recipe here. 

Mushroom & lentil ragu with spaghetti

This cheap and cheerful pasta sauce recipe uses lentils as a low-cost vegetarian substitute for mince, plus packs in three of your five-a-day!

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