Getting a healthy dinner on the table has never been easier (or more delicious) with these easy vegetarian recipes.

By Grace Elkus
Updated April 16, 2018
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These kid-friendly twice-baked sweet potatoes will become a weeknight dinner favorite—they're warm and cheesy and full of flavor. Plus, you can feel good about serving them to the family: sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants, the avocado provides healthy fats, and black beans pack in the protein. Get the Recipe:Cheesy Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Black Beans and Avocado
Victor Protasio

We're giving new life to five-ingredient meals by putting the freshest ingredients to work in creative new ways. This collection of vegetarian recipes will serve you well on busy weeknights, when you need something simple and family-friendly that still delivers on flavor. We've covered everything from kid-approved twice-baked sweet potatoes to an elegant roasted carrot salad, worthy of a dinner party but easy enough for Tuesday. Oh, and olive oil, salt, and pepper don't count in our ingredient count—we consider these staples you should always have on hand.

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Cheesy Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Black Beans and Avocado

These kid-friendly twice-baked sweet potatoes will become a weeknight dinner favorite—they're warm and cheesy and full of flavor. Plus, you can feel good about serving them to the family: sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants, the avocado provides healthy fats, and black beans pack in the protein.

Get the Recipe: Cheesy Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Black Beans and Avocado

Victor Protasio

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Cauliflower Steaks With Kale, Crispy Chickpeas, and Tahini Dressing

There are few things more satisfying than a deeply golden sear on veggies—and we're particularly excited about the color on this cauliflower. Pre-heating the pan allows both the chickpeas and cauliflower to begin crisping immediately, providing delicious flavor and texture to both. A base of tahini dressing and a pile of tender, lemon-y kale complete the meal.

Get the Recipe: Cauliflower Steaks With Kale, Crispy Chickpeas, and Tahini Dressing

Victor Protasio

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Tofu "Halloumi" With Lentils and Burst Tomatoes

There are a lot of smart things happening in this easy vegan recipe. Coating tofu with nutritional yeast packs in a lot of flavor with just one ingredients, and cooking the lentils with leeks livens them up considerably. The juicy, just-bursting tomatoes act as a sauce for the meal.

Get the Recipe: Tofu "Halloumi" With Lentils and Burst Tomatoes

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Cacio e Pepe Dutch Baby

If you often find yourself craving Cacio e Pepe pasta, add this Dutch baby to your weeknight rotation ASAP. A handful of Pecorino cheese and a generous amount of freshly-ground black pepper take the classic pancake-popover hybrid to a whole new dimension.

Get the Recipe: Cacio e Pepe Dutch Baby

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Roasted Carrots With Whipped Ricotta, Farro, and Crispy Cabbage

Here's the deal with crispy cabbage: once you make it, you'll want to sprinkle it onto soups, stuff it into sandwiches, and pile it onto a platter of roasted veggies and grains, like we did here. The vibrant purple hue, alongside the green pistachios and multi-colored carrots, makes this a real stunner.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Carrots With Whipped Ricotta, Farro, and Crispy Cabbage