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Easy Vegetarian (and Vegan!) Meals

By Molly Siegler, October 15, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Molly Siegler

Slow cookers, stews, one-pot meals – these are the foundation of easy, satisfying weeknight meals. I love throwing a bunch of yummy ingredients together and having a satisfying dinner. My favorite vegetarian and vegan one-pot dishes are filled with greens, beans and grains, and I often use frozen grains and veggies and canned beans to simplify preparation even further.

These 8 recipes will get you to dinnertime with plenty of leftovers for a week of envy-inducing lunches.

Hearty Greens Soup with Bowtie Pasta and Tomatoes  Slow Cooker Minestrone

Italian Baked Beans and Greens Slow Cooker Chickpea and Lentil Stew

 Hearty Minestrone Soup  Slow Cooker Lentil Stew with Polenta

 One Pot Chili Casserole  Spelt Berry and Tomato Stew


Do you turn to one-dish meals as the weather cools? What are your favorite easy vegetarian meals? Share your cooking tips and serving suggestions in the comments section below.




Brenda Fredrick says ...
Yesterday I bought bulk bean soup, there was a recipe written on a small piece of paper. I lost it. can you send me the recipe? I think it was 32 bean blend. Thanks so much.
10/16/2013 11:11:51 AM CDT
JAK says ...
I'm all for easy vegetarian and vegan one-pot meals (that's why I clicked on the link). However, I challenge you to create/share similar-type dishes that do not include tomatoes. You presented 8 recipes and if I'm not mistaken all include tomatoes. I will grant you that you posted a very nice variety of dishes, but you may not have realized that all are flavored with tomatoes. A vegetarian white chili (without tomatoes and fake meat) would be of interest to me. Thank you for letting me provide a comment.
10/16/2013 4:08:59 PM CDT
Thia says ...
I need a gluten, tomato, dairy, soy free dish that tasts yummy. Ps. Vegetarian too?
10/16/2013 9:20:31 PM CDT
Melody Downie says ...
bring them on!!
10/17/2013 10:34:52 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BRENDA - Since this was a bulk item at your local store, I would suggest reaching out to that location directly. Our products can vary so they will be able to help out!
10/17/2013 11:38:51 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@THIA - We have an advanced search option on our website. Here are some great options I found! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/creamy-curried-cauliflower-soup, http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/yellow-split-pea-soup, and http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/mixed-mushroom-soup.
10/17/2013 3:07:55 PM CDT
Bridget O says ...
These recipes sound good, but all of them include tomatoes, which I can't eat. I'd like to see some easy vegetarian meals without tomatoes.
10/18/2013 12:12:55 AM CDT
BusyMom says ...
Jak....why don't you just Google vegetarian chili recipes without fake meat and tomatoes. I just did it and I came up with many websites with recipes to look into.
10/21/2013 12:27:17 PM CDT
cj says ...
I just made a crockpot soup using vegetable broth, corn, carrots, green beans, noodles, and white beans. It was delicious. My husband who is not vegetarian, loved it. And Jak, no tomatos!
10/28/2013 8:04:25 AM CDT
Ron Van Pelt says ...
You read my mind, let's start cooking.
11/01/2013 10:10:50 AM CDT
Melanie says ...
omg i cant wait to try all of these... i love making new things for dinner....
11/03/2013 4:21:41 PM CST
wayne says ...
I make pizzas for my kids with tortillas.I am looking for veggies that will taste good on a pizza make it through the 400 degree oven,12 minute,cooking process.Any suggestions?
11/08/2013 6:23:18 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@WAYNE - Other than whole tomato slices, I love adding mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli and even onions to my pizzas. Try these out and let them know what they think!
11/11/2013 1:43:06 PM CST
Chris says ...
I have made many times pizza on either tortillas or flat breads (flat breads have a bit more substance to hold the pizza together) and use either olive oil or tomato sauce as the base, then cut up mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, and peppers diced small (so they will cook nicely) and top it off with Daiya cheese. So yummy!!!!
11/27/2013 7:27:06 AM CST
S. Bey says ...
Yum. The pictures on this blog look delicious. I would love to try the recipe with the lentils and vegetable soup. Check out my site @ http://delectableveganfood.blogspot.com Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
05/08/2014 4:59:33 PM CDT
Joanne Hirst says ...
We need a Whole Foods near Inverness, FL. Tampa or Orlando are a hour away. There is a Trader Joe's in Gainesville, again a hour plus away, but I like Whole Foods! Thank you
11/02/2014 10:14:33 AM CST
Somn Nair says ...
Loves to eat healthy & tasty food.
11/14/2015 4:58:33 AM CST