21 of Our Favorite Vegetarian Recipes for Fall

Nicole Austin

It can be tricky being vegetarian! My oldest daughter is a vegetarian simply because she feels her best when she avoids meat, which I can fully understand.

The problem is, for those of us raised on meat and potatoes, it can be difficult, and boring, if we try to forge our way into vegetarianism without any guidance.

And that’s where this list, with tons of seasonal ideas for a beginner or for someone who bid adieu to meat years ago, is helpful for keeping things fresh.

Nobody wants to be in a food slump, especially when there are so many delicious ways to eat a vegetarian diet! These recipes will help you do just that.

1. Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe

Sweet but not *too* sweet, pumpkin pasta sauce is a favorite in our home because it mixes up a classic comfort food without being too crazy. Red sauce, while delicious, can be acidic and upset stomachs, plus it just gets a little tired after a while. This flavorful, creamy pumpkin sauce is mild, has a great texture, and tastes incredible with spaghetti squash and a sprinkle of cheese.

2. Sweet Potato Burrito Bowl Recipe

I adore sweet potatoes - from the texture, to the health benefits, to the way they fill you up without making you feel uncomfortably stuffed. I try to use them as a side as often as I can, so when I can use them as the base of a dish, I’m extra pleased. If you love classic burrito bowls but want a fresh spin packed with extra veggies, this sweet potato burrito bowl recipe is the one for you.

3. Maple Tahini Grilled Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Flavorful, rich tahini blended with maple syrup and a touch of lemon juice brings a whole new life to grilled sweet potatoes as a surprisingly delicious dip. Our maple tahini grilled sweet potatoes recipe is easy to make and a unique way to enjoy sweet potato fries! I like garnishing them with cilantro for added flavor and serving them alongside veggie burgers for a tasty, filling dinner.

4. Fall Panzanella Salad Recipe

I know what you’re thinking if you’re a vegetarian, "Another salad?! No thanks." Trust me on this one - you haven’t had a salad like this! Our fall panzanella salad recipe boasts a homemade dressing containing everything from shallot, vinegar, mustard, and maple syrup along with crunchy rye bread, pears, green apples, radicchio, thyme, and shallot. Add chickpeas, cheese or tofu for heartiness.

5. Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Casserole Recipe

Spinach and artichoke are paired together all the time for good reason - they just complement each other so well! One thing that can become tiring as a vegetarian is feeling like you’re living off of appetizers. That’s why this spinach artichoke quinoa casserole is so awesome! It has the amazing flavors and hearty ingredients you love, combined with cheese which is a always no-brainer, creating a main dish everyone can enjoy.

6. Creamy Mushroom Pasta Recipe

Mushrooms in cream sauce are just so incredibly savory and tasty, which is why our creamy mushroom pasta recipe is perfect year round, but especially in the chilly fall and winter months. Even people who aren’t huge raw mushroom fans often find themselves enjoying sautéed or cooked mushrooms, so give this a try before writing it off - the flavor and texture changes drastically, and a cheesy cream sauce can win just about anyone over.

7. Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole Recipe

I love casseroles! I really, really do. For all the jokes about casseroles, there’s a reason they’re still so popular. They are just so good, and so easy! A full, hearty, balanced meal that’s ready to go all at once is a dream come true, and this vegetarian enchilada casserole recipe will be a huge win with your family without being just another boring taco night.

8. Indian Cauliflower Pizza Recipe

Replacing the traditional red sauce of pizza with a curry sauce changes everything for the better, and newer, in this Indian cauliflower pizza remix. If I know one thing from experience, it’s that vegetarians get really sick of cheese pizza, really fast. So wow yourself and your favorite veggie lover with this twist on pizza that they’ll never see coming. Caulfilower florets, mango chutney, nuts and cilantro make one heck of a pizza.

9. Pumpkin Quinoa Curry Recipe

Filling, rich and simple, this slow cooker recipe for pumpkin quinoa curry will be ready when you are - and that’s something I don’t take for granted. I love my slow cooker, primarily because it saves me so much time and energy, allowing me to try something new while having more evening hours to myself to spend with my family. This seasonal revamp of curry adds eggs to fill you up even more, stretching your food and your dollar.

10. Gluten Free Sticky Garlic Noodles Recipe

One of my close friends is gluten-free and vegetarian, and whenever I think it’s hard to come up with something to eat, she crosses my mind! That’s why, whenever I see a gluten-free vegetarian recipe, I send it her way. Sticky garlic noodles will remind the recently gluten-free of some of their former favorites, with the added bonus of not leaving them in digestive misery. Win-win!

11. Crockpot Quinoa Recipe

Another Mexican dish that will have so much flavor and versatility, this Crockpot quinoa recipe comes out ahead because it cooks itself. Yeah, I know that’s a given being made in the Crockpot, I just need to point it out. One thing I love about Mexican dishes is that everyone can customize them - add salsa, avocado, sour cream, cheese, or don’t. It will make everyone happy to have it their own way!

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