53 Extraordinary Plant Based Recipes

Add some creativity to your meatless meals with our favorite healthy plant based recipes! We’re sharing both healthy vegetarian recipes and vegan recipes, so let’s go.

Included in this post you’ll find all of our best plant based meals (& vegetarian, too) such as green smoothie bowls, delish vegan buddha bowl recipes, and the best creamy vegan pasta! So, check out all of our best plant based diet recipes below!

healthy vegetarian recipes

Happy Sunday friends! I had a quiet weekend at home cleaning, working, and spending lots of time on ME. I am a total people person, but sometimes it’s so great to have alone time. Mark was at a bachelor party all weekend, so I got the house to myself! 2 days alone is about my limit, so I’m ready for him to come home :)

Today I’m planning on doing some meal prep for next week so that Mark and I can have some grab and go options for breakfast and lunch. Guess what? They’re all going to be plant based recipes! No, I’m not going vegetarian, but I do love the power of a meatless meal. If you do it right, they’re usually packed with protein, fiber, and tonza vitamins (hello fresh fruits and veggies!). We have so many amazing whole food plant based recipes on Fit Foodie Finds and I thought I would highlight some of my favorites today on the blog.

Plant Based on a Budget

But first, let’s talk about some easy ways to buy plant based on a budget! I’m all about saving money (re: Nordstrom Sale) and eating plant based a few days a week can help you save some dough. Why?

  • My favorite plant based protein is – the bean! Beans are an inexpensive way to get not only protein but fiber into your diet. Buy em’ when they’re on sale and keep them in storage for times when you just don’t know what to make.
  • Buy in bulk! Get your grains, dried beans, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds in bulk. You’ll save so much money and be able to buy a larger variety of products in one trip to the grocery store.
  • Shop seasonal! You’ll find that seasonal fruits and veggies will be less expensive during their time of harvest. So, buy cherries in the summer, not the winter and you’ll know what I mean.

PS: if you’re looking to add more protein to your diet, check out our pick for Pant Based Protein Powder HERE.

PPS: Some of these recipes contain eggs and/or dairy making this round-up a mixture of vegetarian and vegan recipes! <3

Plant Based Breakfast Recipes

Start your day off with a nutrient-dense and tasty breakfast! Here you will find both sweet and savory vegetarian/vegan breakfast recipes to keep you full all morning. BUT, before we jump into all of these amazing recipes, we’re sharing a super simple plant based breakfast recipe that we eat on the regular!


Avocado Toast with Cheese and Berries

This plant based breakfast is super simple to make! Grab a ripe avocado, your favorite hard cheese (or vegan cheese!), berries, and a drizzle of honey.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 1 1x
Category: Breakfast
Method: Toaster
Cuisine: American


  • 1 piece of whole grain bread (any kind!)
  • 1/2 large avocado, ripe
  • handful of berries
  • 1 oz. hard cheese (we recommend sharp cheddar), thinly sliced


  1. First, toast your piece of bread. Then, remove the avocado from the skin and place on top of bread. Use your fork to mash the avocado on top of the bread.
  2. Add a handful of berries and a few pieces of thinly sliced hard cheese.
  3. Then, finish off with a drizzle of honey.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 379
  • Sugar: 9
  • Fat: 21
  • Carbohydrates: 35
  • Fiber: 10
  • Protein: 18

Cottage Cheese Protein Pancakes (vegetarian)


Neapolitan Overnight Oats (vegetarian)


Sweet Potato Crust Quiche (vegetarian)


Black Bean Breakfast Burritos (vegetarian)

Start your day off with a nutrient-dense and tasty breakfast! Here you will find both sweet and savory vegetarian breakfast recipes to keep you full all morning. #breakfast #vegetarian #healthyrecipes #cleaneating

Strawberry Ruhbard Oatmeal Bake (vegetarian)

oatmeal bake

Black Bean Breakfast Bowls (vegetarian)

Breakfast bowl

Chocolate Chip Pancake Breakfast Cake (vegetarian)

pumpkin cake

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal (vegetarian)

baked oatmeal

Whole Grain Blender Breakfast Muffins (vegetarian)

breakfast muffins

Pomegranate Green Smoothie Bowl (vegan)

smoothie bowl

Veggie-Packed Black Bean Omlete (vegetarian)


Sweet Potato Hash Egg Cups (vegetarian)

hash egg cups

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie (vegan)

protein smoothie

Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Egg Cups (vegetarian)

egg cups

10-Minute Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal (vegan)

steel cut oats

Vegetarian Lunches

Make one of these delicious vegetarian lunch recipes for a healthy and filling meal to look forward to mid-day whether you’re at home or in the office. In this section, you’ll find plant based salads, bowls, and soups!

Massaged Kale and Fennel Salad (vegan)

kale and fennel salad

Mexican Quinoa Salad (vegan)

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Instant Pot Potato Salad (vegetarian)

IP Potato Salad

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Salad (vegan)

Vegan Cauliflower Salad

Golden Roasted Cauliflower Salad (vegan)

quinoa salad

Harvest Blackberry and Butternut Squash Massaged Kale Salad (vegetarian)

Harvest kale salad

Thai Chili Corn Salad (vegan)

Thai Chili Corn Salad

Easy Grilled Sweet Potato Pizza (vegetarian)

Sweet potato pizza

5-Minute Pesto (vegetarian)


Thai Basil Veggie Stir Fry (vegan)

Thai Basil Stir Fry

Healthy Vegetarian Fried Rice (vegan)

Vegetarian Fried Rice

Sweet Potato Vegan Buddha Bowls (vegan)

Vegan Buddha Bowl

Creamy Tomato Basil Vegan Pasta (vegan)

Vegan Pasta

Spicy Thai Coconut Curry Soup (vegan)

Coconut Curry Soup

Quinoa Sweet Potato Burgers (vegan)

Sweet potato burgers

Southwest Black Bean Couscous Salad (vegan)

Cous Cous salad

Creamy Vegan Pasta with Sauteed Kale and Tomatoes (vegan)

Vegan Pasta

Healthy Thai Coconut Quinoa Bowls (vegan)

Get ready for meal prep madness. These Thai Coconut Quinoa Bowls are out of this world- a vegetarian meal packed with protein, veggies, and flavor!

30-Minute Spicy Butternut Squash Soup (vegan)

This 30-Minute Spicy Butternut Squash Soup is the perfect weeknight meal that the whole family will love! It is dairy-free, vegetarian, and absolutely delicious.

Sun-Dried Tomato, Kale and Quinoa Mac N’ Cheese (vegetarian)

Grilled Mediterranean Sweet Corn with Feta Cheese (vegetarian)

Plant Based Dinner Recipes

These healthy vegetarian dinner recipes can be made ahead or the night off, either way, they are meatless, delicious and guaranteed to satisfy!

Healthy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Mexican Quinoa (vegan)

This vegetarian slow cooker meal is so flavorful you won’t even miss the meat! Throw all of the ingredients for this Healthy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Mexican Quinoa in your crock pot for an easy weeknight dinner that’s vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

Whole Wheat Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Pasta (vegan)

Treat yourself to this Vegetarian Whole Wheat Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pasta. It’s light, fresh, and only require a few simple ingredients!

Roasted Brussels Sprout Polenta Bowls  (vegan)


Kung Pao Quinoa Bowl  (vegan)

These Vegetarian Kung Pao Quinoa Bowls are the perfect meal prep recipe to make so you can enjoy a healthy lunch or dinner the entire week!

Vegetarian Beer Chili (vegan)

 Beer + chili = a match made in heaven! Spice up classic chili and add a bottle of your favorite brew to make this delish Vegetarian Beer Chili!

Naked Spinach Quinoa Lasagna Casserole (vegetarian)

Try this lightened spinach quinoa lasagna casserole for a no-hassle, protein-packed dinner that’s sans gluten and filled with so much flavor!

Sweet Potato Green Curry Quinoa Casserole (vegan)

Curry just got even easier and more delicious than ever! In less than an hour you can have this delicious Sweet Potato Green Curry Quinoa Casserole ready for the entire fam.

Plant Based Snack Recipes

These nutritious vegetarian snacks are healthy and will give you an energy boost between meals. We’re sharing both sweet and savory options below!

Healthy Edible Cookie Dough Recipes  (vegan)

Southwestern Sweet Potato Nachos (vegan)

Make yourself some nachos made from REAL FOOD. These Southwestern Sweet Potato Nachos are perfect for game day or any week night dinner!

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies with Crunchy Peanuts (vegan)

 These Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies are made with 100% whole grains, peanuts, peanut butter, and no refined sugars for a healthier homemade variation!

Healthy 7-Layer Greek Yogurt Taco Dip (vegetarian)

This Healthy 7 Layer Greek Yogurt Taco Dip is one of my favorite game-day appetizers of all time. It is easy, served cold, and perfect when you need to whip up a tasty dish for friends and family!

Cherry Pie Energy Balls (vegan)

All you need are 5 whole ingredients to make these delicious Cherry Pie Energy Balls. They're the perfect snack and they taste just like cherry pie!

Skinny Roasted Red Pepper Goat Cheese Dip with Chips or Veggies (vegetarian)

With Sunday football back in action, this Skinny Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Dip makes for the most perfect appetizer. It’s made with a non-fat Greek yogurt base, pureed roasted red peppers, and goat cheese!

Golden Roasted Cauliflower (vegan)

Garlic Roasted Kale Chips (vegan)

 Looking for a healthy alternative to popcorn during movie night? Look no further. Not only are these Garlic Roasted Kale Chips gorgeous, they are jam packed with nutrients and flavor!

Homemade Strawberry Banana Fruit Leather  (vegan)

 With just four simple ingredients you can make your own HEALTHY Strawberry Banana Fruit Leather at home without the use of a dehydrator!

Almond Butter Hemp Seed Banana Sushi (vegan)

Almond Butter Hemp Seed Banana Sushi a delicious vegan snack packed with 10 grams of protein!


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