Veggies All Day! Vegetarian Meals From AM to PM

By Lora O’Brien

October is soon upon us which means one thing; World Vegetarian Day! Okay, so it’s not the type of holiday that lets us get a day off of work (boo!) but it is a great time for people to spread information on the benefits of adopting a vegetarian lifestyle. On this day, many restaurants and food stalls take part by only providing vegetarian meals for the whole day and some schools have even  offered cooking classes to teach their students how to cook vegetarian food.

October will also see the start of Vegetarian Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to ditch the meat if you haven’t already done so!  Meatless Monday has already become a trend, and it’s a massive step  in the right direction in getting people to ditch the meat for more plant based goodness. It’s also done wonders  in educating people in how tasty a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can be, kicking the stereotype that it’s restrictive and dull.

Whilst we usually promote vegan recipes on this site, a lot of people need to transition into veganism slowly, and one way of doing so is through vegetarianism. Increasingly, many (former?) vegans are also finding that they need more protein and Omega oils in their diets, so are including organic, free range eggs and cheeses in their food  (hence the name ‘veggans’), so we’re including eggy and cheesy dishes here, too.

I think I’ve included a wide variety of yummy vegetarian meals here to take you from AM to PM 7 days a week, so no excuses  not to extend  World Vegetarian Day to a whole week.  Or a month. Or a lifetime!


1. Peaches & Green Smoothie

You know the saying – breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s true. It sets you up for the day ahead, getting you through to mid-morning without hunger pangs. If you’re not a fan of a hearty meal first thing in the morning, smoothies are a great go-to recipe – you can tweak them to add in your favourite fruits and veggies and they’re super hydrating after a good night’s sleep.

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2. ‘Hidden Veggie’ Red Velvet Smoothie

Not a fan of  vegetables? Well, now you can hide them in your smoothie and reap all the rewards. This brilliantly vibrant smoothie contains roasted beetroot and cabbage – but before you screw your nose up, think about this: the addition of dates and banana totally offsets the taste and gives a stunning sweetness.

Get the recipe here.  


3. Pineapple Upside Down Banana Pancakes

Because who doesn’t love pancakes? So why not re-invent the bland, standard pancake with these banana ones finished off with pineapple rings. Since these  have such a tropical vibe, I highly recommend you finish them off with a smattering of desiccated coconut and a little maple syrup.

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4. Vegetarian Eggs Benedict

I used to love a well made Eggs Benedict, but it  could always  be a little overwhelming with the rich Hollandaise sauce. So this vegetarian version is fantastic: the traditional sauce is replaced with a healthy green sauce made from cashew nuts, fresh herbs and lemon juice, making it lighter, nourishing and refreshing. This is perfect served with roasted cherry tomatoes and chunks of avocado.

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5. Hearty Veggie Packed Omelette

Omelettes can be a healthy way to start your day, but you really need to pack them with goodness. I’ve seen my fair share of omelettes absolutely packed with meat and oozing cheese and they’re not going to do much besides  leave you feeling icky and sluggish. But this one, with its  zucchini, kale and cherry tomato filling, will leave you feeling full but not bloated, for hours to come.

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6. Spinach & Feta  Muffins

If you’re on the run but craving some toast with feta cheese, eggs and spinach, never fear – you can get all of that in this muffin recipe, which you can eat in the car on your way to work.  The spinach will gives these a subtle yet healthy boost and the tomatoes will work well against the tangy cheese.

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7.  Corn & Courgette Cakes

These would be great on a weekend  when breakfast turns into brunch. These corn and courgette cakes are easy to whip up and the whole family can dive in. Serve them with a mango salsa, salad, or even add some sweet chilli sauce and throw them into a wrap.

Get the recipe here.  



1. The Ultimate Hippie  Bowl

Hippie bowls, or Buddha bowls, are gaining more and more momentum, and it’s easy to see why. They’re basically just bowls of a huge variety of nutrients. You’ll need a grain, a green, a sauce and a protein at the very least, and of course you can use any ones you like. Here, quinoa makes a great grain base for what is essentially a salad bowl, especially mixed with green onion. Chop up some avocado, fry up an egg and you’re good to go.

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2. Krispy Tofu & Kale Pizza

As they say in Italy, ‘la pizza e la vita!’. Ok, maybe they don’t say that, but for me anyway, pizza is life – in all its forms. This one is far from the classic recipe; in fact, the crispy tofu here  has an Asian vibe. But combined with kale and mozzarella, there are loads of fascinating tastes and textures from the crisp base, to the melted cheese and crunchy kale.

Get the recipe here.  


3. Vegetarian Pasta Bake

Sometimes you just need a big old bowl of pasta. And when the carb craving strikes, pasta bake is a great recipe. You just cook the pasta and then pop it into the oven to bake. It’s relatively quick to make and will be filling and is a great recipe or the colder evenings. The added bonus? I kind of like pasta cold the next day. Leftovers, yay!

Get the recipe here.  


4. Zucchini & Halloumi Quesadillas with Fresh Corn Salad

Quesadillas are usually packed with loads of greasy cheese.  You may enjoy them for awhile, but then they leave you full and a little gross. Especially if you’re like me and don’t know when to stop when it comes to Mexican food. So this version is much lighter and the crisp corn side salad is a great addition.

Get the recipe here.  


5. Roasted Veggie Pitas & Avocado Dip

Such a simple recipe, and yet insanely good to eat. They’re toasted pittas smeared  with a creamy avocado dip and then topped with  roasted chickpeas and cauliflower. Chives and Greek yogurt top it off and voila! These would taste just as good with some roasted sweet potato if cauliflower isn’t really your vibe.

Get the recipe here.  


6.  Quinoa Salad with Goats Cheese & Pomegranate

Quinoa is a great base for any salad. You can throw it into a bowl and top it with literally anything you like. It’s also great to add different textures as well as flavours, and this is the perfect ratio of grain to crunch. There’s lightly blanched zucchini flowers, cashew nuts and pomegranate seeds, but you can sub any veggies you love. To finish it off, simply crumble goats cheese over the top.

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7. Coconut Curry Butternut  Squash Soup

Oh, soup, how I do love thee! Soup needn’t be a watery gruel; you can make it quite  filling. Just cook up some rice or quinoa and serve either on the side or add it to your soup to thicken it up a little for a more filling meal.

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1. Harissa Halloumi & Roasted Veg Wraps

Wraps are such a versatile meal because like many of the recipes in this article, you can throw whatever you want inside of them. Whether you want sweet potato, re-fried beans, lots of salad . . . it’s entirely up to you. The main substance in this recipe is the halloumi which has been spiced with harissa paste and sits atop roasted veggies with sweet potato on the side.

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2. Creamy Spinach Sweet Potato Noodles with Cashew Sauce

This recipe reminds me a little of a carbonara; noodles (or spaghetti) covered with a creamy sauce. But carbonara is far from healthy. From the pancetta, cream and Parmesan cheese it can be a little bloating, so this dish may become your new pasta dish. Firstly, the noodles in this dish are made from sweet potato, so they’re healthy from the get-go. And the sauce is made up from creamy cashews and lots of spinach is thrown in to wilt and give you a great boost of your greens.

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3.  Mongolian BBQ Seitan

If you’re not familiar with seitan, you should be – it’s delicious! It’s a veggie based mock-meat that is chewy and protein rich and perfect for BBQ sauce. This recipe reminds me of a beef dish you’d find at the Chinese restaurant around the corner, with its wide variety of  herbal  flavours, like  ginger, cinnamon and cloves.

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4.  Asian Quinoa Salad

Bringing some Asian fusion flavours to your quinoa are guaranteed to spruce it up. Cook up some quinoa and then throw in some cabbage, edamame, shredded carrots and diced cucumbers and pepper. The ginger in the sauce will give it a real kick, and its perfect for fending off colds during winter. Sprinkle some sesame seeds over the top for an extra nutritional boost.

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5. Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas

The enchilada is normally another heavily meat based Mexican dish, but replacing that meat with vegetables makes it not only lighter on the stomach but way more full of goodness. It will still be gooey from the cheese and the yogurt topping will complement the rest of the dish. Either eat alone or serve with some salad, brown rice or sweet potato wedges.

Get the recipe here.  


6. BBQ Cauliflower & Chickpea Tacos with Creamy Lime Slaw

Cauliflower is full of surprises! When coated in seasoning and baked in the oven it gains  a meat-like texture giving it a great texture  in typically meaty dishes, so it is  perfect for these tacos. The creamy lime slaw tops these off deliciously!

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7. Spanish  Chickpea & Spinach Stew

Sometimes, you just want something warm, comforting and full of flavour. And with winter slowly but surely making its presence known, it’s time for a hearty stew recipe. Stews don’t need too much attention as you leave them to simmer, so it’s a great dish to make if you’re busy or don’t want to spend hours hovering over the stove waiting for your food to cook. Plus, the leftovers are even better the next day!

Get the recipe here.




1. Lemon Meringue Pie Parfaits

I adore lemon, and lemon desserts have been my favourite for a long time. There’s just something about a citrusy  dessert that leaves you a bit refreshed after a meal. These are gorgeous little things to make for a dinner party – who wouldn’t be impressed?

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2.  Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Sometimes, the sweet tooth in us comes out and we want chocolate and we want it now. But we can still enjoy our chocolate in a healthy way by choosing cacao as opposed to milk chocolate. And this mousse goes one step further in the health stakes by adding avocado to it, making it extra creamy. I’d also add some mint essence into these to give it a mint-choc vibe.

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3. Candied Clementine Cake

Moist, fluffy and orangey – this cake is basically a sunny day on a plate. And that icing? Fine patisserie bakery quality, my friends!

Get the recipe here.


4.  Raw Jewel Tart

Ruby raspberries, black pearl blueberries and tiny coral goji berries are but a few of the gorgeous fruits that comprise this raw, vegan tart. The crunchy, nutty crust adds a nice contrast to the tart, soft berries. Personally, I would like this a wee bit warm, served with some ice cream!

Get the recipe here.


5. Fudgy Vegan Brownies

Trying to get started as a vegan? This recipe will make you wonder why on earth we used to ingest so much butter, sugar and egg in these desserts. The texture is super rich, but these are actually low in calories. And you’ll never guess the secret ingredient!

Get the recipe here.


Lora O'Brien

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