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20 Cozy & Fast Vegetarian Dinners

In honor of the new season I’ve put together some of my favorite cozy meals!  Here are 20 Hearty Vegetarian Dinner Ideas.

20 Cozy, Fast, Healthy & Hearty Vegetarian Dinner Ideas / Running in a Skirt

Hello! Hello!

In summer I reach for salads, chilled quinoa bowls and grilled everything… but as the weather cools I totally change my eating habits.  I’m often reaching for soups, whole grain pastas and other cozy but still healthy meals.  With fall officially here, I’ve already started to switch around my weekly menus.  I even made my first soup a few days ago.  When the Hubs got home from work and walked in the door, he smelled the tasty aroma and happily announced that soup season was back!

In honor of the changing of seasons, I decided to search through the Running in a Skirt archives and find some of my favorite hearty vegetarian dinner ideas.  Basically these are the COZY dinners you can’t wait to make this time of year.  They are all pretty simple and can either be made in less than 30 minutes or are a Crock Pot/ Slow Cooker recipe.

Now even if you are not exclusively a vegetarian, I challenge you to add one of these meals to your menu each week.  I pride myself in making vegetarian food that even meat eaters will enjoy.  All of these are Hubs tested and approved, who eats meat along with my vegetarian cooking.  Just adding one plant based meal a week to your menu can help your health in so many ways.  Plus it’s often cheaper AND better for the environment.

There really is nothing like having a big bowl of soup on a chilly day or serving a meal that makes you glad you have a reason to put on the jammies, light a candle and stay in.  These are my favorite Cozy & Hearty Vegetarian Dinner Ideas.

Cozy & Hearty Vegetarian Dinner Ideas

30 Minute Tomato Quinoa Soup (Vegan)

This fast, fresh and healthy soup is made a complete meal by adding quinoa and pumpkin seeds.  To complete the meal add a garden salad and perhaps some whole wheat crusty bread.

30 Minute Tomato Quinoa Soup

Creamy Hidden Veggie Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

This is the ultimate healthier comfort food!  I hide an entire head of cauliflower in this recipe.  So tasty!  To add some additional veggies serve with my Apple, Beet Salad.

Creamy & Healthy Hidden Veggie Cauliflower Mac & Cheese / Running in a Skirt


Creamy Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

These cozy mushrooms are stuffed with a healthier cheesy spinach filling.  They can be grilled, but are just as delicious baked in the oven on a chilly day.  Once again these are great with a simple green salad with my Greek Salad Dressing.

Lightened Up 3 Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps / Running in a Skirt


15 Minute Healthy & Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Pumpkin doesn’t have to be sweet!  This cozy & savory pumpkin dish is so simple and tasty.  To make this dish healthier pick your pasta wisely!  Opt for whole wheat or a type made with veggies or chick peas.

15 Minute Healthy Pumpkin Pasta

Crock Pot Vegetarian Taco Soup (Vegan Friendly)

This super simple and tasty recipes makes it way onto my table about once a month in the cooler months.  This is pictures with dairy toppings, but the recipe itself is vegan.

Vegetarian Taco Soup Crock Pot Recipe - so tasty and simple! Perfect weekday meal./ Running in a Skirt


Roasted Broccoli Pasta with Tahini Dressing (Vegan)

If it’s chilly and I’m craving pasta one of my favorite tricks is to fill half the bowl with nourishing roasted veggies.  That way you kick the craving but still have plenty of veggies with your meal.  That’s where this recipe came from.  Feel free to sub the Tahini Dressing with my Crock Pot Marinara Sauce.  This is also a great recipe for winter because the veggies in it are easy to find all year.

Healthy, Vegan Roasted Broccoli Pasta recipe with tahini dressing / Running in a Skirt


6 Ingredient Healthier Twice Baked Potato

These babies are sooo good!  Serve these cozy potatoes with my 4 Ingredient Lemon Parmesan Roasted Broccoli.

6 Ingredient Healthy Twice Baked Potato / Running in a Skirt


Award Winning Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili (Vegan Friendly)

Is there anything cozier than chili?  My version won a chili cook off against meat competitors and won!  It’s pictured with cheese and greek yogurt toppings, but the recipe itself is vegan.


Easy Kale Pasta 

This recipe is the ultimate healthier, cozy pasta recipe.  It’s on my regular dinner rotation.

Healthy & Easy Kale Pasta recipe / Running in a Skirt


Shortcut Black Beans & Cilantro Lime Rice (Vegan)

This 15 minute dinner is healthy, well-rounded and fast!  

Vegan Easy Black Beans and Rice recipe - with Cilantro Lime Brown Rice / Running in a Skirt

Click here for the next 10 Cozy & Hearty Vegetarian Dinner Ideas—->

Crock Pot Vegetarian Enchilada Bake

This is another one of my favorite recipes!  It tastes like black bean enchiladas… but without all the fuss.

Crock Pot Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole recipe / Running in a Skirt


Crock Pot Vegetarian Baked Potato Soup

I don’t think there is anything more comforting than Baked Potato Soup!  Here is my healthier, vegetarian version.

Crock Pot Vegetarian Potato Soup recipe / Running in a Skirt


Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with Kale

Classic Broccoli and Rice Casserole is another one of those tasty comfort food favorites.  This is my twist on it subbing quinoa for the rice, adding kale and lightening up the whole thing!

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with kale - "healthy" comfort food! / Running in a Skirt


Easy Crock Pot Black Bean Soup

This soup is so simple, hearty and delicious!


One Pot Mushroom Orzo Pasta

A one pot, 15 minute meal?!  Yes, please!

15 Minute One Pot Mushroom Orzo- healthy, easy and hearty vegetarian meal./ Running in a Skirt


Greek Yogurt Guacamole Potato Skins

This is my take on healthier take on potato skins using my greek yogurt guacamole.  Tasty and delicious.  Serve them with a salad for a well rounded meal.

Healthy Potato Skins, Greek Yogurt Guacamole Potato Skins recipe / Running in a Skirt


Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup (Vegan)

This cozy, nourishing soup is perfect for a cold night in.  

Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup / Running in a Skirt


Southwest Vegetarian Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

This is a fun twist low-carb twist on all those famous mexican flavors.

Vegetarian Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Easy Healthy Vegetarian


Vegetarian Oven Fajitas (Vegan Option)

Fajitas are another cozy dish for the cooler months.  My version is healthy and made on a sheet pan in the oven.


Farro, Mushroom, Cranberry & Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash (Vegan)

Acorn squash is perfect to stuff!  This cozy dish is perfect for a fall night in.  If you are looking for an easier acorn squash recipe… try this one!

Vegan Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe / Running in a Skirt


Like my hearty vegetarian dinner ideas? I’d love it if you could pin this to your favorite Pinterest board! Thank you so much for the support. 

20 Cozy, Fast, Healthy & Hearty Vegetarian Dinner Ideas / Running in a Skirt

Also try my 10 Cozy Crock Pot Vegetarian Soup Recipes!

10 Cozy & Easy Vegetarian Crock Pot Soup recipes / Running in a Skirt

Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing my weekly highlights.

 Your turn!

What’s your favorite cozy fall meal?


I’m linking up my Hearty Vegetarian Dinner ideas with: Meatless Monday, Meatless Monday, Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friday, and the Weekend Potluck. Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties!
By | 2020-06-02T17:06:22-04:00 October 3rd, 2017|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Recipe Roundup, Recipes, Vegetarian Meals|18 Comments


  1. Miz Helen October 14, 2017 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post and your talent with us. Enjoy your new Red Plate and your weekend!
    Miz Helen

  2. Amanda October 9, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Wow! So many yummy ideas!! Can’t wait to try some. 🙂 I think I’ll start with the stuffed mushrooms!

  3. Miz Helen October 7, 2017 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    What a great collection of Vegetarian Dinner Ideas, I pinned this awesome post! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  4. Farrah October 6, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    I need to try these–it’s perfect for soup (and pasta) season! *-*

  5. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups October 4, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I am so hungry now! I love soups and chilis as the weather cools, can’t wait to try some of these out!

  6. Kristy from Southern In Law October 4, 2017 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Yummm! All of these look so comforting and delicious! Perfect for cooler weather

  7. Andrea on Vacation October 3, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    It is almost chili season- I’m so happy about that. Mostly I’m happy to be home and eating vegetables again- British food was pretty meat heavy for me.

    • JulieWunder October 3, 2017 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      haha! Yes! I saw those photos. I haven’t been there but the food is one reason it keeps dropping down the list! lol!

  8. [email protected] October 3, 2017 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    I’ve recently made more of an effort to eat more veggies. Cheaper and healthier than meats. I will be sure to look these recipes up. That pumpkin pasta sounds delicious. Perfect for the season now.

    • JulieWunder October 3, 2017 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      So true! Even if you have no interest in being a full blown vegetarian a few plant based meals a week can make a big difference!

  9. So much deliciousness! I am so excited for soup and chilis

  10. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real October 3, 2017 at 7:40 am - Reply

    I want to make so many of these!! They all look delicious Julie!

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