Vegetarian Dinner Ideas for Back to School

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Now September has arrived, easy back to school dinner ideas are more important than ever. Enjoying a few vegetarian meals each week benefits your health, your budget and the planet so it’s important to include meat free recipes in your menu rotation too. These vegetarian dinner ideas make it easy – and they are so hearty they will please even confirmed meat eaters as well.

With after school clubs, activities and sports starting up, kids – and adults – need delicious, nutritious meals without a lot of fuss. Even if you don’t have school age children, these vegetarian dinner ideas can be a real help during the busy autumn season, and in the run up to the holidays.

Quick and Easy Vegetarian Quiche on

Served alongside a baked potato and some salad or coleslaw, my Easy Vegetarian Quiche makes for a hearty meal. Using store bought pastry means it is quick and easy and as it’s delicious hot or cold leftovers are great for lunch boxes too.

Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese on AprilJHarris.comA hearty texture and delicious flavour mean my Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese has fooled a meat eater more than once! Using a meat substitute and lots of flavourful ingredients makes this recipe a delicious alternative to traditional spaghetti bolognese.

Sticky Sausage Skewers on

Photo courtesy of Quorn Foods

Vegetarian sausages make Sticky Sausage Skewers a kid-friendly treat the whole family will love. Try them served over rice or with comforting mashed potatoes. They are also delicious served in crusty bread or baguettes for hearty sausage sandwiches (remove the skewers first of course!).

Spinach Florentine Casserole on

Far and away one of the favourite vegetarian meals at our house, my Spinach Florentine Casserole‘s layers of flavour combine to make an iron-rich dish the whole family will love.

Vegan Pad Thai on

Crispy vegetables and a lightly spiced peanut sauce make this Vegan Pad Thai a seriously kid-friendly meal. The work of moments, it’s one of my go to recipes on nights when I’m tempted by take away!

Vegetarian Moussaka on
My Vegetarian Moussaka is chock full of fresh vegetables. Serious comfort food, this may not be authentic Greek moussaka – but it sure is authentically delicious!

Vegetarian Lasagna Pasta Bake on

With all the comfort and flavour of vegetarian lasagna without the effort, my quick and easy Vegetarian Lasagna Casserole recipe features regularly in my family’s meal rotation.

It’s easy to include delicious meat free meals in your family’s diet with my vegetarian dinner ideas. Perfect for back to school, these family favourites make menu planning easy!

More Vegetarian Dinner Ideas

Parsnip Topped Vegetable Pot Pies

Grilled Vegetable Tian

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  1. I used to think that a meal with out meat would never please our family but I have learned that if you make it tasty a meal without meat is possible thanks for more great ideas
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  2. Diana @ Soulful Necessities says:

    I love meatless dinners. I try to do 1-2 meatless nights a week, especially during the school year. I actually find it easier to prepare. Soups are one of my favorite meatless meals.

  3. Lovely collection April, I need this as busy with two little ones.

  4. Great recipe roundup! I love creating meat free dishes for my blog too. My goal is to make the meat eaters in my family not realize they aren’t even eating it!

  5. This looks fantastic! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. I’m always so amazed by you! Yummy ideas! Pinned and tweeted. I appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on Monday at 7. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  7. Vegetarian Moussaka – just what I need to use up aubergines that I have lurking. Thank you for the inspiration! Popping over from the Back to School linky.

    • My pleasure! Thank you for visiting and I hope you and yours enjoy the recipe, Rosie 🙂

      • I did make veggie moussaka but to a very different recipe to you based on available supplies – I used red lentils, some left over ratatouille plus other fridge bottom veg. Remember I mentioned my meat loving son. He LOVED it and had seconds 🙂

        • I’m glad your version turned out so well, Rosie! It’s really rewarding when a meat eater loves a veggie dish we create. I’m so glad I could inspire you – and that you used what you had available. I’m a big supporter of ‘love food, hate waste’ 🙂

  8. All of these look so tasty!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  9. Hi April,
    What a lovely collection of Vegetarian Dinner Ideas For Back To School, I will be trying some of the recipes. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Congratulations!
    Your collection is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great weekend.
    Miz Helen


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