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60 Easy Vegetarian Low-Calorie Meals (2023 Edition!)

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If you’re tired of scouring the internet for vegetarian low-calorie meals, then you’re in the right place! I’ve collected some of the best healthy vegetarian meals I could find and put them all in this handy list.

And, with this 2023 edition, you’re getting 20! yes, 20 brand-new recipes!

From low-calorie breakfasts to dinner recipes, even sides – I’ve got you covered.

60 Easy Vegetarian Low-Calorie Meals | Hurry The Food Up

If you’re looking to eat a low-calorie vegetarian diet to help shed those pesky pounds, I think this collection will really help you out. All dishes are under 450 calories, with a low fat content.

These dishes from Morocco to Vietnam, include low-calorie soups, salads, and dinners, have lots of flavors but not many calories, making them perfect for helping to achieve your weight loss goals.

If you’re looking for more support on your weight loss journey, check out our Weekly Weight Loss Meal Plan. You can even try it out for 7-Days for FREE!

Or for more options (that aren’t necessarily low calorie) try our healthy vegetarian recipes compilation.

So let’s get to it!

Here are 60! Delicious low calorie meals just for you!

I’ve broken down this list into 4 mealtime categories so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

Vegetarian low-calorie breakfasts

It is said to be the most important meal of the day and you can’t start your day off any better than with these breakfast bangers!

Bonus: quick and colourful

A classic homemade Jamaican breakfast made vegan and more nutritious – and bursting with the same sweet and scrumptiously savoury taste!

Bonus: bring your cafe favorite home

Our take on the tried and true combo of egg on Avocado Toast. It’s high-protein and delicious with just a hint of spice!

Bonus: fresh and tasty

Grab the seriously impressive health benefits from the little purple power balls and get them down you in the tastiest way known to women or men!

Bonus: decadent and delicious

These no-egg pancakes are easy, light, and fluffy. Perfect for savory or sweet toppings, look no further if you need pancakes without eggs!

Bonus: grab and go brekkie

Delicious and Healthy Breakfast Egg Muffins. Simple recipe, great taste. Low carb and high in protein. Perfect as a full meal or filling snack.

Bonus: a nice breakfast with Mexican flair

Huevos rancheros are a quick and easy traditional Mexican breakfast that makes a great low-calorie dish for vegetarians.

Bonus: a fruity quick breakfast to go

A fruity vegan smoothie, free from dairy products and packed with protein to fuel your day ahead. Love fruit and nuts? Then you’ll love this!

Bonus: delicious, filling and fruity

A healthy high-protein version of those famous Tiktok baked oats. They’ll fill you up and keep you smiling until lunch!

Bonus: super fresh and cool perfect for summer mornings

After a cool and refreshing summer drink that is healthy too? Try our pineapple and spinach smoothie with fresh mint!

Bonus: high protein and super tasty

Looking for healthy new toast recipes? Try our greens and beans on toast! White beans in a herby green sauce, with feta!

Bonus: a great option for a veggie-cooked breakfast

This easy vegetarian shakshuka recipe breaks everything down into simple steps for a great Shakshuka result every time!

Protein: 23g
Calories: 354 kcals
Ready in: 1 hour
Recipe by: HeavenlyHomeCooked
Bonus: savory and spectacular

Our spicy mushroom breakfast casserole is tasty and has everything you need for breakfast. It’s perfect for meal prep and will keep you going strong all morning!

Protein: 10g
Calories: 357 kcals
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: RachnaCooks
Bonus: colorful and protein-packed

This is a detailed recipe on how to make overnight steel-cut oats. I have also shared 2 different ways to serve these overnight oats. Do try.

Protein: 13g
Calories: 226 kcals
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: HeavenlyHomeCooking
Bonus: decadent and delicious

Our quick, easy, healthy, and delicious tropical smoothie bowl has everything you need to do breakfast right. Mango, bananas, pineapple, strawberries, and Greek yogurt come together to create paradise in a bowl!

Vegetarian low-calorie lunches

The majority of these recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less, which is just what you need in the middle of a busy day.

Bonus: a little kick

No complicated cooking steps means this refreshing carrot and ginger soup is ready in just ten easy minutes, and perfect for any weather. Take the stress out of cooking.

Bonus: perfect for summer

Speedy White Bean Salad – this tangy take on the classic is super-quick and super-tasty. It’s time to make lunch a thing to look forward to again.

Bonus: tangy and delicious

This tangy tempeh salad is just the best – quick, tasty, and packed with protein. And better yet – use whatever you have in the fridge!

Bonus: creamy and smooth

Make the most out of your veg with this Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup – tasty, easy, healthy, full of vitamins, and only five mins to prep!

Bonus: perfect for summer

This easy green bean fresh salad is ready in a staggering three minutes. Not many lunches can beat that!

Bonus: easy and family-friendly

Sweetcorn fritters can be made for any weeknight tea with the family. Served as a main or side dish, they’re so yummy!

Bonus: low-calorie warming soup

On the search for a quick, tasty homemade soup recipe? This pea and mint soup is deliciously easy and great for a vegan diet too!

Bonus: protein-packed and great for picnics

Looking for a quick lunch that’s packed with colorful veg and plenty of flavors? This tangy veggie wrap has got it all!

Bonus: quick and super fresh

After something different for lunch? Try this avocado and citrus salad with feta – it’s sweet, and sour & packs a punch!

Bonus: warming and flavorsome

Searching for a vegetarian soup recipe that’s big on health benefits & low on calories? Try this zucchini (courgette) basil soup!

Bonus: Vegan and full of protein to fill you up until dinner

Indulge in this smoky and savory Buddha Bowl. The combination of smoked tofu, hummus, and turmeric rice makes for a perfect vegan lunch (or dinner!)

Protein: 17g
Calories: 377 kcals
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: ChelseaDishes
Bonus: summery and exciting

Use all of those summer garden veggies in this delicious (and just a bit spicy) vegetarian salad recipe.

Protein: 2g
Calories: 200 kcals
Ready in: 50 minutes
Recipe by: ItsNotComplicated
Bonus: bright and simple

My Roasted Red Pepper Soup (Roasted Capsicum Soup) with Basil Oil is so comforting to eat and full of vibrant flavors. The delicious combination of red peppers, tomato, and onion roasted to perfection offers a delightfully sweet and comforting taste.

Protein: 1g
Calories: 58 kcals
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: CrinkledCookBook
Bonus: spicy and tasty

This recipe is super easy, a little spicy, and full of fresh flavor. It’s delicious any time of year, but black-eyed peas are said to offer good luck when eaten on New Year’s Day.

Protein: 5g
Calories: 159 kcals
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: BeyondTheChickenCoop
Bonus: filling and fantastic

This vegan pasta salad has a light oriental dressing and is filled with fresh bell peppers and cucumbers. This Thai salad is sure to become a new favorite.

Protein: 13g
Calories: 350 kcals
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: SkinnySpatula
Bonus: protein-packed and cozy

This Greek chickpea soup with lemon is packed with vegetables and enhanced with Mediterranean flavors for a nutritious yet super tasty dinner.

The perfect warming comfort food for a cold winter’s night, revithia soup is naturally vegan and pairs well with some crusty bread.

Protein: 9g
Calories: 210 kcals
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: CuisineAndTravel
Bonus: creamy and classic

This vegan minestrone soup is packed with healthy ingredients like celery, potatoes, tomatoes, beans, and spinach, simmered in Italian seasoned tomato broth.

It contains a variety of plant-based proteins, vitamins, and nutrients and is perfect for this cozy time of the year.

Protein: 6g
Calories: 145 kcals
Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: MinistryOfCurry
Bonus: exciting new ingredients

Delicious salad made with sprouted mung beans, diced tomatoes, cucumber, and onion, garnished with cilantro and lime juice.

Vegetarian low-calorie dinners

Enjoy this collection of low-calorie vegetarian dinners – watching your weight doesn’t have to taste boring!

Bonus: leafy, creamy, and healthy

Low Carb High Taste Zoodles. Italian-style spiralized zucchini noodles are ready in just 15 minutes, excellent for a quick lunch or dinner.

Bonus: easy, breezy

There’s no better use for mushrooms than with garlic and cream – and if you want it, we know how to make it vegan without sacrificing taste. Your call.


  • 9 oz mushrooms (white or brown)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup cream (make it vegan with coconut cream)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp parsley, fresh (1 tbsp fresh = 1 tsp dried)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Give the mushrooms a quick wash. Slice length-ways and add to a pan with olive oil on medium heat, frying for about five-six minutes.

    9 oz mushrooms, 1 tbsp olive oil

  • Chop the onion and garlic and add to the pan. Fry for another five minutes or so, until soft.

    1 small onion, 1 clove garlic

  • Add the cream, salt and pepper, parsley, soy and Worcestershire sauce.

    ½ cup cream, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp parsley, fresh, Salt and pepper to taste, 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (vegetarian)

  • Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for another five minutes. Voilà!
Serve on whole grain toast, a little pasta or rice or simply enjoy on their own!
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Nutrition Facts

60 Easy Vegetarian Low-Calorie Meals (2023 Edition!)

Amount per Serving

% Daily Value*

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Bonus: the perfect weeknight meal

Spinach Tomato Quesadillas. Easy to make and ready in 15 minutes max. It’s packed full of vitamins K and A, B2 and B6, C, calcium, and potassium. Incredible.

Bonus: Low carb and super nutritious

After the perfect cauliflower steak? Try this simple & delicious roasted cauliflower steak with ricotta and pepper sauce!

Bonus: comforting and full of protein

After a high protein, high fiber, low-calorie vegetarian dinner? Our Mexican bean stew is just the ticket! Try it now!

Bonus: beautiful inside and out

Looking for a light but filling soup to warm your belly this winter? Try our beetroot soup, topped with crunchy chickpeas!

Bonus: fresh and full of nutritious corn

This speedy and roasted creamy corn soup is here to show the world just how much vegan food rocks. Why should vegans have all the fun?!

Bonus: you won’t miss the meat in this delicious meal

A great example of amazing vegan comfort food for those chilly days! This chili sin carne is warming and full of flavor.

Lentil Patties

Check out the recipe here


Protein: 24g

Calories: 360kcal

Ready in:25 minutes

Recipe by: Jansen & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: a quick and filling alternative to beef burgers

These awesome high-protein vegetarian lentil patties can be used as lentil burgers or fritters, and even made vegan, too!

Bonus: super quick and fab for lunch

This mega quick lunch recipe from ace chef Jansen Schouten is bound to please – it’s tasty, nutritious, and most importantly – a break from the norm!

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp
Bonus: could be a stew or a soup either way it’s delicious

Boost immunity with this nutritious Moroccan Harira soup. A tasty and warming lunch option made from hearty whole foods.

Protein: 13g
Calories: 318 kcals
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: ChefSavvy
Bonus: cheesy and warm

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Bake. A healthier version of the Broccoli Rice Casserole we all love!

Protein: 14g
Calories: 326 kcals
Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: RachnaCooks
Bonus: homemade goodness

Matar Paneer is a staple main course and a very popular recipe in North India. It is tasty in a nice homestyle way.

Protein: 18g
Calories: 355 kcals
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: TheVegConnection
Bonus: meat-free perfection

Make classic Italian carbonara without any meat, but just as tasty! Mushroom carbonara is so satisfying and packed with savory flavor. Best of all, it’s simple and quick to make!

Protein: 6g
Calories: 191 kcals
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: TheVegConnection
Bonus: colourful and protein-packed

This wholesome vegan coconut lentil curry with piles of hearty butternut squash simmered in creamy coconut milk will become your favourite if you give it a try.

Protein: 9g
Calories: 295 kcals
Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: TheGourmetRD
Bonus: bright and flavourful

The ultimate summer skillet with gnocchi, sweet corn, zucchini, and red bell pepper in a light creamy lime sauce.

Protein: 9g
Calories: 269 kcals
Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: JackSlobodian
Bonus: a classic Moroccan dish

This Moroccan couscous recipe is super healthy and still packs a big punch of flavor. It’s quick and easy to make, using just one pot.

Protein: 9g
Calories: 250 kcals
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: ChoosingChia
Bonus: pretty and tasty

These Vietnamese noodle bowls are loaded with rice noodles, lemongrass tofu, and salad for a simple, healthy, and delicious meal!

Protein: 2g
Calories: 97 kcals
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: FitMealIdeas
Bonus: smooth and spicy

Try this zucchini curry cooked in Indian style, a perfect weeknight meal that happens to be vegan, gluten-free, low in calories, and ready in under 30 minutes. It is a one-pot curry, creamy in texture, and goes well with Indian flatbread, naan, or rice.

Protein: 19.2g
Calories: 351 kcals
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: ASimplePalate
Bonus: clean and classic

Stir fry vegetables in a delicious sweet and gingery sauce. Serve takeout at home in just 30 minutes with this delicious and easy dinner the whole family will love!

Protein: 12g
Calories: 377 kcals
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: ChampagneTastes
Bonus: perfect for summer

These easy-to-make Vegan Sloppy Joes are filled with tomato sauce, chickpeas, and fresh veggies. They’re delicious, simple, and take about 20 minutes from start to finish.

Protein: 42g
Calories: 285 kcals
Ready in: 22 minutes
Recipe by: IndianAmbrosia
Bonus: fun and colourful

Paneer Jalfrezi is a colorful vegetarian stir fry made with cottage cheese, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and powdered spices.

Vegetarian low-calorie sides

These side dishes are sure to go well with loads of your favourite meals: you can’t beat homemade baked beans!

Bonus: crispy, cheesy, and wonderful

Crowd-Pleasing Potato Gratin. 20-minute prep time, 40 minutes bake time, and always comes out great. Perfect for Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Bonus: light and fresh

Gỏi cuốn – these summer rolls are easy, authentic, and require absolutely no cooking. We’ve even included two simple but to-die-for sauces.

Bonus: a classic for a reason

Vegetarian Baked Beans. Thick and full-flavoured with a moreish tang. Low in calories, ready in 15 minutes, and just as good as the ‘original’ from Heinz!

Garlicky Oven-Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower Recipe

Check out the recipe here


Protein: 16g

Calories: 396kcal

Ready in:45 minutes

Recipe by: Lorena Nart & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: yummy veg to have with any nut roast

Roasted broccoli and cauliflower florets coated with a savory mix of cheese, tomatoes, spices, and olive oil make this easy lunch or side dish you’ll love!

Irish Bombay Potatoes

Check out the recipe here


Protein: 7g

Calories: 288kcal

Ready in:35 minutes

Recipe by: Ciaran & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: fluffy and crisp

Disbelieve that potatoes can be healthy and really tasty? I guarantee these curried potatoes are the best you’ll ever eat!

Grandma’s Creamy Cucumber Salad

Check out the recipe here


Protein: 1g

Calories: 154kcal

Ready in:5 minutes

Recipe by: Bernadine Fox, Hauke’s grandma

Bonus: Traditional side dish great with a roast

A family favorite that has spanned generations. We’re sure you’ll love this fresh cucumber salad as much as we do!

Low-Calorie Vegetarian Meal FAQs

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Is vegetarian food low calorie?

Fresh fruit and vegetables are often low-calorie, low in fat, and high in fiber so they are a great way to add nutrients to your diet. However, it isn’t true that all vegetarian food is low in calories.

If a meal is highly processed, or high in refined carbs, sugar, or unhealthy fats such as with many kinds of cheese, then these foods would be considerably higher in calories.

Can you lose weight by not eating meat?

Yes, it is possible to lose weight by not eating meat.

If you’ve ever wondered how to lose weight on a vegetarian diet, Healthline agree that a vegetarian diet can be full of fiber and nutrients, however, this is only when people choose mostly whole foods.

Eating a lot of processed foods on a vegetarian diet would not be conducive to losing weight as they often have a lot more calories and unhealthy fats in them.

To help keep the calories down these meals are a healthy addition to any vegetarian meal plan. But as I think you’ll agree, healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless!

The simple ingredients found in these easy vegetarian recipes are full of color and flavour but most importantly, they are packed with vital nutrients.

I hope you enjoyed this collection, let me know in the comments which recipe is your favourite?


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