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Chickpea and Squash Vegetarian Curry Recipe

Healthy vegetarian recipes

Published: February 15, 2022 at 4:33 pm
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From fragrant aubergine curry to veg-packed shakshuka, try our vibrant and healthy meat-free meal ideas

Make one of our healthy vegetarian recipes for a colourful, vibrant midweek meal. Our healthy vegetarian dishes make meat-free eating really easy (you can even make them for dinner if you're following the 5:2 diet). For more healthy inspiration, check out our low-calorie vegetarian recipes, low-carb vegetarian recipes and healthy vegan recipes. Or try out recipes from around the world with our global vegetarian recipes.


Adding more meat-free meals to your diet may help reduce your risk of certain chronic diseases as well as improving the overall quality of your diet, and you'll be doing your bit for the environment too! Research indicates that vegetarians have a better quality of diet than meat eaters, and will also get a higher intake of key nutrients includes fibre, vitamin C and magnesium. Including dairy or eggs as part of a vegetarian diet also ensures plenty of calcium, vitamin D and all-important B vitamins in the diet, as well as providing a good source of protein which helps with weight and blood sugar balancing.

Try vegetarian curry recipes, dairy-free dinner recipes and low-calorie one pots. We also have vegetarian salad recipes, including courgetti salad, noodle salad and falafel. Or why not go for an on-trend cauliflower steak?

Healthy vegetarian recipes

Mushroom bhaji

The perfect midweek vegan dinner, this bhaji comes packed with chestnut mushrooms, garlic, ginger and turmeric. It's great served with warm, fluffy naans for mopping all those juices up.

Mushroom bhaji

Healthy fried rice

Paneer is flavoured with ginger, garlic, chilli and curry powder to make this quick and healthy fried rice dish.

A silver pan of rice with vegetables with a serving spoon on a stone board next to wedges of lime

Healthy spinach omelette

Creamed spinach and juicy cherry tomatoes top this healthy veggie omelette – we've lowered the fat by replacing cream with light soft cheese and milk.

Am omelette stuffed with spinach with vine tomatoes sat on top, on a white stone plate sat on a pink cloth

Healthy gnocchi

Love gnocchi but looking for something healthy? Check out Nadine’s baked gnocchi dish, mixed with vibrant vegetables and a moreish hazelnut pesto.

A white marble background topped with two grey bowls, filled with golden gnocchi, green kale and cubes of squash

Healthy panzanella

In this lighter take on panzanella, bread is crisped up with juicy veg and drizzled in a piquant dressing to get the taste buds dancing.

A blue tablecloth topped with two grey plates. Each plate is filled with red and yellow roasted vegetable and green basil leaves

Vegetable slice

This veg-packed frittata is served with a simple green leaf salad to make a nourishing, satisfying dinner.

A slice of frittata with green leaves on a grey plate, set against a wooden board

Courgette and chimichurri salad

Make the most of summer veg by tossing courgettes and green beans in a zingy chimichurri dressing, creating a healthy yet satisfying lunch.

A green courgette salad on a grey plate and light blue background

Healthy tacos

This healthy twist on tacos comes bursting with vibrant veggies – they’re easy to assemble and are sure to go down well with vegan and meat-eaters alike.

Taco topped with sliced charred courgette, black beans and red onion slices next to a chopping board with a bowl of yogurt and half an avocado

Healthy pizza

This twist on a family favourite is full of our favourite veggies: aubergine, onion, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and pine nuts. Perfect for a meat-free weeknight dinner.

Pizza on a round wooden cutting board with a small bowl of salad leaves

Tofu piccata

Nadine Brown’s speedy vegan dish makes the most of tofu and long-stemmed broccoli, offering fresh and zesty flavours which vegans and meat-eaters alike will enjoy.

A fried tofu and broccoli dish

Aubergine dhansak

Cook aubergine pieces with fragrant spices and red lentils for a hearty yet healthy vegan curry.

Vegan Aubergine Curry

Cumin tofu stir-fry

Try Hetty McKinnon’s healthier take on a classic stir fry for a dinner that’s easy to rustle up yet offers bold, punchy flavours thanks to cumin and chilli.

A white plate with a tofu stir-fry on it, topped with coriander

Gigantes plaki (Greek baked beans)

Ready in under an hour, this Greek one-pot is packed with plenty of fresh flavours as well as protein and fibre, making it a healthy vegetarian meal idea.

Gigantes Plaki Recipe

Cauliflower fried rice with crispy baked tofu

Serve golden tofu with cauliflower fried rice and plenty of sweet chilli sauce for a light, veg-packed midweek dinner.

A cauliflower rice dish with a red sauce on the side

Mushroom dhansak

Check out this easy dhansak recipe with mushrooms and punchy red chilli. Serve this simple curry recipe as a vegetarian dinner for four.

Dhansak Recipe with Mushroom

Vegetarian 'meatballs' with fresh tomato sauce

Lentils are a great way to make a meal vegetarian. Swap these for your usual meatballs for a nourishing dinner that's ready in just 40 minutes.

Lentil ‘Meatballs’ With Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe

Spring greens shakshuka

We've given shakshuka a green twist by adding asparagus tips and broad beans for a vibrant veggie meal. Try more of our low-calorie breakfast ideas.

Green shakshuka in a white pan

Turmeric-fried veggie rice

This colourful, vibrant recipe is packed with punchy flavour and super simple to make. 

Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe with Turmeric

Healthy risotto

Searching for a risotto with added health benefits? Our meat-free risotto with chestnut mushrooms, baby leeks and pecorino swaps rice for quinoa to make a dinner that’s rich in protein. Check out more nutritious quinoa recipes.

A quinoa risotto topped with charred leeks

Penne alla norma

Check out our easy gluten-free tomato pasta with aubergine topped with fresh basil. This simple recipe is veggie friendly and very satisfying.

Penne Alla Norma Recipe

Roast pumpkin and chickpea salad with coriander dressing

Try this roast pumpkin and chickpea vegetarian salad for a healthy dinner. Our super-easy gluten-free recipe makes an ideal midweek meal for the family.

Roast Pumpkin Salad with Chickpeas on two white plates wit forks

Beetroot rice with feta

You’ve heard of courgetti and cauliflower steaks, but what about beetroot rice? Try this beetroot rice recipe for a nutritious dinner.

Beetroot Rice With Feta Recipe

Turkish ratatouille with yogurt sauce

Try our recipe for Turkish ratatouille with yogurt sauce. This dish is quick and simple to make – a great vegetarian midweek meal.

Turkish ratatouille with yogurt sauce

Chickpea and squash coconut curry

Hunker down with a big bowl of our warming chickpea and squash coconut curry. This veggie dish makes for a healthy way to feed a family.

Chickpea and Squash Coconut Curry Recipe

Freekeh risotto with spring greens

Use freekeh to make this vibrant spring greens risotto for a hearty midweek dinner. Try our other favourite risotto recipes, too.

Risotto Recipe With Freekeh and Spring Greens

Broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata

Our broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata makes for a quick, healthy and easy midweek meal. It's on the table in just 20 minutes, plus it's 5:2 diet-friendly.

Broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata

Spring veg and lemon broth

Our recipe for spring veg and lemon broth is a speedy and nutritious meal to make midweek.

Spring Veg and Lemon Broth Recipe

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