43 Recipes for Vegetarians and Omnivores Eating Together

Dinnertime around here is interesting, I’ll admit. Why’s that? Well, for newcomers, the scoop is this: I’m a vegetarian, and my husband is a meat-eater.

Oftentimes, one of us will compromise. He’ll get a big hunk of meat and I’ll eat a hearty side salad for dinner. Or I’ll whip up something vegan for the both of us – no animal products in sight. The very best dinners around here, though, are of the one-dish-two-ways variety – the recipe generally starts out as vegetarian or vegan, then a meat add-in satisfies the resident carnivore too.

Of course, adding a picky kiddo to the mix changed things up for us too. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I often find myself making one dish, three ways. Or two dishes, three ways. Or three dishes period. Yeah … we’re a work in progress.

But today, I’m focusing on recipes that are made for vegetarians and carnivores living together. If you’re a family out there like ours, have faith! Believe it or not, there really are tons of options for vegetarians and meat-eaters living together, and these recipes are proof!

43 Recipes for Vegetarians & Carnivores Eating Together


Pasta is pretty much universally adored – and delicious with just about anything, meat or not. But it’s especially great in these flexible recipes. Here are some faves:

From Kitchen Treaty:

From other blogs:

43 Recipes for Vegetarians and Meat-Eaters Eating Together - Veggie-Filled Enchilada Pasta Casserole (with optional ground beef)

Veggie-Filled Enchilada Pasta Casserole (with optional ground beef)


Chili is one of my favorite dinners for several reasons. Delicious? Check. Easy? Check. Simple to customize for vegetarians and meat-eaters? Check check check! So I’ve published several chili recipes here on Kitchen Treaty – each one seems to be a new favorite. I can’t help it!

From Kitchen Treaty:

  • Spicy Chili Verde with White Beans (and optional chicken) – An incredible chili made with tomatillos (so good)! Just add chicken for the carnivores.
  • Butternut Squash & Beer Chili (with optional ground turkey) – This comforting chili is flavorful and hearty with or without the turkey. We love this chili over a generous scoop of brown rice.
  • Slow Cooker Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili (with optional ground beef) – A traditional chili recipe that’s extra easy and totally hearty whether you add the ground beef or not.
  • Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili (with optional pork or chicken) – Black beans and mangoes are a match made in heaven, and in chili? Unbelievably delicious. Try it!
  • White Chili (with optional chicken) – This unique chili has a surprise ingredient that gives it a warm, interesting vibe.
  • Chili Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash – Try your chili leftovers scooped into individual squash shells! The individual servings make for easy customization; plus, it’s just darn tasty served up this way.

From other blogs:

  • Acorn Squash, Beet, and Sweet Potato Chili from Farm Fresh Feasts – for those that say beans in chili is blasphemy, this bean-free chili for vegans or with beef for carnivores should fit the bill just fine.
43 Recipes for Vegetarians and Meat-Eaters Eating Together - Vegetarian Chili Verde with White Beans and Optional Chicken

Vegetarian Chili Verde with White Beans and Optional Chicken

Soups & Stews

  • Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup (with optional ground beef) – A fall favorite around here! I’ve also been known to freeze this one for quick and easy dinners. I add the raw pasta when warming it back up (frozen pasta = gross!)
  • Creamy Potato & Kale Soup (with optional sausage) – A comforting winter soup that’s equally hearty with sausage or without.
  • Hearty Tuscan Bean Stew (with optional chicken) – This sort of reminds me of a modern take on the lima beans and ham I was served often as a kid. Love this stuff!
  • Vegetarian Pho from Scratch (with optional beef) – This homemade pho recipe starts with a flavorful veggie broth. This one is especially easy for mixed-diet dinners because the super thin-sliced meat cooks right in the bowl after you scoop the broth over it!

From other blogs:

  • Potato, Beet, & Leek Soup from Farm Fresh Feasts – With three easy “bus stops,” this recipe can be made to suit vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores. Love.
43 Recipes for Vegetarians and Meat-Eaters Eating Together - Creamy Two-Potato Soup with Kale & Optional Sausage

Creamy Kale-Potato Soup with Fennel Seed and Optional Sausage


Score one more for individually served-up food! Sandwiches are so easy and, of course, endlessly customizable.

From Kitchen Treaty:

  • Hamburgers/Veggie Burgers – Okay, so this one is from the Obvious Files, but still worth mentioning because hamburgers/veggie burgers are quite possibly THE easiest meal for multi-vore homes. They’re a once-per-week occurrence for us as soon as we roll out the BBQ come spring.
  • Bratwursts/Field Roast – This combo is also on permanent rotation for us every summer.
  • Roasted Red Pepper, Arugula, & Goat Cheese Sandwiches (with optional bacon) – A decadent yet simple sandwich. A bit of chicken might also do well for the meat-eaters.
  • BLTs/TLTs – Bacon for the carnivores, and tofu for the vegetarians. But not just any tofu. Quick-seared, smoky-seasoned tofu. It’s so good I kinda feel sorry for the bacon-eaters. 😉
  • Grilled Summer Vegetable Sandwiches with Pesto (and optional chicken) – I’ll be honest, my guy actually preferred this one without the meat (which does sometimes happen). But it’s an option!

From other blogs:

  • Chinese Cabbage & Chicken Roll-Ups from Farm Fresh Feasts – because they’re made individually with separately cooked chicken, these are perfect for the multivore family.
43 Recipes for Vegetarians and Meat-Eaters Eating Together - Smoky Tofu, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich (just make it a BLT for the meat-eaters)

Smoky Tofu, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich (just make it a BLT for the meat-eaters)


Mini pizzas, anyone? Pizza lends itself wonderfully to individual servings and so many customization options. My guy and I used to love ordering half pepperoni and half olive pizzas (olive pizzas = glorious). Now that I’ve had to remove cheese from my diet, we generally go with individual options instead. (Side note: cheese-free pizzas can be shockingly good!)

From Kitchen Treaty:

From other blogs:

  • A Valentine’s Pizza To Show Your Love from Farm Fresh Feasts – Complete with dazzling pink crust (thanks to beets – brilliant!) and some thoughts on cooking in a multivore kitchen.
  • Quick & Easy Grilled Pizza from Two Healthy Kitchens – One big pizza divided into “safe zones,” customized to each individual’s liking.
  • Mini Deep Dish Pizzas + Dessert from Two Healthy Kitchens – Tiny deep-dish pizzas made individually means each can be customized! No meat, some meat, lots of meat, one olive, 10 olives, veggies galore … make ’em your own! Plus, bake up a few dessert pizzas alongside and you’re good to go for dessert, too. Love this idea.
43 Recipes for Vegetarians and Meat-Eaters Eating Together - Brussels Sprouts Pita Pizzas with Optional Bacon

Brussels Sprouts Pita Pizzas with Optional Bacon

Tex-Mex Faves

Many Tex-Mex dishes are served up individually – usually in tortillas. Perfect for mixed-diet families!

From Kitchen Treaty:

  • Refried Bean & Cheese Burritos (with optional chicken) – Freezer-friendly and individually made. Life is so much easier when our freezer is stocked with these.
  • Beans & Greens Tacos (with optional chicken) – These tacos whip up super fast and taste divine. Chicken adds a meaty touch for the carnivores.
  • Grilled Tofu Tacos with Sweet Onion Slaw (and optional chicken) – The tofu and the chicken can be grilled up at the same time (we keep a segregated grill around here), which makes these delicious tacos come together super quickly.
  • Grilled Peach Fontina Quesadillas (with optional chicken) – Peaches and fontina are a heady combo; perfect during the summer months when juicy peaches are at their peak.
  • Taco Salads – With an easy trick for individual taco shell bowls, it’s easy to dish up a customized salad for each of you.

From other blogs:

  • Chicken & Sweet Potato Enchiladas from The Cookie Rookie – Make it vegetarian by leaving the chicken out of all or half (use two smaller baking dishes, one for the chicken version and one for the veggie version)
  • Arepas Rellenas with Black Beans or Shredded Chicken from The Wimpy Vegetarian – Homemade corn-based bread stuffed with either beans or chicken and served up individually. Mouth-watering!
  • Veggie Fajitas (with optional shrimp, chicken, or steak) from The Live-In Kitchen – Easily customizable in nearly endless ways. Love fajitas!
43 Recipes for Vegetarians and Meat-Eaters Eating Together - Grilled Peach Fontina Quesadillas (with optional chicken)

Grilled Peach Fontina Quesadillas (with optional chicken)


And last but not least: Bowls! Grain bowls! These satisfying bad boys hardy need a recipe (here’s how to build one any which way) – but here are three ideas to get you started.

From Kitchen Treaty:

From other blogs:

  • Mojito Chicken Quinoa Bowls from Food Faith Fitness – There’s much more going on in these bowls than just chicken. Like pineapple. And avocado. And macadamia nuts. Just add the chicken to the carnivores’ portions and leave it off otherwise. It’s a complete meal either way.
  • Roasted Vegetable Teriyaki Bowls from The Roasted Root – Super simple yet satisfying. Just add chicken for the meat-eaters!
43 Recipes for Vegetarians and Meat-Eaters Eating Together - Veggie Roll Sushi Bowl with Sesame-Wasabi Dressing

Veggie Roll Sushi Bowl with Sesame-Wasabi Dressing

That’s all I have here! What are your go-to recipes for your mixed-diet family? Leave a link in the comments below!


Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.