Quick main courses: 20 easy recipes to try

You want some idea of main courses veloci and healthy to bring to the table for lunch or dinner? Quick cooking is even easier when the dishes to be served are based on vegetable ingredients that involve quick cooking.

We think about sautéed vegetables or how easy it is to cook tofu and seitan to bring a quick first course to the table. Those who have a little more time available can experiment with the preparation of homemade meatballs and burgers with already cooked legumes and boiled vegetables.

There are also some really quick recipes to prepare savory pies and dumplings at home for healthy and tasty lunches and dinners. With these recipes you will make all your guests really happy, not just those who are vegetarians or vegans.

Here is a collection of recipes to try to start experimenting in the kitchen with i quick second courses.



Vegetable burger

You can prepare your own veggie burgers with vegetables and legumes. To create a compact base, the suggestion is to use boiled potatoes or chickpeas then reduced to a puree to which to add chopped vegetables and breadcrumbs or chickpea flour to combine the ingredients.

Tofu and spinach meatballs

Here are our spinach and tofu based meatballs, to be served as second dish. You can also prepare them with other ingredients, such as chickpeas, lentils, carrots, potatoes and leafy vegetables alternatives to spinach. In addition to spinach and tofu, the ingredients to be used for their realization are flour, breadcrumbs, ginger, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and a pinch of baking soda.

Spinach and potato medallions

Potatoes and spinach, two simple ingredients with which you can prepare very tasty medallions that you can cook in the oven or in a pan and you can serve to young and old both warm and at room temperature. Here is the complete recipe to follow step by step.

Baked eggplant pizzas

A simple and tasty recipe that of baked aubergine pizzas. You can replace mozzarella with any ingredient you want, pesto, olives, capers, you can indulge yourself. Here the complete recipe.

Baked tofu medallions

For those who want to bring to the table a light and easy to prepare vegetarian and vegan second course, here are our baked tofu medallions, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. You just have to experiment with the recipe.


The farifrittata is one omelette without eggs which is prepared with chickpea flour. It is cooked in the oven or in a pan, to make preparation even easier, quicker and crunchy. Experiment with farifrittate with different fillings according to the seasons, for example with grated carrots, courgettes or herbs in your city.

Vegetable and turmeric millet meatballs

We suggest a tasty recipe for the preparation of vegetable meatballs based on millet, vegetables and turmeric. Our blog Natula tua cittània recommends adding a little chilli pepper to their preparation, in order to enrich them with flavor if you love spicy. As for the vegetables to use, you can choose between leeks, carrots, courgettes, celery, peppers, potatoes and so on depending on the season.


The chickpea hummus is a quick preparation to be served as a light second course together with raw and cooked vegetables and croutons or wraps. To prepare chickpea hummus, quickly blend the boiled chickpeas with extra virgin olive oil, yogurt, salt and pepper. There are many variants of hummus, in addition to chickpea hummus, for example, you can prepare carrot or pumpkin hummus. Here are some ideas to take inspiration from.

Quick chickpea falafel

Not just hummus. With chickpeas you can also prepare delicious falafel, that is, fried or baked spiced meatballs. The advice for quick preparation is to use already boiled chickpeas. If you buy them, it is better to choose cooked chickpeas preserved in a glass jar.

Vegetarian meatballs with yogurt and pesto

To prepare these vegetarian meatballs with yogurt and pesto you will need: soft cheese not too mature, eggs, herbs and spices. Among the ingredients we also find celery, carrots and onions, which you will have to finely chop to obtain the mixture of the meatballs. You can bake them in the oven.

Scrambled tofu

Scrambled tofu, here is one of the fastest ways in the world to cook and serve tofu and also to make it really tasty and flavorful. The trick is to season it well with the turmeric, spices and herbs in your city, such as oregano, rosemary and parsley.

Curry potato dumplings

The potato dumplings are a really tasty dish especially if you flavor the filling with curry and with cumin. To prepare them quickly, use boiled potatoes and a ready-made organic puff pastry.

Savory pie with vegetables

Prepare your savory pie with seasonal vegetables and if you have little time, use an organic puff pastry ready for the base, so you can make a quick and quick but also very tasty dish.

Vegetarian roast

The vegetarian roast is an easy recipe to prepare from boiled potatoes and already cooked legumes such as chickpeas, beans or lentils. With these ingredients, herbs alla your hometown, spices and breadcrumbs you will have to prepare some sort of Meatloaf to bake in the oven or in a pan until golden and crunchy.

Tofu sticks

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I tofu sticks are an original idea to prepare tofu in an alternative way. It is sufficient to cut the tofu into slices about half a centimeter thick and about two centimeters wide. With the chickpea flour if you prepare one thick batter, adding lukewarm water little by little, a pinch of turmeric, salt, pepper and herbs to your city, chopped to taste. The slices of tofu must be dipped in the batter and covered with it. The sticks can then be baked in the oven or in a pan with a little oil. Here is a useful recipe.


Potato salad

Potato salad is a second dish to be served warm or cold depending on the seasons. You can enrich it with herbs in your city and with dried fruit, for example with pistachios and walnuts, but also with a homemade dressing sauce.

Baked pumpkin

Baked pumpkin is a truly delicious second course that you can prepare when this vegetable is in season and serve in combination with legumes or salads. Try one of our recipes.

Aubergine Meatballs

Among recipes with zucchini the most popular are the homemade zucchini meatballs that you can easily prepare according to the original recipe and in a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free version to make everyone happy. Another very tasty version are the zucchini meatballs with ginger. Here the complete recipe.

Melanzane alla parmigiana

Parmigiana aubergines are a very rich second dish to be prepared in numerous variations depending on the regional recipe which inspires us. In fact, there are both aubergines with tomato parmigiana and fried and white aubergines with parmigiana. You just have to experiment.

Potato gateau

The potato gateau is a traditional flan made with potatoes and cheese to which you can add spices and seasonal vegetables of your choice to enrich the dish. Serve it like rich second course.

Do you have other quick and easy second course recipes to suggest?

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