Vegetarian recipes are no longer on the fringe: Some estimates have the nation's population of vegetarians at more than seven million, but even carnivores have embraced ideas like "meatless Mondays" to curb their meat consumption and promote healthy eating. Here's a secret about eating vegetarian - the food isn't just healthier, it actually tastes good. (We promise!) Even tofu, which is fairly bland, can be jazzed up with marinades and creative cooking methods (try it broiled!). Try making some of your favorite dishes without the meat - you might be surprised at how much flavor remains ( spaghetti with homemade sauce is still great without the meatballs, Asian stir-fries are delicious with just veggies, tofu and a handful of peanuts). You can even make vegetarian crock pot recipes! So if you're in a meat-eating rut, try making a vegetarian recipe once in awhile - you might be surprised at how much you enjoy it.

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Vegetarian Lasagna: Dinner for $10

Spring is here, and that means it's the perfect time for vegetarian lasagna. Why? Well, whereas the cold winter months fairly called out for a hearty, meatier dish, there's something about the fresh green burst of spring that puts us in the mood for something just a bit lighter and which heralds the summer garden season.

Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili: Dinner for $10

It's April, which means Earth Day is coming up. To celebrate, we're bringing you some of our top Meatless Monday recipes all month here at Dinner for $10. What's going meatless on Monday have to do with Earth Day? Well, raising livestock takes a significant toll on the environment. Just in terms of climate change alone, the United Nations estimates livestock production accounts for 18 percent of the earth's global warming pollution -- which is more than cars and other transportation! But that's not the only reason to try going meatless once a week. Studies show lowering yourread more

Easy Vegetarian Recipes that Work in Winter

Delicious, satisfying and meat-free? These yummy recipes make it easy to be a vegetarian in winter, too!

Easy Vegetarian Dinner: Butternut Squash Casserole

This recipe is reminiscent of a really good, classic mac & cheese--but the squash adds a load of vitamins and fiber to up your nutritional game.

Viva Vegetarian! 10 Ultrasatisfying Meatless Meals

Erase that vision of a bland block of tofu! Whether you're trying to reduce the amount of meat in your diet or just want to shake up your nightly dinner routine, vegetarian dishes can be a delicious option. Eliminating meat isn't as difficult as you might think--some of your favorite dishes already have layers upon layers of flavor even before you add the chicken or beef.

Great Vegetarian Recipes, for your 'Special' Friends

You know who you are: Vegetarians, those guests who announce just before everyone sits down for grilled cheeseburgers, with thick-cut bacon, that they -- um --don't eat meat. (Just kidding, you would never do that.) But who are you really?

Tailgating Time! 10 Crowd-Pleasing Vegetarian Recipes

Kick of your tailgating party with these 10 appetizers, side dishes, entrees and desserts that will satisfy meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

McDonald's Debuts 2 Vegetarian Wraps in Canada

A Mediterranean wrap and a Santa Fe wrap. Sounds like something we'd like. In fact, these two new sandwiches, just introduced by McDonald's in Canada, sound like they might be filled with sausage and red sauce or something spicy and Mexican chicken, like a burrito. But that would be very far from the truth. Because these two new lunch wraps are the first all-vegetarian options since McDonald's failed experiment with veggie burgers almost 10 years ago. And why only in Canada? According to Foodbeast, about 71 percent of Canadians seek veggie-only options, at least sometimes. The Mediterranean wrapread more

10 Vegetarian Recipes for Celebrating Earth Day

Earth Day's gotten a bit tattered over the years (although, of course, not has tattered as the actual Earth). Instead of building a compost bin or picking up litter at the playground, why don't we celebrate April 22 by doing something that will really help the planet? Like eating a vegetarian meal?

MyPlate Meals: 7 Super-Healthy, Full-Flavored Vegetarian Dinners

Even confirmed carnivores need a break sometime, and vegetarian entrees -- chock-full of veggies, healthy proteins and grains -- can be just as satisfying as any animal protein. Furthermore, because vegetarian dishes are often inspired by world cuisine, they're also a great way to expand your palate. There is one small catch. While vegetarian dishes are free of the fats that come with meat, that doesn't necessarily mean all meatless dishes are "healthy." After all, potato chips and milkshakes are both technically "vegetarian"! Luckily, it's easy to find a wide variety of vegetarian entrees that are also lowread more

Sweet Potato & Mixed Bean Chili -- My Favorite Vegetarian Meal

I like fashion almost as much as I like food. Every year, I'm glued to my computer come fall and spring, looking at pictures of the latest designer collections. Don't get me wrong; I certainly don't have the means to actually buy any of these clothes, but it's sure fun to look. My favorite shows are the couture collections, the clothes that are one-of-a-kind and made specifically for a particular person. (Alas, not me!) I guess my love of couture transcends clothes into my other passion: food. I'm a recipe girl; I'll scour cookbooks looking for inspirations -- likeread more

McDonald's Goes Vegetarian-Only (Probably Not Where You Live)

Ever had the urge to order a Big Mac, hold the beef? Head to India. The world's largest fast-food chain is catering to popular demand in the world's second most-populated country and opening its first all-vegetarian restaurants next year, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Mushroom and Poblano Vegetarian Enchiladas: Dinner for $10

They're healthy. Cheap. And ever-so delicious: Mushroom and Poblano Vegetarian Enchiladas simply can't be beat for authentic Mexican flavor, full of cheese and spicy peppers, when you want a quick and easy budget dinner that makes everyone at the table smile. Just don't mention the tofu. But, hey, Dinner for $10 is part of our Meatless Mondays celebration this month. Buck up! And relax. Tofu is really, really good for you. And you don't have to worry about it wrecking the meal. In this recipe, the tofu acts as a kind of sponge to soak up all the richread more

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Sides -- to Make the Turkey Blush!

Thanksgiving is a time when vegetarians may get homesick for their old ways. When a holiday revolves around one meal, and that meal revolves around something you can't eat, you can be forgiven for becoming a little melancholy. And a drab little slice of Tofurky isn't the answer.

28 Days of Slow Cooking: Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

There are probably thousands of different ways to make chili. But we're certain that few are as easy as this slow-cooker Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili with a Cajun twist. (Today is Mardi Gras, you know.) Loaded with flavor and some surprising ingredients, this chili requires nothing more than measuring and combining components in the slow cooker for a classic bowl of American comfort food. After that, it's only a matter of waiting for the chili to cook. It's worth the wait. Vegetarian-friendly but hearty enough for meat-lovers too, this Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili has a delicious Cajun-inspired flavor and heat. Anread more

Grilled Eggplant with Garlic-Cumin Vinaigrette, Feta, and Herbs

A vegetarian summer cookout recipe for grilled eggplant with garlic-cumin vinaigrette, feta, and herbs.

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