Popular Vegetarian Recipes

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.

Marinated Peppers and Tomatoes 2011

Sweet and spicy with a subtle hint of smoky flavor, this tasty combination of bright tomatoes and banana peppers perfectly complements a large variety of dishes. Serve atop juicy grilled chicken, or alongside a rich beef roast for an amazing entr¿e.

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Marinated Peppers and Tomatoes 2011

Donatella's Italian Mac & Cheese

With a decadent blend of 4 Italian cheeses, a crunchy garlic-breadcrumb topping, and a drizzle of fragrant truffle oil, this recipe transforms the comfort food classic into an elegant show-stopper. Take care to only cook to al dente; the pasta will continue to cook in the oven, absorbing the flavors of the luxurious cheese sauce.

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Donatella's Italian Mac & Cheese

Zucchini Brownies

Sneak vegetables into dessert! Shredded zucchini lends a lot of moistness but no vegetable taste to these chocolate brownies.

From Midwest Living

Zucchini Brownies

Eggplant Parmesan Heros

Eggplant slices breaded in crushed croutons turn this sandwich in to a thoroughly satisfying meat-free meal. When purchasing eggplants, select one that is firm and heavy for its size.

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Eggplant Parmesan Heros

Simple Spinach Salad

Baby spinach is really a convenience product. There is no need to remove its tender stems like you must with "grownup" spinach. This light and lovely three-ingredient dressing is all that healthful greens such as baby spinach need.

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Simple Spinach Salad

Hearty Vegetarian Chili

Packed with lots of vegetables, hearty beans, and the perfect amount of seasoning, this vegetarian chili is so flavorful, no one will miss the meat. And at just over 200 calories per serving, it's a meal-in-a-bowl that satisfies, without the guilt! Fresh cilantro boasts a lively, pungent flavor that goes a long way. When buying, look for leaves with a bright, even color, and no signs of wilting. Store in a plastic bag inside the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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Hearty Vegetarian Chili

Lemon-Basil Pasta

Protein-packed cannellini beans, lemon zest, and heady fresh basil fill this made-in-minutes pasta dish with fresh summer flavors. To store extra basil, snip a quarter-inch from its stems, stand it in a glass filled with about an inch of water, cover loosely with a plastic bag, and refrigerate.

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Lemon-Basil Pasta

Lemon-Basil Pasta

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Lemon-Basil Pasta

Roasted Sweets & Greens

Perfectly roasted sweet potatoes are balanced beautifully by an elegant dressing of cider vinegar, fresh garlic and peppery arugula. Hazelnuts add texture and buttery richness. Due to their high fat content, hazelnuts are particularly susceptible to rancidity. For optimal shelf life, store in an air-tight container in the freezer, for up to 3 months.

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Roasted Sweets & Greens

Cumin-Rubbed Sweet Potatoes with Sage

A smoky cumin rub, spicy maple butter and fried (yes, fried!) fresh sage transform anti-oxidant rich sweet potatoes into an elegant dish that perfectly complements a wide range of entrees. When purchasing sweet potatoes, look for smooth, unblemished skins. Store in a cool, dark place for up to a week.

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Cumin-Rubbed Sweet Potatoes with Sage

Coconut Sweet Potatoes and Wild Rice

Coconut and peanut butter give this sweet potato and wild rice casserole a most intriguing Asian flavor, making it a perfect holiday side dish for adventurous eaters. When using coconut milk, shake the can vigorously before measuring -- its contents tend to settle.

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Coconut Sweet Potatoes and Wild Rice

Wild Mushroom-Herb Bread Pudding

This sensational holiday side -- a little bit stuffing, a little bit custard -- makes a rich and satisfying accompaniment to roast turkey, pork, or beef. Often during the holidays, you will find small packages of assorted wild mushrooms that are perfect for this pudding. If not, feel free to use all portobellos.

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Wild Mushroom-Herb Bread Pudding

Butternut Squash-Wild Rice Casserole

Wild rice -- a healthy whole grain -- adds a delightfully toothsome texture to this butternut squash side dish. Before you purchase, peel and chop a whole squash, check your produce department for packaged, ready-to-use cubed squash (it makes this dish a breeze).

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Butternut Squash-Wild Rice Casserole

Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas

Rich with vitamins and minerals, this savory side dish is packed with flavor, enhanced beautifully by the roasting process. Rosemary and garlic lend their aromatic essence, while a hearty blend of chickpeas, twin potatoes and carrots ensures that this vegetarian delight will satisfy. Rinse chickpeas well to remove excess salt.

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Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas

Holiday Corn Bread Stuffing

Cornbread stuffing not only tastes great, but the Southern-style classic adds a pretty autumn hue to holiday plates. Save leftover cornbread or corn muffins from other meals in a tightly sealed bag in the freezer. When its time to make stuffing, you'll be all set.

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Holiday Corn Bread Stuffing

Garden Three-Bean Salad with Fresh French Dressing

Hearty, rich cannellini beans help make this refreshing salad both nutritious and satisfying, while a tangy, tarragon-infused French dressing provides incredible flavor to the wonderfully vibrant dish. When buying fresh green beans, look for slender beans that are crisp, brightly colored, and free of blemishes. Store in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped in a plastic bag, for up to 5 days.

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Garden Three-Bean Salad with Fresh French Dressing

Beet, Carrot & Apple Salad

This gorgeous, colorful slaw bursts with good-for-you ingredients, and weighs in at a mere 118 calories per serving. When prepping beets, wear disposable gloves and an apron to prevent beet juice from staining your fingers and clothes.

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Beet, Carrot & Apple Salad

Stuffed Zucchini with Black Beans Corn and Poblano Pepper

Leave no bite of squash behind! Toss the leftover zucchini pulp into your favorite zucchini bread or brownie recipe.

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Stuffed Zucchini with Black Beans Corn and Poblano Pepper

Sweet Potato Spoon Bread

Spoonbread -- a pudding-like cornmeal casserole that hails from the early days of the American south -- is an economical accompaniment to any holiday meal. Key to spoonbread success is beating egg whites until nice and fluffy. So be sure to start with room-temperature egg whites; they'll provide about 25 percent more loft and volume than cold egg whites will.

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Sweet Potato Spoon Bread

Creamy Green Beans with Crispy Shallots

Hand-crisped shallots are an elegant replacement for the canned French-fried onions so often used to garnish these classic holiday bean dish. When cleaning mushrooms, do so with a brush or damp paper towel -- when washed in water, mushrooms become soggy.

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Creamy Green Beans with Crispy Shallots

Goat Cheese-Olive Bites

Refrigerated piecrust makes these cheesy leek-and-olive appetizers a snap to make. For fun, purchase olives at a gourmet market's olive bar -- they're usually filled with a fantastic selection.

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Goat Cheese-Olive Bites

Rosemary Potato Soup with Crispy Carrots

This smooth potato soup with crunchy topping is a savory budget dish that has colorful flair; and all for just 64 cents per serving.

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Rosemary Potato Soup with Crispy Carrots

Cumin-Crusted Veggie Burgers with Pineapple Salsa

Smoky cumin and peppery basil provide perfect balance to the sweet pineapple and tangy relish that top these incredible veggie burgers. Choose pineapples that are slightly soft to the touch, with a full, strong color and no signs of greening. Leaves should be crisp and green, with no signs of browning or yellowing.

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Cumin-Crusted Veggie Burgers with Pineapple Salsa

Chilled Tomato Soup with Corn Bread Croutons

Bright tomatoes, refreshingly cool cucumber, and peppery green onions lend their incredible flavors to this phenomenal summer soup. Substitute fresh tomatoes for even more lively flavor. Choose firm, well-shaped tomatoes that are heavy for their size, with unblemished skins. The variety is not important, just be sure that they are noticeably fragrant, and richly colored.

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Chilled Tomato Soup with Corn Bread Croutons

Stacked Summer Vegetable Salad

Fresh, seasonal vegetables shine in this simple no-cook salad featuring zucchini, carrots, and red onion.

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Stacked Summer Vegetable Salad

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