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.

Caramelized Peanut Brittle

Nothing says holidays more than homemade candy. Get started on yours now—you can make this delectable peanut brittle up to a month in advance to make things a little easier in the busy holiday season.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Caramelized Peanut Brittle

Baby Spinach Salad with Cumin Couscous and Bulgur

Chewy grains are a nice complement to the leafy greens in this salad. Fresh apples and red onion add crunch.

From Midwest Living

Baby Spinach Salad with Cumin Couscous and Bulgur

Boston Lettuce Stacks with Grilled Peaches, Feta and Pecans

This easy summer salad pairs the textures and flavors of buttery, slightly sweet and crisp Boston lettuce with grilled warm peaches and crunchy nuts.

From Midwest Living

Boston Lettuce Stacks with Grilled Peaches, Feta and Pecans

Spicy Rice and Red Bean Salad

Chili powder, hot pepper sauce, and jalapenos provide the spicy heat for this healthy, high-fiber side dish.

From Midwest Living

Spicy Rice and Red Bean Salad

Orange Tabbouleh

Make this flavorful salad in just 30 minutes. Nutritious and nutty bulgur wheat is a perfect complement to navel orange slices, peas, and fresh herbs.

From Midwest Living

Orange Tabbouleh

Berry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

The sweet tang of this rosy dressing pairs nicely with nuts, cheese, avocado or grilled chicken breast in a mixed green salad. A full 2 cups of strawberries boost the dressing's vitamin C and fiber, while the olive oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat that fights inflammation and protects against heart disease.

From Midwest Living

Berry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Buttermilk Pesto Dressing

Try this creamy blend on a green salad with chicken or shrimp, or use it in a pasta salad with cherry tomatoes. We also like it drizzled over grilled or steamed asparagus. Although this dressing tastes creamy, you won't miss the fat because you get rich flavor from the pesto, while Greek yogurt adds protein and calcium.

From Midwest Living

Buttermilk Pesto Dressing

Tomato Galette

From Midwest Living

Tomato Galette

Tomato Pasta with Arugula and Parmesan

From Midwest Living

Tomato Pasta with Arugula and Parmesan

Zucchini Bread

Try this lighter take on classic zucchini bread that features walnuts and semisweet chocolate.

From Diabetic Living

Zucchini Bread

Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup

From Better Homes and Gardens

Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup

Apple-Tomato Salad

Take a break from standard salads with this flavorful apple-tomato version. Try it for a fresh lunch or as an easy appetizer before dinner.

From Diabetic Living

Apple-Tomato Salad

Salmon Melts

This protein-packed meal is easy to make on even the busiest day. Top English muffin halves with a tomato slice, arugula, the salmon mixture, and cheese and broil until melted.

From Diabetic Living

Salmon Melts

Spicy Broccoli and Bean Soup

This vegetarian and diabetic-friendly dish packs a protein punch. Glaze tofu with lime juice and soy sauce to add flavor without excess calories.

From Diabetic Living

Spicy Broccoli and Bean Soup

Poached Eggs on Soft Polenta

Toss poached eggs on a warm bed of polenta for a hearty breakfast—or breakfast-for-dinner—dish. Switch out the poached eggs for fried or scrambled if you prefer.

From Diabetic Living

Poached Eggs on Soft Polenta

Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches

Serve this open-faced sandwich to highlight all of summer's freshest, most flavorful vegetables. Summer squash, tomatoes, and onions are grilled to tender perfection, then smothered with gooey mozzarella cheese.

From Diabetic Living

Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches

Roasted Vegetable Tabbouleh

Bulgur is a quick-cooking whole grain that packs fiber, flavor, and nuttiness. It soaks up other flavors, making it the ideal base for roasted vegetables.

From Diabetic Living

Roasted Vegetable Tabbouleh

Sautéed Swiss Chard and Pine Nut Bruschetta

From Midwest Living

Sautéed Swiss Chard and Pine Nut Bruschetta

Napa Cabbage Spring Rolls

From Midwest Living

Napa Cabbage Spring Rolls

Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

Dried Tomato and White Bean Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Dried Tomato and White Bean Dip

Layered Greek Dip

Follow the make-ahead directions and prepare this yummy appetizer recipe a day ahead of time and it will be ready to serve when the party starts.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Layered Greek Dip

Mediterranean Veggie Dip

Add a Mediterranean flair to your menu with this delicious vegetable dip. This make-ahead recipe can be prepared up to one week in advance.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mediterranean Veggie Dip

Eggplant Dip

Look for smaller eggplants. They typically have fewer seeds and may be less bitter. This chunky make-ahead dip is meant to be slathered on crusty bread or crackers.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Eggplant Dip

Creamy Apricot and Onion Dip

Grilled fruit and sweet onions add a new twist to this classic appetizer dip. Serve with crackers, bread, or fresh vegetables.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Creamy Apricot and Onion Dip

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