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 <a href="/recipes/vegetarian/tofu/">tofu</a>, 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 ( <a href="/recipes/vegetarian/pasta/">spaghetti</a> with homemade sauce is still great without the meatballs, Asian <a href="/recipes/china/stir-fry/">stir-fries</a> 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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Blue Ribbon Corn Relish

From Better Homes and Gardens

Blue Ribbon Corn Relish

Butternut Squash Casserole

From Parents

Butternut Squash Casserole

Grilled Vegetables with Lemon-Herb Dressing

From Ladies' Home Journal

Grilled Vegetables with Lemon-Herb Dressing

Apple and Butternut Squash Risotto

From Ladies' Home Journal

Apple and Butternut Squash Risotto

Cheesy Mexican Fondue

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cheesy Mexican Fondue

Potato-Thyme Frittata

From Midwest Living

This flavorful frittata can be a simple brunch or weeknight supper dish; if you don't have fresh thyme, just substitute dried. The recipe comes from Urban Roots Farm in Springfield, Missouri.

Potato-Thyme Frittata

Polenta with Eggs and Zucchini

From Better Homes and Gardens

Polenta with Eggs and Zucchini

Apple and Couscous-Bulgur Salad

From Midwest Living

Studded with dried cherries and almonds, this hearty salad pairs well with roast pork or even barbecue. Boiled cider and lemon juice add a touch of pucker that keeps the salad from tasting too sweet. You can make your own boiled cider using the recipe on our site or buy it online or in specialty stores (or substitute regular apple cider).

Apple and Couscous-Bulgur Salad

Polenta and Beans

From Better Homes and Gardens

This vegetarian main dish receives it's Mexican flair from black beans, diced tomatoes, and salsa. Prepare this low-fat recipe in 30-minutes or less.

Polenta and Beans

Cheesy Polenta

From Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this thick, cornmeal side dish by itself, or spoon heated pasta sauce over individual servings. Sprinkle with extra Parmesan, if you like.

Cheesy Polenta

Winter Garden Polenta

From Better Homes and Gardens

Winter Garden Polenta

Polenta and Black Beans

From Better Homes and Gardens

This meatless meal is very satisfying because of the high-protein, high-fiber ingredients.

Polenta and Black Beans

Southwestern Polenta with Corn and Chiles

From Better Homes and Gardens

Southwestern Polenta with Corn and Chiles

Creamy Polenta with Portobello Mushroom Sauce

From Better Homes and Gardens

Looking for hearty main-dish vegetarian dishes? Serve this made-for-two recipe of meaty-flavor portobello mushrooms, mild yet tangy shredded Havarti cheese, and polenta.

Creamy Polenta with Portobello Mushroom Sauce

Wild Rice with Pecans and Cherries

From Better Homes and Gardens

Wild Rice with Pecans and Cherries

Squash Cheesecake Bars

From EatingWell

Pureed winter squash gives most of the body to these leaner cheesecake bars.

Squash Cheesecake Bars

Strawberry & Cream Cheese Sandwich

From EatingWell

Sliced strawberries and reduced-fat cream cheese come together in a sandwich for this quick and healthy lunchbox treat.

Strawberry & Cream Cheese Sandwich

Peanut Tofu Wrap

From EatingWell

Baked tofu tossed with storebought Thai peanut sauce makes a quick and healthy sandwich filling. Finish the sandwich with your favorite crunchy vegetables for added nutrients and fiber.

Peanut Tofu Wrap

Mediterranean Roasted Broccoli & Tomatoes

From EatingWell

This dish of roasted broccoli and tomatoes is tossed with bright Mediterranean ingredients just before serving.

Mediterranean Roasted Broccoli & Tomatoes

Ginger Broccoli

From EatingWell

Broccoli gets a Southeast Asian treatment in this quick saute with fresh ginger, mellow rice vinegar and rich, salty fish sauce. Serve alongside any Asian noodle or fried rice dish.

Ginger Broccoli

Sesame-Maple Roasted Tofu

From EatingWell

This quick and healthy dinner pairs creamy tofu and crispy snap peas with a tahini-maple sauce. Serve with udon noodles.

Sesame-Maple Roasted Tofu

Basque Vegetable Rice

From EatingWell

Zucchini, onion, tomatoes and bell peppers stud this paella-inspired rice dish. You may add other vegetables, such as mushrooms and peas, or if you like something heartier, some slightly spicy Italian sausage is a good choice.

Basque Vegetable Rice

Indian-Spiced Eggplant & Cauliflower Stew

From EatingWell

Eggplant, cauliflower, chickpeas and tomatoes are the basis for this rich Indian-spiced curry. Make it a meal: Serve with brown basmati rice or whole-wheat couscous.

Indian-Spiced Eggplant & Cauliflower Stew

Broccoli, Cannellini Bean & Cheddar Soup

From EatingWell

White beans pureed into this broccoli soup make it extra creamy so you don't need heaps of cheese to do the job. Serve with a crunchy whole-grain roll and a glass of winter ale.

Broccoli, Cannellini Bean & Cheddar Soup

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

From EatingWell

Our healthier eggplant Parmesan sandwich uses tender, smoky grilled eggplant instead of fried, so it has a fraction of the fat and calories. To make these sandwiches a cinch to prepare, make sure to have all your ingredients ready before you head out to the grill.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

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