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.

Vegetable Pesto Risotto Casserole

Hearty enough for a meal on its own but perfect as a side to any grilled meat, this creamy rice casserole is packed with a bounty of vegetables, including summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes and corn.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Vegetable Pesto Risotto Casserole

Rotini with Walnut-Basil Pesto

Trust us: You'll want to make a big batch of our homemade Walnut-Basil Pesto! Toss some with this whole grain pasta salad and save the rest for sandwiches, pizzas and salads later in the week.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Rotini with Walnut-Basil Pesto

Spicy Pickled Vegetables

Add these quick pickled veggies to a sandwich, salad, pizza or Bloody Mary cocktail.

From Fitness

Spicy Pickled Vegetables

Pretty-In-Pink Deviled Eggs

It takes just one beet to give a beautiful rosy hue to a dozen hard-boiled eggs! Try this deviled egg recipe for Easter, brunch or a dinner party hors d'oeuvres.

From Fitness

Pretty-In-Pink Deviled Eggs

Wild Mushroom Dip

For an appetizer that tastes gourmet but takes just minutes of hands-on time, grab your slow cooker and toss in fresh and dried mushrooms, white wine, cream cheese, herbs and spices.

From Family Circle

Wild Mushroom Dip

Artichoke-Parmesan Dip

Use your slow cooker to whip up a batch of the artichoke dip you adore at restaurants in your own home. This will be a hit at your next party!

From Family Circle

Artichoke-Parmesan Dip

Green Chili and Corn Dip

Serve this creamy corn and salsa slow cooker dip with tortilla chips or fresh vegetable sticks.

From Family Circle

Green Chili and Corn Dip

Smoky Weeknight Chili

Fire-roasted tomatoes, a heavy dose of chili powder and rich dark cocoa powder work magic to give this quick chili its all-day-on-the-stove flavor.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Smoky Weeknight Chili

Peanut Sauced Veggies and Noodles

Asian-inspired dinner idea: Serve this colorful bowl of peanutty pasta with a side of beef or chicken satay.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peanut Sauced Veggies and Noodles

Cal-Ital Roasted Veggie Melts

A smear of hummus acts as the "glue" for the colorful mix of roasted vegetables and tofu on these open-faced vegetarian sandwiches. Serve with a cup of soup and fresh fruit.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cal-Ital Roasted Veggie Melts

Indian Scrambled Egg Bagels

A sprinkle of garam masala, an aromatic mix of warm spices, gives these scrambled eggs a taste of India. Serve in bite-sized pieces at your next brunch.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Indian Scrambled Egg Bagels

Avocado Melts with Arugula

Make a vegetarian sandwich super-satisfying by incorporating big flavors (jalapeno jelly, arugala) and rich textures (avocado, cheese).

From Better Homes and Gardens

Avocado Melts with Arugula

Huevos Rancheros with Spinach

Top garlicky spinach with salsa-poached eggs for a fast and flavorful breakfast, lunch or dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Huevos Rancheros with Spinach

Quinoa Salad with Slow Cooker Beets, Oranges and Fennel

This superfood salad is far from a boring bowl of leafy greens. Tender slow cooked beets and quinoa only get tastier with a drizzle of honey-citrus dressing.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Quinoa Salad with Slow Cooker Beets, Oranges and Fennel

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

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

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

Asian-Style Vinaigrette

Toss this light soy-ginger dressing with a bag of slaw mix and roasted peanuts for a nutritious side dish on stir-fry night. The recipe uses canola oil and sesame oil, which are both good choices as part of a balanced diet.

From Midwest Living

Asian-Style Vinaigrette

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

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

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

Spinach-Artichoke Strata

From Family Circle

Spinach-Artichoke Strata

Scrambled Egg Stromboli

From Better Homes and Gardens

Scrambled Egg Stromboli

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