12 irresistible vegetarian dishes

A vegetarian diet can be a healthy way to eat. But there are all shades of vegetarianism, ranging from “I only eat meat on the weekends” to the “absolutely-no-animal-product” philosophy of vegans. Learning how to make food that doesn’t rely on animal protein is an important tool for healthful cooking and eating. Here, 12 delicious, easy-to-make recipes to add to your repertoire.

vegetarian burger

Meatless Burgers

These burgers combine mushrooms, pinto beans, and tempeh to make a satisfying and healthy burger. The chili gives it a hearty kick. Skip the Worcestershire sauce unless you can find the vegetarian version in a specialty shop—since this sauce typically contains anchovies. Get the recipe.

spinach, pasta, and pea soup

Cabbage, Chickpea & Pasta Soup

While cabbage is used for this hearty soup, feel free to substitute another more unusual cooking green such as collards or turnip greens. For even more flavor, top the soup with a teaspoonful of grated Parmesan or pesto sauce. To reduce the sodium content, use low-sodium broth, tomatoes, and chickpeas. Get the recipe.

Wild acorn squash stuffed with brown rice by Alexis Lamster (CC-Attribution)

Baked Acorn Squash with Curried Rice

Acorn squash is beautiful and delicious—and the seductive flavors of a curry-scented, cheese-topped rice stuffing makes this a perfect dish for fall. Get the recipe.

Risotto with Peas

Green & Gold Risotto

This super-creamy risotto gets its gold color from the carrot juice used in the cooking liquid, a nice backdrop for bright green peas. Get the recipe.

Figs, red wine ad cheese on a board

Linguine with Figs & Goat Cheese

This creamy goat cheese-red wine sauce tastes a lot more decadent than it is. Get the recipe.

Butternut squash soup in an orange bowl with cut squash in the background

Golden Butternut Squash Soup

This vibrant, satistfying orange-gold soup is loaded with beta carotene and the B vitamin folate. Get the recipe.

bean and whip cream bowl

Basic Black Bean Soup

This soup may be called “basic,” but it’s easy to make it anything but. You could add fresh vegetables like corn, tomatoes or avocado, or make it creamy with a dollop of sour cream. Adding chipotle peppers can add heat and smoke. Get the recipe.

Pumpkin Frittata

This beautiful open-faced vegetable omelet is high in fiber, low in calories and packed with vitamins and minerals. Get the recipe.

bowl of split pea soup with herb garnish on side

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

Super-savory dried porcini mushrooms deliver meaty flavor without any meat. You can transform this soup into a chunky vegetable stew by adding cooked brown rice, thawed frozen peas, and fresh herbs. Get the recipe

.quesadillas with salsa on a wooden plate

Shiitake & Cheese Quesadillas

This dish is a good source of calcium, selenium, and vitamin D. The Manchego cheese is the perfect companion for earthy mushrooms and corn. Get the recipe.

hot and sour tofu vegetable soup

Hot and Sour Tofu-Vegetable Soup

A perfect starter to an Asian meal, this soup can be made spicier by adding black pepper and red pepper flakes. Get the recipe.

Wild rice and brown rice pilaf

Wild Rice and Pumpkin Seed Pilaf

This nutty and chewy rice dish is a good source of beta carotene, magnesium, vitamin B6, and zinc. The recipe calls for chicken broth, but you can easily substitute water. Get the recipe.

[Via: berkeleywellness.com]

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