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15 Hearty Vegetarian Recipes (Photos)

First Posted: 01/26/2012 4:50 pm   Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am

Vegetarian food has a bad rap. Most meat eaters turn up their nose at the sound of it, assuming that it will either be a soy-laden meal or a skimpy salad consisting of a few raw vegetables. But, this is just not the case. Yes, those kinds of dishes are around, but the possibility for hearty and satisfying vegetarian meals are boundless. Many of them will leave you wanting more.

There are a variety of dishes to select from, depending on your mood. And they are not all heavy on carbs or dairy either, so if you have dietary restrictions, you can still find a delicious vegetarian dish to enjoy. From Mexican to Asian to Italian, there are a plethora of flavors to choose from. With mouth-watering dishes such as winter squash tortilla and lasagna with cauliflower puree and spinach, you won't miss the meat for one minute -- and you'll save you some dough, too, by skipping the meat aisle at the store.

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  • Baked Vegetable And Cheese Tortilla Wraps

    A quick version of rolled enchiladas, this vegetarian dish is a little bit spicy and a little bit creamy. Filled with kidney beans, Swiss chard and feta cheese, it makes one hearty meal. Serve with white long-grain rice and guacamole for a complete dinner. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Baked Vegetable and Cheese Tortilla Wraps</a> recipe</strong>

  • Tagliatelle With Wild Mushrooms, Garlic And Thyme

    This tagliatelle dish is so rich and creamy, you won't even notice that it's vegetarian. It calls for a mixture of wild mushrooms, so feel free to use whichever you have on hand -- though we are partial to chanterelles and oyster. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Tagliatelle with Wild Mushrooms, Garlic and Thyme</a> recipe</strong>

  • Potato And Kalamata Olive Stew

    A simple Greek stew that is rich and hearty. The black olives offer a nice potent flavor and the crumbled feta atop gives it a hint of creaminess. The addition of potatoes makes this a great, quick dinner during the winter months. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Potato and Kalamata Olive Stew</a> recipe</strong>

  • Stir-Fried Baby Bok Choy With Red Peppers, Tofu And Black Beans

    This fragrant stir-fry recipe will teach you all the tricks to making a flavorful and satisfying dish. Seasoned with sesame, ginger, garlic and soy sauce, the tofu provides a hearty serving of protein, and the fermented black beans add a special flavor. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Stir-Fried Baby Bok Choy with Red Peppers, Tofu and Black Beans</a> recipe</strong>

  • Ravioli With Green Beans And Brown Butter Sauce

    You can indulge in this rich, cheesy dinner without too much guilt because you're also getting a healthy dose of nutrients thanks to the crisp, fresh green beans. The topping of brown butter on the cheese ravioli gives a pleasant nutty flavor. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Ravioli with Green Beans and Brown Butter Sauce</a> recipe</strong>

  • Vegetarian Posole

    Posole is most traditionally made with pork and chicken, but it gets a vegetarian makeover with this recipe. And you won't even miss the meat because it is full of flavor from a potent stock flavored with salsa verde, lime juice and cilantro. <strong>Get the<a href="" target="_hplink"> Vegetarian Posole</a> recipe</strong>

  • Winter Squash Tortilla

    A cross between a Spanish tortilla and a frittata, this recipe highlights all the best flavors of winter. Kobocha squash, leeks and piquillo peppers come together to make this satisfying dish. Feta gives it a nice tangy surprise. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Winter Squash Tortilla</a> recipe</strong>

  • Cauliflower Puree And Spinach Lasagna

    A lot of times, when we are faced with Italian vegetarian dishes, the meal consists of cheese atop of more cheese. And while most of us love cheese, sometimes it's just too much. The thing we love about this recipe is that rather than filling the lasagna with ricotta cheese, pureed cauliflower is used in its place. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Cauliflower Puree and Spinach Lasagna</a> recipe</strong>

  • Green Risotto

    Spinach and basil are pureed together to make an iron-rich pesto. This creamy and rich risotto is flavored with freshly-made pesto, making for a brightly-flavored dish to soothe you during these cold nights. Serve with a side salad for a light dinner -- and to get more greens! <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Green Risotto</a> recipe</strong>

  • Grilled Escarole And Fried Egg On Grilled Bread

    Fried eggs are not just for breakfast, they make a hearty and satisfying dinner as well. Sauteed escarole adds a nice wintery feel to this simple meal. Serve with a small bowl of soup to warm you up. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Grilled Escarole and Fried Egg on Grilled Bread</a> recipe</strong>

  • Warm Chickpea-And-Artichoke Pate

    This simple pate is full of warm flavors. A blend of artichoke, chickpeas and garlic are seasoned with Chinese five spice powder. This makes a great hors d'oeuvres or appetizer. With a bowl of soup, we would even call this dinner. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Warm Chickpea-and-Artichoke Pate</a> recipe</strong>

  • Stir-Fried Vegetables With Lemongrass

    This fragrant stir-fry substitutes soy sauce for the more traditional -- and harder to find -- fish sauce. Flavored with coconut milk, basil and lemongrass, this is one recipe that will surely brighten your day. A light and refreshing meal, it's best accompanied with white rice. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Stir-Fried Vegetables with Lemongrass</a> recipe</strong>

  • Cheese Enchiladas With Red Chile Sauce

    If you like Mexican food, you'll love this dish. Layers of corn tortilla, cheddar and pinto beans make up this enchilada recipe. Covered in a fiery red chile sauce, this is one spicy dish you won't want to miss. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Cheese Enchiladas with Red Chile Sauce</a> recipe</strong>

  • Fusilli With Roasted Eggplant And Goat Cheese

    Eggplant roasted in olive oil flavors this citrusy pasta dish. There is a hint of spice thanks to the use of red pepper flakes and a nice creamy texture with the addition of goat cheese sprinkled on top just before serving. <strong>Get the<a href="" target="_hplink"> Fusilli with Roasted Eggplant and Goat Cheese</a> recipe</strong>

  • Bean, Corn And Squash Stew

    A variation of a typical Chilean dish, this hearty stew takes minimal time to put together and most of the ingredients can be found in your cupboard. The soup has an exceptional flavor thanks to the swirl of paprika oil on top, as well as the basil that garnishes. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Bean, Corn and Squash Stew </a>recipe</strong>

  • WATCH: Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili


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