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01/20/2015 09:06 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Where's the Beef? 5 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes

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Yes, I love burgers. I love pork chops and fried chicken. But, the more I work with food, the more I save my love of meat for special occasions. Not only are veggies loaded with obvious health benefits, they are super versatile and immensely tasty. Plus, there's nothing better than eating a steak a few days after not eating steak. Check out these 5 easy recipes that prove veggies rule!

1. Sauteed Eggplant with Spicy Miso Sauce

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Eggplant has always been a challenge for me. I couldn't get the hang of cooking it well. That is, until I started using smaller eggplant. Baby eggplant has fewer seeds and a silkier texture. All the better to soak up the flavors from salty, earthy Japanese miso and spicy, smoky Chinese red chilis.
Total Cooking Time: 23 Minutes
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2. Spaghetti with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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I had a college professor who looooved telling people to, "K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple, Stupid!" when looking at a complex equation. This pasta is just that - simple ingredients that, together on the plate, become more than the sum of their parts. The sun-dried tomato has a sweet, briny flavor and a texture that borders on meaty - and fresh basil is always a good add. Actually, I wish Giada De Laurentiis had been my professor.
Total Cooking Time: 20 Minutes
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3. Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables

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Roasting vegetables brings out elements of flavor you didn't even know veggies had in them. So, in actuality, I could eat the veggies from this dish by themselves. But the fact that quinoa is a total superfood that just happens to have a pleasant, nutty taste and texture means I couldn't be happier using it as a base. And if you're worried about how to cook quinoa, don't sweat it. I've got you covered! How to Cook Quinoa
Total Cooking Time: 28 Minutes
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4. Ume Ochazuke

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What a tasty, healthy, substantial-yet-light way to end a meal at the Izakaya or at home. Rice, herbs, seaweed and pickled plum with either smoky dashi or green tea poured over the top. Simple, flavorful, done.
Total Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
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5. Sauteed Green Beans with Fennel and Garlic Seasoning

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Is this recipe as easy as it looks? Yep. And the whole thing will take you about the same amount of time an episode of Robot Chicken lasts. If you're having a tough time getting back into the swing of things after the gluttony of the holidays, start here. As energizing as it is simple. Oh, and don't skimp on the Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Garlic Seasoning!
Total Cooking Time: 17 Minutes
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