02/22/2015 08:52 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

7 Vegetarian Dinners Even Carnivores Will Devour

Whether you are expecting a vegetarian guest or just want to mix up your family's dinner routine, you'll wow everyone with these meatless meals.

1. White Bean Ragout


A quick ragout of white beans, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs in a robustly flavored broth makes a satisfying vegetarian main course. Serve it with a green salad and garlic bread for sopping up the broth, and dinner is done! GET THE RECIPE

2. Quinoa Pilaf with Shiitake Mushrooms, Carrots & Pecans


Quinoa looks like couscous and eats like a grain but it's actually the tiny seed of a plant related to leafy greens like spinach and Swiss chard. It is incredibly high in protein and fiber, and contains all of the essential amino acids your body needs. Here, it's cooked with sautéed onions, carrots, shiitake mushrooms and pecans to make an earthy and hearty dish. GET THE RECIPE

3. Bulgur Salad with Cucumbers, Red Peppers, Chick Peas, Lemon and Dill


Made with bulgur, fresh herbs, chopped vegetables and buttery chick peas, this Middle Eastern-style salad is like a bulked-up tabbouleh. Serve it with soup for dinner or keep it in the fridge all all week long for healthy lunches. GET THE RECIPE

4. Spaghetti Squash Gratin


Spaghetti squash is a low-carb, low-cal alternative to pasta; when cooked, it transforms into golden, spaghetti-like strands. Here, it's tossed with marinara sauce, sprinkled with crispy breadcrumbs and cheese, and then baked until golden brown. GET THE RECIPE

5. Zucchini Fritters with Feta and Dill


The word fritter usually conjures up something heavy and deep-fried, but these zucchini pancakes are as delicate as can be. For a light dinner, serve them with tzatziki and a Greek salad. GET THE RECIPE

6. Spinach & Gruyere Quiche


This is the best spinach quiche: it's made with a combination of heavy cream and Gruyère, which makes it incredibly rich and flavorful. There's also a good bit of spinach, which balances out all that richness and -- dare I say -- makes it just a little bit good for you. GET THE RECIPE

7. Smoky Chickpea, Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup


This hearty, soul-satisfying soup is ready in 30 minutes, yet tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen making it. To round out the meal, serve it with a green salad and loaf of good bread. GET THE RECIPE