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Best Vegetarian Meals

When you are entering into a healthy vegetarian lifestyle or just looking to go without meat a couple of nights out of a week, it’s vital to keep in mind that the value and benefits of protein to a healthy and well-balanced diet.

Our best vegetarian meals are rich in flavor and offer scrumptious meatless options without having to sacrifice on the nutrients the body needs.

Whether you are cooking for somebody on a restrictive diet plan or want to save some bucks by including some healthy and meatless dishes into the meal plan, we guarantee you that these vegetarian meals are so great that even your steak-craving husbands would want seconds.

Tuscan White Bean Soup

White Bean Tuscan Soup

This soup is hearty yet not heavy, the brothy soup full of veggies will surely satisfy you. The soup has escarole, a slightly bitter green which resembles romaine lettuce. However, if you cannot find escarole, you can substitute an equal quantity of coarsely chopped red kale, lacinato or spinach.

You can add half a teaspoon of red pepper (crushed) to complement the creamy beans and greens with a slight amount of heat; however, you can reduce the amount in case you are sensitive to spice. You can let a block of Parmesan cheese simmer in the soup as it will contribute plenty of depth and richness; you may use a tablespoon of white miso in case you do not have the cheese in your freezer or fridge.

Orzo Salad with tasty Buttermilk Dressing

Orzo Salad with tasty Buttermilk Dressing

You will love this dish; it is creamy, bright, and packed with wholesome fresh veggies. If you add more veggies, this rather easy pasta meal will stretch further. And the best part is that it is perfect as a make-ahead dinner or lunch, as well. Just remember that the spice will grow stronger the longer you let it sit.

In case you’ve a sensitive palate, you may want to cut down on the red pepper. Before you eat just add a dash and then stir well. On the other hand, if you want to make this meal a full-grain option, you can skip the orzo altogether (or consider using whole-wheat orzo) and add farro instead. It would hold up incredibly well with the tasty buttermilk dressing.

Mushroom Bolognese

Mushroom Bolognese

You can replace traditional pasta with gluten-free spaghetti squash for this healthy, meatless main. Roast it until it is tender and scrape it with a fork, the yummy squash will come apart in typical noodle-like strands which hold the sauce remarkably well.

You can also roast an additional squash, then gently scrape out the flesh, and keep it in ziplock bags for a healthy and quick side dish during the week. Keep in mind that a nice mix of mushrooms—fresh cremini and dried porcini—can provide the texture and richness of ground beef while also adding lots of savory depth. Also, you can substitute a quarter cup of canned tomato juice for dry red wine in order to add more body and flavor to your sauce.

Vegetarian Cacciatore

Vegetarian Cacciatore

You really do not need the meat in order to make this satisfying and healthy hunter-style meal. Fresh herbs, capers and wine infuse meaty carrots, mushrooms, zucchini as well as peppers with flavor while they gently bubble away in a tasty tomato-based medley that looks amazing.

You can serve it over egg noodles or rice for a filling and healthy Italian, vegetarian dinner, which your family will love.

Meatless Meatloaf

Veggie Meatloaf

Remember that meatloaf is not only for meat lovers! This incredible vegetarian version is rich in eggplant, tofu, walnuts, mushrooms and lots of herbs, making it yummy. It is topped off with rich mushroom gravy and believe us: you will like to put it on everything!

Tofu Chili

Tofu Chili

Not too many things are more comforting and sumptuous than a huge bowl of chili. You can make this yummy meal suitable and lighter for your vegetarian friends, while still satisfying omnivores, if you replace beef with tofu.

Also, rather than sour cream, go for healthy fats and fiber in a creamy, rich and satisfying chili topper which skips all the dairy.

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan - Dandy Kat

This meal is perfect for those meatless Mondays, the eggplant parmesan is not just delicious and healthy, but it is also much lighter than conventional veal and chicken options. If you prepare eggplant Parmesan rather than lasagna, you will be able to skip lots of unnecessary carbs as well as grams of fat, but you will still get to fully enjoy all the gooey and cheesy goodness.

When you are breading the eggplant, make sure you use whole-wheat panko rather than regular panko. Keep in mind that the whole-wheat version will hold up much better during cooking; plus, it will not become soggy too quickly.

Do not make the mistake of skimping on fresh basil, and make sure you save sufficient cheese for the final cheesy and crispy layer.

3-Bean Vegetarian Chili

3-Bean Vegetarian Chili

Make sure you keep your thermostat down and lose all the parka. It is because this hearty vegetarian chili is all that you will need to keep things warm in case it is chilly outside.

You will be pleased to know that this nutritious, healthy, and wholesome vegetarian staple is rich in plant protein because of pinto beans, red kidney beans and cannellini beans. In addition, butternut squash will lend a creamy and luscious texture, along with a slight hint of sweetness which will taste great against the heat from the paprika and red pepper.

You can top it off with thinly chopped green onions as well as a squirt of sour cream in case the heat is too much. Moreover, we will recommend a portion of cornbread in order to sop up the last drop. It is really that great.

Vegetarian Beet Borscht

Vegetarian Beet Borscht

You may know that borscht is a great comfort food from simpler times. Chunky or puréed, without or with potatoes, cold or hot — this sweet, wholesome yet simple meal will surely please your Seder guests.

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