32 hearty vegetarian dishes

Here are some hearty recipes everyone can love

vegetarian Supper Enchiladas

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Supper Enchiladas

Serve these enchiladas in individual ramekins and guests can layer their own choice of toppings.

Recipe:  Supper Enchiladas

Red Quinoa Bowl with Swiss Chard and Poached Egg

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Red Quinoa Bowl with Swiss Chard and Poached Egg

Technically a seed (so no gluten), quinoa is touted as a superfood for its high fiber and protein. The runny yolk of a poached egg creates a little sauce on top.

Recipe: Red Quinoa Bowl with Swiss Chard and Poached Egg

Spiced Red Lentils with Caramelized Onions and Spinach

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Spiced Red Lentils with Caramelized Onions and Spinach

This gently spicy dish uses a North Indian technique called tadka or chaunk: seasonings are sizzled in hot oil or clarified butter, then swirled into the lentils right before serving for a massive flavor boost.

Recipe: Spiced Red Lentils with Caramelized Onions and Spinach

Grilled Portabellas with Couscous

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Grilled Portabellas with Couscous

Try topping these healthy caps with grilled asparagus in the spring and summer, or trade out for grilled green onions in the cooler months.

Recipe:  Grilled Portabellas with Couscous

Tofu Burgers

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Tofu Burgers

For an alternative to frozen patties, make your own burgers packed with nuts, mushrooms, and tofu in place of meat.

Recipe:  Tofu Burgers

Spring Vegetable Macaroni 'n' Cheese

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Spring Vegetable Macaroni 'n' Cheese

The comfort-food classic gets studded with jewels of fresh vegetables for an all-in-one meal.

Recipe:  Spring Vegetable Macaroni 'n' Cheese

Leek and Chanterelle Tart

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Leek and Chanterelle Tart

The simple and tasty salt-and-pepper crust of this tart is worth making from scratch. If you do use a ready-made crust, pick one without sugar.

Recipe:  Leek and Chanterelle Tart

Soba Noodle Salad

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Soba Noodle Salad

Choose sliced tofu from this recipe’s list of usable proteins, and go wild with your choice of vegetable options.

Recipe:  Soba Noodle Salad

Mediterranean Garden Wraps

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Mediterranean Garden Wraps

Here's a simple yet satisfying way to get more vegetables into your day. Include some store-bought falafel for an added boost of protein.

Recipe:  Mediterranean Garden Wraps

Shiitake Mushroom and Tofu Soup

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Shiitake Mushroom and Tofu Soup

Asian flavors come together in a flash in this easy soup. Substitute vegetable broth for chicken to make it vegetarian.

Recipe: Shiitake Mushroom and Tofu Soup

Toasted Bread, Bean, and Vegetable Soup

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Toasted Bread, Bean, and Vegetable Soup

We updated ribollita, a hearty, comforting Tuscan vegetable soup thickened with lots of day-old bread, with this lighter version. Make sure to sub in vegetable broth for chicken.

Recipe:  Toasted Bread, Bean, and Vegetable Soup

A vegetarian dish of Flaky Feta Tart .

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Flaky Feta Tart

Flaky, cheesy, and–thanks to the addition of a few eggs–satisfying enough with just a side of salad.

Recipe:  Flaky Feta Tart

Tabbouleh Scramble

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Tabbouleh Scramble

Leftover tabbouleh gets reenergized in this easy dish.

Recipe:  Tabbouleh Scramble

Garbanzo-Tomato Curry

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Garbanzo-Tomato Curry

Some pantry staples–canned beans and tomatoes–and a smattering of spices come together in no time for a satisfying meal with little to no pre-planning necessary.

Recipe:  Garbanzo-Tomato Curry

A vegetarian dish of Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach

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Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach

This spectacular main dish will impress discerning vegetarians and omnivores alike.

Recipe:  Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach

Curried Red Kidney Beans and Cauliflower (Rajma Masala)

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Curried Red Kidney Beans and Cauliflower (Rajma Masala)

Flavorful ginger, garlic and a medley of spices produce a robust heat, while also providing an array of health benefits. Try pairing with brown rice and a dollop of yogurt to cool things down.

Recipe:  Curried Red Kidney Beans and Cauliflower (Rajma Masala)

Enchiladas Negras

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Enchiladas Negras

Black beans give these enchiladas their name, since they darken the red chili sauce. Try adding diced bananas to the cucumber and cilantro topping for a more authentic Yucatecan taste.

Recipe:  Enchiladas Negras

Halloumi with Couscous and Greens

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Halloumi with Couscous and Greens

Halloumi is a stretched-curd cheese, like mozzarella, from Cyprus. It doesn't melt, so it can be baked, broiled, fried, and even grilled.

Recipe:  Halloumi with Couscous and Greens

Lentil Stew with Winter Vegetables

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Lentil Stew with Winter Vegetables

This robust dish unites hearty lentils with the best of winter's vegetables.

Recipe:  Lentil Stew with Winter Vegetables

One-Pan Ratatouille

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One-Pan Ratatouille

This easy vegetable stew makes a great main dish when served over pasta, grilled artisan-style bread, or polenta.

Recipe:  One-Pan Ratatouille

Stir-fried Thick and Thin Noodles with Vegetables and Tofu

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Stir-fried Thick and Thin Noodles with Vegetables and Tofu (Pancit)

Our version of this Filipino favorite is based on a garlicky, peppery one at House of Sisig in Daly City, California. Substitute vegetable broth for chicken.

Recipe:  Stir-fried Thick and Thin Noodles with Vegetables and Tofu (Pancit)

Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

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Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

These elegant stacks come together in a flash, thanks to a store-bought tube of cooked polenta (available at most supermarkets).

Recipe:  Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

vegetarian dish of Pattypan Squash with Eggs

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Pattypan Squash with Eggs

Picked when they’re little and sweet, pattypan squash are just the right size to hold a little egg-y surprise inside.

Recipe:  Pattypan Squash with Eggs

A vegetarian dish of pearl couscous with fall vegetables and caramelized onions.

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Pearl Couscous with Fall Vegetables and Caramelized Onions

A fragrant, brothy pile of chewy couscous, spicy vegetables, and tangy-sweet onions takes the chill out of the air when the cool season comes.

Recipe:  Pearl Couscous with Fall Vegetables and Caramelized Onions

Wild Rice Congee

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Wild Rice Congee

Opt for vegetable broth instead of chicken, and this easy twist on traditional Chinese rice porridge makes a wonderful vegetarian one-dish supper on a cold night.

Recipe:  Wild Rice Congee

A vegetarian recipe for zinfandel risotto with roasted beets and walnuts.

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Zinfandel Risotto with Roasted Beets and Walnuts

Together, the fruity dark wine and the ruby-hued beets tint this risotto a vibrant shade of red.

Recipe:  Zinfandel Risotto with Roasted Beets and Walnuts

Swiss Chard and Ricotta Salata Egg Bake

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Swiss Chard and Ricotta Salata Egg Bake

Ricotta salata is a firm, slightly salty, and very mild sheep's-milk cheese. If you’ve got a surplus of eggs, this dish provides a delicious way to use them up.

Recipe:  Swiss Chard and Ricotta Salata Egg Bake

Split Pea-Squash Stew with Basil and Serrano

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Split Pea-Squash Stew with Basil and Serrano

This fragrant, buttery stew is hearty enough to work as a main dish. Serve with a green salad and naan (Indian flatbread) or fresh pita.

Recipe:  Split Pea-Squash Stew with Basil and Serrano

Nutted Brown Rice Pilaf

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Nutted Brown Rice Pilaf

Nuts bring flavor, richness, and protein to this hearty dish. Serve with sautéed greens and roasted sweet potatoes for a well-rounded vegetarian meal.

Recipe:  Nutted Brown Rice Pilaf

A vegetarian meal of roasted vegetables and polenta.

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Autumn Vegetable Ragout with Soft Polenta

A savory medley of roasted fall vegetables tops creamy polenta in this dish, fit for a cozy night in.

Recipe:  Autumn Vegetable Ragout with Soft Polenta

A vegetarian meal of spaghetti squash with jalapeno cream.

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Spaghetti Squash with Jalapeño Cream

We've tossed spaghetti squash with a spicy cream sauce and baked it, mac-'n'-cheese-style, for a warming, hearty dish that doubles easily and reheats beautifully.

Recipe:  Spaghetti Squash with Jalapeño Cream

Spanish Tortilla

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Spanish Tortilla

A slice of this traditional Spanish egg and potato dish is well suited for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, ensuring that any leftovers will be gobbled up in no time.

Recipe:  Spanish Tortilla

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