Hearty Vegetarian Recipes

Dinner, Featured Article, In Season, Recipes, Winter
on January 12, 2012
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn 

Vegetarians: Sad and helplessly deprived individuals restricted to a lifetime filled with bland tofu, meager servings of veggies, and tiny tuffs of alfalfa sprouts. Right?


Although foodie folklore tends to paint the vegetarian diet as one of culinary destitution, we believe vegetarians can have meaty meals sans meat. Regardless if you’re an herbivore or a carnivore to the core, take a dive into the fantastic world of vegetarian cooking with the following filling eats:

Vibrant Vegetables: An easy way to, for lack of a better term, “beef-up” a vegetarian dinner is to use hearty vegetables and legumes. Eggplants and mushrooms are common choices amongst vegetarians because they are solid in taste, versatile and can be easily manipulated for grilling and baking. If you are looking to acquire the protein benefits of meat while staying strictly vegetarian, turn to beans and make a savory stew. Click the image above for a mushroom and black-eyed pea ragout recipe.

One Dish Dinners: Baked casseroles are no brainers in the veggie world. They are simple, perfect for weeknights and create full tummies with limited clean up. For a guaranteed hit, try a cheese and pasta heavy baked casserole dish or a vegetarian lasagna. Click the image above for a mac-and-cheese recipe.

Frittatas: Egg-based frittatas are rich with protein and can be made wonderfully satisfying with the addition of pasta. Known as the Italian omelet, frittatas can be jazzed up with all sorts of vegetarian options—cheeses and vegetables ranging from mushrooms to corn. Click the image above for a hearty vegetarian frittata recipe.

For more vegetarian recipes see our collection below.

—By Emily Arno