Dinner Tonight: Vegetarian

Try going meatless at least one night a week. These vegetarian dinners make it hard to find an excuse not to.

Vegetarian Dinner Recipe: Chipotle Bean Burritos

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Chipotle Bean Burritos

Time: 30 minutes

Simple Sub: In place of chipotle chile powder, you can use ½ teaspoon regular chili powder plus 1⁄8 teaspoon ground red pepper.

Serve with Guacamole and Chips: Place 1 ripe peeled avocado in a bowl; mash with a fork. Add 1 tablespoon minced ­onion, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 minced garlic clove, and ½ jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced. Stir until well blended. Serve with baked tortilla chips.

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Vegetarian Dinner Recipe: Eggplant and Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato-Parmesan Soup

Kana Okada

Eggplant and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

Time: 40 minutes

Make-Ahead Tip: Hearty ciabatta holds up well, making this a good brown-bag lunch option.

Serve with Tomato-Parmesan Soup: Combine 2 cups commercial boxed tomato soup, ¼ cup half-and-half, ½ teaspoon dried basil, and 1⁄8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Cook in a small saucepan over ­medium heat 8 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in 2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

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Vegetarian Dinner Recipe: Two-Bean Soup with Kale

Kana Okada

Two-Bean Soup with Kale

Time: 30 minutes

Simple Sub: Swiss chard, mustard greens, or escarole can stand in for kale.

Serve with Cheese-Tomato Toasts: Broil 4 (1-ounce) slices ciabatta bread for 1 minute. Turn bread over; top each slice with 2 thin plum tomato slices and 1 tablespoon shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

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Vegetarian Dinner Recipe: Red Onion, Potato, and Goat Cheese Pizza

Randy Mayor

Red Onion, Potato, and Goat Cheese Pizza

Time: 40 minutes

Simple Sub: In place of goat cheese, try feta or queso fresco

Serve with Romaine-Radicchio Salad: Combine 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add 5 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce and 2 cups thinly sliced radicchio; toss to coat. Sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper.

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Poached Eggs with Spinach and Walnuts Recipe

Photo: Johnny Autry & Randy Mayor

Poached Eggs with Spinach and Walnuts

Time: 40 minutes

Flavor Hit: Walnuts lend crunchy contrast to the mushrooms.

Serve with Roasted Acorn Squash: Preheat oven to 400°. Cut 1 acorn squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds. Cut each half into 6 wedges. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add squash; cook 3 minutes or until browned on one side. Turn wedges; sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt. Place pan in oven; bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until tender. CALORIES 94; FAT 5.9g (sat 3.7g); SODIUM 192mg

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Potato, Mushroom, and Leek Croquettes Recipe

Photo: Johnny Autry & Randy Mayor

Potato, Mushroom, and Leek Croquettes

Time: 40 minutes

Prep Pointer: Halve leeks lengthwise, and rinse thoroughly.

Serve with Greens and Shallot Vinaigrette: Combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Add 6 cups gourmet salad greens and 1 sliced shallot to bowl; toss gently. CALORIES 82; FAT 6.8g (sat 0.9g); SODIUM 120mg

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Tofu Steaks with Shiitakes and Veggies Recipe

Photo: Johnny Autry

Tofu Steaks with Shiitakes and Veggies

Time: 40 minutes

Technique Tip: Piercing the tofu allows it to absorb the marinade.

Serve with Cashew Rice: Combine 1 cup water, ½ cup long-grain rice, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a small saucepan; cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork; stir in 1/3 cup sliced green onions and ¼ cup chopped unsalted cashews. CALORIES 136; FAT 4.1g (sat 0.8g); SODIUM 151mg

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Baked Ziti and Summer Veggies Recipe

Photo: John Autry & Randy Mayor

Baked Ziti and Summer Veggies

Time: 40 minutes

Simple Sub: Use eggplant instead of yellow squash.

Serve with Mixed Green Salad: Combine 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large bowl. Add 4 cups mixed salad greens; toss. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup). CALORIES 85; FAT 8.2g (sat 1g); SODIUM 7mg

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Healthy Dinner Recipe: Antipasto-Style Penne

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Antipasto-Style Penne

Time: 40 minutes

Vegetarian Swap: Omit prosciutto; add 2 ounces cubed provolone.

Serve with Lemon-Garlic Broccoli Rabe: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ¼ cup water and 1¼ pounds trimmed broccoli rabe to pan. Cover and cook 3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper, and 2 minced garlic cloves. Cook, uncovered, 2 minutes or until broccoli rabe is tender. Remove from heat, and stir in 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

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Vegetarian Dinner Recipe: Shiitake and Sweet Pea Risotto

Randy Mayor

Shiitake and Sweet Pea Risotto

Time: 40 minutes

Vegetarian Swap: Use vegetable broth in place of chicken broth.

Serve with Romaine-Tomato Salad: Combine 2 tablespoons minced shallots, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, ½ teaspoon minced fresh thyme, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper, stirring with a whisk. Combine 5 cups torn romaine lettuce and 2 cups halved grape tomatoes. Drizzle with dressing; toss.

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Vegetarian Dinner Recipes: Farfalle with Tomatoes, Onions, and Spinach

Photo: John Autry

Farfalle with Tomatoes, Onions, and Spinach

Time: 40 minutes

Prep Pointer: Vertically sliced onions (as opposed to rings) separate nicely and meld better with the pasta.

Serve with Olive Flatbread: Preheat oven to 450°. Unroll 1 (11-ounce) can refrigerated thin-crust pizza dough onto a baking sheet. Combine 1½ tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper, and 1 minced garlic clove; brush over dough. Sprinkle dough with ⅓ cup chopped kala-mata olives. Bake at 450° for 11 minutes or until browned and done. Top with 2 tablespoons thinly sliced basil.

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Fall Vegetable Curry Recipse

Photo: John Autry

Fall Vegetable Curry

Time: 30 minutes

Simple Sub: No Madras? Try 1 1/2 teaspoons regular curry and 1/2 teaspoon red pepper.

Serve with Cashew Basmati Rice: Cook 1 cup basmati rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Stir in 1/4 cup unsalted cashew pieces and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 129; FAT 4g (sat 0.8g); SODIUM 149mg

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Grilled Vegetable and Fontina Pizza

Photo: Johnny Autry & Randy Mayor

Grilled Vegetable and Fontina Pizza

Time: 40 minutes

Technique Tip: Grilling both sides of the crust cooks the dough through.

Serve with Herbed Mediterranean Salad: Combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano, and ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add 4 cups salad greens, 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes, ½ cup sliced peeled cucumber, ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, and 2 tablespoons halved, pitted kalamata olives; toss gently. CALORIES 103; FAT 8.8g (sat 1.2g); SODIUM 146mg

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Spiced Lentils and Poached Eggs

Photo: Johnny Autry

Spiced Lentils and Poached Eggs

Time: 30 minutes

Kid Tweak: Omit the curry powder for milder lentils.

Serve with Cumin-Scented Carrots: Preheat oven to 425°. Combine 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1⁄8 teaspoon cumin with 1 pound peeled, trimmed baby carrots, halved lengthwise. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. CALORIES 74; FAT 2.3g (sat 0.3g); SODIUM 208mg

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Kale and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

Photo: Brian Woodcock

Kale and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

Time: 30 minutes

Simple Sub: If raclette isn't available, substitute Gruyère cheese.

Serve with Poblano-Tomato Soup: Place a jelly-roll pan in oven. Preheat broiler to high. Combine 2 pounds halved tomatoes, 6 garlic cloves, 3 halved shallots, 1 halved seeded red bell pepper, and 1 halved seeded poblano pepper in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil; toss. Carefully arrange vegetables on preheated pan; broil 10 minutes or until blackened. Place roasted vegetables in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Stir in 1 cup unsalted chicken stock or organic vegetable broth, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground cumin, and 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander. Top with ¼ cup cilantro leaves; serve with 4 lime wedges. CALORIES 112; FAT 4.1g (sat 0.3g); SODIUM 196mg

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Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes with Avocado Salsa

Photo: Jason Wallis

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes with Avocado Salsa

Time: 40 minutes

Flavor Hit: Onion and spicy jalapeño serve as a flavorful contrast to the sweet potato.

Serve with Sauteéd Lemony Broccolini: Melt 2 teaspoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 pound trimmed Broccolini to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add ¼ cup dry white wine to pan. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 6 minutes or until Broccolini is tender. Add 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to Broccolini; toss. CALORIES 78; FAT 1.9g (sat 1.2g); SODIUM 199mg

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