This chili is heavy on the sweet and tangy flavor of tomatoes, with both diced and paste, but it also boasts four different
kinds of beans. The unusual addition of Worcestershire sauce (if you're a strict vegetarian or vegan, make sure to use a vegetarian
version) brings great meaty flavor to the chili. Serve with jalapeño cornbread or over cooked spaghetti, Cincinnati-style.
View Recipe: Jane's Vegetarian Chili
Browning tofu cubes over high heat gives them a nice firm texture and caramelized flavor that goes well with the simple stir-fried
veggies. The flavors of sesame oil, rice vinegar, and soy sauce, along with ample ginger and garlic, stand up to the bell
pepper, and a topping of sprouts adds a fresh, spicy crunch that makes this dish different. If you can't find pungent radish
sprouts, substitute broccoli, alfalfa, or bean sprouts.
View Recipe: Seared Tofu with Gingered Vegetables
Your family will never guess what's in this pesto, but the macadamias give a creamier texture than other types of nuts. Add
half-and-half to that for a wonderfully rich, indulgent sauce with familiar flavor but a hint of something new. The pesto
comes together in the time the pasta cooks, so it takes just a few minutes to create a creamy, comforting dish with less than
400 calories per serving.
View Recipe: Macadamia Nut-Pesto Fettuccine
Convert carnivores into vegetarians (if only temporarily) with this recipe: The meatless crumbles are nearly indistinguishable
from ground beef. Add to that the fiery heat of chipotles, creamy avocado and sour cream, and plenty of cheese, and you've
got a great plate of nachos. Best of all, this version has only 408 calories per serving and provides nearly half a day's
fiber and more than a third of a day's calcium.
View Recipe: Vegetarian Chipotle Nachos
You can also try using fresh dough. Look to your local pizzeria for homemade dough, as many will sell theirs for only a few
View Recipe: Arugula Pizza with Poached Eggs
This light pasta doesn't sacrifice flavor. With earthy beans, bitter greens, and sharp Parmesan cheese, this dish needs a
dose of fruit to bring it to life. Try a pinot grigio with lively melon and citrus flavors, such as Lungarotti Torre di Giano
View Recipe: Rotini with White Beans and Escarole
Savory blue cheese polenta topped with delicious veggies makes for a comforting and satisfying meal.
View Recipe: Blue Cheese Polenta with Vegetables
You can easily shave thin slices of cheese in a snap using an inexpensive kitchen tool: a vegetable peeler. This is a perfect
technique for many hard cheeses like Gruyère.
View Recipe: Grilled Gruyère and Olive Tapenade Sandwiches
This hearty recipe is a rich and hearty comfort dish that will satisfy any need for the savory. Fresh herbs and creamy fontina
cheese up the flavor quota add even more dimension to the mushrooms.
View Recipe: Fontal Polenta with Mushroom Sauté
Seasoned with mustard, cumin, and paprika, these classic chickpea patties have a great crunchy exterior and zesty flavor.
Paired with bitter arugula and a creamy-tangy dressing on pita, they create an easy 10-minute dinner. Toss together lettuce,
tomato, some feta cheese, and extra dressing for a nice side salad.
View Recipe: Falafel Pitas with Cucumber-Yogurt Dressing
The flavors in this dish may be exotic for a weeknight dinner, but it's fast (about 15 minutes) and calls for common pantry
ingredients. Pineapple and red bell pepper provide a balance of sweet and savory while coconut milk and curry powder combine
for a creamy, spicy sauce. This doesn't have to be a vegetarian dish, either; chicken or pork can replace the tofu with almost
no change in cooking.
View Recipe: Curried Tofu
The ingredients might sound like they'd clash when combined, but this recipe proves that spicy, sweet, and savory go great
together. The tangy mango moderates the hot pepper while perking up the beans, and avocado adds creamy texture and healthy
fats. Add another layer of flavor by serving with sour cream or your favorite salsa or guacamole for dipping.
View Recipe: Poblano, Mango, and Black Bean Quesadillas
Each element of this dish contributes unique elements. Crispy and chewy texture come from the grilled pita; tanginess and
cooling creaminess from the goat cheese; sweet, juicy freshness from the tomato; and earthy smoky flavors and meaty texture
from the portobellos. It's a great summer combination with a simple fruit salad made from whatever you have on hand.
View Recipe: Grilled Portobello-Goat Cheese Pitas
Pesto is a wonderfully diverse recipe component because there are so many possible variations. Here, almonds and sun-dried
tomatoes make for a sweet-and-savory flavor with extra richness from the oil in the tomatoes. Mixed into a bit of reserved
pasta cooking water, the pesto makes a great thick sauce that sticks to the noodles, and a last-minute topping of tangy feta
brightens all the flavors. It tastes indulgent, but this dish has only 300 calories and less than 10 grams of fat per serving.
View Recipe: Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Feta Cheese
Packaged greens are ultra-easy to use, and you just have to add a few extra ingredients to put a unique stamp on a salad.
Basil and kalamata olives build a Mediterranean salad with a sweet cider vinaigrette that's served over an easy pita pizza
for a complete meal.
View Recipe: Insalata Pizzas
Prepared filled pastas from the refrigerated section of the supermarket are a great boon to get dinner on the table fast.
They add multilayered flavor and cook even more quickly than dried pasta. Here, cheese tortellini is paired with fresh, crisp
asparagus, bitter arugula, sweet and juicy tomatoes, pungent onion, and tart canned artichoke hearts in a simple two-vinegar
vinaigrette for a meal that takes no longer than cooking the pasta.
View Recipe: Warm Tortellini and Cherry Tomato Salad
Vegetarian chilis are so hearty and full of flavor that you'll never miss meat. Canned beans shorten the total cooking time
to 13 minutes, plus they add lots of fiber. Corn bread―store-bought or homemade―is a natural side, but you could serve the
chili over rice instead for a different twist.
View Recipe: Three-Bean Chili
This very nontraditional falafel, made with pinto beans, cheese, and a zesty avocado spread, was named our all-time best vegetarian entrée. It also works as an appetizer: Make about 12 small patties instead of four large ones and serve the spread as a dipping
View Recipe: Falafel with Avocado Spread
One advantage of tofu is that it's a blank slate―it can absorb almost any flavor and take on many different identities. Here,
the tofu gets a dip in a sauce with sweet, sour, and salty tastes and a big wallop of heat. The rice with vegetables in this
recipe provides an excellent base for tofu, but you can use the tofu as a main-course protein with other sides, too. Try soba
or rice noodles and steamed broccoli, or pair with baked sweet potatoes.
View Recipe: Chili-Glazed Tofu over Asparagus and Rice
Talk about quick and easy: This recipe takes 10 minutes and five ingredients. But it's still delicious, satisfying, and contains
just 264 calories per serving. The eggs take on lots of flavor from poaching in pasta sauce, and polenta adds body and unique
texture. Other kinds of greens can also work here, though they might need to cook a bit longer―try Swiss chard or kale.
View Recipe: Italian Eggs over Spinach and Polenta
All your favorites are here―okra, bell pepper, corn, black beans―cooked through but still crisp and tender for lots of fresh
flavor and a shockingly low 90 calories per serving. Feel free to have seconds―or thirds! Serve like a salad with your favorite
bread, or fill tortillas for vegetable tacos.
View Recipe: Corn and Summer Vegetable Sauté
Burritos like these are a great option to feed picky eaters, since you can customize the filling of each one. On a zesty base
of rice and beans combined with salsa, you can add whatever other fillings you like (and leave out those you don’t) to fill
up a tasty burrito. The recipe calls for cheese, avocado, and cilantro, but try just about any vegetable―corn's a delicious
option, and cooked zucchini is great in addition to or in place of the black beans.
View Recipe: Double-Bean Burritos
Breakfast for dinner is a fun way to shake up your menu, and breakfast foods are almost always quick and easy. This 10-minute
dish is no exception. We combine whole eggs and egg whites to give great flavor but keep fat in check, and use deeply flavored
smoked mozzarella to add more depth. Switch up the bread and cheese for easy variations like pepper jack on a tortilla or
pecorino on a bagel.
View Recipe: Smoked Mozzarella, Spinach, and Pepper Omelet Sandwiches
Most chowders only contain a small amount of meat in comparison to vegetables, so making this dish vegetarian was easy. It's
warm and filling with lots of hearty potato and sweet corn in a creamy base. Seafood seasoning adds that classic New England
flavor without meat, and a sprinkling of green onions and cheese on top punches up both color and taste. Not bad for 15 minutes'
work and only 343 calories a serving.
View Recipe: Corn and Potato Chowder
For the very busiest of times, this recipe requires zero cooking and can be made ahead. A garlic- and onion-infused cream cheese spread matches with flavorful roasted bell peppers in an extremely
easy recipe to put together. If you cut the mini bagels in half, this recipe yields 24 hors d'oeuvre servings, but two whole
sandwiches make a meal with only 248 calories and 8 grams of fat.
View Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper on Mini-Bagel Sandwiches
Here's an entire meal, ready in less than 20 minutes. For firmer yolks, cook eggs 5 minutes.
View Recipe: Black Bean Cakes
Look for garam masala—an Indian blend—in the spice aisle; Spice Islands and McCormick make it.
View Recipe: Chickpea Curry with Basmati Rice