MyPlate-Inspired Vegetarian Recipes

Enjoy our favorite MyPlate-inspired vegetarian recipes, which provide tasty meatless options with the necessary protein and nutrients for a healthy diet.

Nutritious Vegetarian Recipes
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Nutritious Vegetarian Recipes

Cooking Light is working with the Partnership for a Healthier America and USDA’s MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to thousands of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit Find recipes at

Protein has many important functions in the body and is essential for growth and maintenance. MyPlate recommends that vegetarians build meals around protein sources that are naturally low in fat, such as beans, lentils, and rice, instead of overloading meals with high-fat cheeses to replace the meat.

First up are Supercrunch Tofu Tacos. Pickled daikon radishes and carrots plus a spicy Sriracha sauce set these Asian-inspired tacos apart. Pan-sautéed cashews lend meaty crunch to this vegetarian dish.

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25 Best Vegetarian

Whether you have made the full vegetarian plunge or just want to mix it up, sans the meat, once a week, these healthy, meatless main dishes will have you swooning.

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