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.
From fresh garden salads to hearty stews, and even a mock meat loaf, this collection of vegetarian recipes will leave you
full, happy, and certainly glad you chose these healthy meatless meals. In honor of our 25th anniversary, we compiled a collection
of our editors' and readers' favorite vegetarian recipes from the past 25 years. Based on research from MyRecipes.com, we
pulled the Cooking Light recipes that received the most votes and highest star ratings.
First Up: You'll love this Rösti Casserole with Baked Eggs. We have whittled down the calories in this traditional Swedish dish and added our own spin with Greek yogurt and artisan spices. This dish embodies the alluring qualities you'd expect from rösti—shredded potatoes that are cooked until browned and crisp on the edges. Serve with a colorful mixed greens salad.
View Recipe: Rösti Casserole with Baked Eggs
Don’t miss out on this Mexican chile sauce dish. The sauce has a kick, but if you want fire, add extra ancho chiles. This
meal is filling, flavorful, and a great protein substitute for a meatless diet.
View Recipe: Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas with Ranchero Sauce
Try this hearty, main dish burger made from lentils, veggies, and seasoning. You can have it sans the bun and topped with
spicy, sweet salsa or for a more traditional approach, top with cheese, ketchup, and a sesame bun.
View Recipe: Lentil-Barley Burgers with Fiery Fruit
Vegetarians and carnivores alike will love this ingenious twist on meat loaf. The meaty-flavored, umami-rich recipe received
our Test Kitchen's highest rating.
View Recipe: Vegetable "Meat" Loaf
“What a great way to use asparagus, tomatoes, and lettuce as a change of pace dish! Everyone loved it - even my 13-month-old
granddaughter! I added extra asparagus and tomatoes since we all love roasted veggies! This will be a regular meatless dish
for us!” -flowbleu
View Recipe: Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Penne Salad with Goat Cheese
This warming, hearty soup has a zing and is full of healthy proteins and tender veggies. It will surely leave you pleasantly
surprised – and warm, of course.
View Recipe: Tuscan White Bean Soup with Escarole
Earthy, rich, and flavorful – this dish is packed full of savory goodness. Instant polenta makes it fast to create this gourmet
View Recipe: Fontal Polenta with Mushroom Sauté
Pair pasta-like potato gnocchi with wilted spinach for a light and flavorful 6-ingredient dish (plus salt and pepper) in minutes.
View Recipe: Brown Butter Gnocchi with Spinach and Pine Nuts
This dish is fresh, creamy, and packed with fresh veggies. When the reviews rave this dish is “delicious,” “excellent,” and
“a big hit,” why wouldn’t you put it on this week’s menu plan?
View Recipe: Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing
This perfect version of a classic Italian meatless dinner, Parmigiana, will quickly become a family favorite. Add a glass
of vino for a Sicilian style date night or a scoop of gelato for a kid-friendly Italian night.
View Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan
Keep the thermostat down and lose the parka – this recipe is sure to keep you warm. This healthy, nutritious, and hearty vegetarian
staple is packed with protein and super low in fat.
View Recipe: Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili
Translated from the Germanic Alsatian dialect, baeckeoffe means "baker's oven," as it was traditionally a dish that was brought
to the local baker to cook in his oven. Classic versions are loaded with meat, but our vegetarian riff is equally hearty and
View Recipe: Potato, Turnip, and Spinach Baeckeoffe
The sweetness of the mango balances the snappiness of the chile. Top quesadillas with fat-free sour cream and salsa, and serve
with spinach and carrot salad.
View Recipe: Poblano, Mango, and Black Bean Quesadillas
Embrace Indian flavors by making this vegetarian meal that only takes 30 minutes from start to finish.
View Recipe: Fall Vegetable Curry
Pungent goat cheese adds a creamy quality to this delicious and filling sandwich. Balsamic, garlic, and oil acts to transcend
the main star of the sandwich – the portobello mushroom – to the next level.
View Recipe: Grilled Portobello, Bell Pepper, and Goat Cheese Sandwiches
Salty cheese, tomatoes, and basil make this a savory treat. Pair with a tossed green salad for a light summer supper.
View Recipe: Phyllo Pizza with Feta, Basil, and Tomatoes
This cheesy, mushroom dish mimics eggplant parmesan, but is baked in tomato sauce until the veggies are tender and savory.
Serve over pasta for a main dish, or use as a filling side dish to accompany a light main course.
View Recipe: Baked Eggplant with Mushroom-and-Tomato Sauce
This recipe is a great idea for spicing up bland tofu. Cutting the tofu into thin strips, glazing, and cooking it leaves a
great tasting, crispy addition to this rice dish.
View Recipe: Chili-Glazed Tofu over Asparagus and Rice
This Moroccan-style dish is warm, comforting, and full of healthy veggies and sharp spices. Have some toasted bread handy
to soak up the broth – you won’t want to leave any behind!
View Recipe: Chickpea and Winter Vegetable Stew
“Outstanding recipe! So delicious! I loved the crispness of the green beans (fresh from the garden), the zestiness of the
lemon, the heat from the garlic and shallots, and the crunchiness of the pistachios.” –flowerpot916
View Recipe: Gemelli Salad with Green Beans, Pistachios, and Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette
With only 260 calories per serving, this tart is perfect for anytime of the day – and maybe even packed lunch tomorrow. Make
in advance on a Sunday or think of this hassle-free meal for a quick holiday brunch idea.
View Recipe: Eggplant, Tomato, and Smoked Mozzarella Tart
These rolls require some assembly time but are a nice change of pace from layered pasta. Stuffed with spinach, mushrooms,
onion, basil, and cheese, you won’t want to miss out on making this Italian gourmet meal.
View Recipe: Lasagna Rolls with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Serve this as a first course for an Asian-themed meal, or make brown rice and steamed spinach to go with it for an entrée.
Draining and pressing the tofu yields a crisp crust when pan-fried; it also helps the tofu absorb more flavor from the zesty
View Recipe: Korean-Inspired Sautéed Tofu
This dish goes straight from the freezer to oven - no thawing required. The fire-roasted tomatoes in the marinara sauce give
the dish a subtle smoky flavor. You can also easily vary the filling by adding basil or oregano and a different cheese. (We
tried fontina instead of mozzarella and threw in some arugula for a peppery bite.) Make some garlic bread and a green salad
and dinner's on.
View Recipe: Four-Cheese Stuffed Shells with Smoky Marinara
This dish collaborates Mediterranean and Indian flavors with a zesty curry, ginger flavor. Mix up your dinner menu this week
with this tasty international dish.
View Recipe: Curried Couscous with Broccoli and Feta