The best vegetarian recipes are loaded with flavorful, colorful ingredients, not boring substitutes. Our editors have built the best vegetarian meals, starting with protein-packed ingredients like eggs, tofu, beans, and more, then adding delectable sauces, drool-inducing sides, and enough "Wow!" that you'll never miss the meat. Whether you have taken 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. Just getting started? Try the Lentil-Barley Burger or the Phyllo Pizza and prepare to be amazed. Many of our best vegetarian recipes are highly customizable, so get ready to make them your own.
Baked Eggplant with Mushroom-and-Tomato Sauce
This cheesy mushroom and eggplant dish mimics classic eggplant Parmesan, but it's baked in the tomato sauce until the vegetables are incredibly tender. Serve over pasta for a main dish, or try it as a filling side, with crusty bread for dipping, to accompany a light main course. Broiling the eggplant slices first will soften the flesh and remove the bitterness that can come from the seeds. Sautéing the onion and mushroom mixture first before baking removes moisture so the final product is rich, not watery. For a bit of extra texture, sprinkle coarse breadcrumbs over the dish before the final five minutes of baking.