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.
Chili-Glazed Tofu over Asparagus and Rice
Rarely is tofu described as irresistible, but this quick weeknight recipe is just that. The key is a concentrated sweet and savory sauce with pungent fresh ginger, spicy chili sauce, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. A touch of sugar balances the sauce and helps it caramelize on the tofu. No protein could be quicker or easier to cook: three minutes on each side is all you need. To press the tofu, line a plate with paper towels, arrange the planks of tofu in a single layer on top, then top with more paper towels and a second plate. Let stand 10 to 20 minutes.