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.
Potato, Turnip, and Spinach Baeckeoffe
Translated from the French 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 rich. Mushroom caps deliver all the umami goodness you want from meat but without the saturated fat and calories. Onions, potato, spinach, and turnips load this dish full of hearty vegetables. Gruyère cheese is assertive, and since it goes on top to make a cheesy crust, you'll want to substitute with something equally firm, like fontina or Havarti. Serve with a oaky white wine.