Here’s a month’s worth of great vegetarian meals, plus a showstopping bonus main.

By Arielle Weg
November 30, 2017
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It’s December, so the last thing we should worry about is what’s for dinner. We’re way more preoccupied with buying the perfect presents, baking cookies, and throwing holidays bashes.

But that doesn’t mean you should resort to ordering pizza. If you take a step back this holiday season, you’ll find that winter months are the perfect time to explore new ingredients and get cooking. These recipes will encourage you to experiment with plant-based wonders like roasted veggies, cozy soups, and protein-packed lentils.

Here are 5 meatless mains from the Cooking Light Diet to shake things up before your holiday ham hits the table this December.

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December 4: Roasted Vegetable Plate with Herbed Dressing 

This light dinner makes the most of seasonal winter flavors like roasted sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.

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December 11: Lentil Cakes with Mint Yogurt

Pre-cooked lentils save 30 minutes in this weeknight dinner, and full-fat yogurt makes the dish feel extra satisfying. Plus, the indulgent patties come together quickly in the food processor and create a satiating topper for the bright greens. 

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December 18: Orange, Tofu, and Bell Pepper Stir-Fry 

Christmas is coming, and this 20-minute meatless meal is your ticket to a quick dinner. Orange juice and soy sauce thicken to a sticky, sweet-and-salty sauce reminiscent of your favorite Asian style takeout. 

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December 26: Ruthenian Mushroom Soup

So you skipped Meatless Monday in favor of Christmas (we don't blame you), but Meatless Tuesday is here to take its place! The stock you'll make from soaking dried mushrooms becomes a meaty base for the perfect post-holiday feast. 

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Bonus: Mujadara

Creamy lentils turn this rice into a truly showstopping vegetarian main, and the toasted pine nuts give it a pleasant crunch. For something extra, top with yogurt, garlic, mint, or even a boiled egg.