15 Vegetarian Recipes for Diehard Meat Lovers

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By Vicky McDonald

Lentil Bolognese

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Perhaps you’re flirting with the idea of eating less meat, or maybe you’re already vegetarian and trying to convince your meat-loving family to go veggie. Whatever the reason, here are healthy vegetarian dinner ideas that are filling, and tasty enough for the most hardened carnivores.

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Chef John’s Meatless Meatballs

Chef John's Meatless Meatballs

catherine.drew

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“Color me impressed! I was skeptical that these could be as good as the real deal, but I stand corrected. If the mushrooms are chopped finely in the food processor, even the texture is darned close.” — Baricat

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Eggplant Parmesan II

Eggplant Parmesan II

Brittany Kieffer

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“All my friends (even the ones that usually won’t eat anything that doesn’t contain meat) think that this is an excellent dish. I usually add some minced garlic and crushed red pepper to give the eggplant a kick.” — KIPUF

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Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce

Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce

LynnInHK

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“Delicious! I made this for my dad and brother, who were skeptical of the tofu, but my dad had seconds,” Mel says.

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Gord Linder

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“This is a great veggie burger!! My husband has already requested them again. And he is a meat lover. Thanks for such a healthy, low-cost recipe that I will be making over and over!” — cookinme

Artichoke Spinach Lasagna

Artichoke Spinach Lasagna

DIZ

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“Yum!! One of my favorites. Even my husband likes it. Just proves you don’t need meat to have a fabulous dinner.” — NAL

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Vegetarian Korma

Vegetarian Korma

Daniel Snoozy

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“Lots of chopping, but oh, so, worth it. I left out the jalapeno, and even my 12 year old ate it. She was thrilled to have a vegetarian dish that the rest of the carnivores in the family would be happy to eat regularly,” Korie Roberts Bartnik says.

Lentil Bolognese

Lentil Bolognese

Buckwheat Queen

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Lentils and mushrooms stand in deliciously for ground beef in this hearty bolognese sauce. “So tasty, and as nice as a meat bolognese,” says sorchaspud. “It can also be served with potatoes, too.”

Black Bean Chili

Black Bean Chili

Cristi

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“My husband,  not a lover of meatless dinners, raved about this chili! I served it with pico de gallo and sour cream as a garnish. Yum! It’s a great alternative to our typical beef chili.” — LEE THRASH

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Spinach Enchiladas

Spinach Enchiladas

Melissa Goff

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“This is a great alternative to and healthier than meat based enchiladas. My husband usually likes meat in his meals, but doesn’t miss the meat in this dish.” — MessyMisty

Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff

Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff

Violet

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“This is delicious! It’s a great vegetarian meal that even my meat-loving husband asks for.” — VEGGIEHEAD1

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