By Vicky McDonald
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.
Chef John’s Meatless Meatballs
“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
Eggplant Parmesan II
“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
Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce
“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
“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
“Yum!! One of my favorites. Even my husband likes it. Just proves you don’t need meat to have a fabulous dinner.” — NAL
“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.
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
“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
“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
“This is delicious! It’s a great vegetarian meal that even my meat-loving husband asks for.” — VEGGIEHEAD1
Stuffed Peppers My Way