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Vegetarian Comfort Foods That Won’t Make You Miss the Meat

America’s meat dependency deserves a break. Sure, meaty meals can taste great and satisfying, but eating less of it is a smart choice, both for your health and the environment. Eating less meat can help lower your risk of heart disease and your carbon footprint. But it can often be a challenge to figure out just how to transform your favorite meaty standards into enticing vegetarian alternatives that deliver on flavor and satisfaction. Here are several classic comfort foods and their vegetarian makeovers.

Instead of: Chicken Pot Pie
Try: Vegetarian Pot Pie
You might be surprised to find that chicken is not essential to a mouthwatering pot pie, as proven here.

Instead of: Shepherd’s Pie
Try: Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
Layers of spaghetti squash, lentils and vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes make this a five-star recipe.

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Meatless Monday: Oscars Party Food

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

The silver screen’s biggest names will strut down the red carpet on Sunday as Hollywood doles out its coveted little gold men. If you plan to root for your favorite actors and films in style, break out the bow ties and sequins and throw your own star-studded soirée, showcasing A-list hors d’oeuvres like these elegant puff pastry tarts. Assembling them won’t require any movie magic, just spinach, Italian cheeses and a box of frozen pastry shells. The flaky, savory bites will make your guests feel like the night’s real winners, even if they’re not walking off with a shiny statuette.

Cheese and Spinach Puff Pastry Pockets

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Meatless Monday: Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Much like risotto, gnocchi often strikes fear into the hearts of home cooks. It’s complicated, we think, requiring too many time-consuming steps: Baking the potatoes, mashing them up and finally kneading the fluffy stuff into a dough that we hope — with crossed, flour-stained fingers — doesn’t become stiff and gummy. But as Extra Virgin hosts Debi and Gabriele prove again and again, Italian classics don’t always require a full day at the stove. In the time it would take to roast a few potatoes, you can have this alternative no-stress five-star gnocchi — loaded with spinach and Parmesan — ready for the dinner table. By swapping out spuds for ricotta cheese, their recipe saves on prep time, but still yields the same puffy, light texture that these dumplings are known for. Top the pillowy nuggets with sage-butter sauce for a deceptively luxurious meal that leaves you plenty of time to master the rest of Nonna’s recipes.

Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi

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Meatless Monday: Eggplant Parm Stacks

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

With a winter that feels extra long and extra chilly — thank you, polar vortex — we’ve spent most of the season hunkered down with our coziest recipes, including this one for Eggplant Parm Stacks. Leave it to comfort-food queen Rachael Ray to transform the homey Italian casserole into crunchy, cheesy towers that you can attack with a knife and fork or pile into a delightfully messy sandwich. Layers of roasted tomatoes, gooey melted mozzarella and basil give the stacks their distinct parm flavors without overwhelming the meaty discs of panko-coated eggplant. Satisfying and nostalgic, this twist on a classic will warm you right up from the inside out.

Eggplant Parm Stacks

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How to Make Creamy, Creamless Vegetable Soup Without a Recipe

In the wintertime, no food satisfies quite like a bowl of steaming, creamy soup. But the problem with a lot of soup recipes is that they have so much cream! Is there a way to get the creaminess of a bisque with the healthfulness/nutrition and calorie count of your favorite vegetable soup? You betcha! The secret lies with an immersion blender — the hand-held tool that saves you from hot soup exploding out of the blender and the massive cleanup that ensues. Follow this easy formula and you can whip up a creamy but creamless soup in less than 30 minutes.

1: Soften the aromatics. In a Dutch oven, heat a tablespoon or 2 of olive oil or butter over medium heat. Add 1 chopped onion (or a similar quantity of shallots), maybe a little minced garlic and some diced celery if you have it on hand.

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Meatless Monday: Sochi-Inspired Beet Salad

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

The Super Bowl may be over, but there’s only a quick break before action-packed sports resume with this week’s opening of the Winter Olympics. In honor of this year’s host city, Sochi on the Black Sea, we’re fueling up with a classic vegetarian zakuski, Russia’s version of tapas. This vibrant, crimson-hued salad is remarkably simple, calling for shredded roasted beets tossed with ample garlic and chopped walnuts. Lemon juice and sweet medjool dates mellow out the intense garlicky punch, while sour cream and mayonnaise give the dish its luxurious, creamy texture. Toss in other hearty vegetables like potatoes or carrots to make it a filling meatless main, or load the salad up on blinis for a gold medal-worthy appetizer. Let the games begin!

Garlicky Beet Salad with Walnuts and Dates

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Meatless Monday: Game-Day Food

The Super Bowl is just a few days away, and if you haven’t planned your game-day spread, get rolling with a DIY taco bar. The concept is quick and easy, and it lets guests pick their favorite flavors. Though meaty fillings are the go-to, you can keep it all-veg with grilled zucchini, sauteed mushrooms and roasted eggplant, or this recipe for cauliflower and lentil tacos. Jason Wrobel, the host of How to Live to 100, favors the two ingredients for their high nutrients and flavor-absorbing powers. Topped with a heaping spoonful of guacamole – Jason adds cumin and cayenne – these tacos are so hearty and fresh, they’ll even score with the meat-lovers.

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Meatless Monday: Oven Roasted Broccoli

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

 

I’m the weirdo that actually likes broccoli. It may be one of the most polarizing vegetables, but it has been my favorite since I was a little kid. My parents didn’t even need to disguise it with cheese or butter — up until a couple weeks ago, the only way I knew the little green veggies was simply steamed. So when I finally got around to roasting broccoli, my mind was blown.

Drizzled with olive oil and thrown in a hot oven, the broccoli almost caramelizes and takes on a smoky sweetness. It’s tender with a bit of a charred crunch. Add breadcrumbs, garlic and a bit of cheese, serve it alongside a main or toss it with pasta, quinoa or rice, and you’ll likely win over even life-long broccoli haters.

Oven Roasted Broccoli

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Meatless Monday: Rustic Fall Vegetable Soup

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

When it comes to homemade vs. store-bought, homemade is almost always better. The questions is whether it’s worth the time and effort. Peanut butter? Go ahead and buy a jar. (I myself have a soft spot for Skippy.) But if we’re talking soup, make your own. It tastes so much better than the sodium-packed stuff from the can.

Between the craziness at work and the crazies you have to feed, a complicated recipe is the last thing you want on a weekday night. Soup is simple. Add whatever veggies you like, pick a noodle or a grain (or don’t), throw in your favorite herbs and relax as it simmers away on the stove.

Kelsey’s Rustic Fall Vegetable Soup is cozy, comforting and hearty. There are no stressful steps or fancy ingredients, and the savory aroma that fills my little apartment is seriously therapeutic. Easy and delicious, it’s just what the doctor ordered for a Monday night.

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Meatless Monday: Creamy Corn and Vegetable Soup

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

It’s prime time to be eating corn right now. It’s crunchy, sweet and affordable — and I can’t get enough. Of course it’s great grilled straight off the cob, but it’s also really lovely in a creamy vegetable soup.

Don’t dismiss the thought of soup until fall. Loaded with zucchini, bell pepper, corn and fresh basil, this soup gets you all of the bright and fresh flavors of summer. Set the table outside and serve with crusty bread and a simple side salad for a relaxing and healthy August dinner.

Creamy Corn and Vegetable Soup

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