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15 Vegetarian Recipes for Diehard Meat Lovers

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

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Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

“Fantastic recipe! Even my carnivore husband loves it.” — Jonny’s Girl

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.

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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

Quick and Easy Side Dishes for Burgers

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

Easy Side Dishes for Lasagna

Vegetarian Korma

“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

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

16 Side Dishes That Go Great With Chili

Spinach Enchiladas

“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

The Best Side Dishes for Enchiladas

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

“Yum! I love these and make them about three times each month. My vegetarian husband loves these as well. What’s great about this recipe is how much you can adapt the recipe.” — Post-It Poet

The Best Side Dishes for Stuffed Peppers

Pizza On The Grill I

“Oh my goodness, is this ever a fabulous way to make homemade pizza! I’m a novice and this was the best I’ve ever made. I was scared to try it. What if the dough dropped through the grill? But it didn’t. Held together beautifully.” — LADYJAYPEE

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Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

“This is an authentic, really rich pie stuffed with spinach, onions, cheeses, and herbs that are all enfolded by crispy, flaky phyllo dough.” — SILVERWOLF

Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole

“Very yummy. I was a little leery of the soy sauce but it ended up being delicious! Not at all overpowering but just another interesting dimension to the dish.” — Cardamum

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