Baked Portabello Mushrooms

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Marinated portabello mushrooms can be a great alternative to meat. They're nice and juicy, like a good burger, and the marinade keeps the mushroom-y taste at a minimum. View recipe here .
12 Meatless Dishes for Meat-Lovers
Vegetarian meals even a carnivore could enjoy.

Warm Olivada

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When heated, the flavor of olives becomes more complex and aromatic. Use this versatile olivada as a topping for rustic bread, pizzas, and focaccias; as a sauce for pasta; even stirred into mashed potatoes. View recipe here .

12 Meatless Dishes for Meat-Lovers
Vegetarian meals even a carnivore could enjoy.

Tomato Salad Bread

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Tomato season is almost over, but don't worry. You can still make this tomato flat bread all winter using sun-dried tomatoes with some of the more flavorful cherry ones. View recipe here .
12 Meatless Dishes for Meat-Lovers
Vegetarian meals even a carnivore could enjoy.

Black Bean and Jalapeno Soup

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This recipe is based on Bobby Flay's nearly-vegetarian soup. By replacing chicken stock with vegetable stock and upping the garlic, this version is completely vegetarian and still flavorful. View recipe here .
12 Meatless Dishes for Meat-Lovers
Vegetarian meals even a carnivore could enjoy.

Stuffed Tomatoes with Fennel

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Stuffed with rice, these tomatoes are filling enough for a meal, but can also be served as a side dish. View recipe here .
12 Meatless Dishes for Meat-Lovers
Vegetarian meals even a carnivore could enjoy.

Mediterranean Spinach with Chickpeas

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Spinach is not just a side dish anymore. This recipe is perfect for a main course over rice, couscous, or even pasta. View recipe here .
12 Meatless Dishes for Meat-Lovers
Vegetarian meals even a carnivore could enjoy.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

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Not only is this recipe easy and more tasty than the store-bought soy-puck veggie burgers, it's also pretty fun to make. View recipe here .
12 Meatless Dishes for Meat-Lovers
Vegetarian meals even a carnivore could enjoy.

Potato Pancakes

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Instead of the usual french fries, try serving these sweet and savory potato pancakes with your sloppy joes. View recipe here .
12 Meatless Dishes for Meat-Lovers
Vegetarian meals even a carnivore could enjoy.

Tempeh Fajitas

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Sure, it looks strange, but tempeh could not be more under-appreciated as a meat substitute. Try cooking with tempeh by making fajitas. It works well in a spicy version or a sweet version , depending on your tastes.
12 Meatless Dishes for Meat-Lovers
Vegetarian meals even a carnivore could enjoy.

Pasta with Zucchini

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Full of zucchini and fragrant with basil, this satisfying dish stands on its own without meat. View recipe here .
12 Meatless Dishes for Meat-Lovers
Vegetarian meals even a carnivore could enjoy.

Wild Mushroom Ragu Macaroni

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This casserole is an excellent dish to serve at a dinner party because you can assemble it up to a day ahead. The mushroom ragu in the recipe can also be used in a stew, over polenta, on pizza, and more. View recipe here .

12 Meatless Dishes for Meat-Lovers
Vegetarian meals even a carnivore could enjoy.

Crustless Zucchini Pie

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This rustic Balkan dish--called mamaliga in some parts of mainland Greece-- is both delicious and healthy, using cornmeal as a thickener with just two eggs and no cream. View recipe here .

To learn more about eating as a vegetarian, click here .
12 Meatless Dishes for Meat-Lovers
Vegetarian meals even a carnivore could enjoy.