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7 Vegetarian Dinners That Aren’t Just Salad

By Ellie Sher | Sep 30th, 2013

No meat? No problem. When chicken and pork are off the menu, feast on these 7 meatless picks, all guaranteed to keep you full and satisfied.

1. Grilled Cheese with Cream of Tomato Soup

A bowl of creamy tomato soup paired with an oozing grilled cheese never goes out of style. Revamp this classic duo by filling your sandwich with peppery arugula, nutty gruyere, and zippy nectarine chutney. Spring for a hearty ciabatta loaf, which will be excellent dunked in this velvety soup.
Watch how this irresistible sandwich is made, above!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Cream of Tomato Soup

2. Kale Salad with Papaya, Gorgonzola and Almonds

Like a go-to black suit, kale can easily be accessorized in a number of ways. Mix-ins like nuts, cheese, and fruit add a variety of textures and flavors, taking this leafy green to an entirely new level. Coat in a gingery-balsamic dressing and toss with toasted almonds, crumbled gorgonzola and papaya for a refreshing bite.

Kale Salad with Papaya, Gorgonzola, and Almonds

3. Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Jack cheese, rice, and sour cream jive in this tasty filling for roasted poblanos. Slightly spicier than bell peppers, poblano peppers provide a kick of heat when stuffed with this meatless interior and finished with a green chili sauce.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

4. Mascarpone Ravioli with Peas and Asparagus

Forget packaged pasta when these homemade ravioli can be yours in just 30 minutes or less. Save even more time by preparing these pockets in advance and freezing until ready to cook. When the time comes, toss the ravioli with any fresh vegetables at the market.

Mascarpone Ravioli with Peas and Asparagus

5. Heirloom Tomato Salad with Avocado Toast

A colorful appetizer when served on its own or a meal when paired with avocado-topped toast, this ripe heirloom tomato salad makes the most of fresh produce. Pair the tomatoes with burrata and fleur and sel and serve alongside a slice of wheat toast smeared with harissa paste and creamy avocado.

Heirloom Tomatoes with Stracciatella
Avocado Toast with Harissa Paste

6. Crispy Potatoes with Fried Eggs

These dressed-up hash browns are designed to feed a family on the cheap. Top crispy potatoes with a runny fried egg, a handful of arugula, and a generous sprinkling of Parmesan for a filling (and affordable) bite.

Crispy Potatoes with Fried Eggs

7. Vegetables in Cartoccio

Cartoccio is a simple technique that calls for baking in parchment paper. Leave out the country ham, and fill your packets with a selection of seasonal vegetables like squash, potatoes, broccoli, and corn. Bake until tender and serve with warm, crusty bread.

Vegetables in Cartoccio


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