Eating vegetarian doesn’t mean you’re limited to tofu. Mother Nature and grocery store shelves offer a bounty of options to eat like an animal, without cooking one! Whether you’re test-driving Meatless Mondays or doing a complete overhaul of your pantry, we’ve got the best vegetarian recipes to satisfy even the most skeptic carnivore at your table.

Below you’ll find the best ingredients to invest in to beef up your list of meat-free options.

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Quinoa 
Quick-cooking, packed with protein and gluten-free, no wonder it’s considered a super food! Though it’s an ancient Inca ingredient, quinoa has only recently made its way to mainstream markets.

1. Quinoa Black Bean Salad

2. Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Stew with Figs

3. Quinoa Cumin Bites

4. Quinoa Buckwheat Pancakes

5. Quinoa Tabouleh

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Lentils & Chickpeas
One can of each of these hearty ingredients offers endless possibilities; they’re affordable, neutral in flavour and the perfect way to add protein, iron and fibre to any dish you stir or stew them into.

6. Curried Lentil Wild Rice & Orzo Salad

7. Lentils with Lemongrass

8. Lentil Cookies

9. Lentil Salad with Fruits, Nuts & Cheese

10. Red Lentil Dahl

11. Big Ben’s Lentil Burgers

12. Lemon Lentil Salad

13. Lovin’ Lentil Sloppy Joes

14. Lentils & Tomato Sauce with Pasta Shells French

15. Lentils with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

16. Vegetable Biryani

17. Chana Dhansak

18. Ratatouille with Toasted Chickpeas

19. Pan-Roast Chickpeas with Mint

20. Chickpea Sandwich

21. CC’s Falafel

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Beans
Green beans, kidney beans, pinto beans… With so many different types, this versatile ingredient can be used for so much more than your average burrito or salad.

22. White Bean Salad with Patty Pan Cups

23. Green Bean Griddle Cakes

24. Three Bean Salad with Sesame Garlic & Lemon

25. Pasta with Rapini, Broad Beans, Rosemary & Walnuts

26. Kale with Zucchini and Pinto Bean Enchilada

27. Black Bean Tortilla Chip Soup with Avocado-Tomato Salsa

28. Great Greek Baked Beans

29. Warm Garlic Bean Crostini

30. Mexican Bean Soup

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Mushrooms
There are enough varieties of mushrooms that you could sample a different one every day for over 38 years (but try to avoid the poisonous ones)! When cooked, mushrooms can have a beef-like flavour and texture, and offer twice the protein than other vegetables, making them a great substitute for steak.

31. Mushroom Cheddar Vegetarian Burgers

32. Herbed Mushrooms & Asiago Baked into Brioche

33. Blue Corn Mushroom & Cheese Quesadillas

34. Whole Mushroom Salad

35. Mushroom & Smoked Cheddar Frittata

36. Spinach Mushroom Lasagne

37. Shiitake Mushroom & Bok Choy Stir Fry

38. Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Pecorino & Lemon-Thyme Cream Sauce

39. Mushroom and Spinach Quiche in a Potato Crust

40. Mushroom Stew

41. Mushroom Stuffed Blintzes with Beet Glaze

42. Mushroom & Brie Wellington

43. Mushroom Benedict

44. Mushroom Parmentier

45. Tagliatelle with Mushrooms, Lemon and Breadcrumbs

46. Paneer Mushroom Burger

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Almonds
Some of your meat-eating friends may think you’re totally nuts for going vegetarian. Here are some recipes to prove them right!

47. Grilled Asparagus with Creamy Garlic Almond Sauce

48. Tender Greens with Marinated Sweet Cherries in Almond Vinaigrette

49. Artichokes with Almond Sauce

50. Roasted Cauliflower with Almonds

51. Ginger Almond Eggplant Dip

52. Almond Apricot Couscous

53. Grilled Almond Butter & Banana Sandwiches

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Dairy
To ensure you get your fill of calcium and protein, supplement your vegetarian feast with dairy ingredients. You’ll be more than happy to leave the bovine behind when yogurt, cream, milk and cheese are part of your meal.

54. Cheese & Onion Tart

55. Butternut Squash & Ricotta Filled Crepes with Maple Crème Fraiche

56. Cilantro Pesto Quesadilla

57. Potato Cheddar Perogies in Brown Butter

58. Honey Yogurt Dip

59. Mashed Butternut Squash with Yogurt and Roasted Garlic

60. Spicy Yogurt Cucumber Dip

61. Chilled Yogurt Soup

62. Cilantro Couscous & Tomato Yogurt Salad

63. Pumpkin Seed Dip

64. Baked Camembert with Pine Nuts & Sun-dried Tomatoes

65. Marble Cheddar Apple Nut Fritters

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Eggs
This breakfast favourite is a lean source of protein that fuels your body and brain; choline in the egg’s yolk aids in brain stimulation and development — so get crackin’!

66. Chili Poached Eggs

67. Huevos Rancheros

68. Herb-Rolled Quail’s Eggs

69. Roger Mooking’s Baked Eggs

70. Cocotte Eggs

71. Frittata with Asparagus, Tomato, and Fontina

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Pasta
Stock up on oodles of noodles! A prime ingredient for the much-loved Mediterranean diet, pasta is a great source of fibre, cooks in minutes and can feed a crowd without breaking the bank.

72. Fettuccine with Brown Butter and Asparagus

73. Creamy Orzo Risotto with Blue Cheese & Pine Nuts

74. Chilled Asparagus, Snap Pea & Soba Noodle Salad

75. Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

76. Giant Ricotta Spinach Ravioli

77. Bowtie Pasta with Roast Red Pepper Sauce & Baby Spinach

78. Pasta with Mushrooms, Herbs & Beet Greens

79. Aubergine and Pasta Charlotte

80. Pistachio Pesto with Angel Hair Pasta

81. Penne with Gorgonzola, Spinach & Walnuts

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Super Veggies
Keep your wallet as lean as your waistline by cooking with what’s in season; those ingredients will be cheaper, at their most flavourful and more likely to have been grown locally.

82. Vegetable Tagine

83. Ricardo’s Vegetable Samosas

84. Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice

85. Spicy Thai Asparagus Soup

86. Onion Tarte Tatin

87. Sweet Potato Vichyssoise

88. Carrot & Potato Pancakes

89. Golden Eggplant with Green Pea Sauce

90. Pistou Soup

91. Wilted Greens with Raisins, Pine Nuts and Garlic Croutes

92. Spinach and Swiss Chard Cannelloni

93. Spinach Pie

94. Spinach Balls

95. Broccoli Cheese Soup with Chef Salad

96. Baked Spaghetti with Broccoli

97. Fully Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

98. Tomato-Olive Rice Bake

99. Veggie Goulash

100. Diana’s Chile Rellenos