I'm easily affected by what I write, and with environmental conservation on the brain, I'm consuming less meat, which helps reduce my carbon footprint, among other things. In honor of Earth Day, I encourage you to do the same, whether you're already a vegan, a vegetarian, or simply a flexitarian who's looking for a satisfying meat-free meal on Monday— or any other day. Keep reading for vegetarian lunch and dinner ideas.
Sesame Tofu Sandwiches
Dairy-free sesame tofu sandwiches  make for a substantial, yet healthy midday meal.
Indian Cauliflower Stew
A slow-cooked South Asian cauliflower curry  is so full-flavored, you won't realize you're not eating meat.
Fresh and Fruity Quinoa Salad
This avocado and dried fruit quinoa bowl  is nutty, fruity, creamy, and a textural delight to eat. The fact that it's vegan is a mere bonus.
Savory Vegetarian Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna
Chase your rainy shower blues away by baking a hearty butternut squash lasagna .
This humble French casserole , which highlights peasant bread and Gruyere cheese, may sound simple, but it's complex in flavor — and wildly delicious.
Black Bean Burger
Catering to a group of famished vegetarians? Serve up some hefty black bean burgers , with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and lettuce as the trimmings.
Pan-Fried Tofu in Nut Butter Sauce
Tofu takes on the nuances of peanuts, soy, rice vinegar, and scallions in this pan-fried vegan dinner .
North African Vegetable Tagine
A meatless Moroccan tagine  calls for a sparing amount of butter, making it ideal as a light lunch or dinner.
Easy Bean Salad
Not usually a fan of bean salads? Open your mind and give this one, which calls for pan-roasted carrots and fresh dill , a chance; you may be surprised.
Goat Cheese, Avocado, and Celery Sandwich
Top Chef's Tom Colicchio knows best: he recommends the combination of celery, avocado, goat cheese , and walnut pesto in between slices of hearty multigrain bread.