POPSUGAR Celebrity

10 Satisfying Meat-Free Meals

Apr 21 2010 - 6:50am

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 [1] make for a substantial, yet healthy midday meal.

Indian Cauliflower Stew

A slow-cooked South Asian cauliflower curry [2] 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 [3] 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 [4].

Gruyere Gratin

This humble French casserole [5], 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 [6], 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 [7].

North African Vegetable Tagine

A meatless Moroccan tagine [8] 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 [9], 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 [10], and walnut pesto in between slices of hearty multigrain bread.

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