11 Vegetarian Recipes For Lent, Because Cooking Without Meat Doesn't Have To Be Complicated
Now that Fat Tuesday has ended, it's time to gear up for Lent's meatless Fridays. For those of you who don’t observe this religious tradition, carry on. But for those of us who have the urge to pick up takeout or order delivery because we can’t figure out what to cook without our favorite beefy protein, stop right there.
We’ve rounded up 11 scrumptious vegetarian recipes from our favorite food blogs to help you keep your cooking routine going, especially if you’re on a budget. Bonus? Most of these are even better as leftovers.
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Italian Chopped Salad in a Jar with Creamy Caesar Dressing
You’ll be tempted to keep this gorgeous Italian chopped salad by A Farm Girl’s Dabbles in your refrigerator rather than eat it because it’s so darn pretty. But wouldn’t that just be a waste?
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America’s favorite sandwich center is remade with legumes and grains in this vegetarian quinoa burger by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs.
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Vegetarian Chili with Cinnamon Yogurt
It’s cold outside, which means it’s chili time. Ground-meat isn’t necessary when you’ve got The Goulda Life’s vegetarian version topped with cinnamon yogurt.
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Indian-Spiced Pancakes with Spicy Cauliflower
Sure, chicken masala may be your go-to Indian dish, but you can still get the same spice and heat with this veggie-inspired substitute. Only Wild Green and Sardines could put pancakes and cauliflower in the same title and make our mouths water.
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Pickled Beet, Walnut, and Goat Cheese Tart
Tarts, anyone? This vegetable medley by Thyme for Cooking isn’t just good to eat, it’s pretty to look at and even sweeter to lick off of every single finger (and bowl and utensils).
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Vegetarian Mini Pizzas
Friday is historically (yes, I said historically) pizza night. You’re carrying the tradition that your mother started on to newer generations in your family. Man, she must be proud. So, this Friday is the perfect time to make her even prouder of your art degree that still has yet to be used at your full-time job with these adorable veggie pizzas by Green Kitchen Stories.
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Grilled Garlic Zucchini
So what if you can’t grill a steak? Grilling a garlic slab of zucchini like Natasha’s Kitchen just might be your new favorite thing.
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Roasted Tomato Salad
If you’re trying to eat light these winter days but don’t want a cold salad when you’re freezing, try this roasted tomato recipe. I think the creator Love U Madly describes it best: “Warm, roasted tomatoes. Crunchy bits of bread. Balsamic. Yum.”
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Ginger Fried Rice
What’s more filling than something fried? Skip the General Tso — this fried rice twist is ginger bliss from I Am a Food Blog.
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Rosemary Biscuits with Acorn Squash Butter
Don’t let the name of this blog fool you. Food Nasty is the absolute opposite, especially when you serve yourself (or friends if you’re trying to make more of those this year) a basket of rosemary, squash butter biscuits.
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Mushroom Ragout with Fresh Herbs
It’s a garden of Eden made up of Shiitake mushrooms from The Crepes of Wrath. Only, nothing in this bowl is off limits.
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