Easy Awesome Eggplant Tian
Rather than breading and frying the eggplant, this twist on eggplant Parm calls for roasting the eggplant in a vinaigrette of olive oil, garlic, and balsamic vinegar, sweetening the slices as they roast.
Ultra-Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna
You won't miss the meat in this creamy spinach and mushroom lasagna, packed with a mix of whole-fat cottage cheese, mozzarella, and Parmesan.
Rigatoni with Mushroom Ragu, Fresh Mozzarella, and Truffle
Carrots, onions, garlic, tomato sauce, and mushrooms are blended to create a pasta sauce that takes on the dark, thick, and chunky texture of a beef-based sauce that will leave even your meat lovers feeling satisfied.
Pâtes aux Cêpes (Tagliatelle with Porcini Mushrooms and Crème Fraîche)
The key to this recipe is in the sauce: incorporates the water used to the reconstitute dried porcinis infuses the whole dish with the pronounced earthy, rich flavor of mushrooms. Garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan and fresh parsley to brighten everything up.
Carmargue Red Rice Salad
If you can't get your hands on Carmague red rice, substitute it for a wild rice blend that'll bring you a salad full of flavor and texture.
Baked Kale-Stuffed Delicata Squash
Kale, apples, and leeks are cooked down with garlic, raisins, and thyme for a sweet and savory stuffing. The squash is topped off with breadcrumbs, cheese, and butter, which bake into a crisp, nutty crust.
Swiss Chard, Fennel, and White Bean Gratin
This casserole combines the contrasting textures of creamed greens, white beans, and a crunchy layer of cheesy breadcrumbs. Best of all, it can be prepared ahead of time and baked right alongside any other dishes that you plan to stick in the oven.
Skillet Kale and Pumpkin Pasta
This light and super easy dish gives you a hearty serving of kale and pumpkin, topped with a generous sprinkle of nutty Parmesan.
Vegetarian Maqluba (Rice Layered With Tomatoes, Eggplant, and Cauliflower)
A fragrant, layered dish of basmati rice, roasted cauliflower and eggplant, and fresh tomatoes is so flavorful and complex that you can easily drop the chicken that's traditional to maqluba.
Parisian Gnocchi Soufflé
Covering browned gnocchi with a blanket of Parmesan cheese and sticking it under the broiler will bring you a puffed and crisp soufflé creation that'll have your guests lining up for seconds.
Eggplant With Spicy Tomato Sauce
Light and healthy, this dish can be served over couscous or with bread on the side to soak up the delicious spicy tomato sauce.
Beet Green and Radish Green Pesto Pasta with Roasted Beets and Radishes
Adding beet and radish greens to a pesto makes a sauce that's bolder and spicier than your average basil pesto. The vibrant magenta of the beet green ribs transfer into the pesto, painting it with an unexpected hue.
Crunchy Cauliflower Casserole
Cut back on the usual Thanksgiving carbohydrate intake with this creamy cauliflower casserole that mimics the carby foods that we love so much.
Fainting Imam (Turkish Baked Stuffed Eggplant)
Eggplant has a meaty quality that makes it a great vegetarian substitute. Top the baked vegetable with yogurt, mint, toasted nuts, and pomegranate molasses, and you're good to go.
Stuffed Roasted Poblano Peppers with Cashew-Chipotle Sauce
Roasted poblanos are stuffed with rice, raisins, and capers, smothered in a cashew-based salsa, and baked with cheese. Need we say more?
Mushroom and Root Vegetable Shepherd's Pie
This take on shepherd's pie steers clear of soy proteins that try to simulate turkey, instead using seasonal root vegetables and squash.
This forgiving dish can be assembled in advance and kept in the fridge. Better yet, it can be frozen and baked at a later date. And if you're looking to save even more time, feel free to substitute the sauce for a jarred variety.
Sweet Potato and Mushroom Cannelloni with Braised Escarole and Butter Beans (Vegan)
With a sweet potato purée and savory wild mushroom filling, the cannelloni make a hearty, satisfying centerpiece.
Vegan: The Best Vegetarian Bean Chili
A slow-cooked, 100% vegan chili has the richness, textures, and deep chili flavor that the best chili should have, all without the meat!
Vegan: Garbanzos con Espinacas y Jengibre (Spanish Chickpea and Spinach Stew with Ginger)
This hybrid between a stew and a soup has a saucy and smoky backbone that only improves on the second day. Serve it at room-temperature with a slice of dark toast drizzled with olive oil.
Vegan: Black Bean and Squash Chili
This quick chili gets its substance from butternut squash, peppers, and black beans, with cubed avocado and cheese shavings delivering a creaminess that offsets the heat from the peppers.