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Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

No Comments | Written on April 2, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

This recipe is a vegetarian version of stuffed peppers with a Mexican twist!

The filling is made of brown rice, vegetables and beans with a kick from chipotle peppers.  Should there be any leftover filling after you stuff the peppers,, it makes a great stuffing for enchiladas, burritos, or quesadillas.

My favorite part of the recipe is the crunchy pepita topping.  It’s made with chopped pumpkin seeds, cheese and (here’s the twist) Grape Nuts cereal!

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Roasted Root Vegetable and Polenta Casserole

8 Comments | Written on November 6, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

The minute the weather starts getting cooler, I begin to crave this casserole.  It is filled with colorful root vegetables, in season right now.  The base is a cheese and herb polenta that is sure to fill you up on a cool fall day!

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Best Vegan Recipe Ever – Pasta with Kale in Lemon Cashew Sauce

5 Comments | Written on May 30, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Hey all you vegans out there, pay attention.  This recipe is awesome…

That goes for all the non-vegans as well!  I may not be a vegan, but I found this recipe to be rich, hearty and satisfying.  Definitely one to file away and make again and again.

Get ready for a vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and delicious recipe!  (Heck, it could be gluten-free too if you use quinoa pasta…)

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Best Quinoa Recipe Ever – Quinoa and Black Bean Burger Sliders

2 Comments | Written on March 7, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Last week we took a bit of a detour with the weekly recipe contest and threw our readers a curveball – quinoa.  This “ancient grain” has suddenly become a trendy ingredient.   We received a wide variety of recipe submissions with creative ways to use quinoa, but one unique preparation stood out to our judges, sliders!

These meatless mini-burgers are made with black beans and, of course, quinoa.  They come with a kick because of a spicy mayo spread as well as a jalapeño and corn salsa.  Believe me, you will want to make these “Quinoa and Black Bean Burger Sliders” this weekend!

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Gluten-Free Low-Carb Pizzas

6 Comments | Written on January 2, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

By now I am sure we have all recovered from New Year’s merriment and are ready to take on 2013!   If you resolved to eat healthier this year, but don’t want to give up some of your favorite comfort foods, this recipe is for you.  It tastes like an indulgence, but is a guilt-free choice.  Plus, it just happens to be vegetarian, gluten-free, and low-carb!

 Keep reading for a healthy way to enjoy pizza in the New Year!  

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Asparagus, Artichoke and Red Pepper Pizza

No Comments | Written on December 26, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

After all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, I am ready for easy family meals the rest of this week.  In fact, this award-winning pizza recipe from the 2012 Pillsbury Bake-Off is also a great appetizer option for serving guests as we approach New Year’s Eve!

Terri Sherman of Palos Heights, Ill., won $5,000 and $3,000 in GE kitchen appliances at the Bake-Off this year for her “Asparagus, Artichoke and Red Pepper Pizza.  The dish is packed with veggies and has a wonderfully crispy crust that I love.

If you think you have what it takes to create a stellar recipe like this one, the rules and requirements for the “All New Pillsbury Bake-Off” will be announced on January 3rd.  Stay tuned to learn how you can win $1,000,000!

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Spaghetti Squash with Balsamic Vegetables and Toasted Pine Nuts

13 Comments | Written on September 28, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

Next time you are craving a big bowl of pasta for dinner, why not try spaghetti squash instead!   It’s very easy to prepare and can even be made quickly in the microwave.  Believe it or not, this hearty meal is vegan, low-carb and even gluten-free!  Even if you don’t haven any dietary restrictions, it is sure to satisfy.   I like that it is packed with colorful veggies and then offers beans for protein and pine nuts for a little crunch!

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Sweet Corn Cakes with Chickpeas and Goat Cheese

2 Comments | Written on August 30, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

If you are looking for a light dish that embraces the beautiful bounty of summer, then this winning recipe is for you!  The judge’s choice in our recent “corn” recipe contest is a vegetarian main dish that is sure to satisfy everyone at the table.  Our winner this week is a retired newspaper writer and also a novelist.  It seems she also has the knack for writing great recipes!  Serve these “Sweet Corn Cakes with Chickpeas and Goat Cheese” along side a fresh garden salad and you can almost taste the sunshine!

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Summer Squash Saute over Polenta

3 Comments | Written on August 15, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

I look forward to the bounty of zucchini and yellow squash every summer.  These are two of my favorite vegetables and I am always looking for new ways to prepare them at mealtime.  This recipe is fast, colorful and just happens to taste great when served with a crisp Pinot Grigio.

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Secret Recipe Club – Grilled Vegetarian Tostadas

6 Comments | Written on September 12, 2011 at 6:00 am , by

I am so excited for a chance to participate in The Secret Recipe Club!


It is a bit like a game of “Secret Santa.”  Each of the participating food bloggers receive a top secret blog assignment.  We visit the assigned blog, browse around, and select a recipe to prepare.  It was so fun to be introduced to a new blog and I am on pins and needles waiting to see who was assigned “The Daily Dish!”

Huge thanks to The Secret Recipe Club hosts, Amanda – Amanda’s Cookin’, Angela – Big Bear’s Wife, Tami -Tami’s Kitchen Table Talk and Tina – Mom’s Crazy Cooking.  More information on the club can be found on the official Facebook and Twitter pages!

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For my first assignment as a member of the club, I was given “An Opera Singer in the Kitchen.”  A fabulous blog from Noelle in Michigan!  She says “I love to sing opera and I love to cook. Join me as I experience a new pregnancy and healthy living through vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and more recipes!”

Since her recipes are vegetarian/vegan as well as gluten-free, I wanted to select a recipe that fulfills these dietary restrictions while appealing to a wide audience as well.  This recipe was perfect!  Tostadas are perfect for a quick and easy meal.  When prepared with corn tortillas, vegetarian refried beans and your favorite grilled veggies, it just also happens to be vegetarian and gluten-free.


Check out Noelle’s recipe from her website:

Vegetarian Toastadas

10 corn tortillas
1 avocado, sliced
1 pint sliced mushrooms (your choice)
1 zucchini squash, sliced length-wise
2 cups shredded lettuce
1/2 cup chopped red onions
1/2 lime
salt and pepper to taste
1 can of vegetarian refried beans
Your choice of picante or tomatillo sauce

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place tortillas on cookie sheet, somewhat overlapping. Process takes 10-15 minutes to toast. Check at mid-point and flip tortillas. Toast tortillas until somewhat golden brown.

Meanwhile, grill zucchini and mushrooms and place in a side dish along with the sliced avocado. Warm to refried beans and place in another bowl. Place the shredded lettuce and red onions with the lime and season with salt and pepper in a third bowl.

Assemble: Take a tortilla and spread a layer of beans, avocado, veggies, salad, and top with sauce. Enjoy!!  Serves 2.

Learn more about “An Opera Singer in the Kitchen” through her Facebook fan page and Twitter account!

When I prepared the recipe I made a few minor adjustments.  To make things a bit easier, I started with prepared tostada shells.


Then I spread on the warmed vegetarian refried beans, as the original recipe says.


Next, I piled on the grilled veggies.  Noelle calls for mushrooms and zucchini but I decided to go with zucchini, yellow squash, and red peppers since they were already in my fridge!

That’s the best part of this recipe, you can make it your own to suit your taste or what you have on hand.


Then I added the shredded lettuce. I decided not to use the red onions that are called for in the original recipe.  (My sister and I were excited to enjoy this dish for lunch, and she isn’t a big fan of red onions.)  I am sure they would be great sprinkled on top of the tostada or even grilled along with the other veggies!

Finally, I topped it all off with salsa, avocado slices and a dollop of sour cream.  Right before serving I squeezed a lime over the tostada.  The recipe is fresh, bright and full of flavor.  What a lunch!  Packed with fiber and fresh vegetables, you can’t get much better than that!

A huge thanks to Noelle for posting this great recipe!  I can’t wait until my next “Secret Recipe Club” assignment!

Learn more about “An Opera Singer in the Kitchen” through her Facebook fan page and Twitter account!

To see other great recipes from the Secret Recipe Club members, follow the links below!