I eat a lot of vegetarian food, even though I’m not a vegetarian. Especially during the summer, when weekends consist of grilling sausages, burgers, and hot dogs, I gravitate towards grains, beans, and salads for some balance during the week.
Yet I’m often guilty of running to the cabinet for pasta when I go to make a meatless meal. Many of the most satisfying vegetarian dinners are based on lasagna, linguine, and orzo, but other grains and vegetables can be the starting point too. I thought I’d share inspiration for pasta-free vegetarian dinners good enough to serve to guests, and the BGSK archives yielded a ton of options I hope you’ll enjoy. (Note: despite being pasta-less, some but not all of these mains are gluten-free.)
**Vegetarian Mains, Hold the Pasta**
1. Seared Pepper Tacos with Pintos and Avocado Crema. A combination of spicy peppers and onions and home-cooked pinto beans makes these vegan tacos hearty and healthful. Don’t forget the avocado crema–that’s key.
2. Middle Eastern Carrot Tacos. We go fusion here, bringing carrots dressed with spices and herbs to the center of a cheesy taco. And, look, there’s avocado on top of these, too! (How could I not?)
3. Fried Rice with Shiitakes and Cashews. Fried rice used to be a dish made out of leftovers. Now I cook rice precisely for the purpose of mixing it with mushrooms, cashews, and scrambled eggs for this filling, easy main dish.
4. Sweet-and-Sour Tofu with Bok Choy. This recipe, which originally came from a reader, hits a perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and filling. Paired with bok choy and rice, this one dish makes for a complete vegetarian meal.