8 Meals Where You Won't Miss the Meat

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8 Meals Where You Won't Miss the Meat
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Whether you’re a vegetarian, pescatarian, pasta-tarian or someone who believes meatless meals are made of a combination of grass and rodent food, you deserve to eat good, delicious meals. Regardless of your dietary or ethical restrictions, here are eight meatless meals that are so filling and flavorful that any carnivorous cravings will disappear with one bite.

Portobello Mushroom Cheeseburger
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Portobello Mushroom Cheeseburger

Fire up that grill and get your buns ready -- it’s burger time. Just because you’re forgoing the ground patties and hot dogs doesn’t mean you have to skip out on smoky, grilled goodness. Thanks to locavore chef Louisa Shafia's marinated mushrooms, you and your “cheeseburgers” will be the envy of all barbeque-goers the second they start to smell the soy sauce.

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Homemade Veggie Pizza
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Homemade Veggie Pizza

It’s not delivery or DiGiorno. It’s your very own homemade pizza. While pepperoni is by far America’s favorite topping, it’s surprisingly easy to enjoy a meat-free pizza – especially when you pile on the flavor with peppers, mushrooms, olives, artichokes and artisanal cheeses.

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Tunaless Sandwich
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Tunaless Sandwich

No, you're not looking at fake tuna fish. You’re actually looking at Louisa’s innovative alternative to this lunchtime staple -- tangy chickpea salad. Who knew that this little bean could be a replacement for this fishy filling? We didn’t believe it either until we tried it ourselves. Don’t take our word for it: Whip up a batch and be a convert yourself.

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Hearty and Heart-Friendly Vegetarian Chili
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Hearty and Heart-Friendly Vegetarian Chili

Top off your nachos, add it to a veggie burger or just enjoy it plain in a bread bowl -- Louisa’s vegetarian chili is delicious however it goes down. Protein-packed and ready to warm you up from the inside out, this soupy stew is a great freezer meal for those nights you’re just wanting to kick up your feet and stay out of the kitchen.

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Seasonal Vegetable and Whole Grain Salad
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Seasonal Vegetable and Whole Grain Salad

Colorful, flavorful and packed with protein, this simple salad is quick to make -- and quick to disappear. When you combine fresh seasonal vegetables with protein powerhouses like quinoa and chickpeas, you’re left with a delicious, figure-friendly salad. Make a double batch, because you’ll probably want to pack some for lunch tomorrow.

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'Whatever’s in the Fridge' Miso Soup
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'Whatever’s in the Fridge' Miso Soup

Leftover lentils? Half-eaten mushrooms? Almost-expired celery? Well, you’ve got yourself another meatless meal. With Louisa’s soup, yesterday’s remnants are reinvented into today’s main dish, making your impromptu meal so hearty and flavorful that adding meat would just seem like an unnecessary afterthought.

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Enchiladas
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Enchiladas

Enchiladas aren’t just for queso and carne. Instead of chicken or steak, stuff your tortillas with grilled peppers, roasted carrots, marinated cauliflower or whatever veggies you happen to have on hand. Just add some cheese, spicy sauce or salsa verde and you’re well on your way to having a fiesta right in your mouth.

Pesto Pasta
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Pesto Pasta

On the days when you dread the question “What’s for dinner?” it’s no surprise that pasta is what pops into your head. It’s quick, economical and relatively hands-off, but we’re willing to bet that you’ve made plain ol' pasta and meatballs more times than you’d care to admit. Thankfully, meat-free pasta sauce like pesto is much easier to whip up than its carnivorous cousin.

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