Vegetarian ideas: 35 meatless dishes

Vegetarian diets are widely practiced. Maybe you've heard of using mushrooms instead of meat as a 'burger,' but what about using mushrooms as the bun? Beyond the Peel

Vegetarian diets are becoming more and more mainstream. More people are realizing that dinner doesn't have to include meat to be delicious. Whether you're a vegan, vegetarian, do Meatless Monday once a week, or are just trying to get more plant-based meals on your plate, this recipe list is sure to inspire new ideas.

Take taco night in a new direction with squash and black bean tostadas, give a Saturday a savory start with drop biscuits and vegetarian red eye gravy, or brighten up the next backyard barbecue with a quinoa, corn, and feta salad.

From chili, to burgers, to salads of all sorts, you'll find new takes on old favorites on this lists, and a few surprises, too.

Vegan chili

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    Bulgur wheat makes up the base of this meaty-textured vegan chili.
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By Sue LauA Palatable Pastime 

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1 large white onion, chopped

28 ounces can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

16 ounces can crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce

4 ounces chopped green chillies

32 ounces vegetable broth

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 cup chili powder

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Salt and black pepper, to taste

1 cup bulgur wheat

4 cups cooked beans: black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, etc.

1. In a dutch oven heat oil and add garlic and onion; cook until onions are soft, stirring occasionally.

2. Stir in tomatoes, chopped green chillies, vegetable broth, remaining spices, and bulgur.

3. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

4. Add beans to the mixture and continue to cook for another 15-25 minutes or until bulgur is tender.

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