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Sure, we love a chopped salad as much as the next lady, but sometimes we crave a vegetarian meal that’s going to really satisfy--one that’s hot, flavorful and hearty. These seven dinners are so nourishing, even your meat-eating dinner companions will love them, too.

purewow kale minestrone
Erin McDowell

Kale Minestrone

Make sure to have plenty of crusty bread on hand to serve with this classic Italian soup that’s been updated with everyone’s favorite leafy-green superfood.

purewow mujaddara
Erin McDowell

Mujaddara

Meet your new pizza replacement: This Middle Eastern recipe mixes rice, lentils, caramelized onions and a spiced yogurt lemon sauce, to be served over pita.

purewow lemon spinach orzotto
Erin McDowell

Lemon and Spinach Orzotto

Enjoy the goodness of risotto in a fraction of the time thanks to this version where orzo pasta is swapped in for rice.

purewow butternut squash lasagna
Erin McDowell

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Layers upon layers of butternut squash ribbons, garlicky spinach and melted mozzarella cheese.

purewow rice beans
Erin McDowell

Homestyle Rice and Beans

The trick is to simmer the beans slowly and season the rice just right for a meal full of flavor.

purewow whole cauliflower
Erin McDowell

Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Want to impress your guests? A yogurt-and-spice-rubbed head of cauliflower looks way fancy when you pull it from the oven.

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Erin McDowell

Spaghetti with Avocado Sauce

The creamy rich sauce is a little avocado, oil, garlic--and the entire recipe takes only 30 minutes from start to finish.

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