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Vegetarian Comfort Food Recipes

Updated on March 17, 2015

Recipes Even Meat Eaters would Love

Over the years I realized that I didn't have to give up on most comfort foods; I just had to find alternatives. That said, most of these recipes do not include meat substitutes like soy (tofu) or TVP. They are, however, easy to make, totally satisfying and great meals to serve to your meat eating friends and family.

Vegetarian Comfort Food Recipes - keep in mind, a lot of the classics have no meat anyway - think mashed potatoes, grilled cheese and tomato soup...

Vegetarian Eggplant "Bacon" Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 small eggplants - Japanese eggplants work best, but small Italian eggplants work, too. They should be small because the smaller the eggplant, the less seeds it has, and as we all know, bacon has no seeds.

  • Bacon Salt

  • Oil for frying - It's tempting to use olive oil, but Canola works best since you don't want vaguely olivey bacon.

Directions

  1. Peel or don't peel your eggplant. If you like your bacon more crispy, keeping the skin on will help.

  2. Slice the eggplant lengthwise, about 1/4" thick (or less). A mandolin helps.

  3. Arrange the slices in layers, sprinkling copious amounts of Bacon Salt over each one.

  4. Mix the slices about, making sure each piece of eggplant gets a good coating of Bacon Salt. Let the slices sit for about 30 minutes, up to an hour.

  5. The salt in the Bacon Salt will draw the bitter liquid out of the eggplant and imbue the slices with bacony goodness.

  6. Lightly blot each slice with a paper towel to remove the excess bitter liquid. You'll lose some of the seasoning this way, but that's okay.

  7. Pour about an inch of oil into a frying pan (preferably cast-iron) over medium high heat. (Yeah, you're deep-frying. As when using bacon itself, concern about fried foods shouldn't be your top priority). When the oil is sizzlin', drop the bacon in, a slice at a time, and cook to desired doneness.

  8. Remove to a paper towel and enjoy! The absorbent quality of the eggplant will give the final product just the right amount of greasy, fatty goodness.

Voila! Excellent on BLTs or as a side with eggs and pancakes, or crumbled over a salad, this eggplant bacon is certain to please even the most dyed-in-the-wool bacon aficionado.

[via Vegetarian Eggplant "Bacon" Recipe « The Edibility Exam]

Martha Stewart Vegetarian Recipes

50 of 'em!

Turbo-charge your health - and help the planet - just by incorporating more vegetarian meals into your diet. MarhtaStewart.com gathered vegetarian recipes that the whole family will love.

[via MarthaStewart.com (Here are some more & more.)]

Meatloaf Muffins

Meatloaf Muffins
Meatloaf Muffins

Instead of putting your meatloaf in a loaf pan put it in a muffin tin. It only takes 20 minutes to cook that way and everyone gets a crispy end piece.

Satisfying vegetarian comfort food! Don't let the ingredients fool you; the flavor and consistency is very much like meatloaf. Kitchen alchemy at its best!

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces organic cottage cheese
  • 4 organic eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 packet Simply Organic French Onion Dip (soup) mix
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups cereal flakes (I use Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Multibran Cereal)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl, combine cottage cheese, eggs, vegetable oil, soup mix, walnuts, cereal and onion
  3. Spoon into pan (or muffin tin)
  4. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes (15-20 for muffins)
  5. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes

[my recipe at Recipezaar.com]

Animal Ingredients to Be Aware of

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Gelatin

You've heard it's made of horse hooves, perhaps. But it's actually made from the connective tissues of just about any animal. So it's not meat, per se, it's the stuff boiled down from every part of the animal you wouldn't eat if you did eat meat. So, no more Jell-O, right? Yes, but gelatin pops up all over the place. Here's a list to get you started.

  • Some dairy products such as ice cream, sour cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt.
  • Some frostings and most "frosted" products such as Pop-Tarts.
  • Candies such as gummy products (but not my beloved Jujyfruits), jelly beans, Skittles and Starburts, candy corn, and even Altoids.
  • Marshmallows (but not marshmallow crème) and items that contain marshmallows such as a Southern favorite, Moon Pies and breakfast cereals with "marshmallow bits" or frosting.
  • Jell-O, gelatin and some pudding mixes as well as some jams, jellies, and "fruit snacks."

    alternatives:

    Harvest Direct Soy Pudding Mixes Vegan and Vegetarian Cake Mix

    (Banana, Chocolate, French Vanilla, Lemon Creme)

    (Available via Dixie Diners' Club)

    Dr. Oetker Simple Organics

    - Pudding/Pie Filling Mix (Chocolate, Coconut, Mocha, Vanilla)

    (avaialable via Vegan Essentials)

    Lieber's Unflavored Jel

    Vegan and Vegetarian Baking Mixes

    (avaialable via Vegan Essentials)

    Natural Desserts Gluten-Free Vegan Jel Dessert

    (avaialable via Vegan Essentials)

    - Vegan Chocolate Mousse Mix

    - Vegan Custard Mix

  • Many medicines and vitamins, particularly those in capsule or "gelcap" form contain gelatin.
  • Some energy and diet bars (though some may list gelatin as "hydrolyzed collagen") as well as some energy/performance drinks.
  • A few margarines including the fat-free version of "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" (try Earth Balance, instead). Interestingly, the regular version of "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" doesn't have gelatin.
  • Some pre-made guacamole (really, you shouldn't be eating this stuff anyway - it's mostly filler and little avocado).
  • Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts and other roasted nuts (but not all Planters nut products).
  • Some soups and sauces.

- via Almost Vegetarian

Gelatin Alternatives

Vegetarian S'mores - With vegan marshmallows

Dr. Dean Ornish TED talk - The world now eats (and dies) like Americans

Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

Vegetarian diets are usually rich in carbohydrates, omega-6 fatty acids, dietary fibre, carotenoids, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium and magnesium. They contain lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein.

Studies show that the health of vegetarians compares favourably with that of non-vegetarians. British vegetarians have lower death rates than non-vegetarians, although this is at least partly due to non-dietary lifestyle factors, such as a low prevalence of smoking and the generally high socioeconomic status of vegetarians, or to aspects of the diet other than the avoidance of meat and fish.

Notably, a vegetarian diet avoids the negative health effects of red meat. One review found that mortality from coronary heart disease was 24% lower in vegetarians than in nonvegetarians. Studies of cancer have not shown clear differences in cancer rates between vegetarians and non-vegetarians. There is evidence that vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index, lower risk of obesity, lower blood cholesterol levels, lower homocysteine levels, lower risk of high blood pressure, and lower risk of type 2 diabetes. One large prospective study found that non-meat-eaters had only half the risk of meat eaters of requiring an emergency appendectomy.

Vegetarians are less likely to die by choking on food since the most common food to obstruct the airway is fish which caused about 4,500 accidents a year in the UK as of 1998. Meat, poultry and bones were cited as the next three most common causes of choking, followed by sweets and non-food objects. A 2007 report from San Diego in the US confirms that the most common cause of choking was on meat products.

- via Wikipedia

Potential Nutrient Deficiencies - some specifics on vegetarian nutrition

image credit: ASU

Poorly planned vegetarian diets can be relatively low in protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B12, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, retinol (vitamin A), vitamin D, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and iodine. Vegans may have particularly low intakes of vitamin B12 and calcium. Nonetheless, well-balanced vegetarian and vegan diets can meet all these nutrient requirements and are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence.

Protein

The typical vegetarian gets adequate protein as long as caloric intake is adequate and a variety of foods is eaten. Vegetarian diets are usually relatively low in protein, which may be beneficial.

Combining proteins

  Main article: Protein combining

" Virtually all plant foods have all of the essential amino acids; and not only are the amino acids there, they are present in more than enough quantity to meet the needs of normal adults, if you are on a calorically adequate diet." - Keith Akers

Despite a widespread belief that vegetarians must eat grains and beans within a few hours of each other in order to make a 'complete' protein which contains all 9 "essential amino acids", this has never been substantiated by research. The protein-combining theory was brought to popular attention in Frances Moore Lappé's 1971 bestseller Diet for a Small Planet. In later editions of the book, as early as 1981, Lappé withdrew her contention that protein 'combining' is necessary.

Iron

Meat, fish and poultry are the only sources of heme iron; plants contain only non-heme iron, which is absorbed less efficiently by the human body. However, cereals, eggs, legumes (including peas, beans, chickpeas, lentils and soy foods) and nuts are significant sources of iron, so a well planned vegetarian diet should not lead to iron deficiency.

A study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that while iron-deficiency anemia is not more common among vegetarians, "vegetarian children had ... reduced levels of haemoglobin and iron compared to omnivores" due "to the absence of animal iron sources with high utilizability".

Zinc

Western vegetarians and vegans have not been found to suffer from overt zinc deficiencies any more than meat-eaters. However, phytates in many whole-grains and fiber in many foods may interfere with zinc absorption and marginal zinc intake has poorly understood effects.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 deficiency is potentially extremely serious, leading to pernicious anemia, nerve degeneration and irreversible neurological damage. A regular source of vitamin B12 is particularly important for those over the age of 50 years, and pregnant and lactating women (and for breastfed infants if the mother's diet is not supplemented).

Evidence suggests that vegetarians and vegans who are not taking vitamin B12 supplements or B12-fortified foods do not consume sufficient servings of B12 and often have abnormally low blood concentrations of vitamin B12. This is because, unless fortified, plant foods do not contain significant amounts of active vitamin B12.

It is essential, therefore, that vegetarians consume adequate amounts of dairy products, eggs, dietary supplements or foods that have been fortified with B12 (such as certain yeast extracts, vegetable stock, veggie burger mixes, textured vegetable protein, soy milks, vegetable and sunflower margarines, and breakfast cereals).

nori(Seaweed) contains B12 very abundantly. However, plant sources of B12 (or analogues) have not yet been shown to benefit humans. There is a patent for a cultivation method of a mycelium's enriching vitamin B12 of the vegetable.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, olive oil, walnuts, canola (rapeseed) oil, avocado, and eggs.

Vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids are primarily the short chain variety and likely to have lower concentrations of the particular essential fatty acids (EFAs), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The body can synthesize small quantities of EPA and DHA from other omega-3 fatty acids, such as alpha-linolenic acids, which are present in vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids. The human body can also convert DHA into EPA. DHA supplements derived from DHA-rich microalgae are available. Whilst the human body can in theory do this conversion, in practice modern diets and lifestyles reduce the effectiveness of the conversion systems. Roughly ten times more of the short chain omega-3s must be consumed to have the same effect as the long chain form from fish oil.

While there is no scientific consensus on the role of omega-3 fatty acids, it is generally believed that they may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, lower triglycerides, stabilize mood and help prevent depression, help reduce symptoms of ADD, reduce joint pain and other rheumatoid problems and reduce the risk of dementia in older age.

Vitamin D

The human body can synthesize Vitamin D when skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Vegans who do not eat foods or pills fortified with synthetic vitamin D and with little exposure to the sun's ultraviolet radiation (e.g., those who don't expose their extremities for at least 15-30 minutes per day or those living at latitudes close to the poles) are vulnerable to Vitamin D deficiencies.

Vitamin D acts as a hormone, sending a message to the intestines to increase the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, which produces strong bones. Vitamin D also works in concert with a number of other vitamins, minerals, and hormones to promote bone mineralization. Research also suggests that vitamin D may help maintain a healthy immune system and help regulate cell growth and differentiation.

Iodine

According the British Journal of Nutrition there is a "potential danger of [Iodine] deficiency disorders due to strict forms of vegetarian nutrition, especially when fruits and vegetables grown in soils with low [Iodine] levels are ingested." Iodine, however, is usually supplied by iodized salt and other sources in first world countries. Additionally, it should be noted that any iodine found in animal products is sourced from plant life (see: Iodine: Sources).

Riboflavin

According to the American Dietetic Association, "Some studies have shown vegans to have lower intakes of riboflavin, compared with nonvegetarians; however, clinical riboflavin deficiency has not been observed."

- via Wikipedia

What are your favorite comfort foods?

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      religions7 8 years ago

      I'm a vegetarian too, you might like some of my lenses.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      SWEET!! This is fantastic information and very nicely done. Sometimes family members can be scared off be vegetarian guests and need a little help coming up with ideas. I know my in-laws still think we survive on carrot sticks and we've been vegetarian for almost 20 years. Thanks for making this lens!!

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I'm thinking about eating more vegetarian meals. Your lens might just be what pushes me over the edge into a healthier life style. Great job! 5* and a SquidAngel Blessing for ya! :)

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      I have been a vegetarian since I was 7 and my children have never eaten any meat. I must try out that vegan meatball recipe. I will check out some more of those vegetarian recipe lenses too as I am always looking for new ideas.

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      rockycha 8 years ago

      Outstanding lens with power packed info! Angel blessings from me today too! :)

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I've never seen the vegetarian food pyramid before. Something puzzles me? What is considered a serving? I love your Meatloaf Muffin recipe. I'll be trying that soon. 5*s, favorite and fan.

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      seashell2 8 years ago

      Great lens... I eat lots of vegetarian meals too! I cook mainly organic meat for my family, all my guys are meatatarians! Lol! 5*'s to you!

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      papawu 8 years ago

      Although I'm a die hard carnivore, you had several of my favorite non-meat dishes on this lens. Great job.

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      MBradley McCauley 7 years ago

      Am I glad I randomly found you. I'm a lens maker, mostly about healing food, spices, herbs etc. Having had health problems, as in 6 stents in my heart, I delved into research to get healthier, which I have done. Found nature taking over, pulling me away from unhealthy, processed foods and recently realized I'm almost a vegetarian--and so the Universe/Nature/God, brought me here. I am going to be back again and again now that God said, okay Mary, here are the meatless recipes you've been looking for.

      Thank you and I hope you'll check out some of my health related lenses.

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      I think I will try your meatloaf muffins. They look delicious!

      I have found that substituting spaghetti squash or cauliflower for pasta works well in many recipes.

      Thank you so much for sharing.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      [in reply to Evelyn_Saenz] I love spaghetti squash with pesto. Mmmm...

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      I'm not a strict vegetarian by any means as I do have chicken or two or three times a week. So, I do enjoy finding and trying new vegetarian dishes. Thanks for these! Favoriting and rolling to my Laftovers lens.

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      Excellent lens. I'm going to try out the vegie meatloaf recipe. Thanks for sharing. Bear hugs, Frankster aka Bearmeister

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Really great vegetarian lens!

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      religions7 7 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      I'll have to try the meatloaf muffins! Looks good. Thanks for another great lens 5*s and a fav.

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      Tyrowen 7 years ago

      Very nice recipes!

      I like the lens a lot, bookmarked and rep!

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Fabulous info. Fav 5 stars and featured in my new lens http://www.squidoo.com/My_Favorite_Reality_TV_Show... Please come and visit. :)

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      The vegetarian meatloaf does sound pretty good. I've been trying to fit more veggies into my diet, but as a big meat eater, it's tough to find alternatives that taste as good. These DO look good though. Congratulations on getting your Angel wings, Squid Angel blessed!

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      VeggieGeek 7 years ago

      Your lens is fab! I like how your most of the recipes don't include meat substitutes, as you said in your intro. Personally I've never taken to these and find legumes etc mush nicer to use :)

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      Laura Fincannon 7 years ago from New Orleans and South Florida

      Wow, what a find! Great lens with useful and yummy info.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      This is an excellent resource and very attractively presented!

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      Levitah 7 years ago

      Thank you for this wonderful lens 5*****

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      StephanieB-Writer 7 years ago

      I've missed meatloaf. Thank you soooo much!

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Great vegetarian lens. And since it has a recipe on it, feel free to submit it to http://www.squidoo.com/groups/vegetarian_recipes

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      I did enjoy the eggplant bacon recipe and also the idea of meatloaf muffins. I'll be back for more. Five Stars and a fav

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      Mmmm. I'll have to try the eggplant "bacon" even though I'm not a vegetarian. Interesting lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I'm not a vegetarian, but you have sold me here.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Great lens! I was a vegetarian for 17 years, but my thyroid issues prevent it now.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      Angel wings are hovering near, granting you a blessing ... here.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      These looks delicious and healthy! Thanks for sharing them!

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Favorite? Fried eggplant! I always tell myself "it's vegetarian!" when I have ice cream or cookies for lunch. When you think about it, most comfort food IS vegetarian. Thanks for the reminder they can be healthy if I try.

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Packed with great information. I'll have to try the eggplant bacon it sounds interesting.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Wow, after reading this I think we will be adding a few more vegetarian meals to our menu.

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      Penny Pincher G 7 years ago

      The gelatin info....really? Wow! I had no idea. I had to go back and read it again to make sure I wasn't misunderstanding. Blessed

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      Sara Duggan 7 years ago from California

      great information - Love your pictures as well. Yummy recipes. Great tips.

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      VSP 7 years ago

      Great lens, I will be visiting this one again and again when looking for recipes. Looking forward to trying the meatless meatloaf.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Informative lens, well presented. The best vegetarian book I have read is Linda McCartney's. Great recipes. Thank you for the lens.

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      totalhealth 7 years ago

      great vegetarian recipes. when i thinks of vegetarian food, I am not a vegetarian but i am so earger to try some of the recipes

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ok, I didn't eat yet this morning, now I'm hungry!

      Wonderful looking recipes and a great lens.

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      Genesis Davies 6 years ago from Guatemala

      These are really awesome recipes! I had never heard of bacon salt before, must see if I can get that down here. The meatloaf sounds great, too! I like to make things like this and serve them to my husband without telling him what they are . . . if he likes it, he's pleasantly surprised that it's veggie, if not, I just don't say what it was. :D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      very nice lens !! I did not know Martha Stewart had Vegetarian Recipes I'm checking them out

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      jjj1 6 years ago

      Thanks for this - I shall try out some of your recipes - veggie bacon? I'll give it a try as the shop bought stuff is not great. Also, I didn't know Jamie Oliver had a veggie book out - I like his food but think of him as being involved in animal killing I'm afraid (some programme I saw).

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is great. I'm trying to cook more vegetarian dishes now. Thanks!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      This sounds so good; the hardest part of taking on a vegetarian lifestyle is getting the other family members to jump on board. One part of the allure for me is to not have to handle meat again. Plus, I love vegetables! :)

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      callinsky lm 6 years ago

      This is great. My son is a Vegetarian. I love the idea of cooking a meatless meatloaf in a muffin pan. That is brilliant.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Wow! Obviously a terrific resource for a lot of tasty recipes! Thanks! Even I will join my children eating several of these suggestions :)

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      Christene-S 6 years ago

      Those "meatloaf" muffins look good! And they don't look too hard to try.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great food. nice lens.

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      I think I'll try those meatloaf muffins! I've always said to my DH "if someone would come teach me to cook vegetarian then I could easily switch."

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I love meatloaf... so I think vegetarian meatloaf will be one of my favorites. Also, I like chicken pot pie, so the vegetarian Pot Pie recipe will probably be one I will also try. The Vegetarian Bacon also sounds VERY intriguing, since regular bacon is so very full of unhealthy fat. Thanks for sharing these comfort food recipes!! I like them a lot.

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      LotusMalas 6 years ago

      The mini meatloaf looks good! And Autumn is the perfect time to start cooking comfort foods again!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wow! this a great lens I love to start eating only veggies.

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      monarch13 6 years ago

      bummer, it is ice cream...

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      I have been eating a LOT of veggies lately so this is great to find all these recipes and info.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Cooking meatloaf in a muffin tin is a great idea for portion control and good looks.

      I'm not a vegetarian, but I prefer to eat less meat and more vegetables where I can so it's good to find a site with new recipes to try out.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks for the enticing vegetable recipes in here

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      steveffeo lm 6 years ago

      All I can say is YUMMY Blessed by an angel

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      I congrats you for a perfect lens. I like it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh yummy, I have to try that meatloaf muffin recipe!

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      I really love vegetables so its good to find your lens with some new recipes.

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      Easyprofits007 6 years ago

      Thank you for all the helpful and delicious looking recipes. I recently just read a really good article about some of the most important foods that vegetarians should be eating to avoid protein deficiency. I'm sure lots of people would find it helpful.

      https://hubpages.com/health/Nutritious-foods-that-...

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      DianaPrice LM 6 years ago

      Always looking for ways to add more veggies to my diet

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      DrRichard LM 6 years ago

      I'm very familiar with cooking for vegetarians...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have recently become a fan of Vegetarian Dishes and Meals! I am kicking myself in the pants for not trying some of this earlier! Also I am going to try some of the recipes within this Squidoo Lens, thanks for sharing!!!

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      jolielaide75 6 years ago

      I missed comfort foods too when I became a vegan, but I found a lot of other things that I could eat. Thanks for your suggestions! I will add some of these to my arsenal.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Mac and cheese!

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      compugraphd 6 years ago

      We vegans should stick together, lol -- check out one of my vegan lenses: https://hubpages.com/food/fruitbars and my vegan recipe blog: http://bayitandgarden.blogspot.com/

      "Go Veg!"

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      Joycevoice 6 years ago

      My favorite comfort food is mashed potatoes. I use vegetable broth. This is a great lens. The eggplant dish looks great.

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      MissBuffySpears 6 years ago

      Mmm...all this yummy food is making me hungry!!

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      Gail47 6 years ago

      Favorited because I will be back. What an informative lens. Angel dust left tonight.

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      artgoodman lm 6 years ago

      Man those meatloaf muffins look fantastic. My mouth was watering from reading this lens. Thanks for sharing

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      Joy Neasley 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Ditto on the meatloaf muffins. They look great!

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      VivianAldana LM 6 years ago

      Must try! I am a meateater, but I would love to try your recipes!

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      kathysmith lm 6 years ago

      I bookmarked the meatloaf muffins & will try them this weekend! Great stuff on this page. The "button" that pulled me in was your "comfort foods" concept.

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      indigogirl lm 6 years ago

      Me too, as soon as I saw the words "comfort food" I clicked and I wasn't disappointed, real great lens with some awesome recipe ideas. Jamie Oliver is one of my favourite chefs!

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Great lens. I do love my veges!

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      tdpierceall2002 6 years ago

      Mentally, I would prefer to be a vegetarian. But I like the taste and consistency of meat. I really like the idea of things I can use to substitute for meat so that I can get healthier and still feel satistified.

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      VivianAldana LM 6 years ago

      I eat meat, but this lens makes me "veggie-curious"!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Eggplant bacon, what a great idea!

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Cauliflower Cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods, and I have just finished a lens on it called Cauliflower Cheese - Quick and Easy Recipe. I have featured this lens on mine, as I like it. Well done. I'm not a vegetarian, but I don't eat meat every day.

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      Yourshowman LM 6 years ago

      Yummy lens

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      TWOnline2 6 years ago

      informative

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am so hungry now. Thank you.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      A veritable cornucopia - there's kitchen work to be done, now!

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      glowchick 6 years ago

      Love this lens, saved it so I can come back to try these yummy recipes :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have NEVER thought of vegetarian food as comfort food, but I have to admit, some of the things I saw here, could comfort me in my times of need!!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like those meatloaf muffins. I bet you the kids would love that.

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      Adriana 6 years ago from New Market

      Home made fries :)

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      Dustbunnyodoom 6 years ago

      I love oven baked sweet potato fries, just had some actually. I'm going to try your eggplant "bacon" sometime soon!

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      **Blessed** and featured on My Time as a Squid Angel :)

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      EbizTaxTips LM 6 years ago

      mac & cheese please!

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      MAGarrard 6 years ago

      good recipes. i like veggies a lot, so i need quick, tasty and easy recipes. thanks.

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      StephanieB-Writer 6 years ago

      I miss meat loaf! It used to be my favorite. I have to favorite this and try your recipe. My other favorite comfort food was already vegetarian and I'll have to make it with the "meatloaf": mashed potatoes!

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      greenkat lm 6 years ago

      Thanks! I gotta try some of these!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I myself am not a vegetarian, but I have been seeing a girl who is and I'm always trying to find new creative things to cook - thanks for this resource!

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      halibound lm 6 years ago

      u HAVE JUST SAVED ME I am having a friend over for dinner who is a veggie friend! tomorrow night I am going to be so impressive

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      ChrissLJ 6 years ago

      Biscuits and milk gravy topped sauteed morels. Unfortunately, I can rarely find morels, so sauteed portabellas will work in a pinch.... Oh, and egg fried Ramen. (I've found a random off brand that's veg friendly.)... Oooh, and sauteed zucchini served over fat free cottage cheese.... Great! Now I'm STARVING! =0)

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      Green_Apple 6 years ago

      thx for your sharing, will refer to my friend

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      cdevries 6 years ago

      I must admit I'm not vegetarian, but you make these sound quite tasty!

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      Love this!

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      writercb1 6 years ago from United States

      I really enjoy grilled cheese and tomato soup...and, of course, chocolate...I am a fan of almost anything sweet, really...I am also vegetarian; no eggs, meat, fish, gelatin, etc. I admire your way of natural living that you talked about in your "about me" lens. It's fun to see some great vegetarian lenses!

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      I love your bacon idea... thanks a ton for the tip... :)

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      Addy Bell 6 years ago

      Mashed potatoes are always a hit, as is grilled cheese and cream of tomato soup. I'll have to try the "vegetarian bacon" some time!

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      Bella Stella 5 years ago

      I will try the meatloaf muffins!

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      Delicious lens! :) Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes and ideas.

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      QuinnWolf LM 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. I was vegan for most of my life but when my elderly father had to come live with me, he wanted meat dishes every day so I had to change my diet. I hope some day to go back to the vegan lifestyle.

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      efriedman 5 years ago

      Nice suggestions, especially the use of muffin tin so everyone gets a crispy end piece. Do you like blueberries? Check Blueberries and Red Soup lens for a surprising healthy combination

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      marckq 5 years ago

      Healthy, yummy suggestions. I like the eggplant bacon!

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      Rachel J Singer 5 years ago

      The bacon sounds good!

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      I have to try those meatloaf muffins...thanks!

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      Everything looks good!

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      PippiDust 5 years ago

      Great new recipes here. Thank you.

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      iandrzej lm 5 years ago

      A bowl of cherries, raspberries, thin banana slices, double cream up to your choice and sprinkle of brown sugar...!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These Lenses are so fantastic, those Meatloaf Muffins look wonderful!

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      RecipePublishing 5 years ago

      Yummy fffffffffffor the whole family

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      RecipePublishing 5 years ago

      I like this lens.

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Vegetarian or carnivore, a Bramley apple baked with raisins, nutmeg and demerara sugar, served with custard on a winter's day fro comfort (or vanilla ice cream.in summer)

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      RecipePublishing 5 years ago

      Great comfort food.

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      catherinenbrooks 5 years ago

      Great lens.I am pure vegetarian.I love the fresh vegetable.I always eat fresh vegetarian food only.It's lens perfect for me.Good sound...

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      bolsen19 5 years ago

      I'm not a vegetarian but I do love my veggies. Thanks for the lens.

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      alsomelbel 5 years ago

      That eggplant bacon looks really good and I'm not even a fan of eggplant! Fantastic lens! Rated up!

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      Bercton1 5 years ago

      Delicious lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      scrumpdilicious!

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      I can't wait to try the Meatloaf Muffins! Thanks for the recipe.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Might have to visit this lens again.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You are amazing! I love this page and I'm favoriting it so I can try these out. Thank you for making this.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

      Love me some bacon!! Didn't know there was bacon salt. Have to check that out, Thanks!

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      lillian9534 5 years ago

      Those meatloaf muffins look really tasty - will have to try these.

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      AnneMathews 5 years ago

      Interesting lens and some of these recipes look amazing. Thanks!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      love your meatless recipes especially the meatloaf muffins. thanks for this recipe.

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      mermaidlife 5 years ago

      You're funny! I like what you said about the vegetarian bacon and how we all know that bacon doesn't have seeds!

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      wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      This lens makes me hungry! I love vegetables!

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      annseo 5 years ago

      Nice lens and the food seems delicious :)

      I was so hunmgry now.

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      feliciasfavs 5 years ago

      That is the cutest image under the Vegetarian Comfort Food Recipes section! I love it!

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      timelapselove 5 years ago

      Vegetarian meatloaf muffins?!! Yummm!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Macaroni and cheese with organic wholewheat noodles is what comes to mind first.

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      food monkey 5 years ago

      great stuff! nice lens!

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      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Is Bacon Salt vegetarian? Is it smoke flavoured....

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      I love apple pie and also lasagne. Nice lens.

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      madhu2219 5 years ago

      all healthy foods.. great article

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      robertsugar lm 5 years ago

      I am vegetarian since 15 years!

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      Anderotin 5 years ago

      I'm trying to become a vegetarian. Several times and started throwing. Tell me how to give up meat.

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      Sbrooks6401 5 years ago

      Your lens is GREAT! Excellent research! Thanks for the food pyramid!

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      Sbrooks6401 5 years ago

      @Anderotin: Two-words, paradigm shift. You must develop the reasons why the change is necessary and develop a plan. There are various types of vegetarianism too. You can find the one that fits your needs. Pescatarian is the most popular form of vegetarianism. This style is used as a stepping stone for the more specialized forms, such as flexitarian (eats meat occasionally), Lacto-ovo (does not eat any animal flesh including fish, but consumes eggs and dairy products), Lacto-vegetarian (does not eat eggs but consumes dairy products), Vegan (no meat or animal by-products such as eggs and dairy products), Raw vegan (unprocessed vegan foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees), and Macrobiotic (unprocessed vegan food, occasionally eating fish). Good luck!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      This is really nice - important to have such healthy recipes and tips like these which are great ways to get kids on the right track while they are growing up!

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      Ezeena 5 years ago

      My favorite comfort foods ... any sauce with pasta. Those are my favorite comfort foods. And thanks for this lens - especially the one for vegetarian bacon.

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      TopToysForKids 5 years ago

      I love french fries...even though I hate fast food restaurants, so usually I make my own! :)

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      Dried banana. Love it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The meatloaf muffins look delish.

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      MobileAppMan 5 years ago

      I have eaten many of these in Peru. Great stuff.

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      Holysheepskin LM 5 years ago

      Great options here. My comfort food has always been tomato soup!

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      ernad18 5 years ago

      There are various types of vegetarianism too. i'm sure you are good cooker.

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      JenaleeMortensen 5 years ago

      Thanks for the meatloaf recipe. I've got a daughter who has started eating vegetarian foods, but she really loved meatloaf. Might have to try this for her.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      I will have to try this. Though not strictly vegetarian, we have decided to eat meat less.

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      Stinkerbelle 5 years ago

      Can't wait to try the eggplant bacon great lens

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      g6g8612 5 years ago

      These recipes are really good, can you please check out my lenses, thanks

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      The lens reminds about large options available in food.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I plan to try the Crustless Spinach Quiche - it sounds good!

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      ian_scott 5 years ago

      Some great ideas here! Sometimes, I wish I could be a vegetarian... but .. I don't think it is going to happen... being originally from Northern Ireland, I'd miss my "Ulster Fry's."

      Having said that, I am going to try some of your suggestions.

      A meatless dish I really like includes lentils and salsa.. I'll have to go look that up and feel comforted again!

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      gwhayes 5 years ago

      "High Five" That eggplant bacon recipe is creative and sounds pretty amazing. I'll have to get some eggplant and make that!

      Also, I checked out the cabbage rolls recipe and my problem there is the Worcestershire sauce makes it un-vegetarian. I just know this because my brother is a vegan, but there is anchovy in there. I don't think there is any substitute for it. Doesn't bother me as I'm not a vegetarian, but thought I'd share. I still plan on making those cabbage rolls because they sound awesome.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @gwhayes: you can get veggie worcestershire sauce. I think i got mine in asda but you could try health food shops

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      I have many many vegetarian and vegan friends. I used to be pestcatarian, spelling? I am trying to go vegetarian again. Thanks for sharing, YUMY!

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      PennyHowe 4 years ago

      I love macaroni and cheese.

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      PennyHowe 4 years ago

      Really like your idea of doing the 'meatloaf' in a muffin tin. Thanks for the great tips and Happy Vegetarian Day!

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      Thank you. I've recently given up meat and dairy for health reasons and have been SO BORED. These reciped are just whet I need!

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      dawnrepurposes 4 years ago

      Gorgeous lens! I'm getting hungary!

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      kerryhrabstock 4 years ago

      Chili and beef stew are my favorites. I'm constantly perfecting my veggie chili recipe. Haven't found a veggie way to do the beef stew.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I really enjoy making "Sloppy Joes" with TVP crumbles and, of course, mac and cheese (which I've made with both dairy cheese and Daiya non-dairy cheese). Also blintzes with Morningstar Farms faux sausage and sauteed apples with cinnamon - YUM!

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      honeymishi07 4 years ago

      The goal is to satisfy your hunger, appetite, and desire for certain foods while ensuring that your meals and snacks have the food variety, balance, and moderation that help you maintain, and even enhance, your health. The solutions? Quick, simple, and convenient ways to eat smart and enjoy it, especially when youâre short on time and energy!

      Also check out my lens: The Best Foods for Healthy Teeth

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      sue826 lm 4 years ago

      I just switched to a semi-vegetarian diet with the new year and I'm always on the hunt for good recipes. Love your lens. It's perfect for someone like me.

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      tobydavis 3 years ago

      Interesting ideas for vegetarian snacks - doing some research into them at the mo' - trying to widen my diet out a touch :-)

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      cstrouse lm 3 years ago

      I just bought some eggplants the other day and am going to give the bacon a try. There's a restaurant across the street from my place that sells an eggplant bacon BLT that I've always wanted to try but I guess I'll try making it at home first. Thanks for the recipes!

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      suepogson 3 years ago

      macaroni cheese, cheesy potato pie, any veg stuffed with cheese - you get the idea ... just wish I could get vegi cheese where I live

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      chat2vishakha 3 years ago

      Very interesting recipe.Thanks for sharing this post.

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      TapIn2U 3 years ago

      Hmm..love the meatloaf muffin recipe! Can't wait to try it! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      patti-pierce-102 3 years ago

      @kerryhrabstock: Hi Kerry, Have you ever tried adding a can of vegetarian refried beans to your chili? I do it all the time. It gives the chili nice body and cut the acid of the tomatoes. Trishea

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