Cookbook giveaway - The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation

The Heart of the Plate

Mollie Katzen's latest book, The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation, is her first really new vegetarian collection since the 1990's. We're delighted to be able to offer one of three copies to our members in a Cookbook giveaway series. (Remember you can check  on all of the giveaways by just looking in the right-hand category column on any blog page and clicking on "Cookbook Giveaways.")

To find out more about this book and Mollie, be sure and read our blog, An interview with Mollie Katzen.



And to win one of the cookbooks, just post a comment below answering the question:

What's your favorite  vegetarian meal to serve to family members and/or guests who are not necessarily vegetarians?

Additional rules are:

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  • The giveaway will expire in 4 weeks on October 20, 2013.

This contest is now closed.  The 3 lucky winners, selected by random number generator, are gunung, hihelen_westbrook, and patsylu.


  • souprcook  on  9/20/2013 at 4:35 PM

    Most anything Mollie creates

  • teslaca  on  9/20/2013 at 4:42 PM

    Various veggie chilis are always a good choice. With cornbread and lots of toppings.

  • Jennifer Isom  on  9/20/2013 at 4:47 PM

    I love to cook Mediterranean grilled pizzas!

  • wester  on  9/20/2013 at 4:47 PM

    Wow, a Mollie Katzen giveaway! Keeping my fingers crossed. I love Smitten Kitchen's (from Alice Waters) pasta with cauliflower, walnuts and feta, although nowadays I have to deconstruct it a bit as my husband doesn't eat cheese and I don't eat pasta. Easy, most people like it, and it's different.

  • liasim  on  9/20/2013 at 4:49 PM

    Stir fry. Peppers, onions pea pods and rice.

  • fdrfdm  on  9/20/2013 at 4:50 PM

    I usually make something with veggies and pasta for my vegan sister-in-law because others are happy to eat that too, and my husband won't eat beans or lentils, which limits vegan choices. Pasta with cauliflower, as per the previous poster, is a favorite.

  • ljskop  on  9/20/2013 at 5:04 PM

    Eggplant lasagna; people often think it is traditional lasagna.

  • TippyCanoe  on  9/20/2013 at 5:08 PM

    I have been making lots of fresh pasta with pesto and ratatouille this summer and serving both to vegetarians and omnivores alike.

  • rlmiller  on  9/20/2013 at 5:10 PM

    Kale & Potato pizza is always a bit hit, as is a stir-fry with marinated, pressed tofu.

  • readingtragic  on  9/20/2013 at 5:17 PM

    Moroccan style vegetable tagine with couscous, or quinoa for the coeliacs; a spoonful of yoghurt on top (or not), and a spoonful of harissa to finish - nobody even notices that there is no meat!

  • TrishaCP  on  9/20/2013 at 5:18 PM

    Anything Indian-chickpeas are always good.

  • Jenny Hartin  on  9/20/2013 at 5:20 PM

    Mushrooms and pasta email icywit at gmail dot com

  • Pollyalida  on  9/20/2013 at 5:21 PM

    Vegetarian lasagna or a spicy black bean chili.

  • Kate62  on  9/20/2013 at 5:26 PM

    Pasta with white beans, sundried tomatoes and spinach, can even go vegan without the parmesan cheese.

  • kbennall  on  9/20/2013 at 5:31 PM

    I got this excellent pizza recipe (via Smitten Kitchen) for spicy acorn squash pizza with blue cheese and arugula. It is truly spectacular, and totally vegetarian (though not vegan.)

  • Purplewhiz  on  9/20/2013 at 7:02 PM

    Vegetable green curry with brown rice! Yummy

  • Breadcrumbs  on  9/20/2013 at 7:05 PM

    Shhh....this is our secret because mr bc is a die hard carnivore but my Roasted Tomato, Garlic, Portobello Mushroom and Borlotti Bean stew has him completely fooled. The rich veggie stock, the heartiness of the ingredients and the meaty texture of the earthy mushrooms satisfies his appetite and has him requesting that I make this again and again. He thinks it's beef stew!!

  • Soccermom  on  9/20/2013 at 7:07 PM

    Pasta in some way, shape, or form...

  • sideshoes  on  9/20/2013 at 7:14 PM

    Macaroni and cheese!

  • PatriciaAnn  on  9/20/2013 at 7:37 PM

    A big bowl filled with lime tortilla chips, avocado chunks, salsa, sour cream, red onions, & shredded cheese. Quick and everyone loves it. You can even leave out all the dairy and it's still delicious. Oh, and sometimes I add sliced black olives.

  • Sally  on  9/20/2013 at 8:56 PM

    Chana Punjabi (discovered on The Wednesday Chef website) packs a lot of flavor and savoriness. No meat required.

  • Bramor  on  9/20/2013 at 11:59 PM

    It would have to be the broccoli cheese strudel from The Moosewood Cookbook!

  • TheSpicedLife  on  9/21/2013 at 12:16 AM

    If they are adventurous enough, some kind of Indian curry with legumes. I made one just tonight! Otherwise... bean soup.

  • pojoaquekat  on  9/21/2013 at 3:52 AM

    Vegetarian green chile stew. My vegetarian and carnivorous friends alike love it! No need for fake meat. I use pinto beans, roasted tomatoes, onions,mushrooms, corn and/or hominy, and of course, lots of green chiles (fresh or frozen -- never canned). Spices include cumin, mexican oregano, and anise (added the last half hour in the crock pot).

  • ballen  on  9/21/2013 at 4:04 AM

    Pasta with pesto and loads of grilled vegetables - even my meat-loving husband likes it!

  • Simona  on  9/21/2013 at 4:23 AM

    I usually gi for a rich plate of pasta followed by salad and marinated mushrooms - no weird ingredients!

  • Smuz90  on  9/21/2013 at 4:27 AM

    Ops, didn't sign in! I usually go for a rich plate of real italian pasta followed by salad and marinated mushrooms - no weird ingredients!

  • mfto  on  9/21/2013 at 5:45 AM

    The easiest vegetarian summer meal is to get a bowl sized for the number of servings you need and just start adding chopped fresh vegetables: cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, scallions, hot pepper to taste, corn pre-cooked in microwave, zucchini, fresh herbs (especially basil), garlic, feta, evoo. If possible make an hour ahead before serving with pasta and fresh bread.

  • amc  on  9/21/2013 at 5:54 AM

    Vegetable tart

  • chawkins  on  9/21/2013 at 7:34 AM

    Stuffed shells with ricotta and spinach.

  • nadiam1000  on  9/21/2013 at 8:15 AM

    Vegetarian Chili with soyrizo or veggie crumbles and cornbread satisfies everyone in my family from my vegan daughtre to my meat and potatoes son. Shredded Cheddar for the non vegans and some avocado for the vegan daughter. Yum!

  • Wendy Read  on  9/21/2013 at 8:50 AM

    Brown rice topped with roasted Cauliflower Casserole. The casserole starts with a base of sautéed curried onions, semi steamed cauliflower, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, cilantro, and chives, topped with fresh parm and mozzarella cheese and oven roasted for an hour or so to marry the flavors.

  • kayanelson  on  9/21/2013 at 9:05 AM

    I make a vegetarian baked ziti that's always a crowd favorite.

  • gaaarp  on  9/21/2013 at 11:09 AM

    By far, my favorite vegetarian meal to serve to guests is Mollie's Vegetarian Chili, from the original Moosewood Cookbook. Even die hard meat eaters love this chili. It's our most-requested repeat dish with guests, especially in the middle of winter!

  • smtucker  on  9/21/2013 at 11:28 AM

    I pull out my Indian cookbooks to make delicious dals and spiced vegetables. With a bit of rice and naan bread, no one notices the lack of animal protein. But if a guest doesn't care for spicy, I might choose to do a Greek meze table, or a roasted tomato sauce with ravioli.

  • ellabee  on  9/21/2013 at 2:30 PM

    Shell pasta stuffed with a ricotta mix (usually includes parmesan, egg, garlic, and parsley) baked with tomato sauce. Or a tomato-onion-cheese pie (quiche-like). Either of these with a green salad.

  • Ben2  on  9/21/2013 at 3:06 PM

    Mexican lasangna. Basically a vegetarian enchilada, except in a baking pan with layers separated with tortillas.

  • sarah  on  9/21/2013 at 3:30 PM

    lentil loaf!

  • lselke  on  9/21/2013 at 5:05 PM

    Minestrone with loads of vegetables and lots of beans; omit the parmesan rind and it's vegan. Add a loaf of bread and it's a meal.

  • JenPDX  on  9/21/2013 at 5:26 PM

    Sri Lankan dal. A huge hit at any potluck I've taken it to. My new favorite dish.

  • MagpieIma  on  9/21/2013 at 5:30 PM

    Indian vegetarian meals always go over well. Also the smoky cauliflower frittata from ottolenghi's Plenty. yum.

  • angelanorr  on  9/21/2013 at 5:37 PM

    Spaghetti and "meatballs" made with eggplant and walnuts and homemade marinara sauce is my go to meal for guest that are unsure of what vegetarian is all about.

  • Aggie92  on  9/21/2013 at 6:01 PM

    Bean and cheese enchilada casserole. Yummy!

  • cassiemcgannon  on  9/21/2013 at 7:28 PM

    Smitten Kitchen's mushroom lasagne: Incredibly rich, but incredibly good!

  • pgarcia  on  9/21/2013 at 8:40 PM

    Any Indian food!

  • Waderu  on  9/22/2013 at 2:31 AM

    Fajitas made with seitan, onions and peppers. Whole wheat tortillas, guacamole and rice on the side.

  • hihelen_westbrook  on  9/22/2013 at 3:14 AM

    Stuffed onions are always good and the garlic tart from Ottolenghi's Plenty is something to dream about!

  • edify2unify  on  9/22/2013 at 7:15 AM

    Indian food - lentils, rice, naan.

  • littleums  on  9/22/2013 at 7:56 AM

    The black-eyed pea fritters from Vegan Soul Food. They are irresistible!

  • FionaJT  on  9/22/2013 at 7:58 AM

    Either eggplant parmigiana or a risotto (fennel, goats cheese and chilli flakes or maybe a classic mushroom risotto)

  • sarahcooks  on  9/22/2013 at 8:35 AM

    Mushroom bourguignon

  • melspot  on  9/22/2013 at 8:36 AM

    I have several good recipes, and they are from the original Moosewood, Lasagne, Pumpkin Pie, Stuffed Acorn Squash

  • madamepince  on  9/22/2013 at 8:58 AM

    Pasta with chickpeas! People who actually taste this (as opposed to just hearing about it) are instantly enamored of one of the best comfort foods EVER.

  • ckbkaddict  on  9/22/2013 at 9:07 AM

    Lentil Shepherds Pie using puy lentils. People never guess that it doesn't contain meat and are always surprised when they realise they are eating lentils! This is one of my meat-eating husband's favourite dishes. Loved the Moosewood cookbooks - my two are now well over two decades old. This new book is going on my cookbook wish list if I am not the lucky winner! :-)

  • debpiper  on  9/22/2013 at 11:12 AM

    Stuffed portabellos (with artichoke, cream cheese, etc.) Eggplant lasagna - slices of eggplant dusted with grated parm, then roasted till browned. Layerered with thin slices of fresh goat cheese, topped with fresh marinara and pesto. Baked in oven in individual serving dishes until creamy and steamy! yum...

  • RobinT  on  9/22/2013 at 4:29 PM

    I love to make my white lasagna. No one misses meat!

  • Helen_R  on  9/22/2013 at 5:10 PM

    Love to cook stir fried mushroom medley , I use about 7 different types of fresh mushrooms; depending on what i can get my hands on, but the best combination is shitake or black forest, pink oyster, yellow oyster, the large white oyster mushrooms, enoki, shimeji, wood ear or Black fungus and chestnut mushrooms. It looks sensational, smells absolutely delicious and tastes amazing. I love to cook them in the wok in front of the guests just before serving up, always gets compliments, not just from vegetarians. And its so easy but everyone thinks i am so clever LOL.

  • KarinaFrancis  on  9/22/2013 at 5:56 PM

    Felafel (my dad's version only uses broad beans) with tabouli, hommous and all the trimmings. Nobody has ever noticed that its a totally vegan meal.

  • Queezle_Sister  on  9/22/2013 at 6:47 PM

    the sandwich with raw beets, carrots, tomatoes, and blue cheese. Its amazing, such a great texture/flavor combo. Thanks Mollie, for keeping me company in the kitchen for many years.

  • SueLau  on  9/22/2013 at 6:49 PM

    Chiles rellenos

  • tangaloor  on  9/22/2013 at 6:52 PM

    I try not to fake or replace meat. Anything honest and traditional, proud to be just what it is. Panzanella is a current favourite.

  • decklededges  on  9/22/2013 at 7:55 PM

    Pasta with oyster mushroom sauce

  • nelsonjaybear  on  9/22/2013 at 8:39 PM

    The Leek and Cheese Pie I discovered on the blog. My family love it.

  • jenniesb  on  9/22/2013 at 8:58 PM

    I like serving something that incorporates grains and veggies, like a quinoa salad with dried cherries, jicama, onion and lemony dressing.

  • maisie_grn  on  9/22/2013 at 10:50 PM

    I love cooking vegan tofu tacos with sauteed veggies and fresh salsa and guacamole!

  • Kathymelb  on  9/22/2013 at 11:03 PM

    Mexican lasagne using spicy salsa and tortillas instead of pasta. Looks elegant in a round pie dish and tastes sensational!

  • Foudie  on  9/23/2013 at 9:25 AM

    I always make a roast vegetable lasagne. You can prepare it ahead of time, it serves lots of people, and who can resist the yummy cheesy layer on top!

  • LDGourmet  on  9/23/2013 at 11:15 AM

    So sorry to miss Molly when she was here in Boston. Would love a copy of this book and am sure I'd get tons of inspiration from it.

  • Moniquelfp  on  9/23/2013 at 11:58 AM

    Grilled Veggie Sandwich - with eggplant, peppers, zucchini, red onion, drizzled with balsamic....very yummy

  • Lindalib  on  9/23/2013 at 2:33 PM

    Pasta and broccoli - total comfort food.

  • FieenaZ  on  9/23/2013 at 4:17 PM

    My father's Lazy Cabbage Soup- have not yet known one person who did not like it.

  • kath  on  9/23/2013 at 7:21 PM

    My Awesome Farro and Chickpea Salad is always appreciated.

  • vinochic  on  9/24/2013 at 12:21 AM

    Homemade pizza with pesto, red peppers, onion sun mushrooms and feta.

  • susan g  on  9/24/2013 at 11:03 AM

    A black bean soup (curried, from a Washington Post recipe in the 70's) with cornbread; lasagna and a Nicoise-style green salad; many favorites from 36 veg-years! The original Moosewood book and Diet for a Small Planet are still the foundations for me.

  • krobbins426  on  9/24/2013 at 3:25 PM

    Casserole with sweet potatoes and black or kidney beans.

  • whereisthatrecipe  on  9/24/2013 at 5:23 PM

    Jamie Oliver's Modern Greek Salad with Spinach, Chickpea and Feta Parcels is really easy to make, filling and delicious. A great alternative to the usual vegetarian pastas and rice dishes. I hope he brings out a whole book of his great vegetarian meals soon!

  • Diabolical_DrZ  on  9/24/2013 at 6:43 PM

    Mushroom risotto with homemade vegetable broth. Leave out the parmesan cheese for vegans

  • lsgourmet  on  9/24/2013 at 10:22 PM

    Mushroom "cutlets" with vegetarian onion gravy. It's a riff on the ones that used to be served at Ratner's restaurant in NY City. Most friends don't believe it's not meat & regular meat based gravy. If there are no vegans at the table I sometimes make the cutlets Pojarski style and serve them with a sour cream & paprika sauce.

  • rahiscock  on  9/25/2013 at 12:46 AM

    Moroccan Vegetable & Chickpea Stew, with mint couscous & fresh yoghurt, is a vegetarian favourite in my meat-eating family. If anyone really insists on meat, roast lamb on the side goes wonderfully, but it doesn't need it. It's tasty, flavoursome, and has that wonderful stick-to-the-ribs quality that means its perfect for winter.

  • Hellyloves2cook  on  9/25/2013 at 5:52 AM

    I would have to say as a , vegetarian myself, there are many many excellent recipes out there that I would serve up to my guests.But if I had to pick one a firm favourite of mine when presenting to carnivorous friends would have to be VEGETARIAN MOUSSAKA with RICOTTA TOPPING . If it can wow a meat eater then for me it's a sure thing! Everyone I have cooked it for have asked for the recipe! Lots of taste - aubergines, puy & green lentils in a tasty red wine and tomato sauce. It is a Delia Smith recipe. My lovely mum made it for me 16 years ago- she was struggling to know what to cook for me( she is not a vegetarian) and I was very impressed! Re Molly Katzen - I have 3 of her books and they were invaluable to me as a early 20 something year old- cooked my way through Enchanted Broccoli Forest. I still like using her recipes! It would be wonderful to have her new book!

  • chefstef22  on  9/25/2013 at 7:22 AM

    In the fall, my fave is a roasted garlic and butternut squash enchilada dish with salsa verde. Always rave reviews!

  • DFed  on  9/25/2013 at 11:51 AM

    Vegetarian lasagna - feeds a crowd and something for everyone!

  • stephlinde  on  9/25/2013 at 12:16 PM

    Black bean, corn, and zucchini enchiladas always go over well.

  • gingershelley  on  9/25/2013 at 12:31 PM

    Eggplant parmesan - with grilled eggplant !

  • susanhubbards  on  9/25/2013 at 6:51 PM

    A really lovely fresh vegetable/pasta minestrone with crusty bread.

  • elizam  on  9/25/2013 at 7:01 PM

    Definitely something pretty and colourful, make the veggies shine. At this time when spring's kicking in here in the southern hemisphere, an asparagus mimosa for starters and a colourful roasted pepper, chickpea and fetta serious salad for main. I think I'd finish with an eton mess with beautiful new season Queensland strawberries!

  • minerva  on  9/25/2013 at 7:03 PM

    Saag paneer, channa, naan, raita, and achar. You could forget that meat even exists!

  • mbremner  on  9/25/2013 at 7:05 PM

    Oven roasted vegetables (could include pumpkin or sweet potato, red onions, potatoes, red peppers, carrot, parsnips, mushrooms, fennel) add cherry tomatoes or wedges towards end of cooking. Serve with grilled haloumi, couscous, a sprinkle of chopped coriander and a light dressing of olive oil, white wine vinegar, dijon mustard and a smidge of crushed garlic. Delicious!

  • CarsonWyler  on  9/25/2013 at 7:06 PM

    Caldo muito verde (potatoes, onions, garlic, kale, green beans, zucchini) with tomato/basil focaccia.

  • morgynsmum  on  9/25/2013 at 7:11 PM

    In winter it is nearly always the baked beans with rum and molasses - I think it is from the Enchanted Broccoli Forest. In summer there are wonderful salads with chick peas or lentils ... My Moosewood books are falling apart from years of use. Now my daughter is a vegan, so I have veganized a lot of the favourite recipes ...

  • gunung  on  9/25/2013 at 7:12 PM

    I make a vegetarian lasagne from The 90s Vegetarian by Ursula Ferrigno (it hasn't been indexed yet). It layers eggplant, mushrooms, char-grilled red capsicum, and uses ricotta cheese instead of a milk-based cheese sauce so it's lower in fat. If there's a big crowd I make a traditional meat-based lasagne as well, and there's never any of the vegetarian version left over because the meat-eaters choose it too. It's a great do-ahead recipe as well, which makes it an excellent choice for entertaining.

  • mpennington  on  9/25/2013 at 7:26 PM

    I love to serve something easy and fun like Susan's Oatmeal Pancakes from Jane Brody's "Good Food Book." I've been making these for over 25 years and everyone loves them: hearty with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, mashed bananas, chopped apples and raisins and spicy from cinnamon, ground cloves and nutmeg.

  • NaomiManygoats  on  9/25/2013 at 7:28 PM

    My family still demands Spanokopit at every birthday celebration, from the original Moosewood cookbook!

  • infotrop  on  9/25/2013 at 7:46 PM

    I like making strudels with phyllo dough and tasty fillings, like ricotta, mushrooms, spinach, cognac, shallot. The crispy phyllo gives the dish such a great texture and lots of drama.

  • Beckiemas  on  9/25/2013 at 8:11 PM

    Being a vegetarian I feel like I am an ambassador for meat-free eating when I cook for my meatie friends. I love to make flavourful and hearty vegetarian meals, especially the 'Sorta Shepherd's Pie' from Martha Goes Green, the 'Wintery Spring Rolls' from Heidi Swanson's 101 Cookbooks, and Ottolenghi's 'Soba noodles with aubergine and mango'.

  • Suelovesfood  on  9/25/2013 at 8:16 PM

    I like to stuff squash in the fall and winter with a grain and maybe some greens, mushrooms, and even nuts or pomegranates.

  • Julimorr  on  9/25/2013 at 8:30 PM

    I have a family of meat eaters- however I make a falafel that they all love.

  • meg  on  9/25/2013 at 8:55 PM

    I am a big fan of 'The Crank's Bible' for vegetarian recipes that will appeal to meat eaters.

  • sandyg  on  9/25/2013 at 9:05 PM

    Minestrone Soup (recipe from the Moosewood Cookbook)

  • Wlow  on  9/25/2013 at 10:00 PM

    Split Pea Soup with lots of fresh herbs from Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.

  • sgump  on  9/25/2013 at 10:35 PM

    Spinach lasagna with a large green salad; in-season fruit for dessert.

  • mschefkitchen  on  9/25/2013 at 11:42 PM

    Spinach and Feta filo pie - who knew it was a veggie dish it's so good!

  • Ericalgr  on  9/26/2013 at 12:44 AM

    Lasagna or majadara and lots of different salads

  • hwbookworm  on  9/26/2013 at 2:12 AM

    Greek salad as a starter and then pasta with pesto sauce.

  • Dcotter  on  9/26/2013 at 3:45 AM

    Most people like Italian food, so a spinach and mushroom lasagne is good. If I have vegans as guests, a lentil loaf is a good main dish. Most meat eaters don't have a problem with either of these.

  • jd5761  on  9/26/2013 at 5:25 AM

    vegetarian (lentil) lasagne, I get more compliments that I would have expected for a lasagne

  • toddschut  on  9/26/2013 at 6:19 AM

    Does Mac and Cheese count? It's vegetarian and I know everyone will eat it. Is that cheating?

  • Thaichile  on  9/26/2013 at 7:04 AM

    Love to make my tried and true ditalini with lentils as made when I was growing up. Sprinkle a little grated cheese and that's the dish !!

  • rhelune  on  9/26/2013 at 7:53 AM

    Nut roast, they can't tell there are nuts in it.

  • wmhinshaw  on  9/26/2013 at 8:05 AM

    Favorite new-to-me dish this summer has been Tomato Galette from Harvest to Heat. Can cheat and use frozen puff pastry.

  • Toppermom  on  9/26/2013 at 8:10 AM

    I frequently make savory tarts to serve guests--a favorite is Swiss Chard and Artichoke Hearts Tart.

  • Margaret Woodruff  on  9/26/2013 at 8:55 AM

    Easy but so good: kale quesadillas with chevre. Cook kale up with olive oil and garlic beforehand. Put fresh flour tortilla in skillet and cooked kale and chevre, some thyme is good, too. Top with another tortilla and press with heavy skillet or pot. Let cook until crispy. Serve with fresh tomato salsa.

  • Deebar  on  9/26/2013 at 11:05 AM

    corn cakes and black bean salsa from Moosewood!

  • bodeswell  on  9/26/2013 at 11:22 AM

    I suppose a hundred other people have suggested this, but I would use Ottolenghi's Sweet Corn Polenta with Eggplant Sauce. The fresh corn polenta is a revelation, and the eggplant has a meaty and satisfying texture. For me, it's a vegetarian dish that doesn't try to imitate a preparation with meat in it. And it's not as complicated as it seems on first reading.

  • cupcakemuffin  on  9/26/2013 at 12:01 PM

    Eggplant parm - I love the version in one of Mollie's other cookbooks (maybe Moosewood?) - the eggplant is baked so it feels a little healthier, and the flavor is AMAZING. :)

  • farmkat  on  9/26/2013 at 12:05 PM

    some type of pasta dish. veg pizza is always good also.

  • Gorge_us  on  9/26/2013 at 3:44 PM

    My current fave is shakshouka, a North African dish of simmered peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, harissa and cumin with eggs baked on top. Easy and scrumptious! Top with fresh herbs and labneh and serve with crusty bread, a crisp green salad and a full bodied red wine. Mmmmm......

  • JanScholl  on  9/26/2013 at 4:07 PM

    People are so picky, that it's hard to say just one dish will fit. I would probably do soup of some sort and fresh bread. Soup can be changed up from noodle to rice to beans and leave all the other ingredients intact.

  • janism.rose  on  9/26/2013 at 5:49 PM

    Depending on who's coming, it might be Eggplant Parmesan, with either grilled or baked eggplant, or Brazilian Black Beans or West Indian Red Beans and Coconut Rice, two of my all-time vegetarian favorites!

  • Rockangel007  on  9/26/2013 at 8:31 PM

    With 2 vegetarian daughters and 3 carnivorous sons (plus one husband) the only dish the male carnivores don't complain and whinge about "where's the meat", this is a "girl" dish and so on.... (you all know what I am talking about I am sure) is my pumpkin and blue cheese lasagne with burnt sage butter. They come back for more and have never once asked for a piece of steak to go with their "side" of veges!

  • amyrinco  on  9/26/2013 at 10:41 PM

    I'm a pescetarian and would LOVE all of the recipes mentioned in the comments! My husband and 3 teens eat meat so I mostly cook for myself these days. But a thai stir fry with tofu is usually a hit with my hard-to-please gang.

  • Kate  on  9/26/2013 at 11:55 PM

    Turtle bean chilli, corn and capsicum salsa, tomatillo hot salsa verde with habanero chilli and goats cheese & chipotle cream. And a classic margarita.

  • louie734  on  9/27/2013 at 8:51 AM

    We love side dishes, so a vegetarian meal for us usually includes au gratin potatoes, another traditional steakside dish like roasted mushrooms, a green salad and some good bread. All the things you'd have on the side of that traditional cut of meat.

  • RobinCR  on  9/27/2013 at 10:33 AM

    Pasta shells stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach topped with marinara sauce. No one ever gives meat a second thought.

  • bshyman  on  9/27/2013 at 1:59 PM

    A seasonal veggie frittata, with lots of herbs. If having for breakfast, serve with fruit salad and muffins; if for dinner, add a mixed green salad and buttered crusty bread.

  • trudys_person  on  9/27/2013 at 5:45 PM

    I have a veggie lasagne recipe that is great, and always satisfies everybody. However, reading through the comments, I think I should branch out and try some new ideas!

  • loriannjo  on  9/28/2013 at 4:27 PM

    Red Pepper, Kalamata Olive Linguine from Bon Apetit magazine. This is my husband's second favorite food (Bleu Cheese Burgers are his first).

  • slowens  on  9/28/2013 at 4:45 PM

    Eggplant, potato and mushroom with Indian spices (coriander,cumin, brown mustard seeds, tumeric, heat [hot pepper of choice]

  • Sandra Sie  on  9/29/2013 at 1:02 AM

    Manjula's kitchen Homemade tomato soup with cumin, asafetida, and coriander seasoning, and hummus with pita bread as starters. Then Greek moussaka. Yumm!

  • mhays  on  9/29/2013 at 8:26 AM

    My go-to recipe for the non-veg relatives and grad school potlucks alike was always Mollie's spinach lasagne (nutmeg!), including the very precise layering instructions. I could make it in my sleep. My (very non-veg) father-in-law, who is a physicist, found the precision (and the taste) appealing and adopted it as one of his main recipes, carefully copied into his little notebook that he takes everywhere, when he really dove into cooking after the grandkids came along. Over the years he has made the recipe his own and I love that he makes it for us now when he comes to visit.

  • Falcon  on  9/29/2013 at 8:46 AM

    Thai red paste flavoured pumpkin soup

  • DulcieD  on  9/30/2013 at 2:01 AM

    Ripes broccoli and cauliflower salad, tasty, crunchy, sweet and garlic ,!!!

  • GillB  on  9/30/2013 at 2:18 AM

    I have a fabulous cream corn and silverbeet lasagne recipe

  • Kimberly62  on  9/30/2013 at 10:56 AM

    Cuban Black Beans and Rice or Sri Wasano Indonesian Rice Salad

  • Megoola  on  10/1/2013 at 1:31 AM

    I love to share butternut squash chili from Cooking Light (Jan 2010). They call it Three Bean Vegetarian Chili.

  • wendybazil  on  10/1/2013 at 3:20 PM

    often roasted carrot and red lentil soup, vegetable lasagna (sometimes spinach, sometimes butternut squash), m'jadra with labne and salad, or, maybe a pasta with roasted vegetables.

  • veronicafrance  on  10/1/2013 at 4:33 PM

    Mine's Delia's vegetarian moussaka. It's so good meat-lovers won't notice what's missing. Her roasted vegetable lasagne is good too. Personally I like lighter vegetarian dishes but I find these are real crowd-pleasers.

  • patsylu  on  10/2/2013 at 3:53 PM

    Mujadarrah! It's always so good.

  • TheCookingFairy  on  10/3/2013 at 8:14 PM

    Roasted Vegetable-Goat Cheese stuffed Crepes with a Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and a green salad...yum!!! very special...but well worth the effort!

  • cheapbeets  on  10/4/2013 at 11:36 AM

    Mango and eggplant buckwheat noodles from Ottolenghi's Plenty. It takes hours to prepare, but the payoff is so worth it.

  • lisaskitchen  on  10/4/2013 at 1:13 PM

    Rajma always goes over well, if I keep the spicing down for those who don't have my heat tolerance.

  • MaxLisaSophie  on  10/7/2013 at 1:27 PM

    A Greek menu. I start with homemade dolmades (Greens Cookbook), then serve Moosewood Spanikopita accompanied by rice and salad. For dessert I usually serve yogurt "cheese" (strained yogurt, Lebneh in Lebanese) with honey and fresh fruit. Although this menu is a lot of work, it is familiar enough for non-meat eaters, impressive enough for company, and very festive.

  • MamaLion2204  on  10/7/2013 at 3:20 PM

    Curried Coconut Soup is a recipe from Lorna Sass that always goes well with non-vegetarian friends!

  • clancotter  on  10/8/2013 at 3:06 PM

    I make a fillo pastry pie with mushrooms and cabbage and caraway seeds and sever with a tomato salad and sour cream. The fillo pie is originally from a Sue Lawrence recipe. Alternatively a spring vegetable ragout from the Greens cookbook. My favourite vegtarian pasta dish is a blue cheese, spinach and pine nut lasagne from the saintly Delia!

  • Margaretsmall  on  10/8/2013 at 3:51 PM

    Pizza topped with home made tomato sauce, wilted silver beet, feta, pine nuts, Parmesan and an egg broken into the middle at the last moment.

  • raina  on  10/8/2013 at 8:57 PM

    I've been cooking tempeh marsala lately for my carnivorous friends and they love it!

  • MGMay  on  10/9/2013 at 7:17 AM

    Winter Panzanella, from Smitten Kitchen, adapted from Michael Chiarella: Roasted butternut squash, steamed brussel sprouts, spicy salad greens and homemade croutons. A little tempeh bacon crumbled over the top for extra zing. Yum! Looking forward to trying Katzen's rice dishes "painted" with herbs or vegetable, and her slow roasted plum tomatoes.

  • Anrie  on  10/9/2013 at 10:08 AM

    Not surprised at all the "lasagne" comments - I too love to make a vegetarian version: alternating layers of courgette and aubergine ragu with mushroom and spinach with bechamél sauce. Divine. I find that the vegetarian ragu can be a "anything goes" type of sauce - I've added roasted bell peppers, omitted the aubergines, etc., all with great success. The secret, I think, is the sautéing of the garlic, onion, carrot and celery, which provide the savoury notes and the aroma, coupled with the tomatoes, for the sweetness and the umami flavour.

  • sisterspat  on  10/9/2013 at 11:07 AM

    A roasted cauliflower is wonderful! Dan Barber's is the best. Or Southwest quinoa black beans, tomato, green Chile, roasted corn, good spices and stock, roasted garlic. Wonderful! I eat left overs for breakfast with an egg on top and a buttered tortilla.

  • robinorig  on  10/14/2013 at 7:11 AM

    One of my favorite vegetarian recipes to make for guests is Didi Emmon's Thai tofu with red curry sauce over coconut-scallion rice, from Vegetarian Planet The last time I made it I had a real meat and potatoes person for dinner. His compliment was that it was so good it was like eating in a restaurant. I had him help me in the kitchen to encourage him to eat and cook healthier!

  • stargirl  on  10/14/2013 at 3:01 PM

    A great stuffed portobello mushroom (with ricotta, similar to a lasagna filling). It's easy, delicious and satisfying!

  • Cotonqueen  on  10/18/2013 at 10:41 AM

    Mollie's spinach lasagne is terrific for a hearty vegetarian entree, along with a big salad.

  • Tiggs  on  10/18/2013 at 3:52 PM

    Indian dal and a curry- often from 660 Curries

  • Lizica  on  10/19/2013 at 12:44 PM

    We love a vegetarian chili with rinsed, dark red kidney beans, chili powder, hot sauce to taste, soy Cheddar cheese, and finely chopped onions.

  • Jane  on  10/22/2013 at 8:27 AM

    This contest is now closed. The 3 lucky winners, selected by random number generator, are gunung, hihelen_westbrook, and patsylu.

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