Savory, satisfying, meatless: six of our favorite vegetarian recipes

by Terry B on September 13, 2017

Curried Lentils with Poached Eggs

I claim to be an omnivore, but if I’m being honest, I’m more of a carnivore who also appreciates decent sides. I’ve been known to say, “A day without meat is like a day without sunshine.” That said, some really delicious vegetarian recipes have appeared here over the years, some of them even cooked by me. Here are six of our favorites.

Curried Lentils with Poached Eggs

Inspired by a breakfast at April Bloomfield’s The Breslin in the Ace Hotel in New York, Marion cooked the lentils shown above with an international mix of spices and aromatics and topped them with poached eggs to make a satisfying vegetarian lunch. Here’s the recipe.

Sautéed Tofu with Ginger and Garlic

Sautéed Tofu with Ginger and Garlic

Marion first made this umami-rich sautéed tofu main course for a July 4th barbecue. It was so good, I had her make it again. It’s now part of our younger daughter’s regular rotation, and she’s got some of her friends cooking it too.

Drop Biscuits and Vegetarian Red Eye Gravy

biscuits and vegetarian red eye gravy

Biscuits and gravy are a thing with me. I seek them out whenever we’re in a breakfast place that I think might do them well. They often come up short. So imagine my surprise at how amazingly “meaty” this meatless gravy turned out, with chopped mushrooms and spices standing in convincingly for sausage. Recipe here.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Wilted Kale

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Wilted Kale

We often describe recipes here as weeknight quick, because that’s often what life seems to require. But sometimes we like to take our time in the kitchen, basking in the aromas, textures and hands-on processes of cooking. Marion describes making these sweet potato gnocchi as meditative.

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Spinach


If you should ever go to Columbus, Ohio, go hungry. That’s where we found the inspiration for this simple, luxurious dish of eggs baked with cream, tarragon and a compote of tomatoes, spinach and garlic.

Marion’s Creamy Mac and Cheese with Tarragon

Marion’s Creamy Mac and Cheese with Tarragon

How often does macaroni and cheese land you on TV? Marion’s no-bake version, with a creamy finish and a slight kick, did just that. Here’s her “as seen on TV” recipe.


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John/Kitchen Riffs September 13, 2017 at 8:49 am

Love meat, but we don’t eat that much of it. I could easily become a vegetarian. I’m not going to, but I’d be happy to live on these dishes for the next week. Or longer. :-) Thanks!

Kate September 13, 2017 at 9:36 pm

Thank you for the inspiration! We are about 80% vegetarian, just can’t give up steak or bacon! But our teenager has been 100% vegetarian for a while now and it’s getting harder to find things to cook that we all like. I’m especially looking forward to the mac & cheese!

Terry B September 13, 2017 at 9:45 pm

John, my eating less meat has mostly taken the direction of eating smaller portions, not eating it less often. But right now, with our garden still producing, we’ve been eating this pesto with basil and pecans at least once a week.

I hope you like the mac & cheese, Kate! It’s a favorite around here.

Dani H September 13, 2017 at 10:43 pm

I agree with Kate, I’m really looking forward to trying Marion’s mac & cheese. I love your posts like this which include a variety of recipes.

Thanks, Terry!

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