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Why do vegetarians always have to explain their dietary choices to scoffing meat-eaters? Eating a vegetarian diet doesn’t have to mean that you eat like a bunny rabbit, nibbling on carrots and lettuce all day. In fact, there are plenty of vegetarian options out there that pack in the protein. Finding hearty meals that don’t include your favorite furry friends is actually easier than you — and your carnivore pals — think.beans are all easy to add to soups, salads, and rice to turn a lean dish into a truly filling meal. Traditionally meaty recipes like chili and shepherd’s pie are easily adaptable for vegetarians by subbing in soy products like tofu and tempeh.
If you choose recipes that use these products to their fullest potential, you might even trick a few pro-meat folks into trying Meatless Monday or at least sampling the occasional vegetarian dish. For some cooking inspiration, The Daily Meal has rounded up its 12 favorite hearty vegetarian recipes that ditch the meat while satisfying even the staunchest carnivore.
Black Bean Burger
Black Bean Corn Salad
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.