During my undergrad years, my roommate taught me how to cook vegetarian dishes like brown rice with pintos. It's so versatile; you can turn it into a wrap or casserole. —Natalie Van Apeldoorn, Vancouver, BC
“Every holiday we have brunch and that's when I make a quiche,” writes Paula Marchesi of Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania. “This is the family's most requested one. When the entire family gets together I have to make several of these, and there are never any leftovers,” she adds.
"We love this south-of-the-border lasagna," Trisha Kruse writes from Eagle, Idaho. "The cheesy dish comes together fast with a carton of vegetarian chili, and makes a great entree served with a green salad and baked tortilla chips."
“Dare to deviate from tomato salsa and try this tomatillo-based version for a deliciously addictive change of pace. It’s fantastic on its own with tortilla chips or served as a condiment alongside a variety of meats." —Lori Kostecki, Wausau, Wisconsin
“I am a vegetarian, but the rest of my family is not,” confides Janice Schneider from Parkville, Missouri. “But they prefer this soup to a traditional meaty chili because it’s packed with so much flavor.”
Mexican fare only gets better when topped with Anna Yeatts' colorful Fresh Salsa. The Pinehurst, North Carolina cook uses ripe tomatoes, crisp onion and a touch of minced serrano pepper, making it just as good as a side dish or appetizer with crunchy baked tortilla chips!
“I was making a Mexican themed dinner one night last summer, and figured I’d make a salad with the fresh produce I had. I threw in anything that reminded me of Mexican food. Thankfully, it turned out, and the combination of salsa and ranch dressing is one we now use on sandwiches burgers and more, “ writes Heather Byers from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“Even my meat-loving family devours this hearty meatless chili," says Melissa Mendez of Gilbert, Minnesota. "Since it's more fun to eat with your hands, we scoop it up with chips! It's fast, simple to make and freezes well.”
I like to top this wonderful meatless meal with lettuce and serve it with extra picante sauce. It's quick, easy, filled with fresh flavor and definitely satisfying! Lesley Tragesser - Charleston, Missouri