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If you thought vegetarian food is boring and can’t be as fun as most hearty meat-filled dishes, then get ready for a revelation. Eating vegetarian doesn't have to mean surviving on a diet of cold lettuce alone. There are a lot of healthy pasta, hearty stews, and roasted vegetable dishes out there that are surprisingly tasty and hearty enough to keep you warm this winter. These healthy dishes are packed with nutritious vegetables and fiber-backed legumes. 

We’ve gathered some of our favorite vegetarian dishes to help you keep warm this winter and maybe convince you that vegetarian food is not at all bland and boring. These comforting and filling recipes are perfect for enjoying on any cold winter night and are sure to impress both vegetarians and meat lovers alike.

Coconut Apple Ginger Dal

Coconut Apple Ginger Dal is a quick, filling, and delicious soup that's also great to keep in the fridge and heat up for lunch during the week. It's a comforting and healthy go-to dinner for the family that even meat lovers would find surprisingly tasty. And though you might think that the apple and the coconut milk will make this too sweet, it barely has any hint of sweetness. Replace the red lentils with cooked rice if you'd like an even faster meal.

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Tofu Broccoli Bowls With Carrot Ginger Dressing

This hearty dish has a base of brown rice, crispy tofu for plant-based protein, and roasted broccoli and radishes for color and crunch. Avocado adds creamy richness, and the carrot-ginger dressing takes them to the next level. It's nourishing, satisfying, and, above all, delicious. 

Like most grain bowls, it’s super flexible. You can always change it up to suit your tastes or use what you have on hand. They also happen to be perfect for meal prep. The dressing keeps well for up to a week, and you can cook the rice, tofu, and broccoli up to 3 days in advance.

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Vegetarian Spaghetti

This vegan spaghetti recipe can be made in one pot, without any meat, and using real ingredients that are accessible to everyone. This meal is as comforting as a homemade dinner made by grandma, and it’s perfect for keeping you nourished and warm the rest of the winter.

The two-star ingredients to this recipe are walnuts and mushrooms and they offer you a decent amount of protein so this vegan meat sauce recipe will fill you right up.

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Vegetable Pot Pie

This dish is made with roasted butternut squash, lentils, and kale, topped with a golden puff pastry crust. It's a cozy, warming vegan meal full of delicious fall flavors. The roasted butternut squash gives this dish such lovely sweetness, and together with the lentils and kale, it makes for a delicious symphony of flavors and textures. Use store-bought puff pastry to make this recipe easier to make and save time.

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Ginger Sweet Potato Coconut Milk Stew With Lentils and Kale

This sweet potato and coconut milk stew have a glowing shade of orange with vibrant pops of green from kale and cilantro. The recipe uses a lot of chili and ginger in this stew, along with a bunch of other spices. The flavor profile, spice combination, and recipe itself are inspired by Indian cuisine as well as Thai coconut milk-based curry. You get sweetness, spice, earthy vibes, creaminess, texture from the lentils, and a squeeze of lime rounds everything out.

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

The deep earthy flavors of this classic homemade cream of mushroom soup recipe can’t be beaten. The rich and delicious flavor is wonderfully satisfying to enjoy any time of the year. It’s a hearty soup prepared in just one pot and is perfect to make even on a busy weeknight. With buttery sautéed mushrooms and onions simmered in a perfectly seasoned cream sauce, it’s the ultimate comfort food in a bowl.

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Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Tofu

The crispy tofu and the heat of Sriracha make one incredible combination. It has the most addictive homemade sauce that’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and perfectly sticky for coating your crispy tofu bites. What makes this recipe so good is the added dimension that comes with sriracha’s flavors. It’s packed with umami smokiness and a beautifully sweet tang. You can always adjust the Sriracha to make the dish a little more spicy if you’d like. Serve it over jasmine rice with an extra-large side of broccoli and edamame.

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Vegan Lentil Stew

This vegan lentil soup recipe is packed with fresh ingredients and plenty of lentils that deliver a healthy dose of fiber in each bite. It's the perfect cold-weather lunch or healthy dinner the whole family will love. The five veggies and lentils mean that your family is getting a full serving of vitamins, fiber, and plant-based protein. It comes together in about 45 minutes and is a must-have recipe in your dinner rotation.

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