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Let's do some simple math: There are approximately an infinite number of vegetarian mains, approximately an infinite number of vegetarian sides, and approximately an infinite number of vegetarian desserts and cocktails. By our calcuations, that means that there are approximately an infinite number of ways you can put together a meatless weeknight meal.
The paralyzing number of possibilities can leave you lost in the internet like a mouse in a maze. That's why we've dug up some of our favorite meat-free menu ideas so that no matter what mood you're in, you'll be able to get to cooking (and to eating) more quickly. And the results are guaranteed to be satisfying.
Here are 10 of our favorites:
For when you wish you were Italian: Spaghetti alla Foriana + Swiss Chard Agradolce
For when you want to eat cheese for dinner: Ooey Gooey Toasted Cheese + Rapini with Vin Cotto
And for when you want to go one step further and eat chocolate for dinner: Roasted Endives + Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches
For when you need some spice: Pad Thai Redux + Sichaunese Dry-Fried Green Beans
For when you need some time alone: Spaghetti with Fried Eggs + Braised Whole Scallions
For when you need a shortcut: White Bean Soup + Southwestern Spiced Sweet Potato Fries
For when you're craving something salty and buttery: Potato Soup with Fried Almonds + Chard Salad
For when you need the human equivalent of a belly rub: Linguine with Lemon, Garlic, and Mushrooms + Chocolate Cake
For when you have kitchen helpers to put to work: Curried Cauliflower Soup + Root Ribbons with Sage
For when you're tired of the ordinary: Grilled Peanut Tofu + Ginger Miso Salad
What are your go-to recipes for vegetarian weeknight meals? Share with us in the comments below!