Meatless Monday: Great Sites for Vegetarian Recipes

| 2/21/2012 2:11:02 PM

Whether we care more about the environment or animal rights, most conscientious consumers can agree that today's factory farming practices are unhealthy for humans, animals and the planet alike. While animal rights activists often choose to forgo meat entirely, others, known by the term flexitarians, eat meat, but only if it's produced on farms where animals have the chance to live outside the confines of a small pen. Flexitarians often opt to eat frequent vegetarian meals to free up their dietary budget to buy healthier, well-raised meat (read more about flexitarianism). Lucky for them (and anyone interested in joining their ranks), tons of vegetarian recipes are every bit as satisfying and delicious as meat-centric ones, and there are hundreds of resources available to find amazing vegetarian recipes. Among them are a number of veggie blogs where veg-enthusiasts share their most fabulous recipes. Here are just a few of my favorites. Check in with them for inspiration as you plan meatless meals.

1. Herbivoracious

Written by longtime vegetarian and father of two Michael Natkin, Herbivoracious' incredibly varied recipes have been featured by everyone from Saveur magazine to The New York Times. Natkin's adventurous recipes span the globe and will leave even the most meat-loving palate missing nothing when it comes to bold flavor. If you're looking for a variety of recipes that promise never to bore, visit this site frequently (or subscribe to the e-newsletter).

What I want to eat RIGHT NOW:  

Coconut Rice 

Maybe I am craving an island getaway. I will settle for this Coconut Rice with Black Beans, Plantains and Mango Salsa.

2. Vegan Yum Yum

I'm not a vegan (I just love cheese way too much), but Vegan Yum Yum always leaves my tastebuds watering. Written by home cook (and now cookbook author) Lauren Ulm (Lolo), Vegan Yum Yum gives helpful pointers on cooking techniques, a slew of traditional recipes-turned-vegan and a healthy serving of desserts and pastries along with tons of recipes for just plain amazing-looking food. Visit Lolo if you're on the hunt for just-as-good-as-regular (try them!) vegan versions of classic dishes such as cinnamon rolls, pancakes and mac 'n' cheese.

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