As meaty stews and roasted chickens start to pop up everywhere now that it's fall, where do you go for inspiration for new vegetarian meals in your kitchen? It's easy to keep making the things you know best, but that can be boring. I want to help change that.
I asked 10 of my favorite vegetarian or vegan bloggers to each share the most popular recipe on her site. A couple ingredient trends became immediately obvious as the answers rolled in: kale, squash, and lentils need to be on your grocery shopping list this week. These are ten meals to freshly inspired your fall cooking.
1. 101 Cookbooks: Lacinato Kale and Pecorino
Heidi Swanson describes this salad as "easy enough, without being obvious or predictable." Something you could make for dinner tonight and really enjoy. I love the addition of shredded Brussels sprouts to this dish, and the tasty lemon-tahini dressing.
→ Get the recipe: Lacinato Kale and Pecorino from 101 Cookbooks
2. The First Mess: Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl with Lime Peanut Sauce
This spaghetti squash recipe is super unique and flavorful. The recipe includes spaghetti squash as the base, some kale and broccoli, some nuts, and a cooling lime and peanut sauce.
→ Get the recipe: Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl + Lime Peanut Sauce from The First Mess
3. Naturally Ella: Summer Vegetarian Tacos with Avocado Cream
Take a tortilla, fill it will a ton of roasted vegetables, and slather on some avocado cream and goat cheese. It's dinner made easy.
→ Get the recipe: Summer Vegetarian Tacos with Avocado Cream from Naturally Ella
4. Cookie + Kate: Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup
As Kate says in her blog post, no vegetarian blog is complete without a signature lentil soup. This masterpiece is made with mostly pantry ingredients, some greens, a squeeze of lemon, and a bunch of spices.
→ Get the recipe: Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup from Cookie + Kate
5. Sprouted Kitchen: Lentil "Meatballs" in Lemon Pesto
Turn cooked lentils into a delicious "meatball," smother them in a light lemon pesto, and serve with greens or pasta.
→ Get the recipe: Lentil "Meatballs" in Lemon Pesto from Sprouted Kitchen
6. A Couple Cooks: Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
When you have spaghetti squash as a base, you can essentially go wild with the toppings. This vegetarian pad Thai hits all the right notes for a delicious dinner.
→ Get the recipe: Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai from A Couple Cooks
7. With Food + Love: Creamy Broccoli Fennel Soup with Kale and Lemon Zest
So many delightful green things happening in this soup! There are some blended cashews in here too, which add a unique richness to the whole dish.
→ Get the recipe: Creamy Broccoli Fennel Soup with Kale and Lemon Zest from With Food + Love
8. Happyolks: Kimchi Ramen
The broth of this vegetarian ramen is totally unique: lots of miso, apple, and ginger. The poached egg makes this luxurious, and the kimchi adds the perfect amount of heat.
→ Get the recipe: Kimchi Ramen from Happyolks
9. Dolly and Oatmeal: Kabocha Squash, Fennel, and Ginger Soup with Spicy Coconut Cream
This is the kind of soup you make when you want to show off to your in-laws. It's totally comforting, but also unusual, thanks to the addition of the fennel and the spicy coconut cream.
→ Get the recipe: Kabocha Squash, Fennel, and Ginger Soup with Spicy Coconut Cream from Dolly and Oatmeal
10. Edible Perspective: Roasted Acorn Squash and Apples with Quinoa, Kale, and Tahini Maple Dressing
This gorgeous salad is full of interesting textures and a wonderful dressing that brings the whole dish together. Good enough to eat by itself for dinner.
→ Get the recipe: Roasted Acorn Squash and Apples with Quinoa, Kale, and Tahini Maple Dressing from Edible Perspective
Do you have a favorite vegetarian recipe from a blogger that you return to over and over again? Share it in the comments so we can get even more ideas for delicious plant-heavy recipes.
This post was requested by Daigan for Reader Request Week 2015.