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Feeling uninspired as you rifle through your pantry and refrigerator, staring at the same old ingredients, and settling for salad after salad? Let these unexpected healthy vegetarian dishes breathe new life into lunch, dinner, and snack time, too!

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  • Baked sweet potatoes make a hearty snack or light supper when stuffed with broccoli rabe, cannellini beans, and pepperoncini. Top with flaky salt and a drizzle of pepperoncini brine for a flavor-packed finish.

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    One of Martha’s favorite dishes is vegetarian pho, a Vietnamese rice-noodle soup filled with mushrooms, carrots, and plenty of healthy spices, such as star anise, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. It can even be made ahead!

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  • The term “rice cakes” doesn’t necessarily conjure thoughts of tender, delicious treats. Well, these rice cakes are different. Made with tasty black beans, spicy jalapenos, fresh lime juice, and more, you can eat these cakes in a bun as a burger — or alone as an appetizer.

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    Grilled Tofu with Chimichurri on Grilled Bread

    The keyword here is “grilled,” and the key ingredient is tofu — but you can also get equally delicious results with fish. You’ll get bonus points for making your own chimichurri sauce! 

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    Quinoa, a great source of iron, serves as the base for this savory pie, which also includes copious amounts of scrumptious butternut squash and is seasoned with sage, Parmesan, and plenty of aromatics. 

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  • In less than 30 minutes, you can cook up this nutritious, filling meal. Swap out regular spaghetti for whole wheat, then throw in a mix of veggies and spices. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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  • Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, meaty portobello mushrooms are nutritional powerhouses. Instead of slicing and sauteing your stash, stuff them with greens and goat cheese for a delicious main.

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