• Rally
  • 17 Must-Make Meatless Mains for Dinner Tonight

17 Must-Make Meatless Mains for Dinner Tonight

By ​Katie Macdonald​ | March 15, 2018 | Food52

Honestly, I abstain from meat for days at a time without even realizing it — partially because I love vegetables and grains, but also because meat-free eating can still be hearty (not to mention inexpensive). But tell me I can’t have meat for, say, a handful of Fridays during Lent, and suddenly I’m a carnivore.

As observers of Lent know full well, the conversion to temporary pescatarian began on Ash Wednesday. And as hard as it might be to avoid juicy chicken or burgers, I remind myself of all those meatless mains I crave outside of Lenten restrictions. I don’t have to eat the soggy fish sticks of my childhood nightmares; I can make ooey-gooey gratinspicy salads, or filling frittatas. If you, too, are looking for filling meat-free meals — for religious reasons or other ones — check out these 17 dishes. Don’t worry—the steak can wait.

For temporary pescatarians

 

Black Sea Bass with Vegetables En Papillote

Black Sea Bass with Vegetables En Papillote by Food52

 

Roasted Black Cod in Ginger Cilantro Broth

Roasted Black Cod in Ginger Cilantro Broth by Josh Cohen

 

Kimchi, Shrimp, and Soba Salad

Kimchi, Shrimp, and Soba Salad by Ali Slagle

 

White Bean and Tuna Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Dukkah

 White Bean and Tuna Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Dukkah by olive

 

Green Curry with Shrimp and Baby Bok Choy 

Green Curry with Shrimp and Baby Bok Choy by Josh Cohen

 

Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna

 Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna by Nicholas Day

 

For Temporary Vegetarians

 

Cavatappi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Brie & Arugula

 Cavatappi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Brie & Arugula by Emma Laperruque

 

Creamy Goat Cheese Grits

 Creamy Goat Cheese Grits by Merrill Stubbs

 

Cauliflower Fennel Salad with Roasted Lemon & Shallot Salsa Verde

 Cauliflower Fennel Salad with Roasted Lemon & Shallot Salsa Verde by Ali Slagle

 

Andrew Feinberg's Slow-Baked Broccoli Frittata

 Andrew Feinberg's Slow-Baked Broccoli Frittata by Genius Recipes

 

Alex Raij's Mushroom Confit (Setas Confitadas)

Alex Raij's Mushroom Confit (Setas Confitadas) by Genius Recipes

 

Jean-Georges' Ginger Fried Rice 

Jean-Georges' Ginger Fried Rice by Genius Recipes

 

Cabbage e Pepe

Cabbage e Pepe by Sarah Jampel

 

Spiced Chickpeas with Wilted Kale and Roasted Carrots

 Spiced Chickpeas with Wilted Kale and Roasted Carrots by Josh Cohen

 

Linguine with Chickpeas

 Linguine with Chickpeas by Emma Laperruque

 

Silken Comfort Tofu

 Silken Comfort Tofu by Abra Bennett

 

White Potato and Cheddar Gratin

 White Potato and Cheddar Gratin by Judy Haubert

 

This article was written by Katie Macdonald from Food52 and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

px.gif?key=YXJ0aWNsZT1lZTYxYjllNDExYjExMWU4OGM5MTBhYzZhN2ZlNGE5MA==


​Katie Macdonald​
Food52