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Roasted vegetable and pasta bake

Roasted vegetable and pasta bake

A hearty vegetarian dish packed with flavour, this is ideal for a family meal or casual entertaining. A selection of vegetables – butternut pumpkin, asparagus and leeks – is roasted in garlicky olive oil, then tossed with chunky pasta shapes and a cheesy sauce.

Creamy curried eggs

Creamy curried eggs

A coconut curry sauce goes beautifully with eggs, and an aromatic vegetable pilaf is perfect alongside. Finish with some vitamin C–rich fruit, such as sliced mangoes, to ensure maximum absorption of iron from the eggs.

Tofu noodles

Tofu noodles

This simple and fast vegetarian dish is an absolute delight – Perfect one–dish meal for the busy working week.

Mushroom and tofu stir-fry

Mushroom and tofu stir-fry

Mushrooms and tofu are favoured by many vegetarians as a nutritious meat alternative. You can use any mushrooms in this tasty stir–fry – the more variety the better. Look for those that are firm, plump and clean for optimum freshness.

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Pan-fried tofu and bok choy

Pan-fried tofu and bok choy

Bok choy is an Asian cabbage that looks more like a leafy green vegetable than a typical cabbage. It contains more beta–carotene and calcium than green cabbage does, making it a terrific addition to this healthy and delicious pan–fried tofu.

Baked rigatoni with eggplant

Baked rigatoni with eggplant

Eggplant adds a lovely flavour and texture to this hearty vegetarian pasta dish that is topped with a crisp layer of breadcrumbs and parmesan. The rich tomato sauce could be made in advance, then the dish can be quickly assembled and baked when you wish. Serve with a green side salad.

Stuffed baked potatoes

Stuffed baked potatoes

A steaming–hot baked potato makes perfect comfort food, and doesn't need lashings of butter and cheese to be delicious. This tasty vegetarian filling combines marinated mushrooms and zucchini for a healthy filling. Other fillings are limited only by your imagination.

Tacos with salsa and guacamole

Tacos with salsa and guacamole

Quick and easy to make, this filling and colourful main course is low in saturated fat but high in flavour. It is a great recipe to tempt even the most ardent of meat–eaters into enjoying a vegetable–based meal.

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Eggs with spicy peas and lentils

Eggs with spicy peas and lentils

A little spice can turn a few everyday ingredients into something special. This simple, satisfying dish provides a wealth of vital vitamins and minerals and the right balance of essential protein and fibre. Serve with basmati rice and/or warm naan for plenty of energy–giving starchy carbohydrate.

Leek and macaroni loaf with fresh tomato sauce

Leek and macaroni loaf with fresh tomato sauce

This is the perfect choice when you fancy a change from meat, and it will appeal to the whole family. For a well–balanced meal, start with a root vegetable soup, and serve the loaf with a mixed salad and crusty bread.

Naan with lentil ‘caviar’

Naan with lentil ‘caviar’

Yoghurt spiced with garlic and mint, then mixed with raw vegetables and high-protein lentils, is delicious spooned onto warmed naan. A few coriander and mint leaves on top add a touch of freshness, and a dab of chutney or lime pickle on the side gives texture and extra flavour.

Veggie burgers

Veggie burgers

A few simple ingredients make really tasty meat-free burgers. If you want to barbecue them, the best method is to cook the burgers in advance and just heat them up over the coals, as this prevents them from sticking to the grilling rack.

Burghul pilaf

Burghul pilaf

The combination of grains and beans is common to all cuisines with a tradition of vegetarian meals. In this delicious one-pot main dish, ground coriander and cinnamon and dried apricots add a Middle Eastern flavour.

Mushroom vegetable stir-fry

Mushroom vegetable stir-fry

Stir-frying really makes the most of vegetables, retaining their colour, flavour and texture. The best thing about this dish is that you can use up any vegetables in the refrigerator and turn them into a tasty and nutritious side dish or light meal served with noodles.

Spinach and potato frittata

Spinach and potato frittata

This flat omelette makes a delicious vegetarian main course, and can be eaten hot or at room temperature. It is a versatile recipe, as almost anything can be added to it – a handy way of using up leftovers. Serve with toasted ciabatta bread and sliced tomatoes and/or a mixed green salad.

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