6 Vegetarian Main Dishes Worthy of a Holiday Dinner Spot

Because a whole head of cauliflower can be cool, too.

Food Network Kitchen’s Cauliflower Wellington, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: KATE MATHIS

KATE MATHIS

Whether you consider yourself to be a vegetarian or just like to abstain from meat every now and then, plant-based dinners are a great way to get creative in the kitchen, while also adding a healthy touch to your family’s diet. If you’re not ready to take the plunge into the world of plant-based meat and seafood, don’t worry — we have tons of other creative ways to eat your veggies. Give one of these plant-forward recipes a try this holiday season. They'll satisfy absolutely everyone, including the most passionate meat-lovers.

Whole Cauliflower Wellington (pictured above)

Drawing inspiration from its beef-y cousin, this cauliflower-stuffed wellington is truly a sight to behold. Pureed mushrooms and herb butter are blanketed around the cauliflower impart umami flavor while it roasts, and a buttery coat of golden puff pastry makes it even more decedant. Serve it at your Christmas or New Year’s Eve feast to make your dinner even more special.

This lightened-up take on classic pot pie is filled with hearty carrots, crunchy celery, buttery peas, white mushrooms and tender tofu to give you everything you and your family need to have a cozy night right at home after all the holiday festivities.

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Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

If you’re looking for a great way to sneak kale into your family’s diet, this flavorful Parmesan is the way to do it. You’ll use almond flour and egg whites to make the breading for your eggplant, giving it the same crispy, crunchy exterior of its’ meat-filled counterparts, minus all those extra calories.

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Antonis Achilleos

Perfect for a post-Christmas dinner, these yummy tacos take just 30 minutes to make, so you can easily whip them up after a long drive home from Grandma's house. Finally, a healthier holiday break meal without the stress.

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This veggie-take on paella may just become your all-time favorite paella recipe. It’s filled with a plethora of elevated ingredients, including saffron strands, baby artichokes, Japanese eggplant and shiitake mushrooms, to give you an impressive meal in under two hours.

Food Network Kitchen's Whole Roasted Mustard Parmesan Cauliflower For Vegan & Vegetarian Thanksgiving as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Can you imagine having a wedge of this delicious cauliflower waiting for you at your dinner table? We can with this recipe. To make this delicious whole cauliflower, you'll brush your cauliflower with a Dijon mustard and olive oil mixture before roasting to infuse it with a punch of herby, spicy flavor. Top with crumbly Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley before serving for a melt-in-your-mouth finish.

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