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American food is often equated with fast food, but the melting pot of cultures makes up the United States has just as much influence on the food as its people. Here are some classic and vegetarianized American recipes, whether invented in the US or simply adopted.
Tofu, originally from China, and tempeh, originally from Indonesia, are very common in Asian cuisine. In addition, meat other than fish is relatively uncommon, so there are all kinds of vegetarian recipes in Asian cuisine.
There’s some debate about which countries make up Eastern Europe, but for me (or at least my cooking), it includes Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine (subject to change as I discover new recipes).
French cuisine is renowned the world over, and meat does play a pretty big role in it. But there are plenty of French recipes that are already or can be made vegetarian, including crêpes, French onion soup, and vichyssoise.
I love Greek food, but not all of it is safe for vegetarians “as is.” Here is a collection of original and adapted vegetarian Greek recipes, including Greek salad, spanakopita, egg lemon soup, and mushroom/seitan moussaka.
Because many Indians are vegetarian, there are obviously many vegetarian Indian recipes. If you like richly spiced food, Indian is the way to go – here are some of my favorite dishes.
Italian cuisine is probably one of the best for vegetarians. There are plenty of classic vegetarian dishes, and most things that aren’t vegetarian to begin with can be easily adapted. (And the colors are great for Christmas too!) This vegetarian Italian recipe index includes both, as well as all kinds of dishes that contain pasta, whether or not those particular combinations are eaten in Italy.
Jewish cuisine includes a lot of root vegetables, dairy products, fried foods, and, for certain holidays, unleavened breads.
Mexican and Tex-Mex food is spicy and rich. Not much of it is vegetarian, however, so eating out at restaurants can be tricky. Fortunately, many classic Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes can be made vegetarian with simple subsitutions.
Middle Eastern cuisine is noted for wonderful dishes with chickpeas and eggplant, as well as pita bread and couscous.
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