Adaptable Vegetarian Recipes

Meals with a mixed group of vegetarians and non-vegetarians can require a lot of extra effort from the cook. However, you can save a lot of work by making similar dishes for both groups - a vegetarian version and a meat version. Here are some adaptable vegetarian recipes that lend themselves easily to meat additions.


Being a vegetarian or vegan doesn't mean you can never again make any recipes that call for things like beef broth, eggs, or gelatin. Most animal products can be replaced with vegetarian- and vegan-friendly ingredients.

Garlic: More than 75 Delicious Recipes

Garlic, by Sarina JacobsonI'll never understand people who don't like garlic. It's an essential ingredient in so many cuisines, from Cajun to Italian to Thai. Sure, it makes your breath smell, but that's what toothpaste and mouthwash are for, so why deny yourself the wonderful flavors of garlic? Though not a vegetarian cookbook, Sarina Jacobson's Garlic includes plenty of excellent meat-free recipes, and many of the others can serve as inspiration for vegetarian adaptations.