07/25/2011 04:25 pm ET Updated Sep 24, 2011

10 Unique Vegetarian Recipes

Eating vegetarian doesn't mean you have to eat boring, humdrum dishes. Many people are turned off at eating vegetarian because of the misconception that all dishes are just an arrangement of bland vegetables. While eating more vegetables can clearly improve your overall health and well-being, you don't have to compromise your taste buds for ordinary vegetable dishes or salads. Even just a few spices or ethnic condiments that you can keep in your pantry can turn your mundane dishes into a culinary masterpiece.

So, whether you're a conscious carnivore or a die-hard vegetarian, there's no further need to sacrifice taste for health. We've compiled a gallery of interesting vegetarian recipes for you to try with some unique ingredients and combinations to spice up your normal menu. Pair any of these dishes with a healthy summer drink and you're just one meal away from living a healthier lifestyle. For more delicious vegetarian recipes and a chance to win a signed copy of my new cookbook, New American Table, follow me on Twitter for contest rules.