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Top 10 Vegetarian Recipes of 2009

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Here are the top 10 most popular recipes of 2009, according to you! Of the over 1000 recipes on the About.com Vegetarian site, these are the ten that have been the most popular over the past 12 months. If you've been wondering what everyone else has searching for, cooking up and eating this year, here it is!

1. Vegetarian Lentil Soup

Who would have thought that the most popular vegetarian recipe on About.com in 2009 was vegetarian lentil soup? This lentil soup recipe is also one of the highest rated vegetarian recipes on the site, receiving a score of five out of five stars by several people.

2. Super Easy Vegetarian Chili

The name says it all - this is a super easy recipe for a vegetarian chili. Meatless chili is a dish that omnivores love just as much as us vegetarians and vegans, which is perhaps why it has earned the spot as the second most popular vegetarian recipe of 2009.

3. Classic Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Perhaps it's because the economy tanked this year that people are looking for comforting home-cooked old-fashioned cookies? Whatever the reason, these vegan oatmeal raisin cookies have climbed their way up the list of the top ten most popular vegetarian recipes of 2009.

4. Indian Chana Masala

Spicy simmered chickpeas, Indian chana masala has always been one of my favorite easy and healthy vegetarian Indian recipes, especially when paired with spinach as in this recipe. I like to sneak some fried tofu in there sometimes too if I'm extra hungry.

5. Whole Wheat Vegetarian Lasagna

With whole wheat noodles, cottage cheese instead of ricotta, and a dose of frozen spinach, this vegetarian lasagna recipe is a little bit different than most, but according to your reviews, it's absolutely fantastic! Vegetarian lasagna is a popular vegetarian dinner dish, and this vegetarian lasagna is one of the top ten most popular recipes this year.

6. Thai Peanut Sauce

Thai peanut sauce was also one of the top ten most popular vegetarian recipes last year. At the number four place last year, it's been holding just about steady. A basic Thai peanut sauce can be used for dozens of things. Use it as a salad dressing, to dip vegetarian spring rolls in or as a sauce for noodles. I love Thai peanut sauce, and I probably eat it a little bit too much!

7. Easy Black Bean Burgers

In 2008, these bean burgers took the spot as the number one most popular recipe. If I'm making homemade veggie burgers, you can be guaranteed that I'll be using some variation of this fantastic recipe. It's quick, easy and foolproof, so why use anything else?

8. Yellow Split Pea Dhal

I like to cook up some Indian dal after an evening workout, when I'm feeling like a protein boost but am bored of the usual vegetarian proteins. Dhal, sometimes spelled dahl or dal, is a staple of Indian vegetarian cuisine. This easy recipe is for a basic vegetarian and vegan yellow split-pea dhal. Serve with rice, or, add extra liquid to make a more soup-like dhal.

9. Crispy Fried Tofu

Fried tofu is great on it's own or dipped in just about any kind of sauce. You can also use fried tofu in a vegetable stir-fry, fried rice or noodle dish, or just about anything. I like to add fried tofu to vegetarian soups and salads for extra protein and a bit of crunchy texture. This fried tofu recipe has received five out five stars from reader reviews.

10. Vegetarian Aloo Gobi

Aloo gobi, a popular vegetarian Indian dish, achieved world-wide fame through the popular British football (soccer, if you're American!) film "Bend it Like Beckham". This popular vegetarian aloo gobi recipe won't disappoint. Vegetarian Indian food is all about the generous use of a combination of spices to achieve those enchanting flavors, so make sure you've got the necessary spices on hand before you begin.

11. How to Become Vegetarian

If you're interested in exploring a healthy vegetarian diet, but haven't yet made the leap, check out my tips for how to become vegetarian. Or, if you're already vegetarian, take a minute to share how you went vegetarian, so that others can learn from your experience!
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