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The CHOW Recipe Challenge

Calling all home cooks!

We want to know what you’re cooking in 2011 and to feature the very best food that Chowhounds have to offer.

Submit your best post-holiday healthy vegetarian main dish by January 14. Use our recipe publishing tool, here: http://www.chow.com/recipes/publish Photos of your dish are encouraged. Don't forget to post the link for the recipe back into this thread!

The CHOW Kitchen Editors will select three runners up. We'll make the three dishes, photograph them, and then ask you to vote for the winner in this thread. We will post the winning recipe on CHOW.com’s Recipe Hub and will send it out to thousands of subscribers to the CHOW.com Recipe of the Day Newsletter. (Are you a subscriber? You should be! Sign up in the newsletters tab on your profile.) You can expect some cool CHOW schwag in the mail, as well.

We know our community is full of amazing cooks with discerning palates. Let’s see what you’ve got.

- Jill Santopietro, CHOW.com Senior Food Editor

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  1. Healthy comfort food... For all the "Mac 'n Cheese" Lovers out there! Here's a totally-cravable, healthier, vegan alternative: http://www.chow.com/recipes/29269-kat...

      1. Here's my recipe for Smoky and Spicy Vegetarian Chili


        1. Here's my link to my grilled eggplant and risotto torte: http://www.chow.com/recipes/29282-gri...

            1. This is my husband's favorite: Mexican Lasagna. It's healthier than it sounds! http://www.chow.com/recipes/29284-mex...

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              1. Just published my recipe for an easy, hearty slow-cooker bean soup recipe - vegetarian or vegan or neither - you decide! http://www.chow.com/recipes/29285-slo...


                1. My favorite vegetarian dish? These black bean veggie burgers. Delish!


                      1. Thanks to all those who have submitted recipes. So far they are looking really good! The last day to submit a recipe is this Friday, January 14th. If you haven't entered your recipe yet, don't miss out. Post it to the CHOW recipe tool, http://www.chow.com/recipes/publish and link it in this thread!

                        Looking forward to see what you've got!
                        Jill (from the Chow Kitchen)

                        1. My favorite way to get healthy (and counteract the standing rib roast, hot buttered rum and gobs of Roquefort) is to use big, bright, bold flavors so I don't feel like I'm missing anything. The dish that really exemplifies this is my Spicy Seared Tofu Tossed with Sweet Crunchy Greens & Baked Won Tons Recipe - http://www.chow.com/recipes/29290-spi...


                          1. The crimini mushrooms in my mushroom bolognese are chopped into different textures, resulting in a very traditional (meaty) bolognese texture. It's a great winter go-to, and because it's meat-free and full of vegetables, it's really healthy too. But I make it simply because it's my favourite ragu for pasta! http://www.chow.com/recipes/29291-mus...

                              1. Fresh and healthy, Greek salad with orzo brings a bright taste of summer to a cold winters' day:

                                    1. Here's my recipe for Peanut Butter Pumpkin Soup:

                                      1. Great submissions, everyone. Just a reminder that the last day to post a recipe is tomorrow.
                                        Thanks to all those who are participating!

                                        1. Here is my spaghetti squash recipe, so much tastier than plain old pasta! http://www.chow.com/recipes/29316-spa...

                                          1. This pizza sounds strange but it is absolutely delicious! http://www.chow.com/recipes/29317-gus...

                                              1. Thanks to all who participated in the healthy vegetarian recipe challenge. Your dishes look great! We will post the three recipe finalists (with photos) on Monday January 31st, and let YOU, the Chowhound community, vote on the winner. (You will have one week to submit your votes.) The winner will be announced the week of February 7th. In the meantime, we'll be busy cooking your creations. Good luck!
                                                Jill (CHOW.com kitchen)


                                                1. We asked the CHOW community for their best healthy vegetarian main dishes, and they provided. It was a tough decision to choose just three finalists—but here they are. Now it's time to vote! So take a look at these three recipes: Which one looks most delicious? Which of these healthy vegetarian main dishes do you most want to make? For the thread on CHOW.com, click here, http://www.chow.com/food-news/72167/v... or read below.

                                                  cathyeats's Smoky and Spicy Vegetarian Chili, http://www.chow.com/recipes/29281-smo...: We liked this start-from-scratch chili for its layers of flavor and snappy heat.

                                                  yasmin le sauce's Mushroom Bolognese, http://www.chow.com/recipes/29291-mus...: This recipe, which replaces the ground beef with ground mushrooms, proves that it's possible to get earthy, “meaty” flavors from vegetables.

                                                  JKMillerInc's Spicy Seared Tofu (or Tuna) Tossed with Sweet Crunchy Greens & Baked Won Tons, http://www.chow.com/recipes/29290-spi...: This dish, which could be served as either an appetizer or entrée, has nice contrasting textures—marinated smooth tofu, crispy wontons, and crunchy cabbage salad—and bright flavors.

                                                  You have all week to vote for the winner, until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 6. Send your vote to recipe-challenge@chow.com. The winner will be announced next week.
                                                  Good luck to the finalists! And thanks for participating!

                                                  1. Hi Chowhounds - Only 4 more days to vote for the CHOW member recipe winner. Send your vote to recipe-challenge@chow.com

                                                    1. And the winner of the CHOW Challenge (your best healthy vegetarian main dish) is....yasmin le sauce's Mushroom Bolognese. http://www.chow.com/food-news/72827/t...

                                                      Thanks to all the Chowhounds who submitted recipes and voted. Congratulations to the finalists: cathyeats and JKMillerInc - your dishes were delicious.

                                                      To check out more of Yasmin's recipes, go to her Le Sauce blog: http://lesauce.typepad.com/le_sauce/

                                                      The next Chow Recipe Challenge begins next week. The topic is boneless, skinless chicken breast. Known as one of the more boring cuts of meat, it's often avoided on menus by chefs. Prove us, and them, wrong by submitting a chicken breast dish that’s both delicious and healthy. From Monday, February 14, until Friday, February 18, enter your best chicken breast dish and win!