Albert Einstein: Genius, Birthday Boy, Vegetarian… Vegan?

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By F&W Editors Posted March 15, 2016

If Albert Einstein was still around to celebrate his birthday, he would do it with a vegetarian feast.

Albert Einstein is credited with saying, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” The super genius (who would have celebrated his 137th birthday today) was a major proponent of vegetarianism, though he didn’t adopt the lifestyle voluntarily. (Doctors prescribed a meat-free diet for his digestive problems.) Toward the end of his life, he might have even been a vegan. In 1954 (a year before he died) he wrote to his friend, Hans Muehsam, “So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore.” Tonight, celebrate Einstein’s birthday with these simple and delicious vegetarian recipes. They won’t turn you into a genius, but they could set you on a path to smarter eating.

1. Vegetarian Three Bean Tortilla Soup

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Three different kinds of beans add color, texture, and flavor to this delicious and easy tortilla soup.

2. Wild Mushroom Goulash

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Lots of paprika gives this goulash a warm, heady flavor.

3. Vegetarian Black Bean Chili with Ancho and Orange

Food & Wine: Vegetarian Black Bean Chili with Ancho and Orange

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This easy to make chili starts with canned black beans.

4. Root-Vegetable Hot Dish with Parsnip Puree

Food & Wine: Root-Vegetable Hot Dish with Parsnip Puree

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Chef Gavin Kaysen created this hearty vegetarian dish, which features roasted root vegetables and a creamy parsnip puree, as a lighter alternative to the traditionally meat-heavy Minnesota casserole.

5. Kitchen-Sink Soba Noodles

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Brightly flavorful, this noodle salad can be made with pretty much any vegetable you have in your fridge.

6. Black Rice Veggie Burgers

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These gluten-free vegan burgers are made with coconut black rice, edamame and fresh herbs, then topped with marinated golden beets.

7. Middle Eastern Phyllo Rice Torte

Food & Wine: Middle Eastern Phyllo Rice Torte


A vegetarian take on a festive traditional Moroccan dish, this elaborate phyllo shell is filled with spices, dried fruit, almonds and wild rice.

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