From the Turkish region of Mugla, these tangy, tender vegetarian rice-and-herb-stuffed grape leaves (Zeytinyağli Yaprak Sarmasi) can be made a day ahead, making them a great appetizer for easy entertaining. The brightness of the brined grape leaves is balanced by the rice filling, which is seasoned with fresh parsley and dill and slightly sweet cooked onions. If making the stuffed grape leaves the day before, refrigerate them overnight and bring them to room temperature before serving.
Meaty mushrooms proudly stand in for meat in this vegetarian riff on the classic Italian meat sauce. Glantz uses a blend of locally sourced wild mushrooms here, but any mix of fresh mushrooms will do. However, be sure to seek out dried porcini mushrooms; after a quick soak in steaming hot water, they plump up and release their intense, heady flavor into the soaking liquid, which adds a rich depth to this sauce. For extra umami, toss in a Parmesan rind while the sauce cooks. It's a good practice to keep leftover Parmesan rinds in the freezer for just this purpose.
Feathery and dramatic, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms (also known as maitake) become delightfully crispy when fried. You know they are nearly ready when the sizzling oil starts to subside. Here, prepared marinara and freshly-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese give these crispy mushrooms Italian-American flair.
For her jackfruit tacos recipe, Jocelyn Ramirez, cookbook author and chef at Todo Verde in Los Angeles, uses cumin, chile flakes, and salt to capitalize on the pulled-pork texture of jackfruit, transforming it into a plant-based taco filling that tastes like carnitas. Don't turn the jackfruit too often while it cooks; give it time to develop a golden brown crust for the best texture and flavor. Served with tart, creamy avocado salsa and lemon wedges, the spicy, crispy seared jackfruit tacos are a satisfying vegetarian meal.