World Food Day is a day where we celebrate the creation of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. World Food Day is a grassroots movement that has led to different food drives and events to raise hunger awareness and end hunger across the world.

To commemorate this important day, we have chosen six dishes from around the world to unite different countries through the dinner plate. Although some of these dishes have non-vegetarian recipes as well, the delicious vegetarian meals are shown here. These six vegetarian dishes may come from different areas but they are all equally delicious and dinner worthy.

Tofu Pad Thai – Thailand

Pad thai is one of the most well known dishes that hails from Thailand. With a tasty peanut and egg flavor, the dish is filled with delicious noodles and a mix of shallots and peppers. Although pad thai can include a fish sauce as well as chicken or shrimp, substituting the sauce and meat for tofu and a soy based sauce makes pad thai a completely vegetarian dish that is warm and filling.

Cheese Empanada – Portugal

It doesn’t get much better than empanadas. A warm pastry filled with melting cheese and sometimes spinach or other vegetables creates a tasty dish. Portuguese empanadas can be filled with chicken or other meats, but the vegetarian vision is just as delicious and full of cheesy goodness.

Ratatouille – France

An extremely common dish in France, Ratatouille contains layers of different vegetables in a colorful display. Filled with alternating slices of eggplant, tomatoes, and zucchini, ratatouille is not too expensive to make, but has a very unique taste. The veggies are baked in a sauce to allow them to take on a tender consistency.

Vegetable Stew in Peanut Sauce – West Africa

Vegetable stew is a vegetarian dish in West Africa that is packed with flavor. The recipe calls for onion, potatoes, zucchini, bell pepper, mushroom, chick peas, coconut milk, and ginger to create a special stew covered in peanut sauce. Even with just vegetables the dish is hearty and will fill any hungry stomach up.

Vegetable Moussake – Greece

Although it can be made with ground beef, the vegetarian moussaka dish is a wonderful treat from Greece. The main vegetable used in vegetable moussaka is eggplant. Other ingredients in the dish include onion, carrots, celery, and mushrooms and the vegetables are layered with cheese to create a lasagna shaped dish.

Even without meat, a big slice of vegetable moussaka will fill you up and act as the perfect dinner at the end of a long day.

Baked Ziti – Italy

Ziti is a traditional Italian dish. Italy’s pasta dishes include a large number of vegetarian recipes and the ziti is the perfect baked, warm dinner.

The key to any baked ziti recipe is the cheese, which can include parmesan, mozzarella, ricotta, and provolone. The combination of cheese with fresh pasta and sometimes marinara (depending on the recipe) creates a wonderful vegetarian Italian dish that is easy to make and extremely delicious.

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