10/01/2014 01:13 EDT | Updated 10/01/2014 01:59 EDT

Vegetarian Recipes To Eat Through World Vegetarian Day

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World Vegetarian Day may seem like just another day for those of you who are true vegetarians (yes, sans seafood), but Oct. 1 is all about celebrating everything about being a vegetarian, its impact on environment and of course, the food.

Many cultures already make delicious vegetarian-friendly dishes, from traditional Mediterranean foods like hummus to noodle and rice dishes from Asian countries like Japan or Taiwan. And as the Guardian notes, some of the best countries in the world for vegetarians include Israel, Ethiopia and India.

Now we're not going to bore you with the obvious reasons vegetarianism is good for your health (because it is), but get right into the food instead. The next time you have a vegetarian hater/meat lover who says they can't possibly understand your diet, surprise them with one of these recipes below.

Here are 15 of our favourite mouthwatering vegetarian meals from around the web. Have a recipe you're dying to share? Let us know in the comments below. Oh and haters, happy eating!

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