A Vegetarian Spring Feast for Earth Day

There's no better way to celebrate Earth Day, April 22, than with stuff that actually comes from the soil—like the ingredients for this springy vegetarian menu. We've all read stories about how meat production stresses the planet. With these dishes, you'll wonder why humans ever started eating pork chops in the first place.

Use the first strawberries of the season to make a batch of this sangría that calls for red wine, Cognac, and a little cinnamon. Get recipe>>

Follow our directions for cooking stinging nettles without getting stung, then sauté the nutty-tasting greens to pile on ricotta-topped crostini for a simple appetizer. Get recipe>>

A warm salad of new potatoes, fava beans, and chanterelles is hearty enough to be a main dish when topped by a poached egg with a molten yolk (which, conveniently, doubles as a rich sauce). Get recipe>>

This easy side dish of roasted baby carrots enhances the sweetness of young spring carrots (not to be confused with prepackaged "baby carrots") with a simple herb-and-mustard butter. Get recipe>>

These bright-tasting bar cookies have a tart rhubarb topping and a rich shortbread crust. Get recipe>>

Roxanne Webber is the former senior features editor at CHOW.com.