Since going vegetarian more than a year and a half ago, I've certainly had my moments of missing certain foods (buffalo wings and cheeseburgers, to be more specific). It's also been a lifestyle change for the people I spend time with, since our choice of restaurants has to be guided by which places can deliver a decent menu, minus the meat. While Buffalo Wild Wings is definitely out, my friends and family can't argue with the high number of Panera vegetarian options.

The best part of Panera, aside from the amount of dishes that are designed without meat, is that their menu is easily altered to satisfy a vegetarian or vegan diet. In most cases, you can ask the cashier to swap out the meat for more veggies, and their new self-order kiosks make it even easier. These screens show you exactly what goes into every sandwich and salad, and you're able to pick and choose what is best for you. 

#SpoonTip: A word of warning (that I learned the hard way): pay special attention to soup ingredients before ordering. A lot of soups are made with a chicken or beef broth, so make sure to choose the ones listed below that are made using vegetable broth.

1. Grilled Cheese

This is a true classic. You can't go wrong with Panera's grilled cheese. Plus, look at those fabulous grill marks. 

2. Avocado, Egg White & Spinach

This breakfast sandwich definitely packs the power (and protein). The avocado is a special touch, and one of my favorite foods to add to meals as a vegetarian. 

3. Mediterannian Veggie Sandwich

This sandwich is one of my personal favorite Panera vegetarian options. It comes loaded with fresh veggies and a tasty dressing that has a bit of a kick.

4. Margherita Flatbread Pizza

Just look at that delicious cheese pull. Great to share with fellow veggie lovers or keep all for yourself. 

5. Creamy Tomato Soup

This soup tastes great all year long. In the summer, I like to pair hot soups with a cold sandwich, like the Mediterranean Veggie, or a salad.

7. Autumn Squash Soup

The downside to this delicious soup is that it's typically only available in the colder months. It's worth the wait though, so make sure to keep your eyes out for it in the fall. 

8. Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is simple and effective, and can usually be found on anyone's list of comfort foods. Panera doesn't disappoint with this favorite. 

9. Baja Bowl

Being a vegetarian means paying extra attention to getting enough protein. This quinoa salad helps to make sure that happens, while also being absolutely delicious. 

10. Fuji Apple Salad (without chicken)

This salad is really tasty and the flavors keep it interesting, which means the chicken is really not missed. 

11. Greek Salad

Another delicious salad brimming with fresh feta chunks, kalamata olives, red grape tomatoes, and more. 

As someone who is equal parts vegetarian and comfort food enthusiast, I am so thankful for all of the Panera vegetarian options that keep us herbivores full and happy.