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Your favorite takeout dishes like pad thai just got a vegetarian makeover

New York Times columnist and award-winning cookbook author Mark Bittman stops by the TODAY kitchen to prepare Asian-inspired recipes from his newest book "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food."

He shows us how to make vegetarian pad Thai with tofu and veggies, cold sesame noodles with savory peanut sauce and a salad with meaty Potabello mushrooms and soy sauce vinaigrette.

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The combination of soft, chewy noodles and crisp garnishes is unbeatable. The same goes for the contrasting sweet, salty and sour flavors.

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These noodles are the perfect base for all sorts of chopped toppings, like pickles or leftover grilled or roasted vegetables.

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These mushrooms are so meaty, you won't believe they're not, well, meat! They're also great to stuff in sandwiches, burritos, tacos or enchiladas.

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