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Easy vegan dinner recipes

We guarantee that these vegan recipes can make any skeptic gain a new appreciation for vegan food. They are delicious, decadent, and will dazzle vegans and non-vegans alike. Try these vegan recipes out on your omnivore friends! They’re so delicious that perhaps they too will go vegan and never look back again! Vegan meat and cheese recipes are the perfect place to start!

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From breakfast to dinner, this list has it all; here are 25 plant-based foods that everyone will love!

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1. Strawberry Pecan Stuffed French Toast

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You don’t need eggs to make this vegan French toast. This Strawberry Pecan Stuffed French Toast by Nikki Haney uses mashed bananas as a replacement. Use a baguette for bite-size toast. Drizzle your sweet breakfast with maple syrup, sprinkle a bit of confectioner’s sugar, or eat it as is.

2. Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy

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Accompany your Sunday morning breakfast with these soft and fluffy vegan Biscuits by Molly Patrick. Pour some mushroom gravy on top and serve. Easy as that! This is comfort food at its best. These delicious biscuits are also gluten-free.

3. Coconut Bacon

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This Coconut Bacon by Amber St. Peter will wake up even the sleepiest head in your household. When baked, these vegan bacon strips taste amazingly smokey, and a bit salty too. A perfection addition to a big breakfast.

4. The Gutbuster Sandwich: Italian ‘Sausage’ on Baguette

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Think you need meat to be full? Think again! This sandwich says it all in its name. This Gutbuster Sandwich by Lori Hirsch Stokoe is stuffed with spicy, vegan Italian sausage; sliced mushrooms; bell peppers; and tomatoes. It’s the perfect addition to game night.

5. Pineapple Jack BBQ Sandwich

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Fan of BBQs? This Pineapple Jack BBQ Sandwich by Tami Noyes looks like the real thing and tastes like it too. The pineapple adds a sweet, tanginess to the barbecue sauce. Lathered onto seitan, tempeh, tofu, or portobello mushrooms, and this baby is good to go. Yum!

6. The ‘Lamb’ Burger

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Here’s a burger that belongs at every barbecue — The “Lamb” Burger by Molly Patrick. Bite into this juicy burger made from mushrooms, lentils, and savory spices and nothing will ever be the same again.

7. Very Cheesy Mac n Cheeze

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for Very Cheesy Mac n Cheeze by Amber St. Peter! Especially for those of us with food allergies, dietary preferences, or just a healthy appreciation for health. But seriously, if you miss classic mac and cheese, this is a slightly spicy, flavorful, much healthier recreation of the old favorite. Loaded with secret ingredient goodies like nutritional yeast, tahini, and turmeric, it’s worth more than you’d expect, too. The cheezy sauce is chock full of B vitamins and anti-inflammatory power just waiting to be gobbled up!

8. Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Salad Sandwich

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This Chickpea “Tuna” Salad by One Green Planet is sprinkled with seaweed flakes for a taste and smell reminiscent of the sea. Lay your “tuna” salad on top of a bed of lettuce and top with a handful of alfalfa sprouts and thinly sliced tomatoes for a great lunch. We bet anyone would jump for this dish. We sure would.

9. Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs

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Put on your adult bibs and put that knife and fork down. These Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs by Rhea Parsons taste delicious and you’ll be chowing down before you can even say the entire recipe’s name. Whether you choose seitan or tempeh to make these ribs, they are sure to be finger-licking good.

10. Tofu ‘Scallops’

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Planning on a fancy dinner? Or how about a date night? These Tofu “Scallops” by Rhea Parsons are a great way to show off your cooking skills, while showing off your compassionate side too.

11. Seitan and Mushroom Bourguignon

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Here’s another fancy dinner entree that will leave guests flabbergasted. This Seitan and Mushroom Bourguignon by Tami Noyes is a French classic, reimagined. Using seitan, mushrooms, and a hint of dry red wine, this is sure to be a star on any menu.

12. Portobello Wellington

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Although its’ origins are unclear, it’s very clear that this Portobello Wellington by Jennifer Strohmeyer is stunningly beautiful and delicious. Portobello mushrooms to give us an earthy taste and meaty texture while the puff pastry is perfectly crisp..

13. Reuben Burger

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This Reuben Burger by Tamasin and Jim Noyes is the bomb. A twist on the classic Reuben sandwich, this flavorful burger will have anyone saying “Wow, maybe this vegan thing is doable after all!” Serve it up with a brew as the recipe suggests, and you’ll be turning people vegan left and right in no time at all.

14. ‘Crab’ Cakes With Sweet Balsamic Mayo

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Are you trying to eat your computer screen yet? Made from chickpeas, these “Crab” Cakes by Molly Patrick are simple, nutritious, and will even have your house smelling like seafood as you cook it up — meaning this is the perfect dish for anyone who loved the real thing!

15. Buffalo Tofu Fries

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These dreamy Buffalo Tofu Fries by Rhea Parsons, served up with some vegan ranch, will have everyone saying “more, please!” Serve up this snack at your next tailgate or game — we think the fries will do all the talking for you.

16. Moxarella Cheese

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Love cheese? Check out this Moxarella Cheese by Somer McCowan, made with cashews and all kinds of tasty ingredients. You can use this cheese in dips, on pizza, on Italian sandwiches … The list goes on and on. Whip a batch of this stuff up, and you’ll have no problem finding uses for it.

17. Copycat Goldfish Crackers

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And another for those cheese lovers out there. Aren’t these Copycat Goldfish Crackers by Amber St. Peter the cutest? With only eight ingredients, you can avoid that fake orange cheese stuff you’ll find on the real “Goldfish,” but enjoy all the flavor found in this timeless snack. Make a big batch of these for your next party!

18. Baked Eggplant Fries

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Get all the crunch you love from regular fried fries with none of those nasty health side effects with these crispy Baked Eggplant Fries by Jennifer Strohmeyer! What’s more is that these are made with eggplant, a veggie rich in vitamin power. This is definitely one dish that will have everyone coming back for more.

19. Creamy Artichoke Spinach Dip

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Who doesn’t love artichoke spinach dip? Save yourself (and your friends and family) from those tubs found in the grocery store deli, though, and try this incredible Creamy Artichoke Spinach Dip by Dreena Burton. Everyone will be simply amazed at the texture of this dip — no dairy needed whatsoever!

20. Raw Tiramisu With Vanilla Cream and Coffee Ladyfingers

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Our list wouldn’t be complete without some to-die-for desserts, right? Tiramisu is a favorite dessert for many, and this Raw Tiramisu by Emily von Euw is sure to please!

21. Super-Thick Strawberry Shake

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For those who love a fruity dessert, this creamy, thick, and antioxidant-full Strawberry Shake by Katie Higgins will have any shake-lover swooning! Top it with some vegan coconut whipped cream, and this dessert is sure to please.

22. Pistachio Chocolate Truffles

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Perfect for anyone who likes a crunchy dessert treat, these adorable little Pistachio Chocolate Truffles by Clémence Moulaert are easy to make and will be a hit with any truffle lover in your life (including you!).

23. Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes With Maple Whiskey Vanilla Frosting

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The title of these Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes by Emily von Euw alone is enough to win many of us over, right? A splash of dark beer, chocolate, maple, whiskey, vanilla … what is not to love here? To top it all off, this comes in cupcake form! Can we get a big “wow”?

24. Banana Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Cake

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You can’t spell dessert without Banana Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Cake (okay, maybe you can, but you get what we mean)! And this ice cream cake with banana, chocolate, and caramel by Emily von Euw is not just beautiful, but it’s sinfully delicious, too. Not one person tasting this cake will believe it’s dairy-free!

25. Raw Almond Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

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A re-make of that favorite flavor so many of you know and once loved, this Raw Chunky Monkey Ice Cream by Julie West blend will top the list of vegans and non-vegans all the same. Serve this up with some vegan whipped cream, and say hello, decadence.

Make any one of these recipes and you’ll be sure to delight whoever you make it for — and of course, yourself.

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Are you sick and tired of hearing ignorant remarks about how “vegans only eat salad”?

One of the best ways of changing perceptions about what vegans actually eat is to show people vegan food is far from boring.

These 10 delicious recipes will help you do just that:

Banana Chocolate Pancakes

These melt in your mouth banana pancakes are one of the best excuses to eat chocolate in the morning. Light, fluffy and perfect hot right out the pan or cold slathered with fruit.

Scrambled Tofu

Scrambled tofu is a staple vegan recipe that can be spruced up with a variety of ingredients. From broccoli to red peppers or even avocado, there are lots of ways to make your scrambled tofu more exciting.

Chickpea Salad Wraps

These simple and easy to make chickpea wraps are fresh, crunchy, filling and packed full of flavor. Who needs tuna when these taste so good?

Spicy Three Bean Chili

You can’t go wrong with a good, spicy chili. If you like a bit of heat and are a fan of beans, then this chili is the one for you.

Homemade Vegan Burgers

Homemade veggie burgers can be unpredictable, but these bad boys are a surefire winner. The yummy combination of mushroom, eggplant and chickpeas is guaranteed to impress.

Veggie Pizza

This whole wheat pizza is super easy to make and so versatile. Add any toppings of your choice from dairy free cheese to vegan meat alternatives and an abundance of veggies. Our favorite pizza toppings are hummus, pineapple and sweetcorn!

Vegan Mac n’ Cheese

Mac n’ cheese is an all time favorite, and you don’t have to go without just because you’re vegan. This delicious creamy recipe is mouthwatering and healthy, and there’s not an ounce of flour, butter or cheese in sight.

Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Mash

Perfect for those cold winter days, this sweet potato shepherd’s pie is a comfort food classic. It’s light, healthy, flavorful and ideal for a dinner party where you want to show off your culinary skills.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse Pie

If you’re a chocoholic then this pie is for you. It’s rich, creamy and tastes incredible. No one will ever guess that it’s made from avocados!

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake

This amazing strawberry cheesecake is vibrant, juicy and so beautiful to look at. The magic ingredient is cashews, which make it extra creamy and silky smooth.

As vegans we are always trying to convince our meat eating friends and family to live a compassionate lifestyle and one of the best ways of spreading the compassionate message is by cooking them delicious cruelty free meals.

Over at Unite For The Animals we love sharing new recipes and encouraging people to try eating vegan, even if it’s just for one day a week.

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21 Vegetarian Dinner Ideas – Perfect for Busy Evenings

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Your to-do list is as long as your arm, the kids still aren’t in bed and you really can’t be bothered to spend the next hour in the kitchen. Luckily, there’s no need!

You don’t even need to hunt around for an exciting, easy recipe that will charge up the taste buds and still be ready in no time. The best vegetarian dinner ideas are here, ready for your perusal.

This is a compilation of our favourite quick-to-prepare, easily made dinner meals, ranging from soups, to pastas, to casseroles you can just throw in the oven – whatever you fancy!

The recipes are from both us and other bloggers whose food we love. The dinner recipes are also a good mix of both vegan and vegetarian, so there’s something for everyone.

Beetroot Pasta

Check out the recipe here 4.61 from 23 votes Ready in: 25 minutes Recipe by: Lisa & HurryTheFoodUp

The beets are bangin’ in this eye-catching dish. Highly nutritious, beetroots are an awesome addition to any pasta meal – including this beauty. Get your vegetarian dinner ideas right here!

Cheesy Zucchini Casserole

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Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: WholeSomeYum

This easy zucchini gratin recipe is a cheesy zucchini casserole that everyone will love! Healthy, low carb, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious.

One Pot Spinach Rice

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Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: Watch What U Eat

Filled with greens, beans and carbohydrates all-in-one pot spinach rice recipe. It is healthy and full of proteins, fibers and vitamins. Ideal recipe for busy times.

Vegan Coconut Curry

Check out the recipe here 4.68 from 61 votes Ready in: 25 minutes Recipe by: Cris & HurryTheFoodUp

This coconut curry is the easiest one we’ve ever made, but mixes it up with the top brass. You won’t find a better effort vs taste curry ANYWHERE!

This is one of our all-time favourite quick vegetarian dinner recipes. Try it out now:

Pin Add to CollectionGo to Collections 4.75 from 8 votes Course Mains Cuisine Indian, Thai, Vegan, Vegetarian Time 25 minutes Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 25 minutes Servings 4 people Calories 301kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup broccoli (or use green beans)
  • 1 spring onions
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 carrot
  • ½ zucchini
  • 2 sticks lemongrass
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp yellow curry paste (or red for hotter, green for hottest!)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 can chickpeas (15 oz = 435g, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 lemon (juiced; lime works too!)

Optional:

  • 1 cup basmati rice (cooked; whole grain rice is nice too)
  • ½ cup cashews (roasted; or use peanuts)

Instructions

  • If serving with rice, get that cooking now according to package instructions.
  • Grate the sweet potato and the carrots.
  • Chop the spring onion, broccoli, and zucchini.
  • Add the olive oil to a large pan and fry all the veg on a medium heat. This needs about 5-7 minutes.
  • Next, add the curry powder and curry paste, and the beaten (smack it with a heavy spoon a few times to let out the flavour) lemongrass.
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  • Stir and fry for another couple of minutes then add the coconut milk, chickpeas, lemon juice, maple syrup and salt. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Alright, that’s it. Take out the lemongrass. Serve with rice and top with roasted cashews or peanuts. Easy. Awesome.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts 21 Vegetarian Dinner Ideas – Perfect for busy evenings Amount Per Serving Calories 301 Calories from Fat 108 % Daily Value* Fat 12g18% Saturated Fat 7g44% Sodium 425mg18% Potassium 640mg18% Carbohydrates 40g13% Fiber 8g33% Sugar 10g11% Protein 7g14% Vitamin A 10535IU211% Vitamin C 43.2mg52% Calcium 92mg9% Iron 3.5mg19% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Broccoli and Cheese Baked Potato Casserole

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Ready in: 1 hour (5 minutes to prepare, 55 minutes to cook)
Recipe by: TrialAndEater

This broccoli and cheese baked potato casserole is a super easy dinner with just 5 ingredients plus spices! Vegetarian, gluten-free.

Spicy Corn Chowder

Check out the recipe here 4.71 from 24 votes Ready in: 25 minutes Recipe by: Hurry The Food Up

A spicy, creamy corn chowder that’s satisfying and filling. Simple to make, ready in 25 minutes. Vegetarian and healthy. Tastes best when it’s cold outside.

Vegetarian Fajita Pasta

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Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: ContentednessCooking

It is an amazing entirely vegan and gluten free Mexican inspired dish. Made with a creamy and spicy Enchilada sauce, and full of fresh vegetables. Comfort food that you can easily customize to your taste.

Farro Salad with Green Olives, Hazelnuts and Raisins

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Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: PinchAndSwirl

This salad is a savory, salty, sweet, tangy combination that will have you nodding your head in satisfaction with every bite.

Quick and Creamy Avocado Pasta

Check out the recipe here 4.66 from 29 votes Ready in: 15 minutes Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Quick and creamy Avocado Pasta that’s healthy and vegan. High in fiber, vitamin C, iron and good fats. Easy to make in under 15 minutes.

Lentil Sloppy Joes

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Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: StaceyHomemaker

Vegan lentil sloppy joes are sure to be a hit because they’re classic comfort food that everyone knows and loves! The flavorful tangy sauce has two secret ingredients that will make you want to lick every last drop of sauce off the plate.

Vegetarian Fried Rice

Check out the recipe here 4.67 from 24 votes Ready in: 15 minutes Recipe by: Hurry The Food Up

Everybody should know how to make veggie fried rice. Hands down one of the most delicious and easiest ways to use up leftovers. Ready in max. 12 minutes!

The Easiest Black Bean Tacos

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Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: NourishNutritionBlog

Amazingly delicious and easy tacos! You can add whichever veggies you have on hand, and love them all the same! This is a great idea for a tasty vegetarian dinner.

Vegan Potato Soup

Check out the recipe here 4.88 from 24 votes Ready in: 35 minutes Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

This is not some bland version of a traditional potato soup, but a full blown delicious recreation built from scratch – all vegan of course!

Pineapple Fried Rice

Check out the recipe here 4.78 from 9 votes Ready in: 30 minutes Recipe by: Timo & HurryTheFoodUp

Pineapple Fried Rice. Some food pairings were just meant to be together, and this is one of them. Get your sweet, crunchy and tropical hit right now!

Crustless Spinach Cheese Pie

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Ready in: 32 minutes
Recipe by: LowCarbYUM

Crustless spinach pie is a very simple dish that is great for those just starting out on a low carb diet. Can be baked in a pie pan or a square dish.

Cauliflower Alfredo with Peas

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Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: MyKitchenLove

Comfort food defined pasta packed with vegetables and that family-friendly Alfredo flavour.

Spicy Black Bean Soup (20 Min, Vegan)

Check out the recipe here 4.7 from 23 votes Ready in: 20 minutes Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

So comforting you want to sit in it. Only vegan ingredients, great taste and ready in 20 minutes. High in protein and fiber. You won’t be disappointed!

Crispy Tortilla Pizza

Check out the recipe here 4.65 from 14 votes Ready in: 25 minutes Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Crispy Tortilla Pizza. A healthier way to eat pizza with the same great taste that you love. Ready in just 25 minutes, you won’t look back!

Skillet Enchiladas: Black Bean Sweet Potato

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Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: TheKitchenGirl

Healthy black beans, sweet potatoes, homemade enchilada sauce, and corn tortillas are baked with a stretchy cheese on top.

Mouthwatering Meatless Chili Con Carne

Check out the recipe here 4.78 from 35 votes Ready in: 30 minutes Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Who said meat free recipes can’t deliver? This meatless (aka vegan) chili proves that you can still enjoy your favourite meals, but in a new, animal friendly way.

Jambalaya

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Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: TheStingyVegan

This vegan jambalaya is quick and easy to make, full of spice and flavour and a great one-pot meal. Beans and mushrooms stand in for shrimp and sausage for a totally plant-based, gluten-free and oil-free version of Southern comfort food that’s just as good as the original!

That’s it folks! Hopefully one of these vegetarian dinner recipes will quell the hunger in your belly – if they don’t, leave us a comment and let us know what you’d like to see in the list.

20 (Delicious!) Vegan Meals That Don’t Suck

Eating lower on the food chain is a great way to minimize your personal environmental impact. Fortunately, incorporating more earth-friendly fare into your menu does not require slimy tofu or weird vegetables. Long gone are the days of rice cakes and baby carrots. Eating a vegan meal now and then is a great way to live a little greener, even if you can’t quite commit to a meat-free lifestyle. Is your girlfriend a vegetarian and you find yourself sneaking off to scarf a beef burrito? This post is for you. Here are 20 vegan meals that don’t suck – even if you’re an omnivore.

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1. Sloppy Janes

Even Adam Sandler would like this one. The great thing about this recipe is that it’s really easy to make. Actually there are two great things: it uses tempeh, which is an extra-chewy type of tofu that is perfect if you’re a meat eater. Tempeh holds sauces really well – in fact it’s similar to chicken nuggets in terms of consistency. If you are new to tempeh, you’ll find that the taste is really nutty and satisfying. One thing that a lot of vegan meals miss is that all-important rich mouthfeel – the Japanese call this fatty, meaty taste umami, or the fifth taste. For an equally drool-worthy Sloppy Jane made out of texturized vegetable protein (TVP), visit hellyeahitsvegan (pictured).

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2. “Chicken” and Sundried Tomato Sandwiches with Fresh Pesto Basil

This sandwich just kicks ass. Choose the fajita strip style prepared “chicken” by Yves in the vegetarian case at the supermarket. It’s nicely flavorful and succulent and doesn’t have that mock meat consistency you often get with things like tofurkey slices. If you don’t say anything, your carnivore friends may not even notice.

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3. Tofu Scramble

I was skeptical the first time my vegan roommate made a tofu scramble for breakfast. Honestly it tastes nothing like eggs, but that isn’t a bad thing. It’s good and very easy to whip up in just a few minutes. This is great for those times when you’re all out of eggs. All you need are some basic spices and a handful of frozen veggies. This particular recipe calls for turmeric to give a little curry flair, but try chipotle and jalapenos for a great Latin twist. You can pretty much put anything in this and it will taste great. Good hangover dish.

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4. Guac and salsa

Who doesn’t like guacamole and chips and salsa? Add in some healthy blue corn chips (organic) and you’re set. Avocados, the main ingredient in guacamole, are really good for your heart and skin and salsa contains antioxidants and vitamins. See, all these Super Bowl Sundays, you’ve been eating vegan and didn’t know it! Bonus on this recipe: if you’re really lazy you can just buy both at the market. Select organic if it is available.

5. Vegetarian Chili

Everybody likes chili. It’s easy to make, it’s ridiculously cheap (beans and tomatoes), and it’s so hearty no one will even miss it without the ground beef, though you can add seitan for texture. Wash it down with a cold beer. This recipe includes red quinoa for extra protein that will keep you full.

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6. Grilled Salad

The first time I had grilled romaine salad was at Restaurant 301 in Eureka, CA. Because they flame-broiled the lettuce spears for just a moment, the salad was mysteriously smoky and meaty. Yet vegan. This version is delicious – you’ll actually want to lick the plate.

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7. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

That’s right – one of the best aphrodisiacs around (not to mention tastiest desserts) is vegan. All you’ll need is strawberries and chocolate. That’s it. Delicious. To make: simply wash fresh strawberries, pat dry and dip in to chocolate (vegan!) melted over a double boiler. Let dry on wax paper and serve within 24 hours.

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8. Chana Masala

An Indian staple dish, chickpea curry is substantial, nicely textured (all those garbanzo beans to bite into), and rich in flavor. It’s fairly simple to make, too. No clay oven or pressure cooker necessary. Serve with hot naan or brown rice. Everyone loves this dish.

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9. Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce

If your dinner pal is OK with vegetables, add some fresh broccoli florets to this to make the peanut sauce sing. Soba noodles are incredibly nutty, dense and filling, so even carnivores will love this meal. Soba noodles are really versatile, so you can cook them in a rich broth, use them like you would pasta, or top them with all kinds of veggies.

10. Fettuccine Alfredo

This one is a bit riskier because it involves numerous faux dairy ingredients. But it’s worth inclusion, because if done right the result is rich, creamy, and decadent fettuccine alfredo. First, dress this recipe up: add a tiny bit of either white wine or vodka to make the sauce extra-savory. Next, up the “cheese” and leave out the soy milk altogether so you’re guaranteed a really thick sauce. What ruins this dish and makes it obviously vegan is the watery factor. Skip the soy milk to avoid this issue. And, as shown, you can use any pasta shape that you like. Curly and shell shapes will hold extra sauce.

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11. Amazing Pancakes

The. best. pancakes. ever. They’re fluffy, moist, sweet, and a touch salty. Pancakes are vegan – but who cares, they’re that good. Whip these cakes up anytime, even for dinner or a late-night post-drinking snack with your friends. To make them even more delicious, add blueberries or (recommended) dark chocolate chips to the batter.

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12. Seitan Fajitas

Seitan is a realistically-textured “wheat meat” that most closely resembles leftover (read: a bit dried-out) roast beef. Seitan was originally developed by a Japanese macrobiotic teacher in 1962, and is made by “washing” wheat flour dough until the starch is completely removed. Not only is Seitan Vegan-friendly, its surprisingly high in protein, too. These seitan fajitas are spicy, easy to shred for pulled-not-pork tacos the next day, and fast to prepare.

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13. Vegetable Paella

While traditional paellas famously include fresh seafood and shellfish, this is a pretty amazing vegan version. The secret weapon to “meat it up”: drizzle in a generous amount of truffle oil.

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14. Fried Tofu

Warning: it’s not as easy as slathering yourself a PB&J and it’s not healthy, either. But what’s life without a little fried goodness from time to time? Forget the fish and chips next time you’re in the mood for breaded trans fat, and go for salty, hot, crunchy fried tofu instead. The extreme heat of the oil keeps the tofu moist but magically firm. It’s like a chicken nugget, only good for the planet. Just not for you. Roll it around in some really coarse sea salt and dip in something tasty like sweet ‘n sour or soy sauce.

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15. Nut Loaf

Oh, the nut loaf. Though nut loaf is not exactly a gourmet delight, neither is meat loaf. If you’re willing to eat a loaf of anything, it may as well be nuts. This is incredibly rich and filling, so eat slowly or you won’t want to eat for days.

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16. BBQ Tempeh

It’s BBQ, but vegan. And it actually holds up well. Because it’s baked, the texture is substantial and satisfying. If you like chicken satay you will enjoy this vegan dish. Serve with huge, icy, salt-on-the-rim margaritas.

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17. Mushroom, Pea, and Asparagus Risotto

Risotto is a great trick to have up your vegan sleeve. Its consistency is naturally extra-creamy, unlike most rice. If you’ve never had risotto you’re in for a delicious, creamy treat. Risotto takes a while but is very simple to make. This one has lemon zest and wine, which gives it a great layer of fresh flavor. The mushrooms and peas add a little meatiness, too.

18. Spring Rolls

Fresh spring rolls are a staple in traditional Vietnamese and Thai cuisine- but often they feature shrimp, pork and other meat products. These Thai-style spring rolls are accompanied by traditional flavors of lime, mint, the basil and the peanuts. Dip in the accompanied spicy Thai peanut sauce for a refreshing summer meal. You can’t go wrong with these phenomenal vegan spring rolls. It’s just one more vegan meal that doesn’t suck.

19. Vegan Honey-Soy Glazed Stirfry with Brown Rice

Honey Soy Glazed Tofu with Brown Rice -Not only is this stirfry recipe vegan-friendly, it’s also gluten-free if you use wheat-less soy sauce. Firm tofu is a tasty alternative to meat, and it’s coated in a sweet homemade honey teriyaki glaze. Fresh broccoli gives the dish brightness and a fun pop of color. Serve on brown rice for a well-rounded meatless meal.

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20. Leek and Corn Stuffed Peppers

We are including this recipe because it’s healthy, really easy and simple to make, and bursting with great flavors. It’s also a little bit more fancy, so it makes a good dinner for guests or a first date. Leeks add mellow bite, the corn is sweet and has great texture, and the pepper is substantial and a tiny bit smoky. Cornbread on the side would be dynamite.

There you have it – not just vegetarian, but vegan meals. Try one or try them all and come back soon for more.

More amazing Vegan recipes to try:

  • 20 More Tasty Vegan Recipes … That Don’t Suck!
  • 15 Hearty, Affordable Vegan Recipes To Make You Go Mmmm
  • Vegan Summer: 15 Delicious Dairy-Free Picnic Recipes​

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