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42 Dinner Ideas If You're Trying To Cut Back On Meat Or Dairy

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1. Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Bites

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When you're craving Chinese takeout, opt for this veggie make-at-home version instead, ready in just 30 minutes. Pile them over your favorite grain and voilà — dinner. Get the recipe.


4. One-Pot Spaghetti with Vegetables


8. Cashew Ricotta and Parmesan–Stuffed Shells

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No cheese? No problem. These stuffed shells taste just like the ones grandma used to make. Get the recipe.

10. Meatless Hawaiian Sloppy Joes

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This childhood comfort food gets a makeover: Pineapple, soy sauce, tomato sauce, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar gives these lentil sloppy Joes a salty-sweet taste that'll leave you wanting more. Get the recipe.


13. One-Pot Creamy Hummus Pasta

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Sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, store-bought hummus, and red pepper flakes give this easy linguine a Mediterranean kick. Get the recipe.


15. Smoky Sweet Potato Quesadillas

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Trying to cut back on cheese? Opt for this mashed sweet potato filling, which gets a kick from chipotle peppers, lime juice, garlic, tahini, sautéed peppers, and onions. Get the recipe.

16. Vegan Meatball Banh Mi

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Giving up meat and dairy doesn't have to be boring or flavorless. Case in point: These Vietnamese sandwiches, loaded with perfectly fried lentil and mushroom meatballs, pickled veggies, and Sriracha mayo. Get the recipe.


19. Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

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Layered with vegan garlic ricotta, roasted veggies, and lots of marinara, this lasagna is worthy of an Italian feast. Get the recipe.


23. Sabich with Spiced Chickpeas

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This Middle Eastern fried eggplant pita is loaded with Israeli salad, hummus, tahini, and spicy chickpeas. If you don't have the time to make the hummus and tahini from scratch, store-bought spreads will taste just as good. Get the recipe.

24. BBQ Chickpea Burgers


27. Sriracha and Lime Roasted Cauliflower Tostadas

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Crispy tortillas are topped with a schmear of refried beans, a heaping scoop of crispy cauliflower, and a dollop of mango avocado salsa to round it all off. Get the recipe.

30. Pulled BBQ Carrot Sandwiches

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Make this barbecue sauce from scratch or save time and buy a version from the market. Once you marinate and cook your carrots and onions, they become a surprisingly convincing substitute for pulled pork. Get the recipe.


31. Cuban Rice and Bean Bowls

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If you're pressed for time, use canned beans and microwaveable rice. Then top the whole bowl with anything from sweet potato and avocado to fried plantains and pico de gallo. Get the recipe.

32. Black Pepper Tofu Stir-Fry

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This pan-fried tofu is so damn crispy, you'll want to make it over and over again. Serve it over rice, noodles, or sautéed veggies. Get the recipe.

33. Vegan Pot Pie

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This recipe starts with a homemade hearty and creamy vegan stew and ends with doughy vegan biscuits. Get the recipe.


38. Falafel Pitas

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You can make these falafel balls ahead of time and freeze them for up to one month for an easy weekday meal that you can throw together in no time. Get the recipe.


42. Veggie Summer Rolls with Chipotle Peanut Sauce

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TBH, I'd eat this tangy dipping sauce on just about anything, and you probably have most of the ingredients sitting in your pantry. All you need is soy sauce, maple syrup, rice vinegar, chipotle powder, sesame oil, and peanut butter. Get the recipe.