17 Meatless Tasty Recipes Just About Anyone Would Enjoy
Best ever vegan burger? Don't mind if I do.
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There can be a lot of emphasis on meat when it comes to a good dish, but vegetarians and vegans know that's not the case at all. Whether you're plant-based or a meat-eater whose trying to eat less of it, you'll find a ton of meatless recipes here that will get your mouth watering like Scooby-Doo about to eat his giant sandwich.
Stir fry noodles are not only delicious and satisfying, but they don't take too long to cook. They're also a good way to get rid of all the veggies in your fridge before they go bad.
Recipe: Veggie Garlic Noodles
This is definitely one of those dishes that contain very simple ingredients, yet the flavor is out of this world. Two words: caramelized onions. Add those babies to a dish, and you're guaranteed to be blown away every time. These lentils and rice get topped off with caramelized onions bringing a sweetness to the dish, but that then gets cut with a squeeze of lemon and a dollop of Greek yogurt. Someone call Guy, Fieri, 'cause it's a one-way ticket to Flavortown.
Recipe: Lentils and Rice With Caramelized Onions
Nothing beats a warm, cozy bowl of macaroni and cheese, especially when it's homemade. This one-pot version also makes for easy cleanup, so you don't have to worry about using too much elbow grease (just elbow macaroni).
Recipe: Easy One-Pot Mac 'n' Cheese
Flatbread is basically like pizza, and you can't go wrong with pizza. This one has an interesting combination of sweet and tart with the peach and goat cheese, plus arugula, so you can say you got your veggies in. And that balsamic drizzle...it's a must!
Recipe: Arugula, Peach, And Goat Cheese Flatbread
This enchilada rice dish is an explosion of flavor. Spices, cheesy goodness, fresh avocado, hello. Even better, it's super versatile. Eat it as-is, top it off with an egg for breakfast vibes, or use it as filling for tacos or burritos.
Recipe: One-Pot Enchilada Rice
These yummy lasagna roll-ups prove that you don't need meat for it to taste amazing. (Really, all you need is cheese!) It's a great alternative to traditional layered lasagna, too.
Recipe: Spinach-Artichoke Lasagna Roll-ups
Stroganoff is a Russian food that's usually made with beef, but we promise you won't miss the meat with this baby. The cremini mushrooms and vegan Worcestershire bring an umami flavor to this old-school meal that you just might become obsessed with.
Recipe: Mushroom Stroganoff
Next to mac and cheese, scalloped potatoes are the perfect meal. The creamy cheesy goodness makes a great side, but is also strong on its own. Who knew that a simple potato could bring so much joy?
Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes
Put the pasta down and back away from the pantry. The next time you're craving some sort of spaghetti dish, use spaghetti squash instead! The ingredients are simple, but incredible. Those pockets of fresh mozzarella? Marvelous!
Recipe: Caprese Spaghetti Squash
Craving something warm and comforting but don't want to eat pasta for once? Try this slow cooker curry that has a good mix of veggies like broccoli, sweet potato and onion, along with starchy goodness like chickpeas and quinoa. The intense flavor coming from the garlic, ginger, red pepper, and coconut milk is amazing over rice.
Recipe: Slow Cooker Coconut Curry
If a recipe is called "the best ever vegan burger," it's got to at least pique your interest a little bit, even if you are a meat eater. This recipe is especially unique because the "meat" is made with walnuts, yes, walnuts, among other ingredients.
Recipe: The Best Ever Vegan Burger
This restaurant may be long gone, but at least its double decker potato tacos live on. These obviously aren't your average potato tacos, as they're made with a carrot-centric pico de gallo and wrapped in TWO tortillas — a cheesy, soft flour that envelops a crunchy corn shell like a warm hug. This dish is truly a gift.
Recipe: Double-Decker Potato Tacos From Trois Familia
Classic french fries get a flavorful makeover with this masala twist. Coated in a ginger garlic paste and topped off with yogurt and fresh coriander, these fries will be haunting your cravings (and your dreams) after you try them.
Recipe: Masala Fries
Think about it — whenever you eat nachos, is it the meat that's actually the best part? You don't really need it, right? As long as there's a crunch and cheesy factor, you're set. Which is enough of a reason to try this meatless buffalo cauliflower version that's topped with avocado, radishes, sour cream and cilantro. Yum.
Recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower Nachos
Here's a tip: Always have some ready-made gnocchi on hand. It's easy to cook and you can modify it with whatever toppings and flavors you like, including this cheesy broccoli version. Plus, it actually contains two types of green vegetables, so you don't even have to make a salad!
Recipe: Cheesy Broccoli Gnocchi
A cheesesteak sandwich might sound like one of those things that you can't really make without actual steak, but you'd be surprised. When you throw oyster mushrooms in the mix, anything is possible. The texture of oyster 'shrooms are almost meat-like — very different from those button mushrooms that people usually think of at first.
Recipe: Vegan Mushroom “Cheesesteak” Sandwich
If the idea of a comforting shepherd's pie sounds like heaven, but you could do without the beef, you'll appreciate this dairy-free, meatless version. Use a long, thin spatula to make the perfect mashed potato ridges on top.
Recipe: Vegan Shepherd's Pie
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