10 Vegan Recipes That Will Make You Rethink the Whole Meat Thing

Up the Meatless Monday ante with these incredibly delicious vegan recipes. We promise you won't even miss the cheese!

For those not quite in-tune with the whole meat-free thing, vegetarian cooking can sometimes be a stretch. And vegan dishes? Forget about it. What is life without a little cheese? Well, pretty delicious, actually. Like any top notch meal, the right seasoning is key and these 10 balanced and delicious dishes have it down pat. Trust us when we say that they're totally game-changing.


1. General Tso's Veggie Bowl/Oh My Veggies: This vegan version of the original leaves little to be desired with its sweet-meets-salty sauce that packs a major kick. Who needs takeout with crazy easy dishes like this?

(Photo via Oh My Veggies)


2. Pumpkin Pecan Scones with Maple Glaze/Cookie + Kate: There's that myth that gluten-free and vegan baked goods just can't stand up to the average butter-infused sweet treat, but they most certainly do. Exhibit A) these mouth-watering maple-glazed scones. This is one recipe that is making its way into our rotation all season long.

(Photo via Cookie + Kate)


3. Dried Fava Soup with Mint and Guajillo Chiles/101 Cookbooks: One of the things we love about vegan cooking is how it makes us think outside the box and test out flavor combinations we've never thought of. 101 Cookbook's interpretation of a Rick Bayless recipe does just that, with ingredients like mint, chiles and cilantro. The Southwest flavors are the perfect remedy for a cold, rainy day.

(Photo via 101 Cookbooks)


4. Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl + Lime Peanut Sauce: The first time we spotted spaghetti squash in the supermarket this season we practically took home the entire inventory (No joke. There were definitely some judgmental stares.). You could say we're a little obsessed. When we came across this recipe by The First Mess way back when, we nearly keeled over from excitement. Because to go along with our favorite veg is a spicy peanut sauce cut with lime. Need we say more?

(Photo via The First Mess)


5. The Ultimate Veggie Burger/The Awesome Green: Forget everything you know about veggie burgers, because this beautiful beet version is about to change everything. They're earthy, yet sweet and go oh-so-well with a sprinkling of Sriracha. (This writer ate four in a row and happily ate the rest for lunch and dinner the next day — they're really just that good.)

(Photo via The Awesome Green)


6. Wild Rice, Butter Bean and Garlic Roasted Carrot Salad/My New Roots: Eaten piping hot or cool the next day, this wintry salad is one for the books, packed with good-for-you-ingredients and a tangy dijon-maple dressing.

(Photo via My New Roots)


7. Chickpea Shwarma with Millet/Naturally Ella: Skip the kebab stand. Short on flavor this hearty dish is not, with the perfect mix of Middle Eastern spices and fresh mix-ins like kalamata olives, parsley and roasted red peppers.

(Photo via Naturally Ella)


8. Baked Aubergine with Blanched Brussels Sprout & Beluga Salad/Green Kitchen Stories: Green Kitchen Stories is a gold mine of clean eating recipes, making it one of our go-to blogs for healthy and delicious (and even a little decadent) meals. This recipe is no different. Baked eggplant is delicious on its own, but its this the brussels sprouts salad and tart pomegranate seeds that really makes this dish stand out.

(Photo via Green Kitchen Stories)


9. Falafel Patties with Harissa Yogurt/A Couple Cooks: We consider ourselves falafel connoisseurs and this recipe by Sonja and Alex Overhiser doesn't disappoint. Nothing's worse than dry falafel, but you certainly won't find that here — just straight-up deliciousness.

(Photo via A Couple Cooks)


10. Spicy Black Bean and Lentil Chili with Cotija Guacamole + Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries/Half Baked Harvest: Chili is the ultimate effortless dish, so there's really no excuse not to give this recipe a go (and believe us, it's worth it — even if just for the chance to nosh on some of those sweet potato fries — yum!).

(Photo via Half Baked Harvest)

Feature image via Green Kitchen Stories


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