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70 Vegan Recipes so Good, You'll Forget About Meat and Cheese

From lasagna to nachos, these dishes sub dairy and meat in the smartest ways.

roasted cauliflower tacos with quick spicy vegan slaw
Mike Garten

Whether you’re trying to eat less meat, pack your meals with the healthiest vegetables, or go completely meat- and dairy-free, the idea of making vegan recipes can be seriously daunting. Without meat, dairy, and other animal products, you're often left with a plate full of plants — but most home cooks know what a wonderful opportunity that can be.

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Vegan cuisine often gets a bad rep, as some may believe it's automatically boring and bland. But the truth is that vegan meals usually include fragrant spices, delicious sauces and all kinds of healthy substitutes to create satisfying, complete meals. From better-for-you versions of our favorite classics to unique plant-based meals all their own, there are truly endless, meat-free options. Here, you’ll find a variety of hearty favorites made with protein-rich whole grains, beans and nuts, and packed with fresh and colorful fruits and veggies.

With just a little creativity and these recipes as your guide, you can pull together tasty plant-based breakfasts, soups, salads, mains, and entrées (even delicious vegan desserts) in no time. And we’ve got a mix of wholesome recipes to feel good about, as well as indulgent picks (vegan pizza and ice cream!). Even your meat-loving friends will be impressed — and asking for seconds.

one pot spaghetti vegan recipe
Mike Garten
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One-Pot Spaghetti

This one-pot recipe is vegan perfection. Just add water!

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vegan caesar salad vegan recipe
Mike Garten
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Vegan Caesar Salad

Whip up this crowd-pleasing lunch or healthy side dish that anyone can enjoy, no matter their dietary preferences.

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vegan apple cake
Mike Garten
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Vegan Apple Cake

Every layer of this luscious spiced cake is vegan — including the frosting.

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vegan pasta e fagioli
Mike Garten
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Pasta e Fagioli

Skip the Parmesan cheese (or try a vegan alternative) for a cozy, hearty soup perfect for chilly nights.

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vegan roasted pears
Mike Garten
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Roasted Pears

Serve this sweet and salty side with wild rice, nutty farro, or plant-based proteins like tempeh or tofu.

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vegan air fryer squash soup
Mike Garten
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Air Fryer Squash Soup

This recipe calls for a drizzle of sour cream, but you can use coconut yogurt instead for extra richness.

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vegan lasagna
Mike Garten
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Vegan Lasagna

Luscious cashew cream mimics ricotta cheese in this comforting classic.

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vegan butternut squash curry
Mike Garten
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Butternut Squash Curry

Swap soy sauce for the fish sauce and you've got a hearty vegan main that lasts for leftovers.

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vegan pickled mushrooms
Mike Garten
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Pickled Mushrooms

This punchy app makes a pleasing starter to serve with cocktails.

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vegan savory pumpkin and sage soup
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Savory Pumpkin and Sage Soup

A topping of seared shiitake mushrooms adds meatiness to this vegan main.

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vegan spring panzanella
Mike Garten
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Spring Panzanella

Toss toasted sourdough bread into this bright green bowl for a salad that doubles as dinner.

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vegan chocolate truffles
Mike Garten
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Vegan Chocolate Truffles

This is a three-ingredient vegan dessert anyone can make. Plus, they're a great gift!

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vegan herbed white bean dip
Mike Garten
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Herbed White Bean Dip

With creamy white beans, fresh herbs, garlic and lemon, this delicious app is good enough for dinner.

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vegan roasted cauliflower tacos
Mike Garten
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Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

Try agave instead of honey to make these vegetarian tacos a totally plant-based pick. Yum!

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vegan white bean and broccolini salad
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White Bean and Broccolini Salad

A sweet-sour honey mustard vinaigrette brings this bright side (or light main) together.

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vegan garlicky roasted radish bruschetta
Mike Garten
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Garlicky Roasted-Radish Bruschetta

Radishes roasted with garlic make the perfect spicy, crunchy topping to pile on top of toast.

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vegan recipes   chimichurri cauliflower steaks
Mike Garten
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Chimichurri Cauliflower Steaks

This hearty cauliflower steak recipe is a vegan dinner alternative that even the staunchest of meat-eaters will love.

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vegan zucchanoush
Mike Garten
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Try swapping in zucchini for eggplant in classic baba ganoush for this creamy, dreamy, vegan zucchini-and-tahini dip.

Get the recipe for Zucchanoush »

vegan recipes   butternut squash puree
Mike Garten
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Creamy Roasted Squash Puree

This vegan roasted butternut squash gets a little extra sweetness from a drizzle of maple syrup. Roast it and eat it plain, or blitz it into a smooth and creamy puree.

Get the recipe for Creamy Roasted Squash Puree »

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vegan recipes   cucumber melon soup
Mike Garten
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Cucumber-Melon Soup

This one-pot gazpacho combines cool cucumbers with sweet honeydew for a totally vegan, totally delicious soup.

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low calorie meals grilled asparagus and shiitake tacos
Mike Garten
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Grilled Asparagus and Shitake Tacos

Fully loaded, fully vegan — and all the guac you could ever dream of. The best part? The robust filling is ready in just 15 minutes.

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vegan caesar dressing
Mike Garten
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Vegan Caesar Dressing

No anchovies here! This dressing gets its umami flavor from entirely plant-based ingredients.

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vegan chocolate chip cookies
Mike Garten
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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tofu Pad Thai - Vegan Recipes
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Tofu Pad Thai

It may be hard to believe, but this sweet and spicy Pad Thai is better than takeout. Brown sugar and sweet chili sauce perfectly dress these rice noodles that you can top with a quick batch of tofu.

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veggie burgers topped with sliced tomatoes, sprouts and creamy sauce
Mike Garten
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Mushroom-Quinoa Burger

We promise these are nothing like those sad, frozen veggie patties. You'll quickly blitz your faux burgers together using a handy food processor.

Get the recipe for Mushroom-Quinoa Burger »

Spiced Fresh Tomato Soup - Vegan Recipes
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Spiced Fresh Tomato Soup With Sweet and Herby Pitas

You'll probably want to make a double batch of these coconutty toasted pitas for an afternoon snack.

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best vegan recipes   vegan queso
Mike Garten
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Vegan Queso

This party starter checks so many boxes: It's creamy, gluten-free, Whole30-friendly, Paleo-approved, and of course, vegan! You'll whip a few plant-based ingredients together for an ultra smooth consistency.

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BBQ Chickpea & Cauliflower Flatbreads with Avocado Mash - Healthy Sandwiches
Mike Garten
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BBQ Chickpea and Cauliflower Flatbreads With Avocado Mash

Crunchy, roasted chickpeas are the new crouton. You heard it here first, folks.

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Tahini-Lemon Quinoa with Asparagus Ribbons - Mother's Day Brunch Recipes
Mike Garten
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Tahini-Lemon Quinoa With Asparagus Ribbons

Get your vegetable peeler ready! Dress up this tangy quinoa salad with shaved asparagus ribbons.

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instant pot lentil stew
Mike Garten
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Winter Squash Lentil Stew Recipe

Make this in your Instant Pot for the easiest (and heartiest) family dinner.

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