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If you’re a meat lover, the thought of vegan meals is probably enough to make you turn up your nose. Tofu, chickpeas, and other plant-based ingredients may not sound appetizing, but these creative vegan recipes are anything but bland. Even if you’re not a vegan, you’ll be tempted to give these fifteen dishes a try.
1. Rustic Italian Pasta Salad
This Rustic Italian Pasta Salad is light yet hearty enough to replace a meaty entrée. Add some crusty bread on the side to make it even more filling.
2. Split Pea Soup
Need a quick, go-to soup recipe for a busy, cold, and blustery weeknight? I’ve got the perfect solution! This easy split pea soup recipe.
3. Chickpea Orzo Salad
This Chickpea Orzo Salad can be enjoyed as a main course for vegans or a delicious side dish for meat eaters. Either way, everyone will want seconds.
4. Avocado Pasta Salad
This Avocado Pasta Salad is fresh and delicious. The best part is, if you have to feed folks who aren’t plant-based, you can easily add a side of meat to this. But it’s a great meal all on its own. Pro tip: use a bean-based pasta for extra protein and fiber.
5. Lentil Sloppy Joes
Everyone loves sloppy joes. These Lentil Sloppy Joes are plant-based and absolutely delicious. Plus, the lentils and buns make a complete protein.
6. Cucumber Sandwich
A good Cucumber Sandwich is a thing of beauty. And while this is definitely a lighter meal, it’s perfect for a hot summer evening. Plus, you won’t be heating up the kitchen.
7. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Curry
This Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Curry is absolute comfort food. Plus, it cooks itself in your slow cooker without heating up the kitchen. Not a bad deal in the warmer months.
8. Mushroom Barley Soup
Mushroom Barley Soup is a comforting and nourishing meal. Sautéed mushrooms add a rich, savory flavor and meaty texture, while barley absorbs the delicious mushroom-infused broth. Mushroom Barley Soup is a hearty and nutritious choice that can be enjoyed as a satisfying meal or appetizer.
9. Creamy Kale and Mushroom Pasta
If you love creamy pasta, give this Creamy Kale and Mushroom Pasta a try. It uses vegan yogurt as the base of the sauce, and it’s absolute comfort food at its best. This is one the whole family will love.
10. Orecchiette Pasta Salad
Pasta is a universally loved dish. Did you know that “Orecchiette” is a reference to “little ears?” This Orecchiette Pasta Salad is a delicious combination of fresh vegetables, fresh basil, and more. And if you can’t find Orecchiette, shells are a great replacement.
11. Grilled Zucchini Salad
Few things are as tasty in summer as grilled veggies. Grilling truly brings out their flavors in ways an oven just can’t. Grilled Zucchini Salad is a fabulous way to use up some of your zucchini harvest in the tastiest way possible.
12. Mushroom Tacos
Everyone loves tacos. Just because you go vegan doesn’t mean that love stops. I just means that you’ll be filling your tacos with something other than meat, and these Mushroom Tacos are a delicious way to do that.
13. Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo
Creamy and decadent, this Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo is an indulgent dish for dinner tonight. This plant-based twist on the classic Italian favorite features a luscious, velvety sauce that rivals the traditional dairy-based version.
14. Lentils And Rice
Lentils And Rice is a simple and nourishing dish that brings together two nutritional powerhouses into a satisfying and versatile meal. This recipe offers a hearty, budget-friendly, and nutritious option that is both comforting and satisfying.
15. Spring Minestrone Soup
There are so many different ingredients and combinations you can use to create a truly great pot of minestrone. With spring almost over, I thought it would be wonderful to use in-season ingredients to create this delicious pot of Spring Minestrone Soup before the season ends.
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This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.