Explore this selection of 27 awesome meatless dishes that are sure to win over meat lovers. Forget the idea that meals need meat to be satisfying – our dishes, from delicious pastas to hearty veggie burgers and flavorful curries, are here to prove otherwise.
Get ready for a surprising range of flavors that show you don't need meat to enjoy a great meal. These dishes are not only satisfying but also a celebration of the amazing flavors that plant-based ingredients can bring to your plate.
Mushroom Shawarma with Vegetables
Mushroom shawarma with fresh vegetables and homemade garlic yogurt sauce is a real crowd-pleaser. This traditional Middle Eastern recipe is quick, easy, and perfect for dinner or a party. Get the recipe.
Savory Mushroom Stroganoff
This creamy and one-pot Mushroom Stroganoff is as easy to make as it is delicious to eat. It’s the ultimate comfort dish that gets along nicely with mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta. What’s even better? It’s easy to make with everyday ingredients. Get the recipe.
Creamy Tomato Risotto
Creamy Tomato Risotto is a simple yet super flavorful recipe that is sure to become a family's favorite. This healthy Cherry Tomato Risotto is ready in just 30 minutes and great for busy weeknights. Get the recipe.
Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes
When you don’t feel like spending hours cooking, these Potato Pancakes are just the answer. Crisp and golden, these easy savory pancakes are made from mashed potatoes and a few delicious additions. They're good for a vegan breakfast, side dish, or even dinner. Get the recipe.
Mushroom Bean Soup
This White Bean Mushroom Soup is super easy to make, comforting, and satisfying. Made with fresh vegetables and pantry staples, this is an easy plant-based soup packed with plant-based protein and lots of flavors. Get the recipe.
30-Minute Vegetable Stir-Fry Noodles
These Stir Fry Noodles are incredibly easy to make, packed with flavor, and the perfect recipe for busy weeknights! It features perfectly stir-fried veggies, tasty tofu, and delicious noodles coated in a simple, flavorful homemade stir-fry sauce! Get the recipe.
Hearty Sweet Potato and Bean Chili
This hearty plant-based Chili is packed with flavor and good-for-you ingredients. It's ready in just 30 minutes and is perfect for a cozy dinner. Get the recipe.
This Lentil Pasta has the perfect combination of hearty and healthy. The rich, flavorful sauce, the texture of the lentils against the soft pasta, and the hint of spice from the red pepper flakes all come together to create a dish that's truly irresistible. The finishing touch of fresh parsley adds a burst of freshness, making every bite a delight. Get the recipe.
Roasted Bell Pepper and White Bean Salad
Delicious and simple salad of juicy Roasted Bell Peppers, White Beans, a touch of garlic and a sprinkling of blue cheese. Inspired by Bulgarian cuisine, this side dish comes together quickly and easily. Can be served warm or cold. Get the recipe.
Fried Mushrooms and Potatoes Recipe
This Fried Chanterelle Mushrooms and Potatoes Recipe is an easy and delicious comfort food that never fails! Made in one pan and with just 5 ingredients, this cozy and flavorful dish is sure to become a hit. Get the recipe.
Ukrainian Green Borscht
Such a delicious Green Borscht with Spinach. Classic Ukrainian recipe your whole family will enjoy. Ready to be served in 30 minutes. Get the recipe.
Eggplant Potato Stew
This thick and hearty Eggplant Potato Stew Recipe features chewy eggplants, tender potatoes, and aromatics full of flavor. Made with plenty of veggies in just under an hour, it's the ultimate soul food. Get the recipe.
Sun Dried Tomato Alfredo with Zucchini Spaghetti
Creamy, flavorful, a bit sweet and tart, this Sun Dried Tomato Alfredo With Zucchini Spaghetti will make a quick and easy dinner recipe that is perfect for busy weekdays, but is also delicious and satisfying for a Sunday family meal. Get the recipe.
Eggplant Lentil Curry
This gorgeous eggplant lentil curry is super easy to make, and comes together in one pot (so less cleaning up!). It’s absolutely delicious. Get the recipe.
Creamy (and Healthy) Potato Salad
For your picnics or BBQs, this Healthy Potato Salad made with cucumber and tomato in a garlicky yogurt sauce is perfect. It's a simple salad that's both easy to prepare and delicious. The salad is creamy and satisfying, making it an ideal dish for outdoor gatherings. Get the recipe.
Easy Bean Stew
If you're short on time and can't cook a complicated meal, then the vegan White Bean Tomato Stew is an ideal choice for you. It's an easy and fast dish that doesn't compromise on taste. Get the recipe.
This Creamy Mushroom Risotto is undoubtedly the most exceptional one out there. It has a distinct taste that is both luxurious and delectable. Furthermore, it is gluten-free and can be easily prepared in just 30 minutes, making it a great option for a romantic evening or a family gathering. Get the recipe.
30-Minute Truffle Pasta
This amazing vegetarian Black Truffle Pasta is healthy, flavorful, and very easy to make. It's great for a date night with your significant other or when you want to make your dinner extra special. Get the recipe.
Easy Split Pea Soup
This hearty Split Pea Soup is a comforting, wholesome dish that's perfect for those chilly days. Brimming with nutritious ingredients like split peas, carrots, and celery, this soup is absolutely packed with flavor. It's a wonderful way to enjoy a satisfying meal while sticking to a plant-based diet. Get the recipe.
French Onion Soup
This Vegan French Onion Soup is so easy to make! Practically hands-off. Very cozy, delicious, and perfect for chilly fall and winter nights, but also fancy to make for a date night. Get the recipe.
Smashed Potatoes with Garlic-Dill Sauce
These Crispy Smashed Red Potatoes with Garlic and Dill are a side dish that offers both ease and deliciousness and is always satisfying. They are a comforting dish that never fails to please, and are naturally vegan, made with only four basic ingredients. These crushed red potatoes are perfect for any occasion. Get the recipe.
Creamy Broccoli Pasta
This pasta is loaded with veggies for a healthier dish you'll love. Get the recipe.
Super Easy Harissa Tofu Cubes
This easy Harissa Tofu recipe has a big flavor, thanks to a few tablespoons of Harissa paste. You might want to make extras, as leftovers make a great addition to salads and grain bowls. Get the recipe.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Transform traditional Italian comfort food with this recipe for homemade sweet potato gnocchi with roasted garlic sauce. The perfect vegetarian main course or flavorful side dish, this dish is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of patience. Get the recipe.
Simple Mac and Cheese Recipe without Flour
Making Mac and Cheese has never been this easy! With just 10 minutes of prep and 45 minutes in the oven you can make the best simple Mac and Cheese without flour - in one pan, without boiling, no flour and no roux. With both Cheddar and Gruyere this is as cheesy & flavor packed as it gets! Get the recipe.
Easy Penne Pomodoro
This Penne Pomodoro is a classic Italian pasta dish featuring a delicious, flavor-packed red tomato sauce with hints of basil and garlic. This easy pasta recipe is quick and easy to make, and you can have it ready at the dinner table in under 30 minutes! Get the recipe.
Halloumi Burgers with Portobello, Chèvre & Caramelized Onion
These Halloumi Burgers are certainly "extra everything" - topped with mashed avocado, a whole portobello mushroom, crumbled chèvre cheese, peppery arugula and sweet caramelized onions. Easy to make and a sure crowd pleaser! Get the recipe.
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Iryna Bychkiv is the founder and writer of the culinary website Lavender & Macarons, where she shares clean, European-inspired recipes that are delicious, easy to prepare, and made with wholesome ingredients. Iryna loves creating meals that are simple yet healthy and unique, including vegan and vegetarian recipes.
Iryna is also a freelance writer for MSN and Associated Press Wire.