15 Vegan Recipes So Delicious, You’ll Start Skipping Meat and Dairy

The idea of eating vegan may not sound appealing to some people at all. The word itself tends to send food lovers running. No dairy and no meat - which really means no cheese and no bacon - is a hard concept to wrap your head around. What could possibly be good about that?

Well, believe it or not, vegan food does not always taste like some weird combination of imitation meats and tofu. Vegan food can be flavorful, healthy, and down right amazing. In fact, there are probably a few dishes - hummus, French fries, Brussel sprouts - out there you consume on a daily basis that you don't even realize are vegan.

For those of you who are intrigued by this idea and are wanting to test the waters, these 15 recipes showcase what a vegan diet is really all about. Easing you into the concept, these are the recipes that will change your idea about the "v" word, and quite possibly, may turn you into a vegan.

1. Slow Cooker Vegan Enchilada Chili

Fit Mitten Kitchen

If you're testing out the waters when it comes to vegan food, Slow Cooker Vegan Enchilada Chili is an excellent introductory course.

Packed with spices and loaded with all the hearty goodness that comes with chili, you won't even notice this recipe is vegan. Find the recipe here.

2. The Vegan Buddha Bowl

Well and Full

The great thing about a buddha bowl is that you can put anything in it. The only requirements is a grain, green, and protein. If you are new to the vegan game, try out this Vegan Buddha Bowl.

Find the recipe here.

3. Vegan Pad Thai

Lazy Cat Kitchen

If you want to try vegan food, but aren't sure where to begin, then give Vegan Pad Thai a try. Your savory umami taste will thank you.

4. Spicy Vegan Potato Curry

Cilantro and Citronella

Potatoes smothered in a pungent curry is perfect as is! Infused with a tomato cashew sauce, this tantalizing recipe is bursting with flavor.

Get the recipe here.

5. Vegan Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Naan Pizza

Grateful Grazer

Not all vegan pizzas require weird fake cheese that doesn't melt right. This Vegan Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Naan Pizza is what vegan pizza is all about.

Find the recipe here.

6. Vegan Chilaquiles with Chickpeas

Vegan Richa

If you are going to go vegan, then you need to find the right source of protein. You may find that chickpeas will be your new best friend. Toss them in some chipotle pepper red sauce for a satiating Vegan Chilaquiles.

Find the recipe here.

7. Carrot, Tomato, and Coconut Soup

Green Kitchen Stories

I am obsessed with this Carrot, Tomato, and Coconut Soup with raw corn ceviche.

Now, I understand how non-vegans can be skeptical about vegan food - I am, too. But trust me, this is the one recipe that will have everyone going back for seconds.

Find the recipe here.

8. Crispy Avocado Tacos

What's Cooking Good Looking

Two words: avocado tacos. What's not to love?

Get the recipe here.

9. Portobello Mushroom Bacon


Missing bacon? Make your own, and try liquid smoke on portobello mushrooms.

Get the recipe here.

10. Smoky Black Beans Beet Burger

Minimalist Baker

If you thought vegan food couldn't quite possibly be filling, then think again. Bite into this smoky, filling Black Bean Beet Burger for a satisfying meal.

Find the recipe here.

11. Roasted Eggplant Bahn Mi

Chocolate for Basil

This is what vegans really eat. And look, no tofu, imitation meat, or fake cheese required.

Get the recipe here.

12. Silky Smooth White Bean Hummus

Heartbeet Kitchen

Hummus is one of those foods that people forget is even vegan. And understandably so, it's delicious! Whether you eat it as a snack, or as a full meal, this Silky Smooth White Bean Hummus will become a weekly staple.

Find the recipe here.

13. Tabouli Salad

The Mediterranean Dish

Did you know that tabouli is actually vegan? A heaping of fresh herbs and a twist of lemon along with some tomato and cucumber will change how you eat.

Get the recipe here.

14. Roasted Carrot and Lentils Salad with Tahini Dressing

A Beautiful Plate

The more colorful the plate, the healthier it is. Lentil soup is a common stand-by, but try something different.

Add some color to your table with this Roasted Carrot and Lentil Salad. Find the recipe here.

15. Mini Hasselback Fries

Ciao Veggie

Think you are always eating vegan-free? These Mini Hasselback Fries will have you realizing that you probably have one or two vegan meals a week without realizing it.

Time to load up on some salty spuds! Find the recipe here.

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