Vegan Recipes

These healthy recipes follow a broader interpretation of the vegan diet.

Delicious Vegan Recipes

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Delicious Vegan Recipes

For those who follow a vegan diet, which means no animal products of any kind including eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products, we've identified recipes that meet those criteria with each recipe. We've focused on the widest interpretation of a vegan diet, so some of the recipes we've identified as vegan do include honey.

To begin our vegan recipe journey, we'll start with Potato Roti Curry. This mild, soupy side dish hails from the Caribbean, where it's often made with sweet calabaza squash and served alongside or stuffed into the tortillalike Indian flatbread roti. While roti is traditional, whole-wheat tortillas or pitas are great accompaniments for sopping up the liquid. Serve this dish with lime wedges and rice.

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Moroccan Flatbreads Vegetarian Recipe

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Moroccan Flatbreads

Serve these alongside soups or salads. You can bake the breadsticks the night before, cool them to room temperature, and store them in an airtight container; serve them at room temperature, or reheat them in the microwave the next day.

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Five-Grain Cereal with Apricots, Apples, and Bananas Vegetarian Recipe

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Five-Grain Cereal with Apricots, Apples, and Bananas

This cereal makes for a great on-the-go option for busy mornings. Store this dry cereal in a zip-top plastic bag in the freezer to keep it fresh. To make the cereal a batch at a time, add 1/2 cup dry cereal mix to 1-1/2 cups boiling water for each serving once you get to the office. Don’t be surprised when your co-workers stop by to see what smells so good.

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Bulgur with Dried Cranberries Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Bulgur with Dried Cranberries

This vibrant dish doesn’t lack in flavor. Dried cranberries and refreshing English cucumber make a delightfully interesting pair.

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Koshari Vegetarian Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Koshari

This Egyptian street food is a starch lover’s dream: Rice, pasta, and legumes crowned with a spicy-sweet tomato sauce and creamy caramelized onions.

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Seitan Stir-Fry with Black Bean Garlic Sauce Pasta and Grains Recipe

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Seitan Stir-Fry with Black Bean Garlic Sauce

Look for seitan—also called wheat gluten—in Asian markets or the refrigerated sections of health food or specialty stores. It makes a great base for vegetarian dishes because it’s high in protein—a 4-ounce serving contains 24 grams.

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Watercress, Frisée, and Grapefruit Salad with Curry Vinaigrette Vegetarian Recipe

Watercress, Frisée, and Grapefruit Salad with Curry Vinaigrette

A platter of this colorful salad makes an elegant starter. Sugary dates provide a sweet contrast to the salad's bitter greens. Grapeseed oil provides healthy fats and vitamin E. It has a mild flavor.

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Middle Eastern Eggplant Salad Vegetarian Recipe

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Middle Eastern Eggplant Salad

Reminiscent of baba ghanoush, this salad can be served as a sidedish or as a dip with crackers or flatbread.

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Cantaloupe and Grilled Fig Salad Vegetarian Recipe

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Cantaloupe and Grilled Fig Salad

Contrasting tastes (sweet, salty, tangy) and textures (soft, juicy, crunchy) create an intriguing and beautiful first course.

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Light and Fresh Potato Salad Vegetarian Recipe

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Light and Fresh Potato Salad

This recipe was developed for a dad who doesn't like mayonnaise. Instead, it's dressed with a summery vinaigrette that permeates the potatos with flavor (make sure to add it while they're still hot). Cherry tomatoes, colorful peppers, cool cucumbers and salty olives add a variety of flavors and textures that sets this potato salad apart.

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Barbecued Tempeh Sandwiches Smothered with Peppers and Onions Vegetarian Recipe

Barbecued Tempeh Sandwiches Smothered with Peppers and Onions

Three-grain tempeh, which is made with brown rice, barley, and millet, is light and mellow. It pairs well with the sweet and spicy flavor of the homemade barbecue sauce.

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Tofu Banh Mi Vegetarian Recipe

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Tofu Banh Mi

Fresh jalapeño peppers add a spicy kick. If you’d like the peppers to be a bit milder, remove the seeds and white membranes. But, if you prefer even more fire, serve with Sriracha (hot chile sauce).

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Heirloom Tomato and Beet Salad

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Heirloom Tomato and Beet Salad

This dish delivers a vibrant and delicious vegetable salad and showcases summer's sweet and juicy tomatoes.

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Moroccan Red Gazpacho

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Moroccan Red Gazpacho

Ras el hanout, a spice blend, is available in Middle Eastern stores. Use garam masala in a pinch. Garnish with chopped tomato, red bell pepper, cucumber, onion, hard-cooked egg, or a mix; serve with pita bread.

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Grilled Tempeh Skewers

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Grilled Tempeh Skewers

The salty-sweet glaze complements the nutty, slightly tangy flavor of the tempeh. If you've never experimented with this soybean cake before, this is a good recipe to start with.

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White Bean, Artichoke, and Chard Ragout

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White Bean, Artichoke, and Chard Ragout

A crunchy topping of raw fennel and bell peppers makes an ideal accompaniment to the mellow flavors of this slow-simmered stew of beans and vegetables. You can make and refrigerate the relish up to a day ahead to save time.

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Chunky Vegetarian Chili

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Chunky Vegetarian Chili

Making chili from dried beans takes hours, but canned beans turn this into an easy 45-minute recipe without sacrificing any taste. Incorporating plenty of spice, along with fresh onion, pepper, and garlic flavors, this chili is a great hearty meal for anytime. With more than 14 grams per serving, it's also a great way to incorporate more fiber into your diet.

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Tofu Steaks with Red Pepper-Walnut Sauce

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Tofu Steaks with Red Pepper-Walnut Sauce

The herb-flecked marinade also serves as the base of a delicious Mediterranean-style dipping sauce.  Serve this dish with couscous or toasted bread to enjoy all of the sauce. You can find egg substitutes, such as Ener G Egg Replacement, in health food stores.

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Black Bean-Quinoa Salad with Basil-Lemon Dressing

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Black Bean-Quinoa Salad with Basil-Lemon Dressing

Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain, making this salad substantial enough to keep you satisfied through the end of the day. Edamame makes a tasty substitute for lima beans in this recipe. Who says lunchtime isn't about presenation? Layer the bottom of your trusty plastic lunch container with spinach leaves before piling on this hearty salad. 

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Lettuce Wraps with Hoisin-Peanut Sauce

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Lettuce Wraps with Hoisin-Peanut Sauce

If you think of veggies as containers for tasty ingredients, dinner gets more interesting. You'll love these Asian-inspired lettuce wraps with their tangy hoisin-peanut sauce.

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Tabbouleh-Style Bulgur

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Tabbouleh-Style Bulgur

Bulgur provides an excellent base for the vibrant colors and crisp flavors of the tomatoes and cucumbers.

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Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Golden Raisins

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Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Golden Raisins

Complete your meal with this simple side dish of Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Golden Raisins.

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Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili

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Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili

A bowl of spicy Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili guarantees to take the chill off a cold winter's day. This vegetarian chili is loaded with fresh vegetables, pinto beans, and quinoa and gets its zing from poblano chiles. Reviewer MuffyStJohn had this to say about the dish: "Ludicrously delicious. Probably took a little more time to cook than I would have liked for a weeknight, but this is a delightfully hearty meal that left me full and satisfied for about 8 hours after I ate. Served with pita because it is spicy and you'll need something to cool your palate."

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Roasted Eggplants with Herbs

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Roasted Eggplants with Herbs

This simple preparation yields irresistible results. Use very firm, small eggplants; if young and fresh enough, they won't be bitter.

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Tempeh Rendang

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Tempeh Rendang

Probably the most well-known Malaysian dish, rendang is a curried stew that cooks down, concentrating the sauce's flavors. The pan should be nearly dry at the end of cooking; this distinguishes a rendang dish from a saucy curry. Serve with rice and steamed carrots.

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Quinoa and Parsley Salad

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Quinoa and Parsley Salad

This dish is a nice change from a traditional green lettuce salad, as it is fresh and filling. Celery and toasted pumpkinseeds add crunch, while dried apricots lend a soft, sweet touch.

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Moroccan-Spiced Baby Carrots

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Moroccan-Spiced Baby Carrots

Warm spices like cumin and cinnamon play deliciously off the sweetness of the carrots.

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Chickpea, Red Pepper, and Arugula Salad

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Chickpea, Red Pepper, and Arugula Salad

If you prefer petite leaves for your salad, choose baby arugula.

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Grilled Eggplant and Tofu Steaks with Sticky Hoisin Glaze

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Grilled Eggplant and Tofu Steaks with Sticky Hoisin Glaze

We turned up the the flavor with this Chinese-style barbecue dish of Grilled Eggplant and Tofu Steaks with Sticky Hoisin Glaze. This vegetarian dish captures the essence of great barbecue without relying on meat.

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Bulgur with Peaches and Mint

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Bulgur with Peaches and Mint

This beautiful dish may just become a new summertime favorite.

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Jungle Curry with Tofu

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Jungle Curry with Tofu

This Thai-style curry is free of coconut milk and shines with late-summer produce.

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Pinto, Black, and Red Bean Salad with Grilled Corn and Avocado

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Pinto, Black, and Red Bean Salad with Grilled Corn and Avocado

Liven up your south-of-the-border dinners with a colorful bean salad featuring grilled corn. This Latin-accented three-bean and corn salad is studded with guacamole components: jalapeño, cilantro, white onion, lime, and avocado.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Traditionally made with bulgar, our version of the Middle Eastern salad features quinoa along with other traditional ingredients: fresh herbs, tomato, and cucumber.

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Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

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Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

Keep the thermostat down and lose the parka – this recipe is sure to keep you warm. This healthy, nutritious, and hearty vegetarian staple is packed with protein and super low in fat.

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Pan-Crisped Tofu with Greens and Peanut Dressing

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Pan-Crisped Tofu with Greens and Peanut Dressing

Sautéing tofu cubes for this recipe gives them a nice firm texture and caramelized flavor.

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Vegetable Tagine with Baked Tempeh

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Vegetable Tagine with Baked Tempeh

Don't let the long ingredient list intimidate you--the deliciously spicy blend of seasonings makes this dish an autumn standout.

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Whole Roasted Carrots with Black Lentils and Green Harissa

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Whole Roasted Carrots with Black Lentils and Green Harissa

Cajun spiced lentils serve as a delicious protein component in this vegan meal, but what really makes this dish shine is the green harissa drizzled on top. The Tunisian-like sauce brings spice, tang, and bright herbiness to the sweet winter carrots.

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Can't-Believe-It's-Vegan Chili

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Can't-Believe-It's-Vegan Chili

This vegan chili steps outside of the average vegetable soup by adding rich flavors and hearty vegetables, making sure to make it into your regular rotation.

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Portobello Frites

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Portobello Frites

This spin on the bistro staple steak frites offers plenty of umami satisfaction in the form of juicy, meaty portobello mushrooms and a savory wine sauce. Finishing the sauce with a touch of vegan butter gives it luxurious and velvety consistency.

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