While the strict dietary restrictions of vegans to make it challenging to dine in certain restaurants, the home cooking world took matters into its own hands. With the power of meat and dairy substitutes, you can recreate almost any traditional dish you would like to eat. As long as you flavor it correctly, you can make even the most understandable base ingredients taste like a real work of art. Come read our article and check out some of the best vegan recipes out there.


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Delicious Soba Noodles

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This delicious noodle dish contains tons of delicious vegetables and even more delicious flavor.

Vegan Eggs Benedict

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There is nothing we love better than a good eggs benedict. The hollandaise sauce, the poached egg, the steamy ham… yum! If you miss this English breakfast classic, then fret not.

Buffalo Flavor Cauliflower Wings

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You do not need to give up wing night to be a vegan — use a little creativity (cauliflower) to switch it up a for the next sports night. This healthy alternative tastes just like the real thing.

Tasty Mexican Nachos

Nachos are great because they are simple, delicious and infinitely customizable. Here are some of our favorite things to add, but feel free to add your twist of the dish and mix it up.

Vegan Chicken Nuggets

It is hard to find someone who does not like the instantly recognizable flavor of a chicken nugget. Share this vegan twist with the kids and see if they can taste the difference!

Simple Vegan Gnocchi

Gnocchi is one of the more underrated Italian dishes. And best of all, it is already primarily vegan.


How We Choose The Vegan Recipes On This List


TWhen organizing the best vegan recipes on this list, we wanted an excellent sampling of traditional vegan dishes and meat substitute dishes. To make sure only include the best, we look at three distinct areas for each recipe we create. For each of these areas, we ask a series of questions, so we know the dish meets our strict criteria. Specifically, we look at:

  • Creativity — how unique is the recipe? Have a lot of other people tried it?
  • Affordability — do the ingredients cost a ton? Are they hard to get? Or can you easily prepare it with stuff around the house?
  • Tastiness — how does it taste? Is it delicious? Is it delicious even if you mess it up?


Top Six Best Vegan Recipes



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This delicious noodle dish contains tons of delicious vegetables and even more delicious flavor. It is also super easy to make and can easily be prepared in under an hour. Let us see what is in one of the best vegan recipes.

Ingredients:

  • Six ounces of soba noodles — or any stringed pasta
  • Two ounces of frozen edamame
  • Ten ounces of snow peas
  • Six medium peeled carrots
  • Two handfuls of chopped cilantro
  • One-fourth cup of sesame seeds
  • One-fourth cup of soy sauce
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • One juiced lime
  • One tablespoon of sesame seed oil
  • One tablespoon of honey
  • One tablespoon of miso
  • Two teaspoons of ginger
  • One teaspoon of sriracha

First, roughly chop the peas and thinly slice the carrots. Next make the sauce by whisking the soy sauce, olive oil, lime juice, sesame seed oil, honey, miso, ginger and sriracha into a bowl. Next, boil two big pots of water and toast the sesame seeds on an empty pan over low heat. Now that the water's boiling adds the noodles to one container and the frozen edamame to the other. Cook both for roughly five minutes. Then, add the peas to the edamame pot for extra twenty-second. Finally, combine all the ingredients in one large bowl.


2) Vegan Eggs Benedict


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There is nothing we love better than a good eggs benedict. The hollandaise sauce, the poached egg, the steamy ham… yum! If you miss this English breakfast classic, then fret not. We have a modified vegan version for you to get your fix.

Ingredients

  • English muffins
  • One block of medium tofu
  • One tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Asparagus
  • Two in half tablespoons of veggie yolk powder
  • One third a cup of vegan butter substitute
  • Two tablespoons of lemon
  • One in a half cups of water
  • One-fourth teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • One-fourth teaspoon of pepper

First, heat the coconut oil in a pan and bring it to medium heat. The add the tofu, as well as some salt and pepper. Cook the tofu until it reaches a golden brown color around the edges. Now, it is time to make the hollandaise sauce. Combine the hot water with the veggie yolk powder into a food processor. Mix the two ingredients and then add lemon juice, salt, cayenne, and pepper, and mix in the food processor again.

Next, put the butter substitute into a pan and heat on medium heat until it melts fully. Once your butter substitute melts add it to the food processor as it mixes the other ingredients. Once your hollandaise sauce is ready to steam your asparagus, finally, toast the English muffin and the put on the tofu, asparagus and a generous helping of hollandaise sauce. Enjoy!


3) Buffalo Flavor Cauliflower Wings


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You do not need to give up wing night to be a vegan — use a little creativity (cauliflower) to switch it up a for the next sports night. This healthy alternative tastes just like the real thing.

Ingredients:

  • Three small heads of cauliflower
  • Two eggs worth of an egg substitute
  • One cup of soy milk
  • One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • Two cups of flour
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • One teaspoon of garlic salt
  • One tablespoon of paprika
  • One teaspoon of garlic powder
  • One teaspoon of onion salt
  • One teaspoon of pepper
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Buffalo Sauce

Preheat the oven for four hundred and twenty-five degrees Fahrenheit. Organize the cauliflower on a baking sheet and cook it for forty minute — turn it over during the halfway point. Once the cauliflower cooks through, then remove it from the oven and set it aside. Next, whisk the egg substitute and then set that aside. Then whisk the soymilk with the apple cider vinegar and let it stand for five minutes. Once five minutes pass, combine the egg and the soymilk mixture and whisk.

While whisking, add the flour, salt, garlic salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion salt, and pepper into a separate bowl. Now, heat the vegetable oil in a deep pan over medium-high heat. Take the baked cauliflower, dip it in the soymilk mixture and cover both sides with the flour mixture. Cook the cauliflower for five minutes while you turn it over occasional. Once you cook it, place the “wings” on a plate with a paper towel on it, so the oil drains off. Let the excess oil drain off for roughly five minutes. Then, combine with your buffalo sauce. Enjoy!


4) Tasty Mexican Nachos


Nachos are great because they are simple, delicious and infinitely customizable. Here are some of our favorite things to add, but feel free to add your twist of the dish and mix it up.

Ingredients:

  • A plate full of tortilla chips
  • Two tomatoes
  • Refried beans
  • Ground up vegan meat
  • Two green onions
  • Vegan sour cream
  • One handful of chopped cilantro
  • One jalapeno
  • Vegan Cheese
  • Guacamole

Spread the nacho chips out on a cooking tray. Add the vegan cheese, vegan meat, and refried beans to the nachos and microwave or bake them until warm. Next, add another layer of chips, cheese, and meat and repeat the process. Once you cook the nachos, then add the green onion, jalapenos and sliced tomatoes. Top off the appetizer with some vegan sour cream, cilantro, and guacamole.


5) Vegan Chicken Nuggets


It is hard to find someone who does not like the instantly recognizable flavor of a chicken nugget. Share this vegan twist with the kids and see if they can taste the difference!

Ingredients:

  • One cup of wheat gluten
  • Two tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • One teaspoon of onion powder
  • One-half teaspoon of salt
  • One half teaspoon Adobo seasoning
  • Three fourths a cup of vegetable broth
  • One-fourth cup of tahini
  • Four cups of vegetable broth (for cooking)
  • One medium onion
  • Three eggs worth of vegan egg substitute
  • Two-thirds cup of flour
  • One-third cup of tempura mix
  • Two teaspoons of salt
  • One teaspoon of onion powder
  • One-fourth teaspoon of pepper
  • One teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Vegetable oil

Combine the wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, onion powder, salt, and Adobo seasoning into a large mixing bowl. Then, in an even larger bowl add the tahini and vegetable broth and whisk them together thoroughly. Now, mix the dry ingredients with the wet ones until you form a dough. Sprinkle a wooden board with flour and work the money into small, chicken nugget-like shaped. Place the chicken nuggets on a casserole dish and add the onions. Cover the bowl with the remaining vegetable broth and cover the whole thing in foil.

Cook the nuggets at three hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. Now we need to make the chicken nugget breading. Put your egg substitute into a small bowl. Then, combine the flour, tempura mix, salt, onion powder, pepper, and garlic powder into a large plastic bag. Dip each cooked chicken nugget into the egg mixture, then toss it thoroughly in the plastic flour bag. Finally, deep fry the vegan chicken nuggets in a large pan with the vegetable oil until they are crispy — about ten minutes. Then, get your favorite dipping sauces and enjoy!


6) Simple Vegan Gnocchi


Gnocchi is one of the more underrated Italian dishes. And best of all, it is already primarily vegan. Just add a little fake Italian sausage, and you have got yourself a yummy substantial meal.

Ingredients:

  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • One medium yellow onion
  • One pound of crumbled vegan Italian sausage
  • Three cloves of minced garlic
  • One fourteen ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • One fourth a cup of vegetable broth
  • One sixteen ounce bag of potato gnocchi
  • Three cups of spinach
  • One-fourth teaspoon of black pepper
  • One half a cup of vegan cheese
  • Salt to taste

Add the olive oil to a medium pan and heat it over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic to the olive oil and let them saute for about a minute. Next, add the vegan Italian sausage and cook for another minute. Now, add the crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, and gnocchi to the mixture, cover the pan with a lid. Cook over medium heat for five minutes. Once you completed this, add the black pepper and spinach to the dish and stir. Season the meat with salt and then add as much vegan cheese as you like. Enjoy!


Tips For Staying Vegan When You Crave Dairy And Meat


Staying vegan can be pretty hard, especially when the craving for a cheeseburger hits, or you visit a steakhouse with some friends. So here are some tips for staying on top of your veganism, even during cravings. The first rule is to take baby steps.

 Transitioning to a vegan diet too quickly can make you feel overwhelmed by the lack of options you have around you. Instead, try being a vegetarian that still eats eggs and dairy. Then, gradually work your way of them until you can support an entirely cruelty-free lifestyle.

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Also, try to not to talk too much about being vegan with people. Live it instead! It is easy to talk the talk, but it is much different walking the walk. Focus on the food instead. Develop a taste and an arsenal of delicious meals. Another good tip is to find vegan friends and cook with them often. Having some people who know the trials and tribulations of being vegan can help when you feel discouraged. Not to mention, they will not tempt you with all their yummy non-vegan food!

A lot of people’s number one concern when they become vegan is whether or not they will get enough protein. Believe or not, protein is not as integral to the American diet as workout ads might lead you to believe — not to mention the variety of great vegan protein sources like nuts, beans, soy products, and seeds. With all of these options, you should have no issue finding your daily allotment of protein.

We hope this article helped inspire you to make some vegan dishes of your own. As you can see, a lot of the best vegan recipes use the same base ingredients and cooking methods. So, if you get good at six of them, then you can quickly start switching it up and experimenting on your own. Have fun cooking and make sure to be safe.