Are you looking for a good way to add some more veggies into your diet, but are unsure of how to start? We’ve got you covered with these 12 ‘meaty’ plant-based recipes! They all have an amazing heartiness that is sure to be satisfying and nourishing. These recipes are all 100% vegan, high in protein, and packed with nutrition.
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1. Hoppin’ John With Okra and Tomato Stew
Despite how spectacular the flavors are, this Hoppin’ John With Okra and Tomato Stew by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez is actually easy to make. There may be a long list of ingredients, but besides the rice, everything is simply cooked together in one large pot. Oh, and one helpful piece of advice: if you are trying to avoid your neighbors, you may not want to make this at home since the robust aromas are guaranteed to draw everyone to your door. But it’s totally understandable: here, tender black-eyed peas are simmered with sautéed onions, mounds of garlic, crisp celery and bell peppers, and stirred with diced tomatoes, sliced cabbage and nine potent herbs like thyme, bay leaves, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. Topped with toasted rice, shredded kale, halved cherry tomatoes, green onions, and thinly sliced okra, these colorful garnishes also add a satisfying texture and a pop of bright color.
2. Veggie Stew with Dumplings
Source: Veggie Stew with Dumplings
This Veggie Stew with Dumplings recipe by Fraiche Food by Jillian Harris & Tori Wesszer will keep you warm throughout the chilly season! This stew is delicious and the addition of vegan butter at the end softens the flavor. The dumplings will expand, so do not be tempted to make them bigger than the suggested size.
3. Red Bean Curry
Source: Red Bean Curry
4. Hearty Plant-Based Pumpkin Chili
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A simple and filling Hearty Plant-Based Pumpkin Chili by Natalie Martin MS, RD and Lexie Staten MS, RD, is filled with a variety of good-for-you veggies. This pumpkin chili has a mix of whole, plant-based ingredients that will leave you satisfied due to it’s high nutrient content and its hearty texture. Pumpkin not only provides tons of nutrients, but also a thick texture and extra flavor.
5. Chickpea Shakshouka with Avocados and Fresh Herbs
Shakshouka is a dish that has roots both in the Middle East and North Africa, and it is a fun dish to veganize. The traditional preparation calls for eggs to be poached over tomato broth spiced up with coriander, paprika and other flavors. But who needs the eggs? Not us! Instead, in this Chickpea Shakshouka with Avocados and Fresh Herbs recipe by Lisa Dawn Angerame, chickpeas are added right into the sauce, along with extra vegetables, Aleppo pepper and a hit of nutmeg for a flavorful, hearty, protein-packed situation. You don’t have to wait for breakfast to eat it, either. It is a great busy weeknight meal; serve it right out of the skillet with a side of crusty bread to sop up all that delicious sauce.
6. Ratatouille in a Pumpkin
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This Ratatouille in a Pumpkin recipe by Gabriela Lupu is perfect for small get togethers. A bunch of veggies cooked inside a pumpkin and topped with red sauce––what else could you want? It’s so delicious and comforting. If you have any picky eaters, you can omit the pumpkin and top with white sauce instead. This ratatouille recipe screams fall and will put a smile on your face. You have to give a try!
7. Multi-Vegetable Paella and Avo Aioli
This Multi-Vegetable Paella and Avo Aioli is a veggie contribution to Spain’s beloved national dish. This recipe by Happy Food by Bettina Campolucci Bordi is a jam-packed delicious version that converts the weary.
8. Vegetable and Bean Soup
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This vegetable and bean soup by Mary Callan is a cure all. There’s protein from the beans and an entire bunch of kale slipped in to help boost your immune system. It’s like eating an overflowing perfectly ripe vegetable garden. As usual with a hearty soup like this don’t worry too much if you’re missing a vegetable, just substitute with what you have at hand. It’s hard to go wrong with any root vegetable:) and if you can’t stand kale use spinach or swiss chard. As with any soup or stew this just gets better with time (although it’s still great straight from the pot) giving the flavors a chance to really meld.
9. Stuffed Red Bell Peppers
Source: Stuffed Red Bell Peppers
Light, refreshing, and ultra-healthy Stuffed Red Bell Peppers. This recipe by Annie Kimmelman is great if you’re looking for healthy lunch or dinner recipes, vegan low FODMAP recipes, or weight loss recipes.
10. Quinoa With Summer Vegetables
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11. Summer Vegetables with Chickpeas
Source: Summer Vegetables with Chickpeas
Chickpeas, tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini together in a simple, unpretentious, and delicious Summer Vegetables with Chickpeas dish by Sara Oliveira that transports us to hot summer days and outdoor meals. It is perfect for a quick dinner or a light lunch. Leftovers are great to take the next day in the lunch box or to freeze.
12. Uncanny Chickpeas
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Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home!
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Here are some great resources to get you started:
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
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