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The times, they are a-changing. If we hopped back just five years ago, we would be looking at a completely different world of food. Gluten-free and vegan foods were not yet as mainstream as they are today, so putting the two together in a way that resulted in delicious food sounded like a near-impossible task. Not anymore! Today, we can find gluten-free, vegan options in most grocery stores and more restaurants are hopping aboard, too.

So far, we’ve shown you The 30 Most Popular Vegan Desserts of 2016 and The 30 Most Viral Vegan Recipes of 2016. Now, it’s time to see which gluten-free vegan meals rocked our socks in 2016.

1. Potato Kofta in Butter Sauce

Potato Kofta in Butter Chicken Sauce

This soft, crispy Potato Kofta in Butter Sauce are inspired by the Indian dish, butter chicken. The spiced sauce is completely dairy-free and gets its rich, creamy texture from coconut milk. Not only is this dish easy to make, it’s also super affordable and filling, especially when served with a steamed rice!

2. Sweet Potato, Quinoa, and Cilantro Burgers

Sweet Potato, Quinoa, and Cilantro Burger

These flavorful Sweet Potato, Quinoa, and Cilantro Burgers will leave you full and satisfied. They’re baked, then broiled to give them that extra crispiness that pairs perfectly with crunchy cabbage, guac, and greens. This recipe makes a large batch at around ten burgers, so it’s perfect for when you need to serve a crowd or for when you’re cooking for future meals.

3. Vegetable Rose Tart With Cheesy Sun-Dried Tomato Filling

Vegetable Rose Tart With Cheesy Sun-Dried Tomato Filling

This Vegetable Rose Tart With Cheesy Sun-Dried Tomato Filling is so pretty and tasty! The oat and sunflower seed crust is deliciously crunchy, the cheesy sun-dried tomato filling is savory and creamy, and together with the fresh vegetable ribbons on top, it makes the perfect dish! It’s great if you want to impress with your cooking skills at a brunch or family reunion. You can also easily adjust the spices, garlic, and vegetables according to you taste.

4. Lentil Pizza Crust

Lentil Pizza Crust

This pizza features a thin and crispy crust made from lentils — which sounds complicated, but it’s so easy! If you’re looking for a gluten-free recipe, then you have to make this Lentil Pizza Crust.  All it takes is a few simple ingredients and a blender. No yeast or the wait time that comes with it.

5. Maple-Glazed Mushroom and Lentil Loaf

Maple-Glazed Mushroom and Lentil Loaf

This hearty Maple-Glazed Mushroom and Lentil Loaf will remind you of that Sunday evening meatloaf so many of us grew up with. Made from mushrooms and lentils, it’s dense and meaty, with a delicious maple ketchup glaze that sinks in as it bakes. This loaf is tender, moist, and full of these beautiful savory flavors that paired so perfectly with the sweet bite of the ketchup glaze.

6. Moroccan Chickpea Bake

Moroccan Chickpea Bake

This Moroccan Chickpea Bake combines the flavors of Moroccan cuisine in a whole new way. The three layers are inspired by three classics — tagine, hummus, and falafel. Together, they create something modern and unique. This comforting dish is a fantastic way to spice up your weeknight meal rotation.

7. Jalapeño Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritters 4

For a surefire crowd pleaser, include these Jalapeño Zucchini Fritters at your next get together. They’re flavorful with a spicy kick and have a crispy exterior with a soft center. Serve these with avocado cream dip for a fun and delicious appetizer.

8. Roasted Potato and Onion Farinata: Italian Chickpea Pancake 

Roasted Potato and Onion Farinata 2

Farinata is an Italian specialty – a thin, unleavened pancake or crepe made of chickpea flour. In this particular recipe for Roasted Potato and Onion Farinata, the farinata is made with roasted potatoes and sautéed onions for a warm and comforting dish that’s perfect for chilly nights. Sprinkle some sage on top for some added fragrance and herby flavor.

9. Pancit: Filipino One-Pan Noodles 

pancit: filipino one-pan noodles

Pancit, the Filipino word for “noodles,” is a stir-fry dish that can be made with any variety of noodle. In this Pancit, rice noodles are stir-fried with vegetables and tofu. As they cook, they’re seasoned with tamari, fresh ginger, and vegetable broth until fragrant and flavorful. This simple dish makes a great weeknight dinner.

10. Mexican Cornbread Pizza Cake

Mexican Cornbread Pizza Cake 4

The only thing better than pizza is pizza cake and the only thing better than pizza cake is vegan Mexican Cornbread Pizza Cake! That’s right – three layers of sun-dried tomato jalapeño cornbread plus refried beans, nacho cheese, guacamole, pizza sauce, and veggies galore. This cake is nothing short of epic.

11. Taco-Spiced Veggie Meat Stuffed Avocado

Taco-Stuffed Avocado

Skip the bowl and use the avocado shell to hold all the taco goodness in these Taco-Spiced Veggie Meat Stuffed Avocados. Creamy avocados are stuffed with tomatoes, jalapeños, red onion, fresh herbs, and taco-seasoned textured vegetable protein, a high-protein and gluten-free option for meaty vegan dishes. It’s drizzled with an easy, creamy avocado sauce — just throw everything in a blender and it’s good to go. This dish comes together in just 20 minutes, so it’s great for an easy dinner or to take along to parties.

12. Herbed Edamame Chickpea Burgers

Herbed Edamame Chickpea Burgers

Edamame, chickpeas, tart lemon juice, and fresh herbs are combined to form tasty burgers. These Herbed Edamame Chickpea Burgers are paired with a herby green dressing made from coriander, mint, creamy tahini, garlic, and a squeeze lemon juice. These burgers are even more delicious when served on toasted sourdough buns with plenty of green dressing, lettuce, hummus, avocado, and sauerkraut. Don’t forget the fries!

13. Mashed Potato Casserole With Broccoli and a Cauliflower Gravy

Mashed Potato Casserole With Broccoli and a Cauliflower Gravy

This Mashed Potato Casserole With Broccoli and a Cauliflower Gravy is the ultimate of comfort food. The mashed potato layer has an undetectable can of white beans mixed in for protein. The gravy is made of puréed cauliflower as well as mushrooms. This ultimate comfort food of a casserole is creamy, dreamy, and a must-make for dinner.

14. Turmeric Falafel

turmeric falafel

Chickpeas are wonderful. One of the great things about these healthy little guys is that you can mash them and form them into balls to top salads, or use them as a sandwich filling. These Turmeric Falafel are moist and fluffy, and with a teaspoon of turmeric and just a teaspoon of olive oil, they are flavorful, but not too heavy.

15. Portobello Chana Masala

portobello chana masala

Chana masala is one of the healthiest Indian dishes you can make. Because of the heavy use of chickpeas in this Portobello Chana Masala, it is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with fiber, protein, and potassium. This recipe takes traditional masala and puts a twist on it by adding mushrooms and peanut butter. Yum!

Who says eating gluten-free and vegan is tricky? These 15 popular dinners from 2016 are all-vegan, all gluten-free, and all delicious.

Lead image source: Mexican Cornbread Pizza Cake

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