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1. 10-Minute Protein-Rich Pumpkin Hummus

Vegan Hummus

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This 10-Minute Protein-Rich Pumpkin Hummus by Serena Poon excellent to whip up when you’re looking for a creative way to use up extra pumpkin!

2. Sauteed Mushrooms and Green Beans

Vegan Sauteed Mushrooms and Green Beans

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This Sauteed Mushrooms and Green Beans by Serena Poon is made with delicious mushrooms and green beans and makes a perfect side dish for any occasion!

3. Chorizo Quesadilla

Vegan Chorizo Quesadilla

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These Chorizo Quesadilla by Home Chefs of WoodSpoon Chef Charles Davis are not only delicious but also high in protein!

4. Squash Burrito Bowl

Vegan Squash Burrito Bowl

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This Squash Burrito Bowl by Serena Poon comes together quickly and easily and makes a wonderful meal!

5. Tortilla Soup with Jackfruit

Vegan Tortilla Soup with Jackfruit

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Making a batch of this is a perfect excuse to stay in and save some money. You can make it as spicy as you want. After all, it’s your kitchen. This Tortilla Soup with Jackfruit by Kathy Hester is easy to make with pantry ingredients. If you don’t have a poblano, you can use green chilies. You could also substitute reconstituted soy curls, crumbled tempeh, tofu cubes or chickpeas for the jackfruit if you prefer. Reprinted with permission from Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking in Your Instant Pot by Kathy Hester, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Kathy Hester

6. Qalayet Bandura (Tomato Garlic Skillet)

Vegan Qalayet Bandura (Tomato Garlic Skillet)

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This Qalayet Bandura (Tomato Garlic Skillet) by Heifa Odeh is a simple Palestinian brunch staple is a favorite in our household. It is especially loved by my father, who not only enjoys making it for the family, but also eating it. He would make it often in the warmer months, as we grew our own tomatoes and green chiles. You can expect an explosion of melt-in-your-mouth tomato and garlic flavor with a kick of heat! This skillet is often enjoyed with fresh pita bread for the perfect bite.   Credit: Reprinted with permission from Dine in Palestine by Heifa Odeh. Page Street Publishing Co. 2022. Photo credit: Doaa Elkady.

7. Crispy Tofu Katsu

Vegan Crispy Tofu Katsu

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Vegan tofu katsu is the perfect accessory to stir-fry noodles, on top of a fluffy bed of rice, or shared with a light soup. This Crispy Tofu Katsu by Barbara Zackey can be air-fried, baked in the oven, or seared on a skillet – whatever way you choose, this may become your favorite way of enjoying tofu.

8. Pumpkin Bread with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegan Pumpkin Bread

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Bring on all the pumpkin desserts, that’s what I like to say. It isn’t a proper autumn season without a loaf of pumpkin bread. Make this Pumpkin Bread with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting by Taavi Moore better by smothering it with a creamy maple cream cheese frosting!

9. High-Protein Caramel Cappuccino

Vegan High-Protein Caramel Cappuccino

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Creamy, frothy, caramel packed & just like your favorite coffee shop makes! This High-Protein Caramel Cappuccino by Logan Dunn & Lexus Osman is perfect for warming up on those chilly fall mornings and is secretly loaded with high-quality vegan protein to help you recover from even the toughest of workouts.

10. Harvest Cashew Soup

Vegan Harvest Cashew Soup

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The cashews add some creaminess to this Harvest Cashew Soup by Annabelle Randles, so you can do without dairy cream. The ginger gives this soup a little bit of a kick which is perfect when you need a warming meal. This vegan Carrot & Cashew Soup is a warming blend of carrot, apple, curry, cashews, and ginger. Smooth and velvety, it is delicious with some crusty gluten-free bread.

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