This year on the Food Monster App, we’ve taken you through spring, summer, fall, and winter! We’ve provided a variety of meal options from gluten-free, to grain-free, to raw recipes. Now that 2017 is coming to a close, we’ve compiled our 30 top performing recipes to share with you once more. Hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s pick, we can’t wait to show you what 2018 has in store!

1. Crispy Tofu Nuggets Vegan Crispy Tofu Nuggets with dipping sauce

These Crispy Tofu Nuggets are a vegan twist on a traditional favorite and beat the fast food variety any day. If you don’t want to deep fry them, you can also fry them in a skillet until golden brown. The curry ketchup is a unique dipping sauce that packs a punch and perfectly complements the dish.

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2. Super Simple Potato Curry Super Simple Potato Curry

It takes about 5 minutes to prepare this Super Simple Potato Curry and then you just have to wait 20 minutes for it all to get hot and the potatoes to get soft. Basically, you cut the potatoes and then dump everything in a large sauce pan and simmer. This recipe is also extremely cheap to make and can feed the masses.

3. Sunny Side Up Fried ‘Egg’ Vegan Grain-Free Sunny Side Up Fried ‘Egg’

This Sunny Side Up Fried ‘Egg’ is very simple to make once you see how. Now you can eat your heart out without the cholesterol or the cruelty, but with all the good taste. The white of the egg works perfectly, the yolk, well, taste for yourself, MMMMmmmmmm!!! Now, you can prepare vegan fried eggs in minutes.

4. Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez (a.k.a. Vegan Boursin) [Gluten-Free]

Creamy, garlicky, and irresistible smeared on crackers or toasted bagels, this cashew-based Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez might just remind you of herbed Boursin. It spreads beautifully and is a classy addition to any vegan cheese plate. Serve it with your favorite crackers or bread.

5. Extra Creamy Mac and CheeseVegan Extra Creamy Mac and Cheese

This Extra Creamy Mac and Cheese is the ultimate vegan Mac and Cheese. It resembles the real deal in both texture, color, and flavor and may even fool your omnivorous loved ones. Not only is it perfect for kids, but for adults craving some nostalgia as well.

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6. Colombian Black Bean Stew colombian black bean stew

Not only is this Colombian Black Bean Stew super easy to make and utterly delicious, but it’s also extremely healthy, full of plant-based protein and fiber. It’s proof that healthy plant-based food does not need to be complicated or expensive. It uses inexpensive foods like black beans, onion, and garlic to make a hearty meal, especially when served with a side of grains and topped with sliced avocado.

7. Chickpea Flour QuicheChickpea Flour Quicke [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

These little gems are like a chickpea flour omelet in a snackable portable form. These are ridiculously filling yet surprisingly light. You won’t regret trying this recipe for Chickpea Flour Quiche for breakfast tomorrow.

8. Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto

This recipe for Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto tastes indulgent despite the fact it doesn’t even have much fat in it. All it really takes is a little bit of patience to stir the rice every once in a while, but it’s not especially difficult and the whole thing is done in maybe 30-45 minutes.

9. Grilled Buffalo Tofu Po’ Boy with Apple Slaw Grilled Buffalo Tofu Po’ Boy with Apple Slaw

Lightened up the typical buffalo sandwich by featuring a Grilled Buffalo Tofu Po’ Boy With Apple Slaw. The cabbage and apples in the slaw add crunch, the vegan mayo adds creaminess, and the vinegar gives it some needed acidity. This is a simple and easy to make, no fuss sandwich with all the authentic buffalo flavors.

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10. Black Bean Burgers With Cilantro Lime SauceBlack Bean Burgers With Cilantro Lime Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

The varieties of flavors you can add to these Black Bean Burgers With Cilantro Lime Sauce are endless. If you like, go for a spicier burger with lots of onion, bell pepper, and a good amount of seasoning. This super simple cilantro lime sauce is a great topper for a spicy burger.

11. Blueberry Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Cake

This Blueberry Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Cake is one delicious demon. It is creamy, sweet, fresh, tart, and colorful all at once. Actually, that has nothing to do with demons so never mind that. Plus, it is super easy to make (surprise, surprise) and can be eaten the same day you make it.

12. Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice BakeEasy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Bake is easy and nourishing. It’s as simple as can be, especially if you cook the brown rice in advance. Lots of broccoli-rice dishes require pre-blanching the broccoli or sautéing garlic and onions, but I was in no mood for that many steps when I made this dinner. No, this dish is just about as simple as it gets!

13. Zucchini Chickpea FrittersZucchini Chickpea Fritters

These Zucchini Chickpea Fritters are probably the fastest, yummiest fritters you can make. They’re very, very simple and unbelievably fluffy and soft without baking powder. Plus, they taste delicious with virtually any type of sauce.

14. Ayurvedic Spinach-Mung Detox Soup Ayurvedic Spinach-Mung Detox Soup

The combination of mung beans and spinach makes this Ayurvedic Spinach-Mung Detox Soup not only protein-rich but also a nutritiously dense, balanced meal. When we eat according to our body constitution and in tune with the changing seasons, the natural outcome is detoxification and feeling healthier.

15. Maple-Glazed Mushroom and Lentil Loaf Maple-Glazed Mushroom and Lentil Loaf

This hearty dinner entrée will remind you of that Sunday evening meatloaf so many of us grew up with. Made from mushrooms and lentils, this Maple-Glazed Mushroom and Lentil Loaf is 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.

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16. Raw Chocolate Caramel Bar Raw, Vegan Chocolate Caramel Bar [Gluten-Free]

To be honest, this Raw Chocolate Caramel Bar recipe is kind of life changing. They are that decadent, rich, indulgent, chocolate pleasure that you would expect, but in a non-sinful, I’m-just-eating-nuts-and-dates-and-cacao kind of way.

17.  Lemon ‘Parmesan’ PastaLemon Parmesan Pasta

This Lemon Parmesan Pasta is light, easy, and great if you are looking for a quick dinner. The lemon gives the pasta a nice bit of acidity to cut through the parmesan’s decadent flavor. Plus, it makes for great leftovers the next day.

18. Apple Loaf CakeApple Loaf Cake [Vegan]

This Apple Loaf Cake is sweet and moist and full of apple goodness. If you have any apples that are getting a little soft, feel free to use them up in this recipe. The ingredients call for apple butter which you can make yourself or you can use store bought.

19. Quinoa and White Bean BurgerVegan Quinoa and White Bean Burger

This Quinoa and White Bean Burger is loaded with protein and fiber as well as other beneficial nutrients, and they are very filling.  The patties come out fantastic and hold up great without falling apart, and they are not dry at all, nor are they mushy. The texture, taste, and visual appeal all hit the mark.

20. Raw Rainbow Chakra Cheesecake 

Ever wish you could taste the rainbow? With this Raw Rainbow Chakra Cheesecake, you can! When you slice in, you will find a rainbow of colors and natural, fruity, and delicious flavors begging to be devoured. This is a fun weekend project for when you have a bit more time, once it comes together it is absolutely worth the wait.

21. Chocolate Cream Caramel BarsChocolate Caramel Bars

This is one of those dangerously delicious recipes. These Chocolate Cream Caramel Bars are basically addictive, thus they’d be the perfect treat to bring to a party or to give to people whom are skeptical of plant-based foods.

22. Mayim Bialik’s Reuben Sandwich Mayim Bialik’s Vegan Reuben Sandwich

It can be hard to give up your favorite sandwich when you decide to eat more plant-based foods … That is, until you learn that you can make everything you’ve ever dreamed of, like Mayim Bialik’s Reuben Sandwich! It recreates the flavor of a classic deli reuben with ingredients and spices that mimic the original to a T.

23. Anti-Inflammatory Sweet Potato SoupVegan Anti-Inflammatory Sweet Potato Soup

This creamy Anti-Inflammatory Sweet Potato Soup is the perfect lunch to get you through the week. Sweet potatoes and potatoes are cooked until tender and then puréed with turmeric, curry powder, black pepper, and other warm spices. If you are someone who cannot handle the heat, cut the tang, or spice with a hint of lime juice and a dollop of non-dairy yogurt.

24. One Pot Spiralized Aloo Gobi: Potato and Cauliflower Vegan One Pot Spiralized Aloo Gobi: Potato and Cauliflower

The cashew cream and tomato sauce that creates the fragrant sauce for this bowl of One Pot Spiralized Aloo Gobi: Potato and Cauliflower is savory and rich. It comes together in one pot (ah-mazing!) and since spiralizing potatoes yields more than simply cubing them, you’re able to use only one potato to serve four portions, which is ideal for those trying to keep their carbohydrate and starch content down.

25. Ultimate Teriyaki Stir-FryUltimate Teriyaki Stir-Fry [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Ultimate Teriyaki Stir Fry is better than any take-out! In addition to being delicious, it is also extremely versatile. Feel free to use whatever vegetables and vegan proteins you have on hand to customize it to your liking.

26. Vegan ‘Fish’ SauceVegan ‘Fish’ Sauce

So, why learn How to Make Vegan ‘Fish’ Sauce? Well, if you like to make your own vegan Thai or Vietnamese food, fish sauce is a very common ingredient and gives these cuisines a nice flavor. Having some on hand is super useful when veganizing your favorite recipes.

27. Yaki Onigiri: Rice Balls With Sweet Potato and Avocado FillingYaki Onigiri With Sweet Potato and Avocado Filling [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Typically, onigiri is eaten cold but these yaki (meaning “fried”) and are best right after frying. Quick frying on a hot pan makes yaki onigiri nicely crispy. These Yaki Onigiri: Japanese Rice Balls With Sweet Potato and Avocado Filling are made even more yummy when dipped in a homemade teriyaki sauce.

28. Swedish Mushroom MeatballsSwedish Mushroom Meatballs 1

These Swedish Mushroom Meatballs are blended with fragrant onions, garlic, nutritional yeast for cheesiness, Sriracha, savory liquid aminos, and a few other spices. After being formed and baked until crispy, these meatballs are tossed in a creamy cashew sauce which tastes amazing over mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice.

29. Amaretto Chocolate Cream Cake Amaretto Chocolate Cream Cake [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Amaretto Chocolate Cake is an indulgent, chocolatey dessert with a kick of alcohol. Other than the Amaretto liqueur, the dessert is completely raw and made from a base of dates and almonds. On top of being plant-based and almost raw, this recipe is also grain-free and refined sugar-free.

30. Sweet Potato and Kale Patties 

This recipe for Sweet Potato and Kale Patties uses sweet potatoes instead of potatoes because the former is less starchy and far more nutritious. The hot and sour chickpea sauce is just perfect with the sweet potatoes and the slightly bitter kale.

Check out all of our recipes and articles to come in 2018 by downloading the app the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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