Being the lone vegan in a family or friend group of meat-and-dairy-loving people can get rough, especially when planning potlucks and gatherings where food will be served. Depending on your situation, you may have already been down the education road with your loved ones, but your speeches and reasoning just don’t convince them to give up meat. Maybe these recipes will do the trick. Here are 10 veganized favorites that will knock the socks off your meat-loving pals.
1. Lentil Loaf
This Lentil Loaf will fill you up and give lots of flavor and health benefits too. Lentils provide 18 grams of protein per cup and are good choices to eat regularly on a vegan diet. Other ingredients that make this loaf so tasty are onion, flax seed and olive oil. Top with BBQ sauce or ketchup.
2. Gluten-Free ‘Chicken’
This Gluten-Free “Chicken” recipe can be the basis for many chicken-based dishes, from sandwiches an wraps to soups and fried chicken.
3. Sloppy Joes
These meaty Sloppy Joes are made from tempeh. Consuming the protein content of meat is easy with tempeh, a fermented soybean product. One cup provides a whopping 31 grams of protein, one of the highest among plant sources.
4. General Tso’s Tofu
Who needs chicken when you have General Tso’s Tofu? In this recipe, crispy and flavorful tofu is covered with a sweet and spicy sauce that isn’t overbearing.
5. Lentil ‘Meat’ Balls
Spaghetti and meatballs, here you come! Use this recipe to make Lentil ‘Meat’ Balls with a similar spice to make them taste like regular meatballs. Throw over some whole wheat spaghetti and homemade pasta sauce and you’ve got an amazing meal.
6. Pineapple Jack BBQ Sandwiches
That yummy, backyard BBQ taste of pulled pork or chicken on a bun is yours with this easy recipe. These Pineapple Jack BBQ Sandwiches are covered in sweet and tangy sauce because of the drained crushed pineapple and Jack Daniel’s Whiskey.
7. ‘Chicken’ Green Chili and Hominey Posole
Your meat-loving pals are sure to like this flavorful, robust ‘Chicken’ Green Chili and Hominey Posole!
8. The Gutbuster Sandwich
The name of this Gutbuster Sandwich is inspired by a 3/4-pound pizza slice the author used to gorge on in college. Don’t think about buying fake meat; this recipe shows you how to make vegan Italian sausage from scratch, as well as the “gut buster” inside fillings.
9. Homemade Veggie-Full Ground ‘Meat’
Make this Homemade Veggie-Full Ground ‘Meat’ instead of using fake soy meat products that are pre-made and sold at the grocery store. Use this meat as the base for a lasagna, or ladle it overtop whole wheat spaghetti with marinara sauce. The author of this recipe says “I’ve also used this “meat” as a topper over pizza, added it to wraps and sprinkled my chili with it.”
10. Jackfruit Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich
Jackfruit can have a surprisingly meaty texture that is perfect for grilling and making into a meaty Jackfruit Philly Cheesesteak filling.
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