These recipes will have you thinking, “I can’t believe it’s vegan!” Or maybe not, because they're so good, you can’t even notice they don't have any animal-derived ingredients.
It might come as a shock, but a vegan diet can be satisfyingly delicious. We've gathered up a handful of our favorite vegan recipes below to prove just that. They require no substitutions and just happen to be vegan (made with no animal-derived ingredients). Meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike: Be prepared to fall in love with these super simple recipes.
Spicy Tofu and Vegetables With Coconut Rice
Super flavorful rice gets the coconut treatment, and tofu pieces get crispy and add a kick to this naturally vegan dish. The vegetables get cooked quickly and seasoned with soy sauce for the perfect combo of flavors.
Get the recipe: Spicy Tofu and Vegetables with Coconut Rice
Slow-Cooker Cuban Black Bean Chili
It can’t get better or more delicious than this super easy slow cooker chili with fried plantains on the side. The vegan chili cooks hands off, so you can focus on caramelizing ripe plantains for a sweet contrast to the beans. Want to add a little extra richness to the chili when serving? Substitute coconut cream for sour cream.
Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Cuban Black Bean Chili
Turnip Soba Noodle Salad
Nutty buckwheat noodles mingle with crunchy cabbage and sliced turnips in this bright bowl. The miso dressing can be made ahead to save you time. It's a great option that just so happens to be vegan.
Get the recipe: Turnip Soba Noodle Salad
Winter Squash Salad
This is a salad that can satisfy any time of year. There’s crunch from the radishes, creaminess from the squash, and plant-based protein from the chickpeas all at play. With the refreshing bite from the little gem lettuce and a pop of sweetness from the pomegranate seeds, you’ll want this vegan salad with heft all the time.
Get the Recipe: Winter Squash Salad
Dessert should always be an option, even if you're on a restrictive diet. While its technically hummus, this chocolate dessert tastes more like chocolate mousse and we're not complaining. It’s just as rich in protein as it is in chocolate, and made with all-vegan ingredients. You can't even taste the chickpeas but that's what gives it its ridiculously smooth body. What’s not to love?
Get the recipe: Chocolate Hummus