There’s a time and place for a good steak, but increasingly people are turning to plant-based diets for environmental, ethical, health, or financial reasons. Whether you’re full-on vegan, pescatarian, partake in Meatless Mondays, or are simply looking to get more veggies and other healthy foods into your diet, we’ve got you covered. Here we’ve rounded up 8 of our favorite meatless recipes that show that you don’t need meat to have a filling, delicious meal.
|A Pinch of LA Cauliflower Steaks
We can thank LA-based chef Roi Choi for many things, including popularizing Korean-style street tacos and coming up with this recipe for cauliflower steaks. Seasoned with his Pinch of LA Seasoning (featuring sesame, black pepper, and kochukaro chiles), cauliflower “steaks” are roasted for some serious flavor layering. Serve with a grain and a salad on the side to call it a meal.
This recipe uses crumbled tofu as an excellent, vegetarian substitute for chorizo. Since tofu is so good at soaking up other flavors, here it is fried along with onion, garlic, and chili powder in a nonstick or cast iron pan until brown and crispy – just like chorizo.
|Artichoke-Spinach Burgers with Tomato-Feta Topping
If you have any negative associations with flavorless, mushy veggie burgers, this sophisticated version will certainly bring you back around. The patty is made with artichoke (the bottoms, not the hearts), butter beans, and spinach and flavored with cumin, garlic, and lemon zest. To top it all off, tomatoes are roasted then broiled with feta to create a delectable condiment that knocks the socks off ketchup any day.
|Slow-Cooker Ratatouille with Balsamic and Pine Nuts
Ratatouille is a great way to pack in some extra veggies, and this version packs a gentle punch with the addition of balsamic vinegar and pine nuts. Simmered in the slow cooker, this set it and forget it meal is great spooned over some pasta.
Although chicken may be the more famous paprikash star, meaty mushrooms make a mighty, meat-free alternative. Just be sure not to crowd the pan so the mushrooms can get nice and brown. Serve it with wide fresh pasta, as pictured, or go for a more traditional egg noodle or spaetzle side.
|Thai Pumpkin Curry
If you’re one of those people who just can’t get enough pumpkin everything and are ready to graduate from lattes and muffins, then definitely give this hearty curry a try. Flavored with red curry paste and coconut milk, this is one of those satisfying yet quick meatless recipes that comes together in under 30 minutes.
|Baked Rigatoni with Gorgonzola and Radicchio
Few things are as cozy as a cheesy baked pasta dish, but this isn’t your mama’s mac and cheese. The elevated meatless main gets vibrant color and pleasantly bitter taste from radicchio, salty richness from the gorgonzola cheese, and plenty of added flavor from rosemary and balsamic vinegar.
|Crispy Tofu Bowls with Broccolini, Edamame and Peanut Sauce
Bowls of all kinds are all the rage for good reason – they tend to layer a filling grain like rice along with healthful veggies and a protein. Here, crispy tofu is paired with edamame, red bell pepper, and broccolini and drizzled with a peanut sauce. Because is there anything peanut sauce does not improve?