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I'm Not Vegan, but I Can't Stop Making These 18 Exceptional Plant-Based Recipes

I challenged myself to eat entirely plant-based meals for a month. Thanks to a handful of powerful plant-based recipes—including many of the 18 below—I learned ways to make vegan meals flavorful and filling. I've gone back to eating cheese and eggs, but a fair few of these remain in my regular rotation because they're pretty dang delicious.

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    Zucchini Verde Vegan Enchiladas Recipe on Food52

    Zucchini Verde Vegan Enchiladas Recipe on Food52

    Author Notes I love enchiladas. I’m tempted to order them at restaurants, but they’re often a big cheese bomb on a plate, so I prefer to make them at home. These have no cheese and are packed with a triple threat of green things: zucchini, poblano, and tomatillos. There’s tofu in the filling, but …

    Sushi Salad Recipe on Food52

    Sushi Salad Recipe on Food52

    • Prep time 10 minutes • Cook time 5 minutes • Serves 4 Author Notes Brown rice bowls have become a midweek staple in our home. Extremely adaptable, they allow me to use up whatever vegetables are in my fridge and are a great way to enjoy leftover roasted vegetables. I had originally named this dish "Miso …

    Gingery Noodle Salad Recipe on Food52

    Gingery Noodle Salad Recipe on Food52

    • Cook time 20 minutes • Serves 4 Author Notes Reprinted with permission from Mark Bittman's Dinner for Everyone. As for riffing, Bittman says, "With the gingery noodle salad, cutting the vegetables in thin strips and then flash-cooking them is the key technique for ultimate twirling. So go ahead and use …

    Indian Peanutty Noodles Recipe on Food52

    Indian Peanutty Noodles Recipe on Food52

    • Prep time 25 minutes • Cook time 35 minutes • Serves 2 Author Notes A fusion of vegetable-packed noodles and Indian peanut chutney, this simple dish is perfect for busy weeknights or wfh lunches. You can use your favorite noodles (I go with udon or sometimes soba), and add whatever vegetables you have on …

    Vegan Cauliflower Alfredo Bake Recipe on Food52

    Vegan Cauliflower Alfredo Bake Recipe on Food52

    • Prep time 25 minutes • Cook time 20 minutes • Serves 6 Author Notes Cauliflower, in this case, amplifies the joys of a real, delightfully starchy pasta creation rather than standing in for one. Cauliflower creates the base for a creamy, rich, and completely dairy-free alfredo sauce, and the cauliflower …

    Rutabaga Laksa Recipe on Food52

    Rutabaga Laksa Recipe on Food52

    • Prep time 15 minutes • Cook time 1 hour 15 minutes • Serves 4 Author Notes A wise man (OK, restaurant critic Jay Rayner) once said of laksa’s medicinal properties that “it should be available on the NHS (the National Health Service) by prescription,” and I agree. With its searing chile, ginger, and garlic …

    Bhartha (Spicy Indian Eggplant) Recipe on Food52

    Bhartha (Spicy Indian Eggplant) Recipe on Food52

    • Prep time 5 minutes • Cook time 1 hour 20 minutes • Serves 4 Author Notes Bhartha (sometimes “bharta”) is a vegetarian Indian dish best served over a bowl of jasmine rice. My favorite iterations (including the one available up the road) include peas, which add a really good pop of color and texture. Make a …

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