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10 Dairy-Free and Meat-Free Meals to Try for Veganuary

A veggie beat and quinoa burger with avocado.
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Whether you’re trying out Veganuary or you’re just curious if vegan meals can compete in the flavor department with your favorite traditional dishes, here are ten delicious vegan recipes for you to try!

Perhaps you’ve had a vegan meal that tasted so damn good, you’re interested in trying a few more. Whether you’ve been vegan for years, or you’re hoping to eat a little less meat each week, there’s a recipe in here you’ll love.

Hearty Cabbage Soup

This hot and hearty soup gives you all the cozy feels, loaded with potatoes, carrots, and cabbage that will fill you right up. The broth offers a flavor profile so fitting for the humble ingredients in this recipe.

The best part is the main ingredients are typically budget-friendly and maybe even foods you already have in your fridge.

Get the Recipe: From My Bowl

Black Bean Walnut Burger

A gorgeous hearty blackbean burger topped with guacamole, sweet caramelized onion, all tucked neatly inside of a multigrain burger bun.
Vanilla and Bean

Between the Impossible Burger and other non-meat burger brands, veggie burgers are trending more than ever. Here’s one made from walnuts, oats, black beans, and many other complementing flavors.

The spicy chipotle pepper and Adobo sauce combined with bourbon-sweet, saucy onions create a fantastic combination. The folks who’ve made this say it is “amazing.”

Get the Recipe: Vanilla and Bean

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

Make way for these smokey and slightly spicy stuffed peppers. This versatile recipe can be customized to your taste bud preferences. If you aren’t a fan of some of the ingredients provided, the author says to sub them with other ingredients.

Chili powder, paprika, and cumin all provide a bold kick, and the sweet, crunchy corn, onion, beans, and quinoa provide nutritional value.

Get the Recipe: Vegan Huggs

Quick Creamy Coconut Chickpea Curry

Coconut and curry are, without a doubt, a match made in heaven. The sweet and creamy coconut milk provides such a velvety texture, and the curry provides deep earthy flavor—a lovely pair.

The chickpeas add a hearty feel to the dish and taste great on freshly prepared jasmine or basmati rice. This recipe won’t break your bank either—many of the ingredients are canned, and you’ll have it made within a half hour.

Get the Recipe: 40 Aprons

BBQ Lentil Meatballs

A skillet with multiple lentil bbq meatballs seared to perfection.
Vegan with Curves

This protein-packed meal is vegan, and folks who have tried them say they are “so flavorful.” If that’s not convincing enough, this recipe has been shared over 150,000 times.

Each bite is full of healthy nourishment with 100 percent plant-based ingredients like onion, mushrooms, lentils, and flaxseed. The BBQ sauce adds that perfect sweet and tangy touch. Remember, if you are going vegan, stay away from barbecue sauce made with honey.

Get the Recipe: Vegan with Curves

Easy Vegan Fried Rice

If you require a side dish to accompany vegetable spring rolls or any other Asian classic, we’ve got a vegan rice dish for you. You’ll have an opportunity to watch a tutorial video that will guide you through each step.

If you have been vegan for a long time now and crave that takeout fried rice, this recipe’s creator has made it just for you. Enjoy this light yet satisfying dish with or without tofu.

Get the Recipe: Minimalist Baker

Chickpea Tikka Masala

Chickpea Tikka Masala is a wonderfully satisfying meal that’s gluten-free and completely vegan. With only five ingredients, you’ll wonder how such a humble meal can pack so much flavor.

Additionally, you might add chopped onion and pepper, which we recommend—the more veggies, the merrier. Have leftovers the very next day and enjoy the matured flavors one more time before it disappears.

Get the Recipe: Contentedness Cooking

Bolognese Sauce

A plate of spaghetti pasta topped with vegan bolognese sauce all on a white plate with a fork on the side.
Vegan Huggs

Finding a red sauce that’s perfectly textured and tastes just like what you grew up eating is not an easy task. However, vegan chefs have successfully created thousands of recipes—some that feel like you’re eating the real thing.

Here’s a great example of that. The author uses mushrooms and walnuts, carrots and onions to create the hearty texture you won’t want to miss. Enjoy this one with a glass of red and a side salad.

Get the Recipe: Vegan Huggs

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

These cabbage rolls are stuffed with sweet potato, sauerkraut, amaranth, and various beautiful spices. Worried about the stuffing and rolling part—no worries, the author has taken several photos to show you each step.

Enjoy this vegan version of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls with an entirely new and refreshing flavor profile.

Get the Recipe: Where Is My Spoon

Vegan Wellington

Here’s a recipe that will surely impress your guests and yourself as well. Beef Wellington is typically made with an excellent cut of beef (like filet mignon) and rolled up in puff pastry. Here we have a vegan rendition that tastes excellent.

Be sure to look out for an all-vegan puff pastry, as some use butter and are not considered vegan. The lentils, celery, carrots, herbs, and spices create a fantastic dish that you and your family will love.

Get the Recipe: Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen

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Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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