22 Vegan Recipes To Impress Meat Eaters

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Invite your meat-eating family and friends for a meal guaranteed to impress them! With options including tacos, lasagna, curry, gyros, and more.

Let’s gather around the table with easy and delicious vegan recipes to impress meat eaters. There is something here for everyone! 

Celebrate the amazingly diverse world of vegan cooking with these scrumptious recipes — a complete list of options to impress even the most aloof eaters.

Plant-based does not mean boring. Enjoy meaty vegan recipes and easy dinners packed with flavor and protein!

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Vegan Recipes To Impress Meat Eaters

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos
These buffalo cauliflower tacos will impress with an exciting combination of flavors and textures! Double-battered baked cauliflower and crunchy chickpeas are swaddled into a pliable wrap and drizzled with creamy dressing – incredible flavor!
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Flavorful Thai Vegetable Stir-Fry
Experience the exotic aroma of Thai cuisine with this easy vegetable stir fry. Ginger, chilies, Thai basil, and crunchy cashews are just a few of the ingredients that will entice your wandering fork – goes great with rice!
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Easy Chow Mein Noodles
Who doesn't love a hot bowl of chow mein noodles? This easily customizable recipe will impress your friends and have them asking for seconds. The secret is an irresistible stir-fry sauce that tastes great with various mix-ins.
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Easy Stuffed Peppers
Hearty stuffed peppers are packed with plant-based protein and Mexican-inspired flavors. This meal-prep-friendly recipe is ideal for weeknight dinners or shared office lunches. Everyone who tries will want the recipe!
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Creamy Mushroom Pea Risotto
For the mushroom lovers, this effortless risotto is exploding with umami flavor. It's a 30-minute meal that tastes like it took all day. Creamy rice absorbs the mushroom flavor – great for date night!
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Sweet Potato Lentil Curry
A lip-smackingly good curry that is equally nutritious as it is decadent. Ultra-rich peanut butter and sweet potato cubes create a gorgeous balance of sweet and creamy. A curry that coats your spoon and warms your belly!
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Loaded Vegan Bean Burgers
Green your grill with these meat-eater-approved kidney bean burgers. Crispy on the outside and moist inside. These crowd-pleasing burgers will upgrade your next BBQ hangout – prepare with your favorite burger toppings!
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The Best Chili Sin Carne
Warm your kitchen with a hearty bowl of chili sin carne as the weather gets cooler. A dish the entire family (including meat eaters) will crave! With aromatic spices, heaps of beans, and the perfect touch of tangy tomato, this chili will become a household favorite.
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Creamy Vegan Lasagna
Invite your friends and host a heartwarming family dinner with this creamy vegan lasagna. Layers of pasta, vegan cheese, homemade ricotta, and veggie ragu bubble and bake until a glorious one-pan dinner is ready for enjoyment.
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Vegan Chickpea Meatloaf
Sometimes, the most impressive dinner is a copycat favorite. A wholesome slice of this chickpea meatloaf will win the hearts of your most peckish eaters. Complete with a tomato glaze, this satiating dinner tastes better than grandma's.
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Classic Vegan BBQ Short Ribs
Roll back your sleeves, and even wear a BBQ bib, for these vegan short ribs are meaty, tender, and slathered in tangy sauce! A great addition to any BBQ, served with cool ranch dressing for an irresistible experience.
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Vegan Gyros
It's impossible not to love a gyro. The combination of fresh vegetables, tangy tzatziki, grilled protein, and fluffy flatbread is to live for! Jackfruit pork is the star of the wrap, creating an oh-so-tasty meatiness.
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Vegan Hamburger Helper
Rejoice with this vegan-made childhood favorite, the hamburger helper. Plant-based ground meat sauteed with onion, garlic, and tomato is tossed with cooked macaroni. A garnish of cheese completes this mouth-watering dish – kid-approved!
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Vegan Hamburger Helper
Easy Vegetable Dumplings
Yummy dumplings are a fun and easy dinner to impress your friends and family. Doughy parcels are stuffed with vegetables and mushrooms with a soy-based seasoning. These potstickers are meal-prep-friendly!
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Vegan Sheet Pan Nachos
Bake a sheet of nachos for your next game day or sporting event. These loaded chips are packed with flavor and texture and piled high with melted cheese. It's a fun finger food that everyone will love.
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Vegan Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich
Utilize the incredible versatility of jackfruit with these tangy BBQ sliders. It is an appetizing dish that is also packed with vitamins and nutrients. A red cabbage slaw adds a needed crunch to tender jackfruit – so delicious!
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Healthy Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup
This one-pot vegan dinner will fill your slow cooker with joy and happiness. A tomato-based lentil soup is dotted with ribbons of lasagna noodles. It is a yummy soup that is incredibly versatile and meal-prep-friendly.
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Healthy Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup
Vegan Philly Cheesesteak
Leave your meat-eating friends in shock with this comforting Philly cheese steak sandwich. With only a few ingredients, create a meal that will leave a smile on your face. This juicy sandwich is the ultimate comfort food.
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Weeknight Butter Beans
Ready in less than 30 minutes, these brothy and flavorful butter beans are a great quick dinner. Stewed beans are easily customizable and go perfectly with a tear of crusty bread and swirl of olive oil – irresistible!
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Easy Tortilla Soup
Embrace the aroma of cumin and smoky chili powder with this easy tortilla soup. Sweet potato, shallots, and black beans add protein and depth, while a garnish of corn chips adds an exciting crunch!
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Succulent Vegan Shawarma
This pitta bread sandwich is so incredible you will want it for every meal! Impress your friends with a shawarma-inspired meal. Spiced soy curls, creamy hummus, and fresh vegetables fill a warm pita bread – the aroma alone will entice your appetite!
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Buffalo Chickpea Quesadillas
The best recipe to impress others is made quickly and "hits the spot." This buffalo chickpea quesadilla is ready in minutes and is delicious. A feel-good, nutritious meal that you will make time and time again!
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22 Vegan Recipes To Impress Meat Eaters

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Invite your meat-eating family and friends for a meal guaranteed to impress them! With options including tacos, lasagna, curry, gyros, and more. The following vegan mushroom Stroganoff is a true hit!
Serves 3

Ingredients

Mushroom Stroganoff

  • 12 oz dry tagliatelle 340 g
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb mixed mushrooms such as portobello or button mushrooms (450 g)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup vegetable broth 240 ml
  • 1 cup coconut milk canned (240 ml)

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Once al dente, drain and set aside.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Once warm, add the onion and garlic. Sauté, stirring frequently, until translucent.
  • Add the mushrooms and cook until they have released most of their liquid and turn brown.
  • Add the seasonings: smoked paprika, soy sauce, mustard, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Pour in vegetable broth and coconut milk. Place a lid on the skillet and bring the mixture to a simmer. Let it cook for 5-7 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Adjust the sauce to your taste preferences, then serve over cooked pasta and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can use any plant-based cream instead of coconut milk.
  • Serve with your favorite pasta, such as fettuccine, spaghetti, or fusilli! 
  • A splash of white wine tastes wonderful in the sauce.
  • Find 20- more vegan recipes to impress meat eaters in the article above.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Nutrition Facts
22 Vegan Recipes To Impress Meat Eaters
Amount per Serving
Calories
463
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
28
g
43
%
Saturated Fat
 
16
g
100
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
10
g
Cholesterol
 
37
mg
12
%
Sodium
 
967
mg
42
%
Carbohydrates
 
47
g
16
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
13
g
26
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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