69 Vegan Recipes So Good, You’ll Forget About Meat and Cheese
From lasagna to nachos, these dishes sub dairy and meat in the smartest ways.
3. Butternut Squash Curry
Swap soy sauce for the fish sauce and you’ve got a hearty vegan main that lasts for leftovers.
Got a Dutch oven? That’s all you really need to make this delicious Butternut Squash Curry — although it tastes like you put a lot more work into it! This surprisingly simple one-pot dish is full of savory Thai flavors, and it only takes 45 minutes from start to finish. For those nights when you know you’ll be extra crunched for time, this recipe also qualifies as an easy make-ahead meal for you to reheat and serve in a pinch.
Curry is a staple of Thai cuisine, and though you may be used to ordering it from restaurants, it’s not as hard as you’d think to make it yourself. The coconut milk gives you that creamy base you love in a green or massaman curry, which vary in richness depending on how long they’re left to simmer. This hearty vegetarian recipe features fresh ginger, turmeric, jalapeño and mild Thai curry paste, so you can alter the spice level based on your preferences (more or less jalapeño will help you there).
It’s packed with squash and spinach for all the nutrients you need, and you can serve it over fluffy white rice to make sure everyone leaves the table plenty full. Even the meat-lovers in your family will be asking for seconds. One pot means a super quick cleanup, which is just another reason that this recipe will soon become the star of your easy weeknight meal rotation. It’ll warm everybody up on the coldest winter nights, and hold up well the next day for a satisfying lunch. Save some chopped cashews to sprinkle in that crunch every time you heat up another bowl.
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 3 Tbsp coconut or canola oil, divided
- 1/2 small butternut squash (about 1 pound, peeled and cut into 1/2-in. pieces, about 2 1/2 cups)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. grated peeled fresh ginger
- 3 tbsp. yellow Thai curry paste
- 1 13.5-oz can light coconut milk
- 1 jalapeño, halved
- 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
- 1 red pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2-in. pieces
- 2 tbsp. lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
- 1 tbsp. fish sauce or soy sauce if vegan
- 3 c. baby spinach, chopped
- Chopped cashews and cilantro, for serving
- Step 1Cook rice per package directions. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet (or medium Dutch oven) on medium. Add squash and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden brown and beginning to soften, 4 to 6 minutes; transfer to plate.
- Step 2Add remaining tablespoon oil along with onion and sauté 6 min. Stir in garlic and ginger; cook 2 minutes. Add curry paste and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
- Step 3Add coconut milk, jalapeño and turmeric and bring to a simmer. Add red pepper and squash and simmer until squash is just tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, remove and discard jalapeño and stir in lime juice and fish sauce, then fold in spinach to wilt. Serve over rice and sprinkle with cashews and cilantro if desired.
4.Vegan Choocolate Truffles
This is a three-ingredient vegan dessert anyone can make. Plus, they’re a great gift!
Decadent chocolate truffles usually contain heavy cream, but coconut milk works wonders as a substitute. Thanks to its fat content, it adds delicious richness (and flavor!)
- 20 oz. dark chocolate (72% cacao or higher), very finely chopped
- 3/4 c. unsweetened coconut milk (well stirred)
- Toasted coconut flakes, for decorating
- Step 1 Place half of chocolate in a medium bowl. Heat coconut milk until hot to the touch, then pour over chocolate. Cover bowl loosely with a towel and let stand 5 minutes, then stir until melted and smooth.
- Step 2 Chill bowl until chocolate is firm enough to scoop but not rock hard, about 30 minutes. Scoop and roll tablespoon – size balls onto 1 piece
of parchment paper; refrigerate.
- Step 3 Meanwhile, place remaining chocolate in a bowl; microwave on high in 30 – second increments, stirring until melted and smooth.
- Step 4 Working 1 at a time, dip balls in chocolate, tapping off excess. Before chocolate has set, sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes if desired
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