15 Beautiful Vegan Recipes

15 Beautiful Vegan Recipes

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Dana Velden
Dec 29, 2016
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We're always happy to add to our of growing list of vegan recipes, especially as more people turn to a plant-centered diet. There's just so much delicious cooking to do with plants! We're talking beet pesto pasta, chickpea nuggets, and the most delicious broccoli salad with peanut dressing.

These 15 recipes were our favorite vegan recipes in 2016, but we're sure they'll live on into 2017 and beyond.

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1. Creamy Vegan Queso Dip

You don't have to forgo the rich creaminess and full flavor of the classic queso with this vegan version. Just add chips and dig in!

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2. Cheetos-Style Chickpeas

These chickpeas are the ultimate high-low, healthy-not-healthy vegan snack, with crispy chickpeas and a dusting of very Cheeto-esque powder.

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

3. Vegetarian "Sausage" Patties

Gluten-free, nut-free patties inspired by the flavors of sausage, with fennel and black pepper.

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

4. Chickpea Nuggets

Falafel-inspired vegan nuggets that only call for six pantry ingredients!

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

5. Vegan Beet Pesto Pasta

Certainly the most gorgeous and bright recipe we published this year — and it's all vegan!

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6. Tofu and Broccoli Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

Bagged broccoli slaw makes this a fabulous make-ahead lunch, and the peanut butter dressing doesn't hurt either.

7. Chilled Cucumber Noodles with Sesame Dressing

Got a spiralizer? Here's your next project. Our readers went crazy for this spiralized cucumber salad with toasty sesame dressing.

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8. Slow-Cooker Dal

Lentils and spices are a humble base for a dish that turns out so stunningly beautiful with its golden color. Oh, and it's pretty delicious too.

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9. How To Make Vegan Eggplant Bolognese

Classic bolognese is chock-full of meat, but Meghan pulls off this hearty vegan version by substituting eggplant. And it is just as succulent and comforting as its meaty counterpart.

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10. Vegan Sweet Potato Chowder

We're calling this soup a chowder, given the fact that potatoes are the key to both its velvety base and its hearty texture. And thanks to the silky-starchy contents of sweet potatoes, you'll get the creaminess expected in a chowder without a drop of cream.

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11. Spinach & Sweet Potato Chickpea Crustless Quiche

Even without milk and eggs, this sweet potato- and spinach-flecked quiche still manages to be custardy and rich — and because there is no crust to worry about it, it couldn't be easier to throw together.

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12. Vegan Sushi Rice Bowls

This rice bowl is chock-full of delicious vegetables scattered over sushi rice and garnished with nori. It's hearty enough to make a satisfying lunch or dinner.

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13. Vegan Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies

The mystery ingredient for the marshmallow fluff (bean water, or aquafaba) makes these sound exotic. But really they're just delicious, old-fashioned cookie sandwiches that happen to be vegan!

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14. Chocolate Pudding Cups with Coconut Cream

Vegan desserts can be just as luxurious and decadent as those with butter and cream, and this scrumptious pudding recipe proves it. Dip in a spoon!

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15. The World's Easiest Cookies Just Happen to Be Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten-Free

What makes these cookies so easy? Perhaps it's the fact that they call for only four fairly common ingredients or that they don't require chilling or rolling or cutting out. Or maybe it's because they can be baked and cooled in 15 minutes. The fact that they're vegan only adds to their charm.

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