If you've been a lifelong omnivore, going vegan is no easy feat. But if you find yourself deciding that a vegan way of eating is for you, you're going to need recipes. These 17 vegan recipes are so surprising and delicious that going vegan might just be easier than you think.
Contrary to what you might think, there's no fish in these sushi bowls. Instead, it's an all-veggie meal with a base of sushi rice. The best part? That avocado flower, hands-down.
Forget green pesto — this summer we're all about pink pasta, thanks to this rich pesto made with roasted beets. With olive oil, almonds, and red wine vinegar, there's no dairy required.
With only four ingredients and four steps, these cookies are not only vegan, but also Paleo and gluten-free. Finally a cookie that almost anyone can enjoy. (Those with nut allergies unfortunately have to skip this recipe.)
Falafel is one of those amazing vegan main dishes that doesn't feel like you're missing out on anything. And with the added green peas, this is the perfect version to enjoy all spring.
If you're going to go vegan, it's important to master the art of the stir-fry. This version makes great use of Asian eggplant. Just be sure you're using vegan oyster sauce in the recipe.
Vegan queso sounds like an oxymoron, right? But this creamy dip is as close to the real deal as you can get without having any dairy. We dare you to serve it at your next party without telling anyone it's vegan.
The creamy texture of this soup comes from coconut milk and puréed cauliflower, which has been cooked with onions, garlic, and plenty of spices. The only thing left to decide is which toppings you want to use.
Yes, it's incredibly easy to make a grain bowl vegan, but that doesn't mean they are always exciting. It takes a little extra effort to play around with flavor combinations, but the results — like this garam masala squash version — are totally worth it.
Rutabagas are experiencing a bit of a resurgence, and this salad is a perfect example of why they are finally getting their due. It's simple, fresh, and guaranteed to please vegans and non-vegans alike.
We're big fans of chia seeds here at The Kitchn — especially for vegan recipes. They add a nice variety of textures to smoothies and puddings like this cashew-cardamom version. Just remember that you'll want to make this in advance, as the chia seeds need a solid eight hours in the fridge to plump up to their full potential.
This dish is packed with protein, thanks to the butter beans and the millet — no small feat for a vegan main! Give this recipe a try when you're tired of eating quinoa every other night.
Skip the regular baked potato in favor of this baked sweet potato. Top it with sautéed rainbow chard, coconut chips, and pomegranate arils for an incredibly colorful and delicious dish.
13. The Avodilla
Vegan snacks can sometimes be harder to come up with than you might think. Unless, of course, you're happy eating crudités again. This riff on the quesadilla is made with avocado slices, lavash, and maple syrup for a perfectly sweet-salty combination.
Tahini is a great ingredient in the vegan repertoire. It's the perfect stand-in when you want something creamy without the cream. Add in the fact that this slaw-like salad is topped with spiced chickpeas, and you have a total winner.
How do you make a quinoa bowl less mundane? By adding a little bit of Asian flavor. The kimchi and miso sautéed mushrooms add that fermented umami taste that we're always craving.
We couldn't resist including one more chia pudding recipe on the list — and this chocolate one does not disappoint. If you're a bit weirded out by chia seeds, this recipe blends them so the texture is closer to regular chocolate pudding.
Barley isn't just for winter soups and pilafs. It gets a spring makeover here, thanks to crisp chunks of apple and celery. The herbed citrus dressing helps quite a bit, too.