Our Most Popular Vegan Dinners of 2017

Our Most Popular Vegan Dinners of 2017

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Sheela Fiorenzo
Dec 27, 2017
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If you're following a vegan diet, we know you're always on the hunt for interesting recipes that fill you up and taste great. We gave you more than a few recipes that fit the bill this year — from salads and sides to main dishes — but there were a particular handful you loved the most. Here are the top 11.

1. Vegan Slow Cooker Chickpea Tikka Masala

Coconut milk replaces the cream, and chickpeas replace the chicken in this riff on the Indian favorite. Be sure to make the full batch of the recipe — leftovers make a great lunch.

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2. Slow-Cooker Vegan Lentil Chili

A mix of black beans, kidney beans, and lentils ensure this chili is as rib-sticking as more meaty versions, while chunks of butternut squash add just a touch of sweetness.

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3. How to Make Creamy Avocado Pasta

Leave off the optional Parmesan cheese shavings on top and this pasta becomes an awesome vegan riff on pesto, filled with creamy avocado, spinach, and basil.

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4. 30-Minute Brown Rice & Eggplant Bowl with Turmeric Tahini

Orange-hued turmeric adds a bitter, aromatic edge to nutty tahini and the result is a sauce you'll want to drizzle over not just this grain bowl, but all others.

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5. Kung Pao Cauliflower

The secret to tender cauliflower with good texture and caramelization is a two-step process. Start with browning the cauliflower in a hot pan or wok, then add some water, cover, and steam until crisp-tender.

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6. 3-Ingredient Roasted Lemon Sauce

This 3 ingredient sauce — made with roasted lemons, garlic, and olive oil — couldn't be simpler and makes just about anything, from grain bowls and tacos to roasted vegetables and crudité, 100 percent better.

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7. Chilled Lemon-Dill Cucumber Noodles

The secret to super-crisp cucumber noodles is to toss them with a little salt, which helps pull out some of the water in the vegetable before you twirl away.

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8. 3-Ingredient Roasted Dijon Potatoes

This is the roasted potato recipe to keep in your back pocket for all your side dish needs. Tossing the chunks in a bit of whole-grain mustard before roasting ensures they get lots of crust with flavorful tang.

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9. Cowboy Caviar

What at its heart this bean and veggie recipe is a dip for tortilla chips, it's a serious contender for a main course when served over rice or a pile of greens.

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10. Tomato Rasam

This spicy tomato soup is a classic dish in the south of India and has enough garlic and heat in it to cure whatever may ail you. It also freezes well, so it's a smart recipe to make a big batch of and tuck away for another day.

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11. Thanksgiving Lentil Salad

While the title claims this is for Thanksgiving, there's no need to save it for one day of the year. With lentils, roasted squash and red onions, kale, pecans, and golden raisins, this is a hearty salad to enjoy all year long.

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