Everyone can benefit from these nutritious and delicious recipes.
Our 15 top-rated plant-based recipes all have one thing in common. Can you guess what that may be? Vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters alike all love them! And we think that’s a pretty huge compliment! You don’t have to be 100% vegan to enjoy plant-based recipes, either. In fact, eating more fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and whole grains benefits everyone!
There are several reasons why more and more people are incorporating plant-based meals into their diets. Some people do it for their health, others for their love of the environment or animals, and some just plain enjoy it! Whatever your reason, the recipes below are sure to satisfy.
15 Top-Rated Plant-Based Recipes
These recipes are great for adding more nutritious, plant-based foods into your diet. And like we said, you don’t have to totally cut meat and dairy out to enjoy them. Anyone can eat them!
Our list of top-rated plant-based recipes counts down from Number 15 to Number 1, which is our top-rated vegan-friendly recipe on the site. Don’t just jump to the bottom to see what our #1 selection is. Take your time and look at them all. Some of them may even surprise you.
15. Slow Cooker Lentil and Veggie Stew
Our simple Slow Cooker Lentil and Veggie Stew is full of plant-based protein. This hearty recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and is loaded with flavor and nutrition.
Here’s the recipe: Slow Cooker Lentil and Veggie Stew
14. Skinny Mexican Rice
This Skinny Mexican Rice makes a great side to any taco, burrito, or enchilada meal. Or you can keep it totally plant-based by serving it alongside our Portobello Fajita Skillet recipe.
Try it: Skinny Mexican Rice
13. 6-Ingredient Mediterranean Salad
We love recipes that taste a-m-a-z-i-n-g, yet only require a few ingredients! This Mediterranean salad is full of fresh cucumber, tomato, red onion, and avocado — all the great flavors you love from the sunny Mediterranean region. Enjoy it as a light lunch salad or serve it as a side at your next picnic.
Make this recipe: 6-Ingredient Mediterranean Salad
12. Slow Cooker Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup
If you’re an experienced plant-based eater, there’s a good chance you know a thing or two about delicious soups! This slow cooker soup simmers all day long. Dinner will be ready when you walk in the door! Along with a nice crusty baguette or other bread, you’ll be happy and satisfied with this tasty meal.
Here’s the recipe: Slow Cooker Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup
11. Sweet Potato Crunchies
In need of a crispy midday snack? If so, these two-ingredient sweet potato crunchies are the perfect, healthy option! You can change the flavor to fit your cravings by adding different spices and seasonings. Of course, these are a fantastic salad or soup topper, too! They’ll add some plant-based crunch to any dish!
Try it: Sweet Potato Crunchies
10. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups
You read that right! Make your own healthy peanut butter cups at home with just three simple, vegan-friendly ingredients. All you need is peanut butter, coconut oil, and banana.
Make this recipe: 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups
9. Quinoa (Meatless) Meatballs
What’s a meatball without meat? Well, a food that is still pretty delicious and filling– if you ask us! These superfood meatless “meatballs” are a great main course for lunch or dinner, but we’ve been known to serve them as a party appetizer, too! And, if you want a Vegan version of this dish, simply swap out the egg white for water and dairy-based parmesan cheese for a vegan parmesan.
Here’s the recipe: Quinoa (Meatless) Meatballs
8. 6-Ingredient Mexican-Style Quinoa Salad
Can you tell we LOVE quinoa? Here’s another delicious 6-ingredient recipe for you that’s been shared almost 100,000 times! All you need for this one is quinoa, black beans, salsa, corn, avocado, and chili powder! This recipe is so yummy and so filling, and comes together in a flash!
Try it: 6-Ingredient Mexican-Style Quinoa Salad
7. Quinoa Protein Bars
…and MORE quinoa! If you need a great post workout snack, look no further than these Quinoa Protein Bars! To make them Vegan, be sure to use vegan-friendly chocolate chips and swap the optional honey for maple syrup or agave (if you choose to use it!)
Make this recipe: Quinoa Protein Bars
6. Slow Cooker Fudge
Fudge in a slow-cooker? Why not? After all, sometimes a little bite of sweetness is all you need to tame your sweet tooth. Full of creamy, chocolaty flavor, these fudge squares are the perfect solution! And guess what? It’s another 6-ingredient recipe with virtually no attention required!
Here’s the recipe: Slow Cooker Fudge
5. Herb Roasted Zucchini and Carrots
Skip the bland and boring steam-in-a-bag veggies and try out this delicious Herb-Roasted Zucchini and Carrots recipe, instead! They’re the perfect side dish to any Vegan, Vegetarian, or animal-based main course.
Try it: Herb Roasted Zucchini and Carrots
4. Protein Black Bean and Lentil Soup
Don’t be fooled: this meatless meal is incredibly hearty and filling. Plus, it’s packed with wholesome ingredients that offer 10 grams of plant-based protein per serving. We bet you won’t even MISS the meat!
Make this recipe: Protein Black Bean and Lentil Soup
3. Flush The Fat Away Vegetable Soup
This is our most popular plant-based soup recipe. It holds a rating of over 4 out of 5 stars and has been shared well over 500K times. While it doesn’t literally “flush the fat away”, it does provide your body with a ton of important, low-calorie ingredients and nutrients that are conducive to weight loss. Oh, and did we mention it tastes fantastic!
Here’s the recipe: Flush The Fat Away Vegetable Soup
2. Broccoli and Mushroom Stir-Fry
If you adore Asian-inspired recipes, you’re going to love this broccoli and mushroom stir-fry. It’s a fantastic and flavorful, vegan-friendly meal on it’s own. Mushrooms, with their texture and loads of umami flavor make a terrific stand-in for meat. If you’re a meat-eater, it makes a great side to our 6-Ingredient Orange Chicken or this healthy, homemade Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken.
Give it a try: Broccoli and Mushroom Stir-Fry
1. How to Build a Perfect Skinny Smoothie
And here it is– our number one, top-rated plant-based recipe on the site! It might come as a surprise, but our guide on how to build the perfect skinny smoothie has been shared over 790K times! Smoothies are an easy, incredibly nutritious meal replacement option that can be adapted to fit any meal or season. There are dozens of different plant-based combinations you can create, so be sure to let us know what combo you created in the comment section of this recipe!
Check it out: How to Build a Perfect Skinny Smoothie
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