35 Carnivore-Approved Vegan Recipes (2024)

Take the guess work out of vegan cooking with these 35 Carnivore-Approved Vegan Recipes. If you're new to a vegan diet, a vegan cooking for meat-lovers or just want to add more plants to your rotation, you can whip up vegan burgers, pastas, stews and even roasts with minimal fuss.

These tasty recipes are perfect for vegans, meat-lovers and everyone in-between

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This recipe roundup was originally posted June 5, 2020 and updated with new images, recipes and tips July 27, 2021.

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My family is not vegan. In fact I am the only vegan in my immediate circle. Yup, that's me; the girl guarding the hummus at the buffet table. Hi.

Besides being the only vegan, I am also the cook around here so to say I've gotten pretty good at feeding non-vegans vegan food is an understatement. I even wrote a cookbook about it.

My little family has gone from completely carnivorous to eating an 80% vegan diet. That may not be your goal - maybe you just want to cook for your meat-loving Nana. Either way, I have some easy tips that will make eating vegan food easier for your meat-loving friends to digest.

Tips to Creating Vegan Food Meat-Lovers Will Love

  1. My first tip has nothing to do with cooking but I think it's important. Take the word "vegan" out of the dialogue. While I use the terms "vegan" and "plant-based" in my recipe names to make them easier to find,youcan just call a mushroom burger, a "mushroom burger" rather than a vegan burger. A chickpea curry can just be that. While you and I may be super comfortable with "vegan", some may find it confronting. Let your cooking speak for itself.
  2. Experiment with spices. Like "traditional" meat-based cooking, vegan recipes go from yum to mind-blowing with a few spices. Mushrooms love thyme, cauliflower has a thing for fresh herbs but also rocks a spicy Mexican rub. Meanwhile, did a roast vegetable ever look better than sprinkled with sea salt and rosemary?
  3. Take a traditional recipe and veganise it. I use oyster mushrooms, jackfruit, lentils and tofu to substitute for meat and create texture and bulk with larger legumes like chickpeas and black beans. Get creative!
  4. For the love of Moses, season your food! Flavour doesn't happen with a wish and prayer...season and taste as you cook.

Vegan Food Myths

Vegan Food Isn't Filling

One of the most common myths about vegan meals is that they won’t fill you up. The truth is meals made with fibre-rich and nutritious ingredients - whether vegan or no - make you feel fuller for longer. Fibre-rich foods take longer to digest helping to keep you satisfied for longer.*

You Can't Get Enough Protein From Vegan Food

Tell that to a silverback gorilla!

Protein is available in a plethora of plant-based sources including whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, tofu and even kale and broccoli. A study in to food consumption in America found that vegans get more than enough protein.

Most American adults eat about 100 grams of protein per day, or roughly twice the recommended amount. Even on a vegan diet people can easily get 60 to 80 grams of protein throughout the day from foods like beans, legumes, nuts, broccoli and whole grains." New York Times

*Mayo Clinic

Vegan Food Has No Flavour

Finally, I often hear that it's hard to get enough flavour in to plant-based foods. Whaaaaaatt? No way. We've got 35 carnivore-approved vegan recipes here to put that myth to rest for good!

Meat-Lover Friendly Vegan Meals

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I make this vegan shawarma for family and friends all the time. It's a winner! Wrapped in pita bread and drizzled with tahini sauce it's mouthwateringly good. Jackfruit is a great plant-based meat replacement while chickpeas add protein.

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Load up on your vegetables with this warming and nutritious Vegetable Dumpling Soup from Karen at CraveVeggies.

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Mel's Creamy Vegan Gnocchi with Garlic and Kale? Get in to my belly. This bowl of yum is from A Virtual Vegan.

A great addition to our carnivore-approved vegan meals list. I love a slow cooked meal and this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Red Lentil Chilli from Karen at Kitchen Treaty is hearty and loaded with flavour.

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What can I say, I love my legumes and I love my curry. Chana Masala from Marina at Yummy Mummy Kitchen.

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Gyros! This had to go on our list of carnivore-approved vegan recipes. Loaded with protein-packed tempeh, this Vegan Greek Gyros with Tempeh from Sophia at Veggies Don't Bite is a delicious powerhouse.

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Oh, my goodness this Vegan Garlic Sriracha Tofu Yakisobafrom Lauren at Rabbit and Wolves is so vibrant and wonderful.

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Meat-lovers will love this full-bodied and rich vegan chilli made with mushrooms, beans and dark chocolate.

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Super crispy and awesome, I am so excited to try these crispy baked cauliflower bites from Jenn at Veggie Inspired.

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I love this Vegan Jambalaya from Mel at The Stingy Vegan. Jambalya is such a versatile and comforting bowl.

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Both carnivores and vegans will love Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf from Rebecca at Strength and Sunshine.

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Amber from Quite Good Food has hit me in my sweet spot with herBroad Bean Falafel with Tahini Sauce .I am a bitch for the falafel.

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Oven-Baked Celeraic Cutlets? Yup. This bit of awesome is from Francesca at Seven Roses. While I'm at it, I'm going to go ahead and include Francesca's Vegan Holiday Roast because it looks and sounds fabulous.

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Everyone loves pizza and my vegan white pizza with pears and balsamic shallots is creamy, sweet and savoury all at the same time.

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My Mum used to make us Stronganoff all the time and now we can enjoy it again with this One Pot Vegan Mushroom Stronganoff from Caitlin at From My Bowl.

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Beth's Best Damn Vegan Lasagna is sure to please the pickiest of carnivorous palates. Check out the recipe at Pass the Plants.

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I made this Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup for my daughter's kindy class and they all loved it! Jackfruit gives it an authentic texture.

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This Smoky Southern-Style Meatless Meatloaf from Alex and Linda at Veganosity makes me want to lick my screen. Is that wrong? I am also including their Pulled BBQ Carrots because...it's carrots! These two recipe HAD to be on our list of carnivore-approved vegan meals, yes?

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Cheese lovers rejoice! This Vegan Feta from Terrence and Brittany from Plant Power Couple has your cheese craving sorted.

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Vegan Tuna Salad from Valerie at Very Vegan Val. How cool is that? No fish were harmed in the making of this tuna salad!

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This Vegan Lentil Burger from Florian at Contentedness Cooking looks so lovely and fresh and very carnivore friendly.

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My family are such big Mexican food fans, so I am excited to try these fantastic looking Chipotle Lentil Tasquitos from Steven at the Nut-Free Vegan to our carnivore-approved vegan recipes list.

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Warming, nutritious and gluten-free, this Lentil Cottage Pie from Trinity at Trinity's Conscious Kitchen ticks all the comfort food boxes.

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Mac N Cheese alert! This Luxe Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese recipe from Alexandra from Occasionally Eggs is all the things we love about this comfort food and then some.

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As Sarah from My Darling Vegan says this Vegan Tempeh Reuben Sandwich is " tower of saucy, spicy, smoky, sauerkraut-filled goodness." Delicious. This tower of yum had to make our carnivore-approved vegan recipes list!

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I believe you can never have too much of thisTofu Tikka Masala. Thank you Shannon from Yup, It's Vegan for this bowl of awesomeness.

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Biscuits and Gravy, Baby! That's Vegan Biscuits and Gravy from Jackie at Vegan Yack Attack. Hello, breakfast.

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A sandwich you dip in gravy? Sign me up. This French Dip Sandwich from Alissa at Connoisseurus Veg looks messily perfect.

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This vibrantIndian Butter Tofu Paneer from Richa at Vegan Richa is so packed with flavour, I'm pretty much drooling on my own shirt. It happens.

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Oh, look at those lovely dumplings. I am definitely going to try Becca's Chickpea Dumplings in Sweet Potato Gravy - how awesome. Becca is from Amuse Your Bouche.

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I love Sicilian Aubergine Caponata and this lighter vegetable-laden version from Andrea from The Petite Cook looks so damn good.

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This Smothered Tofu 'Chicken' Recipe from Michelle at Healthier Kitchen looks like a big warm hug in a bowl.

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If you need to feed your little carnivores something that looks like meat, you can't go past this Vegan Potato Jackfruit Stew Recipe from Florentina at Veggie Society.

So, there you have it. 35 carnivore-approved vegan meals and recipes. So, what are you waiting for? Round up those meat-lovers, get in the kitchen and get cooking. Enjoy, x.

35 Carnivore-Approved Vegan Recipes (2024)


What's healthier carnivore or vegan? ›

On the plus side, vegan diets are usually low in saturated fat and high in dietary fibre, and on average vegans are relatively lean, with lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure than meat-eaters, all of which should be beneficial for health.

How to do the 7 day vegan challenge? ›

Here's how you get started: Make a commitment to yourself to not eat meat, poultry, seafood, dairy or eggs for 1 week. Choose the days you want to do it (you can start tomorrow if you like!). Then add your name to the list of challengers.

Is being vegan healthier than eating meat? ›

Vegetarians and vegans typically have lower body mass index, serum low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and blood pressure than comparable regular meat-eaters, as well as lower bone mineral density.

How to be vegan without fake meat? ›

But if you're craving something meaty, you don't always have to splash out on a vegan protein alternative. Instead, you could try a simple whole food, plant-based ingredient, like tofu or mushrooms, and get a similar meaty texture. Plus, they're nutritious (and just as tasty, too!).

Do vegans live longer than meat eaters? ›

While there is some scientific research to suggest that going vegan and eating less animal protein can help to prevent diseases, the evidence is still lacking in terms of cold, hard numbers on longevity in particular. However, this doesn't mean that a vegan diet won't help you live longer.

What is the healthiest carnivore diet? ›

On the carnivore diet, look for sources like grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, or wild-caught fish to get these important macronutrients. Additionally, don't forget to incorporate some healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado oil, eggs, fatty fish, nut butters, and ghee into your meals.

How much weight can you lose in 2 weeks on a vegan diet? ›

Eating a vegan diet is associated with a decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. This vegan weight loss meal plan also sets you up to lose a healthy 1 to 2 pounds per week.

How can a vegan lose 20 pounds? ›

Losing Weight on a Plant-Based, Vegan Diet: Tips for Success
  1. Master the Concept of Calorie Density.
  2. Cut Out Added Oil.
  3. Load Half Your Plate With Nonstarchy Veggies.
  4. Avoid Liquid Calories.
  5. Eat Lots of Fiber-Rich Foods.
  6. Watch Out for Vegan Junk Foods.
  7. Get Moving.
Nov 7, 2019

How much weight will I lose if I go vegan for a week? ›

Vegan diet to lose weight

Studies have shown that a vegan diet can reduce your weight by an average of 5.6 pounds in 18 weeks, or less or more than a third of a pound per week!

Why is Arnold Schwarzenegger vegan? ›

Schwarzenegger previously opened up about the effect a plant-based diet had on his cholesterol levels. He said it made him feel “healthier and younger overall,” and that it reduced his levels of LDL cholesterol.

How do vegans get B12 naturally? ›

B12 is found to some extent in soil and plants. These observations have led some vegans to suggest that B12 was an issue requiring no special attention, or even an elaborate hoax. Others have proposed specific foods, including spirulina, nori, tempeh, and barley grass, as suitable non-animal sources of B12.

How many vegans go back to eating meat? ›

If you recently decided that being vegan isn't for you, you probably have questions about how to reintroduce meat. Fortunately, you're not alone. Research shows that 84 percent of people return to eating meat. And with delicious crispy chicken, buttery steaks and juicy baby back ribs, we can see why!

What do vegans eat to replace meat? ›

Cooked legumes such as beans, chickpeas, and lentils can be swapped for a lot of ground beef recipes. Buying canned or dried beans instead of meat can also save you money. In addition to protein, beans, and legumes are packed with health-beneficial fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

What is the best vegan meat substitute? ›

The 10 best vegan meat alternatives
  • Meat alternatives are growing in popularity. More and more consumers are questioning the consumption of meat and the effects that our diets have on animals, the environment, and our health. ...
  • Tofu. ...
  • Soya protein. ...
  • Tempeh. ...
  • Seitan/wheat protein. ...
  • Lupin protein. ...
  • Green spelt. ...
  • Oat flakes.
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Is forcing a vegan to eat meat illegal? ›

It would be against the law to force someone to eat anything against their will. The courts have ruled that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief which qualifies as a protected belief within the meaning of Section 10 of the Equal Act 2010, so is already protected under this legislation.

Why is vegan better than carnivore? ›

Vegan diets are strictly consisted of plant based foods and does not allow anything revolving around animals, even eschew honey. These diets are high in vegetables, fruit, and fiber, which have been known to lower the risk of heart disease, higher blood pressure, and colon cancer. They also help lower blood sugar.

Is carnivore actually healthy? ›

The carnivore diet is high in fat and may contain excessive amounts of sodium. It contains no fiber or beneficial plant compounds and may provide inadequate amounts of certain nutrients.

Are meat eaters happier than vegans? ›

Meat-eaters suffer less anxiety and depression than vegans and vegetarians. A meta-analysis examined the effects of meat consumption on mental health, revealing significant differences between those mental health and those who don't.

Is carnivore or plant-based better? ›

“No controlled studies support claims that the carnivore diet can help eliminate health issues. It lacks beneficial nutrients, including fiber and plant compounds like antioxidants. It may be unsafe for some people,” says Healthline's website. “The carnivore diet eliminates all foods except meat and animal products.


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