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Plant-based eating should never be boring! That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite finger-licking-good vegan recipes that will impress even the pickiest eaters. Learn to create vegan and oil-free versions of comforting classics like potato skins, quesadillas, tacos, mac and cheese, brownies, ice cream, and more. These tantalizing dishes use easy cooking techniques and familiar ingredients so you can avoid overly complicated recipes without skimping on flavor. Get ready to dig in and enjoy!

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Replace greasy wings at a Super Bowl party with these spicy-crunchy cauliflower bites. Thanks to a clever combination of hot sauce, savory spices, and tomato paste, these crispy nibbles are packed with flavor—and are completely oil-free.

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Loaded Potato Skins

Twice-baked potatoes create delicious hand-held containers for a savory mixture of chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, and scallions. Drizzled with tahini sauce and browned to perfection, these crispy potato skins are perfect as a snack or pair well with a leafy green salad.

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Air-Fryer Taquitos with Cauliflower and Black Beans

Air fryers work magic when it comes to cooking up crispy food without adding unhealthy fat. These crunchy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside taquitos are stuffed with hearty black beans, meaty mushrooms, and Southwest taco seasoning to satisfy all your Mexican food cravings.

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Loaded Lentil Nachos

Smoky lentils take the place of meat and a savory potato-based “cheese” sauce elevates home-baked corn chips to a whole new level. Piled high with fresh pico de gallo salsa, these vegan nachos are a great shareable appetizer—or if you’re extra hungry, enjoy them all by yourself!

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Ultimate Vegan Gravy

Is there anything more comforting than a warm bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy? This plant-based version of a Thanksgiving favorite gets its rich flavor from mushrooms, dried spices, and brown rice. Plus, it’s ready to eat in just 30 minutes.

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Crispy Potato Vegan Cheese Sticks

These delectable, melty “cheese” sticks replace traditional mozzarella with an unbelievably good concoction of potatoes, nutritional yeast, and spices. Coated in crunchy breadcrumbs and baked to perfection, we recommend dunking these cheesy sticks in some fresh marinara sauce and calling it a day.

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas

You won’t miss the queso in these vegan quesadillas that are stuffed with a succulent mixture of mashed sweet potato, salsa, rice, and refried beans. Add some fresh guacamole and salsa on top, and voilá—you have a satisfying feast packed full of Southwest flavors.

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"No-Tuna" Salad Sandwich

Roughly mashed chickpeas and a tangy-creamy sauce made with tahini, mustard, pickles, and capers make a seriously delicious filling in this FOK fan-favorite recipe. Top this “tuna” salad with fresh tomatoes, red onion, and lettuce for a scrumptious vegan version of the classic deli sandwich.

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Lentil, Chard & Sweet Potato Curry

You don’t need ghee or oil to create a rich Indian curry dish. Let the heady aromas of Indian spices fill your whole house as it simmers, then thicken it up with vegan yogurt for a savory, creamy end result. Overflowing with nutrient-rich veggies and lentils, this is an excellent meal to add to your regular recipe rotation.

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Curried Millet Cakes with Creamy Red Pepper Coriander Sauce

Searching for a show-stopping recipe that doesn’t take hours to make? Look no further. These little croquettes are spiced with Indian flavors and baked to crunchy perfection. The red pepper coriander sauce adds a delicious creamy element to the dish and looks worthy of a Michelin Star restaurant.

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No-Fry Fried Rice

While most restaurants wouldn’t dream of doing fried rice without egg and plenty of oil, we use a water-frying technique and a cornstarch-thickened teriyaki sauce to deliver flavorful, browned goodness without the grease. Loaded with fresh veggies, sweet pineapple chunks, and spicy red chile, this better-than-takeout dish will quickly become a weeknight favorite.

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Vegan Spaghetti Marinara with Lentil Balls

This veganized version of spaghetti and meatballs is such a hit with our readers that you would think it’s nonna’s secret recipe! Juicy mushrooms are mixed with hearty lentils and plenty of Italian spices to form succulent “meatballs” that are then nestled into spaghetti and marinara sauce. Add some chopped basil on top and get ready to dig into the world’s coziest bowl of pasta.

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Spicy Tomato Sushi Rolls

Transport your tastebuds with this delicious Japanese-inspired vegan sushi recipe that’s as flavorful as it is beautiful. Butternut squash is simmered with brown rice to give it a creamy texture and warm flavor, while fresh tomatoes are tossed in a spicy sriracha sauce. Break out your nori and sushi mat to roll up these bite-sized slices of veggie goodness and serve with soy sauce.

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Mushroom Chorizo Tacos con Papas

Seasoned potatoes add substance to the meaty filling of these irresistible mushroom “chorizo” tacos, and a smoky blend of Southwest spices turn up the heat for a vegan twist on your favorite taco stand flavors. Garnish them with crunchy cabbage, fresh tomatoes, and salsa for a meal that will leave you satisfied instead of overly stuffed.

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Butternut Squash Risotto

The secret ingredient for a perfect risotto? A bit of elbow grease! While this dish requires constant stirring it’s well worth a little extra effort in the kitchen. The warm flavors of butternut squash and sage melt into the creamy rice that soaks up the flavors of sautéed garlic and shallot. Drizzle it with a balsamic vinegar reduction to add extra depth and a hint of sweetness.

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Potato Waffle Sandwiches with Herbed Tofu Cream

Seasoned potatoes are transformed into crispy waffles and used as the base for veggie-packed sandwiches that take “breakfast for dinner” to a whole new level. A savory herbed cream sauce adds a tangy element to the dish and a dash of hot sauce turns up the heat. Enjoy these veg-forward sandwiches at any time of the day or night!

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

Swap out processed powdered cheese for this satisfying and good-for-you butternut squash sauce that will make you forget all about boxed mac and cheese. Blended with savory nutritional yeast, fragrant garlic, and tangy white wine vinegar, this sauce is exceptionally creamy and pairs perfectly with the tender bite of steamed broccoli.

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Vegan Pozole

This warming recipe takes a meaty Mexican classic and turns it into a hearty bowl of veggie goodness. Hominy is combined with potatoes, carrots, and plenty of chiles—three different kinds, to be exact. Enjoy with a healthy garnish of cabbage, cilantro, and tortilla chips for a meal that warms the belly and lifts the spirits.

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Almost Egg Salad

Tofu is the secret ingredient in this eggy salad that one reader calls “the motherload of goodness.” A creamy cashew sauce binds together the melt-in-you-mouth cubes of tofu and cooked potatoes, while chopped onion and celery add a traditional deli quality to the dish.

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Spiced Eggplant-Stuffed Peppers

These juicy vegan stuffed peppers are bursting with the savory flavors of roasted veggies and fresh herbs. A hearty mixture of chickpeas and eggplant fill the delicious pepper cups and a simple homemade tomato sauce bakes on the bottom to infuse everything with a rich flavor. Serve with a side of whole wheat couscous to really turn up the Mediterranean vibes!

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Vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna Roll-Ups

A creamy mixture of roasted butternut squash and navy beans replaces the cheese in these clever and quick lasagna rollups. The inner filling is seasoned to perfection with Italian herbs and sweet white miso, and then everything is slathered in a rich marinara sauce. This dish is perfect for entertaining guests when you’re short on time.

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Jeweled Avocado-Chocolate Pudding

This rich chocolate pudding gets its creamy texture from an unlikely ingredient—avocados! Blended with sweet ripe bananas and plant milk, you’d never know that this treat is vegan. Top it all off with a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds and orange slices for a quick dessert that really hits the spot.

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Chocolate and Cherry Vegan Cobbler

Cherries and chocolate are a pairing made in heaven, and this vegan cobbler recipe showcases that divine flavor combo at its finest. Fluffy chocolate dumplings are nestled in a warm, gooey mixture of sweet cherries, dates, and almond flavoring. Plant-based whipped cream is the perfect finishing touch for this decadent fruit-forward cobbler.

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Outrageously Healthy Brownies

A little plant-based magic can go a long way, and these vegan brownies are no exception. Black beans are transformed into a scrumptious dessert that is rich, chewy, and chocolatey. Sprinkled with chopped nuts and dark chocolate chunks, both kids and adults will devour these unbelievably delicious treats.

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Vegan Key Lime Pie

Craving a tropical vacation? This key lime pie should do the trick. The tangy citrus filling has a lusciously creamy texture that’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and a lightly salted almond butter crust perfectly complements the tart interior so you get a full range of flavors in every bite.

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Mexican Chocolate Nice Cream

Elevate your average nice cream recipe with this creamy, sweet, and subtly spicy version of a Mexican hot chocolate. This easy dessert uses just five ingredients and can be served immediately or stored in the freezer for days when your sweet tooth comes calling.

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Southern-Style Banana Pudding Parfaits

Enjoy these naturally sweetened parfaits for breakfast or dessert! An easy stove-top vanilla pudding is drizzled between layers of ripe banana and crunchy homemade granola that’s scented with cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. Add a dollop of cashew cream on top, and bon appetit.

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Melissa Tarrant1 week ago
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The vegan dinners look so delicious I don’t know which one to try!

Mildred C Jones2 months ago
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These recipes look taste worthy, I will try many of them!!

Susan2 months ago
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Excited to try some of these recipes!

Melanie2 months ago
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I’m glad that my diet is plant based

Shailesh Bagade3 months ago
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Wow, So many vegan recipes. simple to make. wanna try these recipes as soon as possible.
never knew I was already eating some of these dishes because of my culture. information and education is very important on food.

Ogreen4 months ago
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Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this article and also the rest of the site is really good.

abrazilian5 months ago
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this list of oil-free recipes is insanely good

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Megan Edwards

Megan Edwards is the editorial assistant for Forks Over Knives and a certified RYT-500 yoga teacher. She is passionate about cultivating holistic wellness through plant-based eating, mindful movement, and meditation. With a background in journalism and marketing, she supports both the online presence and quarterly print magazine for Forks Over Knives.

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