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Top 25 Vegan Recipes of 2022

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Top 25 Vegan Recipes of 2022

What are the most popular vegan recipes of the year? I’m sharing 25 of your most beloved recipes of the year from my site, including easy vegan dinner recipes, vegan dessert recipes, vegan breakfast recipes, vegan casserole recipes, and more!

If you’re looking for some foolproof vegan recipes for a year of healthy eating, just give this list of my top 25 vegan recipes of 2022 a gander. These are the most popular recipes that people all across the world, from Australia to New Zealand, have viewed, downloaded, and cooked up in their own kitchens this year. It makes me so happy that you are loving my recipes and finding them delicious and joyful in your own homes. All of my recipes are created in my kitchen in Ojai, California, and I test them until my family gives me the thumbs up. I photograph all of my recipes in my favorite window in the family room on an old antique pine table, with the southern light filtering through the windows. So, keep on cooking these treasure vegan recipes and sharing them! I have hundreds of recipes available on my site, and I hope they inspire good health and love for vibrant, delicious, healthy plant-based meals in your own homes.  

Whether you want to eat a more plant-based diet as part of your health and carbon footprint goals, want to take a vegan challenge, or simply love the taste of fresh, globally inspired recipes, I’ve got you covered. I also want to hear from you! What are some of your favorite recipes on my site? What recipes are you dying to try that I haven’t posted on my site yet? Are there any ingredients that invite your curiosity? Are there cooking challenges you’re looking to break through? Drop me a comment!  

Here’s to another year of great plant-based cooking! 

Eat and Live Goodness, 

Sharon  

Top 25 Vegan Recipes of 2022

Beverages

High Protein Super Green Smoothie 

This High Protein Super Green Smoothie is packed with plant proteins from split peas, plus antioxidant-rich ingredients, like ginger, turmeric, whole fruit, and greens. 

Appetizers

Greek Veggie Balls with Tahini Lemon Sauce 

These Greek Veggie “Meat” Balls are delicious as an appetizer at a party, served with pasta and a sauce, or showcased as the main event at your next meal. 

Pistachio Hummus 

I just love putting a creative spin on classic hummus. Here’s a great example: this beautiful, flavorful pistachio hummus. You can eat it with any meal or snack for heart health benefits, thanks to those healthy fats from olive oil, tahini and pistachios, as well as fiber and other antioxidant nutrients. 

Soups

Carnival Squash Soup with Turmeric 

I’m in love with creamy, squash soups, like this Carnival Squash Soup with Turmeric, which is completely plant-based (vegan) and gluten-free. The sweet carnival squash pairs so well with the warm, earthy, spiciness of turmeric root in this scrumptious soup. The color of this soup is a fabulous amber-chartreuse shade, which depends a bit on the color of your squash. The turmeric adds a truly intense color to the soup, too. 

Classic Swedish Pea Soup 

This Classic Swedish Pea Soup recipe is inspired by my husband’s Swedish eating traditions. Pea soup is a time-honored, beloved dish in Sweden, where it is often eaten weekly as a nutritious, satisfying meal. This recipe—inspired by my family’s original recipe—is completely plant-based (vegan) and gluten-free, with a very simple list of ingredients; just simmered peas, onions, mustard, broth, a few seasonings, and you’re all set. 

Easy Curried Leek Vegetable Soup 

Here’s a simple, flavorful soup recipe that you can throw together in minutes! The anti-inflammatory spices and antioxidant-rich veggies can help boost your health—and spirits—on the gloomiest day. Plus, this Curried Leek Vegetable Soup is light enough to be a great accompaniment for a meal year round.  

Tex-Mex Sorghum Chili 

It’s a good idea to include more whole grains, like sorghum, in your day to fill your diet with fiber. So, get started with this easy, healthy, completely plant-based, gluten-free recipe for Tex-Mex Sorghum Chili. 

Salads

Pomegranate Avocado Salad Quinoa Salad 

This Pomegranate Avocado Quinoa salad is perfect for the cooler months, when pomegranates and avocados are at their very best. Combined with hearty greens and nuts—it’s like a meal in one. This salad is packed with flavor, satisfying protein, slow-digesting carbs, and healthy fats, as well as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant compounds. Plus, it is just so good. And isn’t it pretty? The sparkle of the pomegranate arils against the backdrop of avocados, sturdy leaves, and earthy quinoa is simply spectacular!  

Shirataki Noodle Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing 

If you’ve ever wondered about what to do with shirataki noodles, this super easy, light, low-carb, vegan, gluten-free Shirataki Noodle Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing is just the thing! At only 100 calories per serving, you can make this recipe in under 15 minutes. I include chickpeas, bell pepper, green onions, red cabbage, cilantro, and a home-crafted ginger-sesame dressing to pack in the flavor in this crunchy salad. 

Spaghetti Squash Salad with Basil and Tomatoes 

If you’re looking for a lighter, fresher take on a pasta salad, just turn to spaghetti squash. Those golden, crunchy strands of squash can stand in for wheat-based pasta, to create a lower-calorie, gluten-free, plant-based (vegan) salad just shining with health benefits. In this Mediterranean-inspired, colorful salad, simple roasted spaghetti squash is tossed with tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, olives, pine nuts, and basil, and a zesty lemon vinaigrette.  

Entrees

Chia Seed Pudding with Berries 

Chia seed pudding is such an easy, delicious, healthy, vegan recipe. In this recipe for Chia Seed Pudding with Berries, all you have to do is mix up chia seeds with plant-based milk, a touch of maple syrup (if you like a bit of extra sweetness), and cardamom, then top it with berries. The chia seeds have a unique ability to swell and create a gel consistency, which is what thickens the pudding.  

Corn and Potato Boil 

Inspired by the “boils” celebrated in the South and New England, this completely plant-based Corn and Potato Boil is based on the stars of the show, corn and potatoes, along with lots of dill and garlic. This dish is the perfect way to celebrate fresh produce, such as sweet corn and tender new potatoes. My version includes handfuls of fresh dill and whole cloves of garlic. 

Easy Vegetable Fajitas 

Plant-powered food just doesn’t get any better than Latin-flavored fare. Take these Vegetable Fajitas, for example, which are completely plant-based (vegan) and gluten-free. Grilled savory chunks of vegetables sautéed with spices and herbs, served with earthy beans and rustic corn tortillas, and a dollop of creamy guacamole. Are you hungry yet? 

Edamame Grain Vegan Burgers 

Looking for the best veggie burger recipe ever? Here you go! These Edamame Grain Vegan Burgers are filled with superstar, nutrient-rich ingredients, including edamame, walnuts, oats, carrots, and flax. Easy and delicious, these homemade burgers are based on whole ingredients, and contain no added salt, oil, or sugar, making them a healthy, budget-friendly meal for the whole family.  

Mediterranean Edamame Quinoa Bowl 

This delicious, Greek-inspired Mediterranean Edamame Quinoa Bowl is a nourishing one-dish-in-a-bowl for lunch or dinner, or the perfect salad accompaniment for a family-sized meal. Packed with nutrients and flavors, this will soon be your go-to recipe of the week. This nourishing Mediterranean Edamame Quinoa Bowl offers the rich, warm flavors of tomatoes, edamame, olives, onions, quinoa, cucumbers, and greens, all drizzled with a flavorful Mediterranean vinaigrette. 

Mofongo with Caribbean Vegetable Stew 

In this traditional, hearty dish, I created a Caribbean-style stew, packed with sofrito, vegetables, and red beans. It’s colorful and downright delicious served over plantains. My recipe for Mofongo with Caribbean Vegetable Stew is completely plant-based (vegan) and gluten-free too. 

Ratatouille with Beans 

With one large saucepan and a few simple ingredients, this mouthwatering plant-based, gluten-free Ratatouille with White Beans is sure to satisfy any hearty appetite. 

Vegan Chile Rellenos Casserole  

The Mexican food tradition of chiles rellenos—essentially stuffed chiles—is a rich, flavorful one. This dish is the culmination of indigenous ingredients, such as spices and chiles, and Spanish cooking methods. This completely plant-based version pays homage to those fabulous food traditions in Mexico. 

Vegan Jambalaya with Red Beans and Okra 

The Creole and Cajun flavors of New Orleans—steeped in a rich tradition of cultures, including African, Caribbean, and the New World—are among my favorites. You might be surprised to discover that many of these traditional dishes, such as jambalaya, are based on plant foods: beans and rice. Learn how to make jambalaya with this easy recipe for Vegan Jambalaya with Red Beans and Okra, which is bursting with flavor 

Vegan Pasta with Roasted Vegetables 

This veggie pasta features simple pasta, prepared marinara sauce, and a bounty of roasted veggies—summer squash, eggplant, bell peppers, and onions—to create an easy, healthy, delicious Vegan Pasta with Roasted Vegetables dish. All you have to do is slice up the fresh veggies, drizzle with a flavorful, herbal vinaigrette, and roast them in the oven until they are tender and golden brown. Then cook up your pasta and mix it with marinara sauce, the roasted veggies, pine nuts, and fresh basil. Yum! 

Vegan Pot Pie with Sage, Lentils and Mushrooms 

This oh-so savory, comforting, deep dish Vegan Pot Pie with Sage, Lentils and Mushrooms is just what the doctor ordered! If you’re looking for a vegan pot pie recipe full of plant-based goodness, which will comfort you with hearty nutrition, satisfying taste, soothing aromas, and appealing visions, then here you go!  

Vegan Tamale Pie 

Looking for an easy plant-based, comfort food dish the whole family will love? Then, you must try this easy, yummy Vegan Tamale Pie recipe, which is a retro dish from my own mother’s kitchen years ago. I took her classic, dog-eared recipe card and gave it a little bit of a healthier, more layered makeover, and I really love it. It’s great because you can literally whip up this recipe in less than 10 minutes and pop it in the oven to bake while you’re finishing up your dinner. 

Side Dishes

Easy Smoky Tempeh Bacon  

You can make your own smoky, yummy, nutritious tempeh bacon yourself, the easy way! Make up this 6-ingredient marinade, slice the tempeh thinly, marinate it, then pan-fry those savory strips into golden-brown deliciousness. Make up a whole batch to enjoy on sandwiches, wraps, salads, and grain bowls all week long. 

Sweet Potato Zucchini Home Fries 

The comforting bliss of home fries—a classic potato and veggie scramble—is a welcome addition to any weekend breakfast, or even dinner, for that matter. I swapped out classic potatoes for sweet potatoes and added earthy zucchini and yellow squash for a nutrient-rich, flavorful combo. This gluten-free, vegan recipe for Sweet Potatoes and Zucchini Home Fries is also baked in the oven for a healthier, easier preparation style. 

Desserts

Classic Vegan Fresh Pumpkin Pie 

I guarantee there is no better pumpkin pie than one made from fresh pumpkins, as is the case with my Classic Vegan Fresh Pumpkin Pie. With only a few ingredients—many of which you probably have in your pantry right now—you can create a REAL, home-made pie with fresh ingredients, and a lot of love. The thing that is amazing about this pie is that it’s light in sugar and fat, filled with veggie love and whole grains, yet so rich in flavor.  

For more recipe ideas to keep you cooking plant-based all through the year, check out some of my recipe  

25 Clean Vegan Bowls Under 500 Calories
20 Vegan Sheet Pan Recipes
50 Light and Lean Vegan Comfort Food Recipes

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