13 Delicious Vegan Recipes That Make Vegan Cooking Exciting!

It’s an exciting time for vegan food. There’s a popular saying in the vegan community: “Anything you can eat, I can eat vegan.” It’s a favorite of mine because living vegan doesn’t mean giving up on all the foods that you’ve grown to love, it means replacing old favorites with new ones.

One of the best things about deciding to live vegan is experimenting with new foods and recipes that play around with both taste and texture. The rise of veganism has also meant the rise of creative and delicious vegan recipes not just from experienced chefs, but also home chefs. Which is great news for vegans like me who likes to taste all the latest food trends.

So, here are 13 vegan meat & cheese recipes that make vegan cooking delightfully exciting!

Delicious vegan meat and cheese recipes

1. Rice Paper Bacon

14 Delicious Vegan Recipes That Make Vegan Cooking Exciting!

Bafflingly realistic in appearance, the rice paper bacon is made with a straightforward but ingenious process. What’s the catch? There is no catch! This 100% vegan rice paper bacon is made totally from scratch, and totally from plants. So for anyone who enjoyed the crispy texture and smoky, super umami flavor of the ‘real thing’, but doesn’t want to eat meat anymore, I hope you will give this a try.

You’ll need:

  • rice paper (there should be enough marinade to make 8 sheets of rice paper’s worth of rice paper bacon, possibly more)
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup (this only gives a slight sweetness to round out the flavors, but you can feel free to omit or reduce it)
  • generous pinch of ground black pepper
  • pinch of paprika

Full recipe and preparation instructions here.

2. Vegan Scallops with Pea Puree

14 Delicious Vegan Recipes That Make Vegan Cooking Exciting!

Made from king oyster mushroom stems, these are texturally and visually beautiful, and can be used in an endless array of applications.

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for the pea puree

  • 1 tsp vegan butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 TB dry white wine
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup broth

for the cream sauce

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in cold water overnight and drained
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 TB full-fat coconut milk (skim the top portion off the top of the can)
  • 1/2 tsp coconut vinegar

for the king oyster stems

  • 1 TB vegan butter
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2-3 large king oyster mushroom stems, sliced into scallop-sized pieces, then soaked in warm water for 30 minutes to one hour

to garnish

  • dill sprigs
  • extra whole peas
  • watercress leaves

Full recipe and preparation instructions here.

3. Crispy Popeye’s-Style Fried “Chicken”

14 Delicious Vegan Recipes That Make Vegan Cooking Exciting!

Fresh off the stove, these puppies are crispy and crunchy, with a spicy kick.

What You Need

High smoke point cooking oil such as peanut, grape seed or canola oil

Liquid Dip – in large bowl combine

  • 1 plant-based egg (flax egg or your favorite commercial egg replacer)
  • 12 oz unsweetened soy creamer
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning salt (more to taste)
  • 3 Tablespoons Creole or spicy brown mustard
  • ½ cup hot sauce (Crystal and Frank’s Red Hot are favorites)

Flour Dip – in separate bowl combine

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon Creole seasoning salt (more to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper

Full recipe and preparation instructions here.

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