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 is the carnivore diet for vegans? ›

The vegan diet eliminates all animal products. The carnivore diet eliminates all plant foods, including veggies, legumes, nuts, grains, and fruit, and only allows the consumption of (unprocessed) animal products. Yet the reasons why people choose either a vegan or carnivore diet can be strikingly similar.

Who is healthier, meat-eaters or vegans? ›

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.

Is it cheaper to be vegan or eat meat? ›

A study by Oxford University discovered that plant-based eating is actually the most affordable diet.

What is the opposite of a vegan? ›

Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism. “Carn” means “flesh” or “of the flesh” and “ism” refers to a belief system. Because carnism is invisible, people rarely realize that eating animals is a choice, rather than a given.

Is quinoa allowed on the carnivore diet? ›

Foods To Avoid

Vegetables: Potatoes, zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, and greens. Grains and grain-based products: Bread, quinoa, rice, pasta, and noodles. Nuts and seeds: Almonds, cashews, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds. Beans: Black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, and lentils.

Do eggs count for carnivore diet? ›

What is the carnivore diet? The carnivore diet is a restrictive diet that only includes meat, fish, and other animal foods like eggs and certain dairy products. It excludes all other foods, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds.

Do meat-eaters age faster? ›

Saturated fats in meat disrupt insulin function and promote inflammation, which is linked to brain aging. Oxidative stress: Consuming meat increases oxidative stress within the body, accelerating aging and linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

What is the downside of a plant-based diet? ›

While a well-balanced plant-based diet can provide a wide range of nutrients, certain essential nutrients are more abundant in animal-derived foods. Plant-based diets can sometimes lead to nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin B12, iron, zinc, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

How to get B12 as a vegan? ›

The only reliable vegan sources of B12 are foods fortified with B12 (including some plant milks, some soy products and some breakfast cereals) and B12 supplements, such as our very own VEG 1. Vitamin B12, whether in supplements, fortified foods, or animal products, comes from micro-organisms.

Should you really go vegan? ›

A vegan diet can be very nutritious, but there are some potential risks. Avoiding animal foods can shortchange you on a few nutrients, like protein, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. You need protein to power all the chemical reactions in your body.

Can you survive on a vegan diet? ›

With good planning and an understanding of what makes up a healthy, balanced vegan diet, you can get all the nutrients your body needs. If you do not plan your diet properly, you could miss out on essential nutrients, such as calcium, iron, vitamin B12, iodine and selenium.

Do vegans ever miss meat? ›

We've all spoken to vegans and vegetarians who say they “don't miss meat”, and they are likely telling the truth, however with that being said, craving meat and dairy early in the transition of your diet is completely normal and those very people who don't miss the stuff, have likely been through this phase too.

What is surprisingly not vegan? ›

Beer and Wine

Isinglass, a gelatin-based substance derived from fish, is used as a clarifying agent in some beer and wine. Other non-vegan ingredients sometimes used are casein (from milk) and egg whites.

What do vegans call milk? ›

Thus, the spelling "mylk" for milk should be considered a quiet act of protest against the use of dairy milk and the centrality of dairy milk as a food in some cultures.

What did vegans used to be called? ›

However, vegan was not the first term for people who abstained from all animal products. Prior to the creation of the term vegan, people who avoided the consumption of all animal products, were usually referred to as strict vegetarians.

What is the carnivore diet without plants? ›

Simply put, the carnivore diet focuses on eating meat—often from nose to tail—and no (or very few) plants. The carnivore diet tends to be a good fit for those who are: curious about eating an animal-based diet. seeking possible benefits of a very low-carb diet.

What is a vegan who eats meat? ›

People who eat a mainly plant-based diet may still choose to eat small amounts of meat, poultry, fish, seafood and dairy (also known as semi-vegetarian, flexitarian or pescatarian). The beauty is that there is no 'one-size fits all' approach.

Is cheese on the carnivore diet? ›

But if you're on a standard carnivore diet, then yes, it's an animal product, you can have it. The benefit of cheese. it has high levels of protein and fat. and negative if your goal is fat loss.

How to go from vegan to carnivore? ›

8 Tips to Reintroduce Meat
  1. Re-introduce animal foods slowly, and one at a time. ...
  2. Support your digestion by taking enzymes. ...
  3. Choose higher-fat cuts of meat for more flavor. ...
  4. Consider the source of your meats. ...
  5. Lose the fear of eating meat. ...
  6. Get help with disordered eating patterns. ...
  7. Choose a variety of red meats and animal proteins.
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