Potato and Spinach Soup With Lemon

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The potatoes and parsnip give this soup body, but the spinach and lemon made it bright. Made with vegetable easily found in the winter, it is sustaining but also light and exciting. View recipe here .
13 Ways to Impress a Vegan
From soup to dessert to tempeh fajitas, this menu proves animals are not needed for show-stopping flavor.

Carrot and Beet Salad With Toasted Pepitas

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This salad of shredded raw carrots and beets with toasted pepitas makes a colorful tangle to brighten a white winter day. View recipe here .
13 Ways to Impress a Vegan
From soup to dessert to tempeh fajitas, this menu proves animals are not needed for show-stopping flavor.

Mediterranean Spinach With Chickpeas

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The popular leafy green is typically thought of as a side dish, but with the addition of a few simple spices, there is no underestimating its potential as the foundation of a meatless entrée. View recipe here .
13 Ways to Impress a Vegan
From soup to dessert to tempeh fajitas, this menu proves animals are not needed for show-stopping flavor.

Tasty Vegan Lentils

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Never be disappointed by lentils again. For a vegan dish, leave out (or substitute with soy-based products) the feta and yogurt. With carrots, onions, spices, and pomegranate molasses, this dish is warm, spicy, and slightly minty. View recipe here .
13 Ways to Impress a Vegan
From soup to dessert to tempeh fajitas, this menu proves animals are not needed for show-stopping flavor.

Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes Zucchini and Pistachios

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The addition of nuts—pine nuts, walnuts, or in this case pistachios—adds protein and healthy fats to plain old pasta. Omit the Parmesan cheese and try topping instead with a sprinkling of nutritional yeast (an interesting " umami " flavor alternative.) View recipe here .
13 Ways to Impress a Vegan
From soup to dessert to tempeh fajitas, this menu proves animals are not needed for show-stopping flavor.

Baked Portabello Mushrooms

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Marinated portabello mushrooms can be a great alternative to meat. They're nice and juicy, like a good burger, and the marinade keeps the mushroom-y taste at a minimum. View recipe here .
13 Ways to Impress a Vegan
From soup to dessert to tempeh fajitas, this menu proves animals are not needed for show-stopping flavor.

Tofu Donburi

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This recipe, adapted from Madhur Jaffrey's absolutely indispensable World Vegetarian , appropriates the celebrated Japanese donburi : a sort of gourmet fast food dish served in a large bowl. View recipe here .
13 Ways to Impress a Vegan
From soup to dessert to tempeh fajitas, this menu proves animals are not needed for show-stopping flavor.

Spicy Tempeh Fajita

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Traditionally, fajitas are made with grilled skirt steak or chicken strips, but these next two fajita recipes use finger-sized tempeh slivers instead. Unlike steak or chicken, the tempeh absorbs the rich Mexican flavors surrounding it. For this recipe, substitute the cheese with a soy-cheese variation or leave out completely. View recipe here .
13 Ways to Impress a Vegan
From soup to dessert to tempeh fajitas, this menu proves animals are not needed for show-stopping flavor.

Sweet Tempeh Fajita

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Tempeh has a wonderful chewy texture when fried and slow-cooked just right. As an added bonus, it contains vitamin B12—one of vegans' most cumbersome dietary hurdles. View recipe here .
13 Ways to Impress a Vegan
From soup to dessert to tempeh fajitas, this menu proves animals are not needed for show-stopping flavor.

Enchilada Sauce

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This sauce is great with any Mexican dish, or anytime you need a spicy, tomato-based sauce. It does wonders for leftovers. View recipe here .
13 Ways to Impress a Vegan
From soup to dessert to tempeh fajitas, this menu proves animals are not needed for show-stopping flavor.

Roasted Vegetable Stock

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When store-bought vegetable stock just isn't rich enough—or worse, too sweet—making your own is a great way to experiment. View recipe here .
13 Ways to Impress a Vegan
From soup to dessert to tempeh fajitas, this menu proves animals are not needed for show-stopping flavor.

Ginger Berry Rhubarb

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In this recipe from Deborah Madison, rhubarb pairs well with berries and candied ginger. Vegans can omit the crème fraiche garnish and serve this dessert with soy vanilla ice cream. View recipe here .
13 Ways to Impress a Vegan
From soup to dessert to tempeh fajitas, this menu proves animals are not needed for show-stopping flavor.

Bananas Foster

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Bananas and brown sugar are a match made in heaven, and cinnamon and rum aren't too bad either. Substitute the butter with canola oil, and the vanilla ice cream with a soy variation. View recipe here .
13 Ways to Impress a Vegan
From soup to dessert to tempeh fajitas, this menu proves animals are not needed for show-stopping flavor.