8 scrumptious vegan and vegetarian dishes to satisfy your tastebuds

The popularity of plant-based diets continues to rise and more and more people are discovering the incredible flavors and health benefits that come with eating vegan and vegetarian dishes.

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According to the Vegan Society, the number of vegans in the United States increased 300% between 2004 and 2019, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. Here are eight mouthwatering vegan and vegetarian dishes we think you’ll love — whether you’re already a vegan or vegetarian or you’re curious about trying.

  1. Lentil Dal: This flavorful Indian dish is made with lentils, tomatoes and a variety of aromatic spices, often served with rice or flatbread.
  2. Falafel: Originating in the Middle East, these deep-fried balls or patties made from ground chickpeas, herbs and spices can be served in pita bread, as part of a salad, or with dipping sauces like tahini or tzatziki.
  3. Veggie Sushi: A Japanese favorite with a variety of plant-based fillings, like avocado, cucumber, carrot and pickled vegetables, it’s often served with soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger.
  4. Eggplant Parmesan: Here’s an adaptation to a classic Italian dish featuring layers of breaded and fried eggplant, tomato sauce and cheese, baked to perfection.
  5. Stuffed Bell Peppers: You’ll love these peppers filled with a mixture of rice, vegetables and seasonings, then baked. The filling can be customized with different ingredients, including quinoa, beans, or vegan cheese.
  6. Vegan Chili: A hearty, protein-packed dish made with beans, tomatoes, vegetables and spices, often served with cornbread, rice or tortilla chips.
  7. Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells: Try these jumbo pasta shells filled with a mixture of tomatoes, peas, basil and ricotta cheese, and baked until bubbly and golden.
  8. Vegetable Curry: This fragrant, spiced dish includes a mix of vegetables, like potatoes, carrots and peas, cooked in a rich, creamy coconut milk or tomato-based sauce. It’s often served with rice or flatbread.

What are your favorite vegan or vegetarian dishes? Share them with the Shop Talk blog community!

Did you know: Delicious… and healthy

A variety of studies report that plant-based diets tend to provide more fiber, antioxidants, minerals like potassium and magnesium and vitamins like A, C, and E. They also appear to lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers, compared with diets high in meat.