While more and more people are eating at least some plant-based meals, not everybody’s on board yet. These 14 recipes solve the problem for couples, families, or groups with mixed diets. Each of the recipes can be made 100% plant-based, but we offer simple ways to add in meat and/or cheese for those that wish to have it.
#1 – 15-Minute Thai Chickpea Curry
This quick Thai-inspired curry can be made plant-based or with pork tenderloin. Ready in a jiffy, serve this over your favourite rice.
#2 – Black Beans and Polenta
Black beans and polenta is a classic combo that you make make in mere minutes using pre-made polenta rolls. The base recipe is vegan but we’ve included variations for vegetarians and bacon-eaters.
#3 – Spicy Tomato Peanut Bowls
An easy weeknight dinner, this spicy Tomato Peanut Bowls feature everyday ingredients. Ready in under 30 minutes, make these tasty bowls vegan or with chicken.
#4 – Lettuce Wraps
Lemongrass, pineapple and ginger add up to deliciously zingy Lettuce Wraps. Fast and versatile, they easily swing vegan or omnivore-friendly with only one simple variation in the recipe.
#5 – Tom Kha Soup
Creamy, warming and lusciously rich, Tom Kha is an indulgent bowl in a meal. While close to authentic, I’ve made a few adaptations so that you can easily make both vegan and chicken versions from a single starting point for mixed-diet households.
#6 – Indian-Spiced Spinach
Layered with flavour but simple to prepare, this Indian-inspired spinach dish comes together in about 30 minutes. You can make this one vegan, vegetarian with paneer, or with chicken.
#7 – Indian-Inspired Cashew Sauce
Keeping with our Indian theme, this creamy and fragrant cashew sauce pairs perfectly with roasted cauliflower and rice for a plant-based entree, or with roasted chicken and rice for a carnivore option.
#8 – Roasted Veggies with Curry Cream Sauce
Heaps of veggies in a warm curry cream sauce. Just add ground pork for the omnivores. Eat on its own or serve over rice.
#9- Buddha Bowls with Pineapple Brown Butter Teriyaki Sauce
While this Buddha Bowl recipe is a little more time-consuming because of the various parts, it’s definitely time well spent. You can make the Pineapple Brown Butter Teriyaki Sauce ahead of time and reheat.
#10 – Mushroom Tetrazzini
This easy Mushroom Tetrazzini features our plant-based recipe jump-starter, the Mother Mix. For the meat-eater version, add chopped cooked chicken or turkey. Download our free ebook: 14 Plant-Based Mains with Easy Options for Meat-Eaters, to get the recipe.
#11 – Mexican Stuffed Peppers
This oooey-gooey, make’em anyway you want’em Mexican Stuffed Peppers recipe features a super simple mix of rice, black beans, and tomatoes all tied together with a mildly spicy chipotle cheese sauce, made from the Mother Mix. These can be made vegan, vegetarian, or with chorizo sausage for the meat-eaters. Great for parties!
#12 – Acorn Squash Macaroni and Cheese
Another recipe featuring the Mother Mix, this easy Acorn Squash Macaroni and Cheese is warm and creamy comfort food at its best. Add cheddar cheese for a vegetarian version, or crispy bacon for the carnivores. For the recipe, download our free ebook, 14 Plant-Based Mains with Easy Options for Meat-Eaters.
#13 – Green Pasta Sauce
Another sauce featuring our versatile Mother Mix, you can get this vibrant Green Pasta Sauce on the table in the time it takes for your pasta to boil. The sauce itself is vegan – top with parmesan cheese for vegetarians or scatter on some quick-fried prosciutto for the meat-eaters.
#14 – Veggie Pot Pie
Packed with veggies in a thyme-scented cream sauce, this Veggie Pot Pie is quintessential comfort food. Easily make a version for the meat-eaters by adding cooked chicken or turkey.