Vegan meals that can satisfy even the average omnivore


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Hearing the phrase “vegan meal,” it’s easy to conjure up images of uncooked stuffed carrot sticks between bread meant to pass for hot dogs or salads made with slivers of iceberg lettuce sprinkled with uncooked tofu.

Few people would be satisfied with dishes like those described above.

But residents of the capital who frequent restaurants like Ava Street Cafe, Cocha, Bay Leaf Indian Cusine, Zoe’s Kitchen, JINYA Ramen Bar and Vegan Friendly Foods know that most vegan meals are hearty and delicious.

If you want to treat your meat-eating friends or family to a great vegan meal without spending your money on restaurants, one of the five recipe options below might just appeal to your favorite omnivores.

Spicy Vegan Sloppy Joes

These can be made using a typical sloppy joe recipe, but replacing the meat with mushrooms or kidney beans. Click here for a recipe.

Vegan mac and cheese

Although Daiya’s Vegan Mac and Cheese is vegan and gluten-free, it still has a rich, creamy texture that hits all the right notes. If you prefer not to use the boxed version, you can make your own vegan mac and cheese with this recipe.

Vegan lasagna

This hearty comfort food includes spinach and replaces the meat with a combination of mushrooms and fennel seeds. Click here to see a recipe.

Sweet potato burgers

If you want to take it a step further, you might want to try creating a delicious fully dressed burger that replaces a typical beef patty with a homemade black bean and sweet potato patty. It’s a burger that’s both healthy and satisfying. Click here for a recipe.

Vegan jambalaya

While it may seem like well-seasoned meat is a crucial aspect of jambalaya, vegetable proteins such as kidney beans, mushrooms, or vegan sausages can just as easily be seasoned and added to the single dish. It might not be exactly like Grandma’s jambalaya, but it’s still a tasty and hearty Creole-Cajun-inspired meal. Click here for a recipe.

There are endless vegan recipes that appeal to meat eaters, and if you want to check out more easy-to-make vegan recipes, visit: 31 Easy Vegan Recipes (


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