10 Classic Comfort Food Recipes Get a Meatless Makeover
When beef or chicken prices spike or your favorite meats are snapped up at the grocery store, turn to these top-rated meatless recipes. They're meat-free versions of classic recipes, and they're as hearty and delicious as the meaty originals you love. Make way for some new dinner favorites!
Chef John's Meatless Meatballs
If you love classic Italian-American spaghetti and meatballs, you'll love Chef John's meatless meatballs. Chef John explains the simple genius of this recipe: "Thanks to a thorough browning, mushrooms provide more than enough savoriness. The garlic, cheese, and parsley do the rest. What really blew me away was how close the texture was to actual meatballs. They are officially approved for use on spaghetti!" Recipe reviewer, Baricat, agrees: "I was skeptical that these could be as good as the real deal, but I stand corrected. If the mushrooms are chopped finely in the food processor, even the texture is darned close."
World's Best (Now Vegetarian!) Lasagna
"The most popular lasagna recipe on Allrecipes.com is now meatless!" says Juliana Hale, the recipe submitter. She's talking, of course, about John Chandler's meaty, 5-star World's Best Lasagna, which has an astonishing 13,000 rave reviews! "We guarantee that meat eaters won't be able to tell the difference!"
These cheese, spinach, and sour cream enchiladas stand up to any chicken enchiladas or beef enchiladas. They're also a great delivery system for getting healthy spinach into kids! "WOW, these were great! If I can get my kids to eat spinach...its a five star," says I'm nuts too. "They loved these. I used fresh spinach...didn't cook it, but chopped it in my food processor and then mixed it with the other ingredients. Awesome recipe."
Instant Pot® Vegan Bulgogi
Beef bulgogi is a traditional Korean-style BBQ. In this flavorful beef-free formulation, marinated cremini, oyster, and champignon mushrooms cook with tamari, Asian pear, sesame oil, and aromatics in the Instant Pot. It all adds up to an unforgettable flavor combo!
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
When ground beef is a a no-go, let these saucy meat-free Joe's come to the rescue. Tempeh stands in heroically for ground beef or turkey. And if you can't find tempeh, do what Jonny's Girl does: "I like to substitute extra firm tofu for the tempeh and use a full can of tomato sauce," she says. "Fantastic recipe! Even my carnivore husband loves it."
Baked Black Bean and Spinach Flautas
Parmigiana di Melanzane
If you crave chicken Parmesan, give this baked Italian eggplant Parmesan a try. "This recipe is straight from Italy," says Beatrice. "Eggplant parmigiana is one of the most popular and iconic vegetarian Italian dishes." And it's even more delicious on day two!
Enjoy the beefy tacos next time. These guacamole-based tacos with black beans and homemade salsa are a more-than-worthy alternative. "I love this. I would never think of having any type of tacos or Mexican food without meat, but I am sold," says Steve. "This was great!" You might also like these black bean tostadas.
Veggie Chili Cornbread Casserole
When beef chili is off the menu, give this protein-rich, meatless chili casserole a try. It features diced tomatoes, three kinds of beans (black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans), corn, and chili seasonings. You'll love the simple jalapeno cornbread topping, too.
Bolognese is a classic slow-cooked meat sauce. In this meatless version lentils, mushrooms, red wine, nutmeg, tomatoes, and fresh herbs build a big, bold-flavored bolognese. "Delicious vegetarian sauce for pasta, so tasty, and as nice as a meat bolognese," says sorchaspud. "It can also be served with potatoes."