Here Are The Vegetable Versions Of Your Favorite Meaty Recipes

You can have a meat-free menu and love it, too.

Choosing to eat more vegetables is a lifestyle choice. There is no shame in trying to eat better and being a more conscious eater! While there is no shame in being and loving being a carnivore, vegetables, too, have a place in our meals. Whether or not you eat more of it is really up to you. 

That's why there are super delicious vegetable versions of your favorite meaty recipes! Trying to eat better can be hard so these recipes prove that you can still have your favorite dishes but in a version that doesn't have meat. You can use mushrooms, beans, or even tofu as a great meat substitute. When you do try these versions, you might discover these really are quite delicious and as filling as the original meat recipe. 

Are you willing to give these recipes a go? Here are the vegetable versions of meaty recipes that we think you will love: 

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1 Mushroom Sisig Recipe 

Mushrooms are the meatiest of all the meat substitutes. These cap-topped fungi can tasty meaty because of its umami flavor! Capitalize on this quality, and you can swap out meat for mushrooms easily in many dishes. Taste this sisig recipe that uses mushrooms instead of pork, and you will see what we mean. 

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2 Vegetarian Carbonara Recipe 

Vegetarians don't need to go without when it comes to eating what was once their favorite dishes. There are delicious vegetarian versions of these recipes, and this one of the best. Just like the sisig, mushrooms play a big part in making sure that the meatiness is not missed in this bacon-centric pasta dish. 

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3 Vegetarian Puchero Recipe 

Stews are classic hearty and meaty dishes. However, not all stews need to have meat for it to be filling or satisfying. Take this example of a vegetarian version of the pochero or puchero. This sweetened tomato stew, courtesy of the saba bananas that are added to the mix, is usually loaded with pork pata slices, cabbage wedges, pechay, potatoes, the saba bananas, and a can of pork and beans to thicken as well as flavor the stew. 

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The simple removal of the pork pata and replacing the can of pork and beans with chickpeas or garbanzo beans ensures that this is still filling without sacrificing flavor! 

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4 Bean Burger Recipes 

Beans, just like mushrooms, make fantastic meat substitutes. Legumes are heavy, filling, and rich in nutrients. That's why these are the food vegetarians turn to if they need more protein in their diets! You can choose the type of bean you want to use for your recipe but to help you out, you can use lentils, beans, and mushroom to not only recreate the patty but add bulk to every bite you take. 

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This pancit canton recipe is delicious even without the meat!
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5 Vegetarian Pancit Canton Recipe 

Stir-fried noodles are usually loaded with vegetables and made to taste and look even more appetizing with the chunks of meat thrown in. You don't have to add those ingredients in if you don't want to! Let the vegetables speak for themselves in this noodle dish. Each bite is flavorful and each vegetable has its own flavor so you just have to make sure the combinations you add complement each other to make a tasty bite every time. 

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6 Vegetarian Bolognese Recipe 

What does a bolognese sauce have in common with vegetable stews? Both recipes are loaded with flavor, courtesy of the herbs, the long cooking time, and the fact that both usually involve tomatoes in the mix which only means it can taste better over time. Vegetarians don't have to miss their favorite pasta either because in this form, the flavors and textures will still be there with one big exception: it's meatless. Ditching the meat in the classic bolognese sauce doesn't have to be bland!

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7 Mushroom Tapa Recipe 

Breakfast can be the important meal of the day because if you love breakfast, this is the only time your favorite food is served, no questions asked. Tapsilog is a classic combination of fried rice, marinated meat, and fried egg pairing you may miss if you've gone meatless but don't fret. Those gorgeous off-white, yellowish oyster mushrooms can be your savior because using this recipe, you can still have your tapa and love it. 

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8 Tofu Dinakdakan Recipe 

The creaminess of the original dinakdakan recipe is the result of the boiled pork brains. The grilled maskara meanwhile creates crispy pork. How can these be recreated in a meatless version? Mayonnaise provides the creamy texture while crispy pork bits are replaced by crisp fried tofu. We bet you might love this version just as much (or more!) than the original. These everyday ingredients are kitchen staples, making it easier to have every day if you wanted! 

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9 Meatless Lasagna Recipe 

You already know you can have a meatless carbonara and bolognese pasta dish. Having a meatless lasagna is just the next step towards completing your meat-free meal plan! You can load it up purely with mushroom for a meaty meatless recipe or you can give it some variety and use grilled vegetables to make your lasagna layers interesting.  

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10 Mushroom Salpicao Recipe 

Going meat-free is possible with so many recipes that use alternative ingredients for the meat. Here's yet another example of how mushrooms can be the meat substitute that can take your favorite marinated meats and be replaced with a dish that's just as tasty. Mushrooms and soy sauce must be the magic combination! 

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