Over the course of the past decade, vegetarian recipes have grown exponentially more popular, thanks to an increase in social and environmental awareness. Though many people still may think vegetarian recipes are boring or that people “need” meat to get an adequate amount of protein, many other people have risen above these untruths and embraced what it means to go meatless. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 most popular vegetarian recipes of all time, according to the most favorited recipes on Foodgawker. Check it out below for some serious inspiration!
Number Ten: Cheesy Cauliflower Mash. Cauliflower substitution recipes have exploded in popularity since the low-carb trend has taken off. One of the most popular is this cheesy cauliflower mash, which incorporates dubliner cheese, heavy cream and butter to amp up the flavor.
Number Nine: Pesto Mozzarella Panini. Paninis are a lunch staple all over the country. This pesto mozzarella panini is a classic combination. Though simple by design, you can get creative by adding fresh tomatoes or roasted garlic spread.
Number Eight: Southwestern Black Bean Salad. Snack The Planet‘s Southwestern black bean salad is a serious winner. Combining black beans, corn, tomato, avocado, onions, lime juice and cilantro, the flavors in this salad come together explosively. What’s even better about this salad is that it will last in your fridge for up to one week.
Number Seven: Cheesy Garlic Bread. A classic favorite, this cheesy garlic bread combines delectable flavors that are impossible to resist. Using a baguette, butter, garlic, shredded cheese and an optional topping of parsley, this dish comes together in no time and will please vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
Number Six: Soba Noodles With Sweet Sauce. This recipe featuring soba noodles with sweet ginger scallion sauce is easy and versatile. The sauce combines scallions, ginger, cilantro, sesame oil, soy sauce, honey and rice wine vinegar to amp up the nutty quality of the soba noodles. What’s even better is that this can be served cold or hot.
Number Five: Greek Quesadillas. A perfect fusion of vegetarian flavors, this recipe combines classic Greek flavors with a healthy twist. mozzarella, feta, black olives, roasted red peppers and spinach comprise the filling of the quesadillas, and whole wheat tortillas form the outside.
Number Four: Pumpkin French Toast Bake. A brunch favorite of anyone with a sweet tooth, this pumpkin french toast bake is easy and delicious. Bake this up on a chilly fall morning to impress the whole family.
Number Three: “California” Sandwich. At number three on our list is ezrapoundcake‘s California sandwich. The sandwich is similar to an amped up avocado toast, and it features a chive spread and avocado salad piled on top of whole grain bread.
Number Two: Quinoa Burgers. Second on our list of the top 10 popular vegetarian dishes is this quinoa burger. This is no ordinary quinoa burger, incorporating cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, carrots, cumin, garlic, and, of course, quinoa. This burger is especially tasty topped with an avocado spread or Tzatziki.
Number One: No-Bake Energy Bites. Finally, at number one on our list is Gimme Some Oven‘s recipe for no-bake energy bites. Combining chocolate chips, toasted coconut, vanilla, peanut butter, oats, honey, flax seed and chia seeds, these bites are nutritious, perfectly sweet and make a delicious snack to munch on throughout the day without having to deal with that lingering feeling of post-binge guilt. These became so popular for their versatility, as they can be modified to appeal to any palate. Yum!